A Beer at a Time in historic downtown Camas has 51 taps with a rotating selection of offerings from breweries in the Pacific Northwest to around the globe. Wine and cider round out the beverage offerings, and pizza and salad ensure a complete sit-down meal if you so choose. The establishment is also known for its dog-friendly policy, and like all good tap rooms, the availability of kegs and growlers are commonplace.
FlyBoy Brewing, also located in Lake Oswego and Tigard, Ore., recently opened a location in Vancouver. FlyBoy has more than 18 new and unique beers and ciders on tap to pair with a selection of gourmet sandwiches. A nano brewery is on the calendar to open later this year. Conveniently located off of Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard east of Interstate 205, the taproom offers a relaxed atmosphere and delicious options.
Spring has arrived and the glass display cases of Clark County’s artisan bakeries are flowing with seasonal delicacies. If you peek into these bakeries you will find treats adorned with pastel-colored frosting and sprinkles and Easter cookies shaped like bunnies, eggs and carrots. Here are some of the spring-y treasures I found while visiting several of my favorite local bakeries.
My friend, Nichole, told me that we needed to go to Shanahan’s Pub & Grill. She previously told me about the Donut Nook, so I have come to rely on her as my guide to classic Vancouver gems. I arrived at Shanahan’s on a Tuesday afternoon and the first thing I noticed was that there was a lot of visual stimulation.
Soy Grill opened approximately four months ago, bringing another teriyaki option to the east side. Menu items include teriyaki favorites and are made without MSG. Free soup is available for dine-in customers and the extensive side item menu and pie and ice cream help set it apart from other fast casual teriyaki restaurants.
Search for pho (pronounced "fuh") in Vancouver these days and you'll see a map full of pushpins. The Vietnamese staple has become a thing in Vancouver. Perhaps the cool, overcast and rainy days lead us to take solace in these large, tasty bowls of soup.
Fast Thai recently opened in the space previously occupied by the now-defunct Khun Joe’s Thai Chicken House on Southeast 164th Avenue. All the food is made fresh within the hour, and mostly olive oil is used in cooking as a healthful alternative to vegetable oil. The idea behind Fast Thai is as a “hybrid Thai restaurant” that offers fast, fresh healthful food to go or for dining in.
Why: If you have lived in Clark County for some time, then it is likely that you are familiar with The Grant House on Officers Row in the Fort Vancouver National Site. However, if you are new to the area, then this is for you. The Grant House is part of our military legacy, named in honor of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, where the general met with his officers during his time at the Vancouver Barracks. The house offers a romantic, peaceful setting for lunch and dinner and many occasions where dining is incorporated, such as receptions, business meetings, private parties, etc.
This Hummus Challenge is not inspired by the ice bucket challenge and doesn’t entail rubbing hummus on my face to make a political statement or to raise money for the Israeli soldiers (this is a real thing; Google it). I simply went to some randomly selected places in Clark County and sampled their hummus with my friend Monika, in search of the ultimate hummus plate.
Nonavo Pizza opened up in downtown Vancouver about seven months ago. Family owned and operated by chef Joey Chmiko and his wife Alder Suttles, the family friendly, casual dining restaurant specializes in Naples style wood-fired oven pizza made with farm fresh ingredients. The menu offers 11 pies, including two vegetable options, on a regular basis.
Why: Another Greek cuisine option opened in Clark County two months ago. I ❤ Gyro is a family-friendly, casual establishment that is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner off Mill Plain Boulevard just west of Interstate 205 in a strip mall.
Why: Thai Time opened in December. The restaurant occupies a strip mall space and incorporates a modern look with traditional Thai menu options. Thai Time is open seven days a week with dine-in and take-out service.