Fargher Lakehouse opened in January. On state Highway 503 in Yacolt, the brand-new building and property developments are a welcome sight just down the street from an abandoned, dilapidated building. The restaurant offers a seasonal menu of items that are all made in-house with the best of care for the whole family. It also employs a full staff to ensure each table is well tended to.
Nayhely’s Place is family-owned and operated by the Neteo family. The family-style restaurant has been in business for just over a year. Located in an unassuming strip mall off Highway 99, it is easy to drive past without noticing it. Nayhely’s is open seven days a week and serves a full diner-style menu of American favorites.
For years, Mon Ami has been the go-to place for crepes and Stumptown coffee in Vancouver’s Uptown Village. With hours that accommodate every meal of the day and a crepe for every one of those meals, it offers something for everyone.
Why: The Pioneer Street Cafe in Ridgefield reopened in December with new owners and a new staff. Owners Jason and Holly Shipman want to re-establish the cafe as one of the finer places to dine in Ridgefield. The cafe is open for lunch and dinner, and breakfast is available on the weekends. The menu, though not extensive, offers made-from-scratch dishes.
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.