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Dining Out

Tacos, beer and quesadillas at the Taco Spaceship.

Food & Drink: Taco Spaceship lands at Fortside Brewing

Tacos, beer and quesadillas at the Taco Spaceship.

October 4, 2019, 6:02am Clark County Life

The Taco Spaceship recently landed at Fortside Brewing Company. This vessel doesn’t resemble the one at the end of “Close Encounters.” It’s more of an allusion or a state of mind. Read story

Lamb chops at George's Molon Lave.

George’s Molon Lave invites diners to Greece

Lamb chops at George's Molon Lave.

October 4, 2019, 6:00am Clark County Life

First, we’ll explain the restaurant name. In 490 B.C., 300 Spartans under King Leonidas held off more than 10,000 Persian soldiers at the battle of Thermopylae despite the Persian demand that the Spartans lay down their weapons. The King’s response: “Moulon lave,” which roughly translated means “come and get them.” Read story

The Columbia River steelhead, clockwise from left, the Pacific prawns and the braised shortrib stroganoff at Skamania Lodge's Cascade Dining Room in Stevenson.

Dine with a view at Skamania Lodge

The Columbia River steelhead, clockwise from left, the Pacific prawns and the braised shortrib stroganoff at Skamania Lodge's Cascade Dining Room in Stevenson.

September 27, 2019, 6:00am Clark County Life

Why: The iconic Skamania Lodge overlooks the Columbia River in Stevenson. I chose the lodge to feature as my final dining review (see Page D1) because I feel it truly embodies the spirit of this region and the people who call it home. Providing some of the best and most unique accommodations for travelers and locals alike, the lodge is a popular event venue with its picturesque views of the… Read story

Co-owner Patrick Dorris showcases the bounty of Flat Tack Farms, which is hosting a farm-to-table dinner Sept. 21.

Food & Drink: Farm-to-table feast to reflect harvest

Co-owner Patrick Dorris showcases the bounty of Flat Tack Farms, which is hosting a farm-to-table dinner Sept. 21.

September 20, 2019, 6:02am Clark County Life

For centuries, the autumn equinox has been celebrated all over the world. Farmers, and those fortunate to join in their bounty, gather to thank the gods of the harvest by enjoying a final feast before settling into the long nights of winter. Read story

The Ragin Bull fries at Double Barrel Taphouse.

Double Barrel Taphouse in Hazel Dell worth a try

The Ragin Bull fries at Double Barrel Taphouse.

September 20, 2019, 6:00am Clark County Life

Why: Double Barrel Taphouse opened in 2017 on Highway 99 in Vancouver. The taphouse has 30 rotating taps to showcase some of the best brews of the Pacific Northwest. An extensive whiskey selection and a menu that offers some classic American staples make it a little more than what one expects from a taphouse. Read story

Red-Eyed Boar Chili with pickled shiitake mushrooms at Slow Fox Chili Parlor.

Food & Drink: Chef opens Midwestern chili parlor in downtown Vancouver

Red-Eyed Boar Chili with pickled shiitake mushrooms at Slow Fox Chili Parlor.

September 13, 2019, 6:06am Clark County Life

Can a fox be slow? Will a Cincinnati chili parlor work in the Pacific Northwest? These are some of the many mysteries of Slow Fox Chili Parlor, which recently opened in the Columbia Food Park on Seventh Street between Main and Broadway in downtown Vancouver. Read story

Crispy calamari, bottom left, Ahi Caesar Salad, top center, and Mac Nut Halibut, bottom right, at Tommy O’s at The Camas Hotel.

Tommy O’s finds 2nd home in Camas

Crispy calamari, bottom left, Ahi Caesar Salad, top center, and Mac Nut Halibut, bottom right, at Tommy O’s at The Camas Hotel.

September 13, 2019, 6:04am Clark County Life

Why: When I discovered that Tommy O’s opened a location in the historic Camas Hotel, I had high hopes. Tommy O’s has been somewhat of an iconic restaurant for Pacific Rim cuisine in downtown Vancouver. A few years ago, a second location on 192nd Avenue closed, and a few months ago, a drive-through location off Highway 14 made a short go of it. After my recent dinner visit, it’s obvious… Read story

Chayote squash is used in many ways, from soup to enchiladas as well for salsa and pickles.

Market Fresh Finds: Chayote squash super versatile

Chayote squash is used in many ways, from soup to enchiladas as well for salsa and pickles.

September 13, 2019, 6:03am Clark County Life

Chayote squash is a little, lesser known squash that originates from South America and Mexico. It has a green peel and is white on the inside. It is a super versatile squash and can be prepared many ways, including soups, pan-fried dishes, complex main dishes, salads, salsa, pickles, stews, tacos and enchiladas. Whew, that list features a wide array of flavor profiles. This squash can almost be used in any… Read story

Get your fill of chips, tacos, cocktails and beer at Tacos, Tequila & Cervezas on Sept. 6 and 7.

Food & Drink: Taco festivals to take over the Couve

Get your fill of chips, tacos, cocktails and beer at Tacos, Tequila & Cervezas on Sept. 6 and 7.

September 6, 2019, 6:00am Clark County Life

You’re not losing your mind: There really are two new taco festivals this month. Read story

The half chicken at Smokin’ Oak.

Smokin’ Oak’s meats, sides still tops

The half chicken at Smokin’ Oak.

September 6, 2019, 6:00am Clark County Life

Why: You know there has to be something special about a place when the spot you would expect to be a parking lot is instead occupied by a giant smoker. Most of the menu items — not just the meats — are smoked using the old method of burning oak wood. With roots in Austin and Tyler, Texas, Smokin’ Oak’s family recipes, craft cocktails, beer, wine, great service and a… Read story