While Portland keeps getting recognized as a great food city by the national press, Vancouver is quietly building up an impressive food scene of its own. Some of that growth is homegrown and some it has come as operations in Portland have found their way across the river where, lo and behold, they’ve found there’s also an appreciation for good food and drink.
Why: Owner Deb Belden, who also owns Farrar’s Bistro, recently opened Sixth Avenue Bistro and is well on her way to establishing another local hit. Sixth Avenue features a modern dining atmosphere and a seasonal menu filled with selections made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Items may be ordered in full and lunch sizes, any time of day, to suit your appetite.
Final Draft Taphouse has been open for two months with 30 rotating taps of craft beers, cider and wine. The taphouse also has a humble food menu to support the beverage offerings. Owners and operators Kimberly Johnson and Mike Bolt both worked in the industry before launching Final Draft. The taphouse joins the growing list of establishments where you can go explore a variety of expertly crafted brews and relax with good company and a bite to eat.
Gary Gross first tasted mead at his son’s medieval-themed wedding in 2004. When he returned home, he went to Bader’s Beer & Wine Supply in Vancouver, got a starter kit and began home brewing beer and mead. After years of experimentation, and the encouragement of friends and family, Gary and his wife, Shirley, formed Ethereal Meads in 2012.
Du’s Teriyaki, located just north of Evergreen Boulevard on Grand Avenue, serves up teriyaki noodles, rice and a few American options six days a week for dining in or take out. The restaurant boasts that it serves “the best grilled teriyaki in town.” It is certainly among the aged restaurants in Clark County, and you sort of feel like you may have stumbled upon a good find in an unlikely place when you sit down for a meal in it’s humble dining room.
Why: Rose & Thorn is yet another dining option at the new Ilani Casino Resort in Ridgefield. It is a one-of-a-kind restaurant where you will find a touch of elegance with a modern vibe. Friday and Saturday nights, Rose & Thorn hosts a live DJ in its Ultra Club at The Atrium. The menu is an eclectic mix of bold flavors that incorporate local, fresh and creative into every dish.
Several years ago, sisters Shawna Stewart and Morgan Hutchinson met Mira Alexander while working at The Olive Garden. Mira introduced them to her soccer team friend, Rebekah Trigg (aka Beka). They bonded over their love of juicing and funk music. While grooving to songs at Funk Night at the Goodfoot Pub & Lounge in Portland, they joked about opening a funk-inspired juice company. The discussions became more serious. They considered opening a brick and mortar shop, but decided it would be fun to cruise around town in a funky juice truck.
If Wattle Tree Place were a reality show it would be called “The Anna and Sophie Show.” Sisters Anna Phillips and Sophie Wegecsanyi have breathed life into this house on 16th and C streets with their passion, positive energy, and their ability to entertain and uplift every person who walks through the door. They say that they are simply bringing a bit of Australian hospitality (they are from Melbourne) to Vancouver.
Main Street Cafe in Battle Ground offers some Russian and American menu fare along with crepes, a full coffee and tea bar and other coffee house beverages. The cafe is combined with a euro market that sells pastries and a large variety of European food items.
The Mack Shack food cart recently opened in Columbia Food Park at 108 E. Seventh St. in downtown Vancouver. Just look for the pumpkin-y orange-colored gate and the small Mack Shack sign. Breakfast burritos, breakfast tacos, and kids’ quesadillas are served here Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.