Why: Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar recently opened at The Waterfront Vancouver. The restaurant is one of 11 locations in five states offering a great American menu in a beautiful environment. There is something for the whole family to enjoy — from pizzas to sandwiches to steaks and exclusive creations. In addition to an extensive martini selection, local craft beers and regional wines round out the offerings.
A lime green taco truck opened four weeks ago in the gas station parking lot on Evergreen and Grand boulevards, kitty corner from the Paper Tiger Coffee Roasters coffee shop. On its side, it says “Delicious Tacos.”
Why: Shelby’s Grille in Washougal has been in business for many years and has served its fair share of different cuisine options. I have personally experienced three renditions; my favorite, though, are its present offerings — Northwest barbecue with housemade sides, burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads for lunch and dinner.
Why: Krispy Krunchy Chicken is a convenience store-based quick service restaurant in 41 states as well as Malaysia and American Samoa. Located inside the Battle Ground Chevron on Northwest 13th Avenue, it offers Louisiana-style menu items for lunch or dinner, including several sides to please the whole family.
If you spend any time with Northwood Public House & Brewery owner Eric Starr, you will hear the word gemütlichkeit many times. And, you will find yourself saying it repeatedly. There isn’t a word for it in English. Starr defines it as “A feeling, an atmosphere, an authentic sense of communion, liveliness and warmth.”
Why: Battle Ground Sweet Shoppe recently opened in a longtime vacant space located next to the Cerveza Factory in Battle Ground. The shop provides a selection of baked goods and ice cream. If you stop by at breakfast or lunch, there are a couple of meal options for both.
Rib City Grill is a nationwide franchise that started in 1989 as a small, family-style barbecue restaurant out of Fort Myers, Fla., and grew into a franchise opportunity in 2004. The Vancouver location has been in business for 13 years, serving choice cuts of meat basted with Rib City’s signature barbecue sauce and smoked over select hardwoods.
Why: Sweet Touch Café & Bakery is part of and located next to the Svitoch European Market. The bakery has several cases of every colorful pastry imaginable, for filling a to-go box or for eating at its comfortable café. A full espresso menu for beverage selections and made-to-order crêpes is available, as well.
McMenamins Pub at Kalama Harbor Lodge is one of the newest additions to the many popular McMenamins destinations. Kalama’s location was built from the ground up and also houses overnight accommodations, a seven-barrel brewery and a gift shop.
In the mid-2000s, places like Boba Guys (which originated in San Francisco and spread to Los Angeles and New York) decided to improve on boba tea (a Taiwanese drink) by using high quality ingredients such as real milk from local dairies and housemade syrup using real fruit without artificial sweeteners or flavors (such as corn syrup). The drink gets its name from the little dark beads of tapioca that sink to the bottom.
After many years in the restaurant industry, Geno’s Espresso owners Genaro Zurita Amaro and Jesus Amaro wanted to open a restaurant in downtown Vancouver. They opened their restaurant, Amaro’s Table, at 1220 Main St. (formerly the space for Charlie’s Bodega). Based on the success of that business, and their good relationship with their landlord, Gary Ehrig, they decided to open Geno’s Espresso in the lobby of the attached building. The coffee shop opened on July 2 of this year.
Why: Barrel Mountain Brewing has become a go-to place for residents of Battle Ground seeking local craft beer. Located on Main Street, the brewery provides a unique dining experience for the whole family, which is elevated by the inclusion of some exclusive menu items.
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.