Why: Sellberg’s Tavern, established in 1934, is one of the oldest of its kind in Vancouver. Located on St. Johns Boulevard, it has a neighborhood vibe that welcomes all comers to indulge in some downtime, a tavern beverage and a modest meal. Their slogan is “Where old friends meet,” and it feels very fitting for the establishment.
For many years, Linda’s Homeplate has offered a cozy, baseball-themed dining experience for Clark County residents. If you’ve seen the yellow Scion XB that looks like a giant toaster, just follow it to Linda’s out-of-the-way location off of Fourth Plain Boulevard for a tasty, home-cooked meal that will have you coming back for more.
I have vegan envy. I would like to be healthier, lose the 30 pounds that every vegan seems to lose, have less impact on the environment, and stop eating animals that have been raised in unpleasant conditions.
A good way to get restaurant-quality produce, increase your vegetable intake and learn to prepare a variety of vegetables is to join a Community Supported Agriculture group (or CSA). A CSA works like a subscription. You pay a farmer at the beginning of a growing season and get a bag of produce regularly for a certain number of weeks. Clark County Grown has a list of local farms that offer a CSA on its website — http://clarkcountygrown.squarespace.com/csa/.
Why: 54° 40’ Brewing Company has been open for business for two-and-a-half years and serving food since September. 54° 40’ has both year round and seasonal beers on tap and the food menu includes appetizers, burgers and sandwiches.
Why: The Bosnia Restaurant serves authentic Bosnian cuisine six days a week during the lunch and dinner hours. The whole family is welcome at the quaint restaurant, which offers indoor and outdoor seating.
Michelle and Wes Parker of Koi Pond Cellars in Ridgefield recently opened a bistro and tasting room in downtown Vancouver (in the space formerly occupied by Veraison) that feels like a visit to their former home, Sonoma County. The primary focus here is the wine. Koi Pond Cellars’ wine is available in six ounce pours or as part of a five-glass wine tasting flight served in a unique wine glass tower (which Michelle found on amazon.com). The flights are not only eye-catching and Instagram-friendly, but a good way to taste a variety of wines made by this Ridgefield winery.
Paper Tiger Coffee Roasters recently took over the coffee kiosk on the corner of Mill Plain Boulevard and Grand Boulevard (formerly Pines Coffee and then Jenna Coffee). Kenny Fletcher, Paper Tiger's owner, had his eye on that kiosk for five years, since he took over Paper Tiger's coffee shop just down the street at the corner of Grand and Evergreen boulevards.
Why: Gustav’s is a stand-alone, family-friendly, full-service restaurant that has been well-known for years on both sides of the river for its fresh, seasonal and traditional German cuisine with a little bit of Northwest influence. Gustav’s bar serves exclusive cocktails and a wide selection of German and local craft beers and wines.
Five years ago, after surviving a harrowing health crisis, JoJo Reily abandoned her career as a Cordon Bleu-trained pastry chef. She held a variety of jobs trying to decide what she would do next. One of those jobs was working at the Nature’s Wild Harvest booth at the Vancouver Farmers Market, where she noticed a lack of vegan and gluten-free treats (she had changed her own diet in response to her health problems).
The Offramp Sports Bar & Grill, formerly Oscars, is owned by the same owners as Charlie’s Sports Bar & Grill and Hooligans. Offramp provides a large, roomy space for enjoying a sports bar experience — complete with food, drinks, and fun. Open seven days a week until 2 a.m., it’s also a late-night spot to eat.
Why: Owner and operator AndraLea Mack opened the Mack Shack in August. Mack had worked in the food industry for five years prior to opening her burrito cart, where she offers four gourmet burrito options suited for breakfast or lunch.