It’s difficult to describe the love River Maiden’s customers have for this neighborhood coffee shop. I call them River-Maiden-heads, and they fill the neighborhood that surrounds River Maiden’s former home (in the strip mall with DuckTales Kitchen) and their new home nearby at 5301 E. Mill Plain Boulevard.
My Brother’s Crawfish, which also has a location in Portland, recently opened in downtown Vancouver where Mama’s Kitchen and Boomer’s Sports Bar and Grill used to be. The family friendly, casual restaurant provides Cajun cuisine favorites that are packed with deep south flavor.
Why: Hopworks Urban Brewery is all about creating world-class beer and food using sustainable business practices that protect our environment and inspire the community. Local sourcing of organic ingredients is evidenced in the menu selections, and the coloring displays and kid play area within the dining room convey commitment to being family friendly.
Grains of Wrath Brewing recently opened in historic downtown Camas where an old auto body shop used to be. The brewing company has a variety of brews on tap with a regionally inspired food menu that offers some exclusive fare. The establishment is family-friendly and open seven days a week.
I have a food truck problem. When I see a new food truck, I’m reduced to a dog waiting for its dinner — a panting mess of hunger. Several months ago, when I saw a bright red truck parked on Main Street about a block from Walgreens, I turned canine. When I saw the logo of lobster, a crawfish, and an alligator tending to a pot over an open flame, I became obsessed. What is going on in this food truck?
Why: Amaro’s Table recently opened in the space formerly occupied by the now-defunct Charlie’s Bodega. Amaro’s brings a modern American dining experience highlighting steaks, seafood and craft cocktails. The restaurant is open six days a week with happy hour every day.
The Syrup Trap opened on National Waffle Day (March 25) on Main Street just south of The Source. They specialize in Liege waffles, which are made with a yeast-leavened dough that has chunks of Belgian pearl sugar incorporated that caramelizes on the outside when cooked. The waffle house provides plain and savory options, morning until 3 p.m., six days a week.
On March 19, Vancouver’s own Daisuke Matsumoto (aka Chef Dice-K), owner of Pizzeria La Sorrentina, competed in the International Pizza Challenge at the Pizza Expo. To everyone’s surprise, he finished sixth in his contest.
The Hammond Kitchen & Craft Bar opened just a few weeks ago and is already filling the house. The Hammond family is all about supporting sustainable food and the local community through local sourcing whenever possible. The family friendly restaurant provides a Pacific Northwest inspired menu selection and the food is made to order fresh from scratch.
I posted a message on the Vegan Couv Facebook group’s page to find out what it’s like to be a vegan in Vancouver. A few weeks later, I met with a group of women who responded to my post. Those women were Jenelle York (a registered dietician at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Vancouver), Kim Thompson (who works for Clark County), Rachael Stinson (a nurse), Rachael’s son, Owen (almost 8 years old), and Meagan Griffin and her son, Wallace (3 years old). The group wanted to meet at Bleu Door Bakery because it was vegan Thursday. Here is what I found out.
Why: The Margarita Factory Hazel Dell recently opened up in the Hazel Dell Towne Center; it’s the sixth location of the Factory installments in Clark County. The restaurant provides a complete menu of Mexican cuisine favorites for the whole family, a festive atmosphere and a full bar in addition to the standard and custom margarita selection.
There are many reasons to visit the Vancouver Farmers Market during the early part of its season. It may be a bit cold and rainy, but it’s easy to spend time at all of the booths, parking is easier, and the market isn’t crowded. It gives you time to chat with the vendors and find some overlooked places.
Sweet Peas Tea Room has been open at its new location for nine months. Owner Sharon Harbeck and her daughter, Chantelle, operate the tea room Wednesday through Saturday during the afternoon hours. The tea room offers a traditional English tea experience complete with soup, sandwiches, desserts and tea.