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.
The Jerusalem Cafe was first established in 1996 in downtown Vancouver by the Farran family. The Chkalov location opened in 2002. The restaurant is still family owned and operated and serves fresh and healthful Mediterranean cuisine using family recipes for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
Why: I.talia rounds out the food options in the food court at the new Ilani Casino Resort on the Cowlitz Indian Reservation. The restaurant serves wood-fired oven pizzas a few salads and Italian-inspired sandwiches. Although the menu is not extensive, it includes many popular selections.
ChefJet provides fresh and flavorful modern Asian cuisine at the fast casual food restaurants located inside the Ilani Casino Resort in Ridgefield. The menu offerings cover the essentials — vegetable and meat combinations, salads and appetizers.
In the early 2000s, chefs decided to “improve” the classic American burger by using meat from massaged Japanese cows or by topping or stuffing it with stinky cheeses. I am glad this burger madness is coming to an end. Trendy chains such as Shake Shack have reclaimed the traditional American burger — a flat, charred beef patty topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles (and maybe cheese) on a sesame seed bun. Many places in Clark County continue to offer the classic American burger in the traditional American setting — the drive-in.