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Dining Out

A chocolate sundae and the meat and cheese plate at the Birch Street Uptown Lounge.

Birch Street Uptown Lounge delights

A chocolate sundae and the meat and cheese plate at the Birch Street Uptown Lounge.

August 23, 2019, 6:00am Clark County Life

Why: Birch Street Uptown Lounge is located in downtown Camas. The lounge has a vintage vibe, which perfectly suits the 1928 building. The lounge provides an afternoon and evening respite to enjoy a craft cocktail or other alcoholic beverage with light food options. The lounge offers live music on Fridays… Read story

Picnic goodies from Pick-Me-Up Modern Take-Away in Camas.

Food & Drink: A perfect picnic starts at Pick-Me-Up in Camas

Picnic goodies from Pick-Me-Up Modern Take-Away in Camas.

August 16, 2019, 6:01am Clark County Life

On a sunny day, the light dances along the surface of Lacamas Lake. It’s the ideal place to watch people with boats, parents blowing up floating devices and dog owners with their panting fur babies on leashes. Sweetwater SUP Rentals rents out kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. It’s also the perfect… Read story

Passing watercraft gently rock the Puffin Cafe, which floats on the Columbia River.

3 sweet spots for al fresco dining in Clark County

Passing watercraft gently rock the Puffin Cafe, which floats on the Columbia River.

August 16, 2019, 6:00am Clark County Life

In a county where we squelch through almost 170 rainy days per year, the few (mostly) precipitation-free summer months lure us out of our homes and into the great outdoors. Decks, porches and patios become fair-weather dining rooms. Read story

Brisket Platter, clockwise from left, spaghetti and meatballs, ceviche, apple crisp a la mode and Truffle Mac at Alex Smokehouse.

Alex Smokehouse transcends name

Brisket Platter, clockwise from left, spaghetti and meatballs, ceviche, apple crisp a la mode and Truffle Mac at Alex Smokehouse.

August 16, 2019, 6:00am Clark County Life

Alex Smokehouse is locally owned and operated. You may recognize the location as the former home of Amnesia Brewing. Alex Ramirez was in partnership with Amnesia and ran the kitchen as a separate business. He changed the name of his restaurant from Alex BBQ to Alex Smokehouse after Amnesia closed.… Read story

Diners take over South Main Avenue in Ridgefield one night a year for the Farm to Table event.

Food & Drink: Ridgefield’s table set for farm-fresh feast

Diners take over South Main Avenue in Ridgefield one night a year for the Farm to Table event.

August 9, 2019, 6:02am Clark County Life

Ridgefield’s Overlook Park, perched above the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and Lake River, is the perfect place for a summer farm-to-table dinner. Read story

The Pho Tai Nam (eye round and flank noodle soup), from left, the Krispy Chicken Burger and the Vegetarian Noodle Soup at the Kooky Chicken.

Kooky Chicken mixes pho into menu

The Pho Tai Nam (eye round and flank noodle soup), from left, the Krispy Chicken Burger and the Vegetarian Noodle Soup at the Kooky Chicken.

August 9, 2019, 6:00am Clark County Life

Years ago, when Kooky Chicken opened in a space formerly occupied by a Subway sandwich shop, it was all about the crispy fried chicken. The restaurant has since added a separate pho menu, bringing beef, shrimp and vegetable noodle soup into the mix. Read story

Enjoy ice-cold coffee creations at the Cold Brew Fest Aug. 3 in Esther Short Park.

Food & Drink: Competition grounds Cold Brew Fest

Enjoy ice-cold coffee creations at the Cold Brew Fest Aug. 3 in Esther Short Park.

August 2, 2019, 6:03am Clark County Life

If you love coffee and you find yourself in Esther Short Park this weekend, you may feel like Alice in Wonderland when she drank from the vessel marked “Drink Me” — if that vessel were filled with 10 cups of coffee. Read story

Greek fries, from left, Greek salad, Gyreuben, and a slice of baklava at The Gyro Shack.

Gyro Shack tasty change of pace

Greek fries, from left, Greek salad, Gyreuben, and a slice of baklava at The Gyro Shack.

August 2, 2019, 6:01am Clark County Life

The Gyro Shack is a fast-food franchise founded in 2010 in Idaho. The brand expanded into Washington, and now has a total of 10 stores. The emphasis is on fresh and fast gyro options, some authentic and some unique. Gyros can be ordered by themselves or made into a combo… Read story

My cheese plate.

Food & Drink: Piecing together a perfect cheese plate

My cheese plate.

July 26, 2019, 6:02am Clark County Life

I’ve spent an embarrassing amount of time scrolling through cheese plates on Pinterest. When I tried to recreate them at home, they were a Pinter-mess. Read story

Pork belly, baby octopus, corn and veggie skewers are placed on the grill to cook at KingKong Korean BBQ in Vancouver.

At KingKong Korean BBQ, the grill is all yours

Pork belly, baby octopus, corn and veggie skewers are placed on the grill to cook at KingKong Korean BBQ in Vancouver.

July 26, 2019, 6:00am Clark County Life

Why: KingKong Korean BBQ opened a few weeks ago. The restaurant offers a traditional in-table grill experience seven days a week with a menu of authentic Korean options. Read story