The Buckets kitchen opened in Ridgefield in September in the former space of Myrtle's Tea House, which relocated just a few blocks away. Owners Stuart Rowe and Mark Moore also recently rolled out a school-bus-style food truck in Vancouver that serves breakfast and lunch to go. At both locations, the idea is to provide meals commonly served in soup containers, or buckets. Buckets' mainstays are its biscuits and gravy, chili, soup and sandwiches.
Fourth Plain Boulevard has a large number of Thai restaurants, but the newly opened Thai Wok stands out from the rest. Located in the former space of a Hawaiian grill restaurant, Thai Wok sets a higher standard for others to look to. The menu selection has the traditional dishes one expects to find, and the completely remodeled space provides a reprieve from the bustle outside.
Pimento Cheese Kitchen is heading into its second month of operation. Owner-operator Mary Kleeman left years in the corporate world behind to pursue a dream of owning her own restaurant. Kleeman determined that a food cart suited her criteria to bring Southern comfort food to people, so she purchased and decked out a food-fitted trailer in snazzy red and orange, and created an exclusive menu that would make people want to come back for more.
Kooky Chicken specializes in hot and juicy chicken and burgers. Deep frying, in combination with pressure frying, is Kooky's way of creating its crispy menu items. Rice flours are used in batters, and beef is locally sourced. House-made selections are plentiful on the menu and all orders are made to order. Nothing ever sits under a heat lamp.
May will mark the first anniversary of Guru Sweets in Vancouver. Guru was started by the Singh family, who saw a need for an authentic Indian sweet shop dedicated to providing high-quality sweets and snacks made with only the finest ingredients which embody the essence of Indian flavors and purity of its culture. Preparation is 100 percent vegetarian, and menu items are free of MSG and preservatives. If you stop by with an appetite, you may also dine in and try the daily meal, comprised of five flavorful items.
Back Alley Bar & Grill was established in 1999. Patrons come for top-tier billiard tournaments and karaoke, accompanied by food and drinks. Back Alley is a neighborhood establishment known for its great service and welcoming atmosphere.
Compass Coffee Roasting in Vancouver recently closed its small satellite coffee shop on Main Street and opened a new coffeehouse on Washington Street. Compass Coffee avoids corporate imitation by reflecting its Pacific Northwest roots, all the while providing more space and a modern coffeehouse experience.
Why: La Bottega cafe, deli & wine shop in downtown Vancouver provides a bit of European presence for diners and wine aficionados. Quality ingredients are used to craft exclusive menu items that combine distinct flavors ideal for enjoying with wine. The deli and retail products layer the experience with European authenticity.
Pacific House opened in December where Chronis' Restaurant and Lounge had been located for many years. Pacific House offers family friendly dining and a Northwest inspired menu for brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert and happy hour with specialty cocktails and local beer.
The Sushi Joint opened for business in October in Washougal, further broadening dining options for local residents. The Sushi Joint's motto is "to use sustainable and traceable ingredients to ensure quality." The restaurant also offers take-out and catering.
Los Potrillos Mexican restaurant, a family-owned and -operated establishment, has been at its east Vancouver location for approximately 3 1/2 years. Before that, it was on Mill Plain Boulevard in Vancouver. The family-friendly restaurant offers a full menu of classic Mexican cuisine, as well as a full bar.
Commonwealth Cafe opened Dec. 2 in the heart of the Carter Park neighborhood in Vancouver. The cafe's menu offers a selection of creative small plates, a few desserts, Umpqua ice cream, baked goods in the morning, and beverages that include espresso drinks. The family-friendly cafe has enough seating for a small crowd and parking may be found on the street.
Owner Debbie Belden opened Farrar's Bistro in Felida in 2007. The bistro has since tripled in size to occupy the entire building where it is located. Belden has extended the bistro's neighborhood spirit through the support of many local organizations throughout the years. Menu items are a selection of creative comfort foods made from scratch with local ingredients, and meats are smoked on site.
Top Shelf Cocktail & Martini Bar in downtown Vancouver was established in 2005 in a building constructed in 1896. This weekend, the business is rolling out a new menu to expand food offerings and adding to its martini options. It is a place that really comes to life after midnight but is just as welcoming to the earlier crowd.