One of the many benefits of our quest to visit the oldest bar in every state is the opportunity to experience the local house specialties that they serve. The Spanish coffee at Huber’s Café, the oldest bar in Oregon, is one that will stand out as one of my favorites! The tableside preparation of this drink included some fancy bottle work and fiery long pours. I enjoyed watching the assembly of the drink so much it could have tasted like gasoline and I think I would have been happy! It was actually one of the tastiest drinks I’ve ever had. Huber’s is also known for their great turkey dinners. Introduced during prohibition, the dinners remained so popular that Huber’s menu has maintained several turkey entrees ever since. We of course had the turkey dinners as our main course and enjoyed them almost as much as the Spanish coffee!
Huber’s was established in 1879 and is now located in the historic Oregon Pioneer building which is it’s 4th location since its inception. The beautiful arched stained glass skylights that cover most of the ceiling, the dark wood booths, antique decorations, and large palm trees set a majestic tone for a beautiful bar setting. Though upscale, the atmosphere was not pretentious. We felt very comfortable. Our server, Ryan, was happy to fill us in about some of the bar’s history. Originally called “The Bureau Saloon,” Frank Huber changed its name to Huber’s when he bought it. When Frank Huber passed away, Jim Louie, a Chinese immigrant stowaway who became his cook, took over. Louie’s nephew, Andrew, eventually became the sole proprietor of Huber’s, and Andrew’s son Jim later took over. Huber’s is now also owned by David and Lucille Louie, making Huber’s a family business that spans over three generations. The heritage is honored with family portraits that watch over their legacy.