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.
Bryan Shull and his son, Zane Singleton, of Trap Door Brewing are trailblazers. In 2015, they became the fifth or sixth craft brewery to open in Vancouver. They had the first food-cart pod in the county. Now, they are the first brewers in the state of Washington to use cannabis terpenes in their beer.
UnderBar opened in June in downtown Vancouver in a basement space long used for AA classes for court-ordered offenders. UnderBar is Vancouver’s first speakeasy, which harkens back to Prohibition Days, when the term was used to describe an illicit liquor store or nightclub. The bar serves all manner of alcohol, accompanied by a small food menu.
Why: Las Flamas recently opened in the space that previously housed the Taco House. The restaurant is family owned and operated and serves a wide selection of Mexican cuisine favorites. Las Flamas is family friendly, casual and open seven days a week.
Like Patrick Swayze in the film “Roadhouse,” Andrew Reudink has three rules for his Beginning Brewing class at Bader Beer and Wine Supply. Redink’s three rules are easier to remember than Swayze’s: sanitization, sanitization, sanitization.
Vancouver Pizza Company’s slogan is “The art of pizza, tastefully done.” They take the business of pizza-making seriously and continue to enjoy success year after year — a testimony to the level of expertise they have achieved in making pleasing pizza combinations that keep their customers coming back for more. The family-friendly restaurant has expanded over the years to accommodate more diners.
On a raw, rainy Monday, I met my friend Nichole Peppers for lunch. The beastliness of the day dissolved upon entry. Water cascaded down a small waterfall by the door. Soothing music filled the room. I found myself face to face with a large Buddha serenely seated in the lotus position, a bright orange placed in his lap. Nichole commented, “It doesn’t feel like you’re in a strip mall.”
WildFin American Grill is one of the anchor restaurants at Vancouver's new waterfront development. It is one of four locations for the Washington-based restaurant, which has a regionally focused menu featuring Northwest meats, fresh fish, seafood and produce.