Poverty is sexist. Women are the majority of the world’s extreme poor, a majority of the world’s illiterate, and face greater risk of disease and poor health. Yet we know that even small investments can make a big impact.
Why: Caps N’ Taps has been in business in downtown Camas since 2013. This month marks the one-year anniversary for owner Michelle VanTassel. Caps N’ Taps offers a mellow, comfortable space to enjoy any of its 20 rotating taps or a variety of other alcoholic beverages accompanied by a light bite.
Why: Top Burger, at the top of the hill in Camas, is celebrating 65 years in business. The little fast-serve restaurant continues its tradition of serving burgers and fries the old-fashioned way, seven days a week.
Brian Clemens (newbie roaster) and Mitch Montgomery (owner and roaster) of Relevant Coffee competed in this year’s Cascadia Roaster’s Competition on Nov. 3 at Buckman Coffee Factory in Portland. Montgomery explained, “We had a friendly competition. We were talking smack the whole time, but in my heart of hearts he’s my student and I wanted him to succeed.”
K & M Drive-In will soon be celebrating its sixth anniversary. Owners Kevin and Melinda Bruzzone have many years experience in the restaurant industry. The success of K&M Drive-In is a testimony to their expertise in providing food and an experience that keeps diners coming back. Their mission is all about providing fast food using fresh, local ingredients.
Why: Over the years, the Grant House has housed a few different food and drink establishments, each with its own personality. The past two years, it has been home to the Eatery at the Grant House, under the direction of Executive Chef Capers Ogletree. Ogletree’s focus is on a locally sourced menu. If you have not visited the restaurant for a while, it is possible the hours have been extended since your last visit.
Monica Kersey, with substantial support from her family, has refashioned the Padden House into a chic bakery and cafe. She remembers visiting this historic house as a child to buy crafts. When she toured it with her husband, Michael, they immediately knew this was the perfect spot for her dream bakery.
2 Rivers Bar & Grill recently opened in the space formerly occupied by Hearth. The family-friendly restaurant is open from 11 a.m., seven days a week, serving traditional American food, coffee and drinks.
Sara Newton, beverage director at Amaro’s Table, is an amaro whisperer. She knows you probably haven’t tried an amaro, so she has created amaro flights, paired with helpful note cards, to bring you on a buzzy journey through the world of this ancient amber digestif and darling of craft bartenders.
Why: If you are a longtime resident of Clark County who likes Mexican cuisine and appreciates the authentic touch of a small, specialty restaurant that doesn’t start cooking until you place your order, chances are you are a regular at Provecho. This little gem just celebrated its 12th anniversary and continues to deliver excellence, a testament to its longevity. The menu offers just a few basics with your choice of protein.
Fear not, Thanksgiving lovers with kitchen renovation issues, family members who aren’t speaking to one another after the midterm elections, or anything else that makes it impossible for you to have Thanksgiving dinner at home with your family. There are several restaurants in Vancouver that are serving Thanksgiving dinner this year.