Hudson's Bar & Grill, at the Heathman Lodge, recently rolled out a new dinner menu. Executive Chef Ray Delgado keeps the dinner menu in step with the seasons by preparing creative, exclusive dishes using fresh, local ingredients. A dinner visit to Hudson's offers food and atmosphere that you cannot find anywhere else in Clark County.
Bleu Door Bakery has established a reputation of producing high-quality fresh pastries and breads available with walk-up service using its unique Express window. The bakery recently expanded its offerings to include breakfast, lunch and Sunday brunch by adding indoor dining.
Why: Andre's Burger Shack opened in the former space of Da Kine's Cafe. Andre's is the first restaurant venture for owner Andre Deklerk, and it already has become the go-to burger spot for many who work in the nearby business park.
Why: 3Peaks Public House & Taproom recently opened next to the Pacific Northwest Best Fish Co.'s fish market and cafe in Ridgefield. It is the newest addition to Pacific Northwest Best Fish Co., a family-owned and -operated business.
Uncle D's Wood Fired Pizza opened two years ago in Battle Ground Village under Darrell and Lynnette Homola. Darrell, a mason by trade, specialized in pizza ovens and fireplaces. He used his own custom pizza ovens to cook for family and friends. The popularity of his pizzas lead the Homolas to open Uncle D's Wood Fired Pizza.
Why: Cafe Yumm recently opened its second Washington restaurant, which is also a second location for franchise owner Liz Smith, who owns Cafe Yumm at Portland State University. Located in the Mill Plain Crossing shopping center, the fast-casual cafe offers diners premium menu selections that fit in with a healthy lifestyle. More than 50 percent of the food used is certified organic. Most menu items may be modified, and Cafe Yumm has an online nutrition calculator to specially design your meal.
Shanahan's Pub & Grill is a casual neighborhood bar. Aside from the wide range of alcoholic beverages, there is emphasis on good food and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. If you are looking for an above-average bar experience, you may find it at this one.
Patrick's Hawaiian Cafe is a casual dining restaurant that has been serving home-cooked style Hawaiian cuisine since 1998. The menu reflects an Asian and Polynesian blend of influence within its wide selection of items. That makes it easy to find flavor and portions to suit most appetites.
John and Nikki O'Keeffe opened Cake Happy in October, specializing in custom made cakes for all occasions. Their storefront location in historical downtown Camas provides cupcakes and other baked items in addition to a full espresso selection of beverages, plus cold brew, six days a week. Baked goods are made fresh daily in small batches from organic ingredients and no preservatives.
Why: Although diners became a part of the American landscape more than 100 years ago, just a few styles have endured the test of time. Stardust Diner, which represents the 1950s, is a family-friendly blast from this age when rock 'n' roll was birthed and the Space Age arrived. The authentic prefabricated restaurant and its contents provide a one-of-its-kind experience in Clark County. The menu offers classic diner options for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week and it is one of the few places where breakfast is served all day.
McMenamins is an Oregon and Washington exclusive. Established by Mike and Brian McMenamin more than 20 years ago, the restaurants offer not only dining and some of the best microbrews in the world, but also hotel, theater and concert venues. It is one of those places to take out-of-town guests that will give them a feel for the spirit of this region. Colorful reinvention, hometown brews, tasty food, ethereal imagination and historic appreciation — its all wrapped into the McMenamins experience. The McMenamins pub I visited is in East Vancouver.
Why: For 20 years City Sandwich has been keeping it simple with sandwiches for breakfast and lunch. Located just west of the Regal City Center theater in downtown Vancouver, the shop is open four days a week and offers a menu with nine breakfast options served until 10:30 a.m. and a whopping 27 premium, all-natural meat and vegetarian choices for lunch. Sandwich bread is sliced 3/4 -inch thick and filled with enough ingredients to make each sandwich a meal by itself.
Why: McGrath's Fish House opened in 1980 with its first location in Salem, Ore. The restaurant quickly gained popularity with people of the Pacific Northwest who enjoyed fresh, local seafood and more restaurant locations were added in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Utah over the next 35 years. The Vancouver location opened in 1999 and has become a local favorite for many.
Cactus Ya Ya is a full service restaurant and bar that serves Southwestern cuisine in a uniquely designed space fitting for its menu selections. The restaurant has been in business for 21 years and welcomes family dining for lunch and dinner seven days a week.