Chutneys Indian Restaurant and Grocery Store has enjoyed many years of success serving authentic Indian cuisine seven days a week for the whole family. Located just off of state Highway 14 and Southeast 164th Avenue, do not let the unassuming strip-mall location fool you — this place is one of our food gems in Clark County.
During this summer of “Fortnite,” my parental job (as Screen Time Police) has become increasingly difficult. However, wandering the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail and then grabbing a frozen treat at Tropical Sno or Deda’s Fine Baked Goods makes for a pleasant diversion.
Why: The Oaks Bar & Grille offers an exclusive dining experience off the beaten path overlooking the immaculately groomed Camas Meadows Golf Course with mature oaks and towering evergreen trees. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. The menu, created by Executive Chef Bill Reade, features exclusive selections to pair with draft beers and refined wines.
Natalia’s Cafe is a longtime establishment in historic downtown Camas. Located on the corner of Northeast Fourth Avenue and Dallas Street, the family cafe serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week. Fresh food is made-to-order and served with a smile.
I spend too much time in downtown Vancouver — ignoring many of the great places in other parts of Clark County. To remedy this, I decided to spend a night seeking the perfect summer beer in the perfect outdoor spot outside of downtown Vancouver.
Why: Dungeon Donuts recently opened in the renovated and retrofitted basement space of Old Town Battle Grounds coffee shop and deli. The doughnut shop is an extension of the coffee shop. It is closed on Monday but open the rest of the week for an early, fresh-made doughnut fix.
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.