Small Plates at Maryhill Winery and Tasting Room: Vancouver, Washington

Pair small plates with award-winning wines, add in the beauty, bustle, and marine air of the Vancouver Waterfront, and you have a winning combination at Maryhill Winery and Tasting Room. Location: Maryhill Winery and Tasting Room is located at 801 Waterfront Way, #105A, Vancouver, Washington. Menu: The menu offers a selection of small plates, ranging…

Wildfin American Grill: Sustainable Seafood Meals

Enjoy the beauty of the Vancouver, Washington waterfront, smell the warm marine air, and savor the artistically crafted dishes at Wildfin American Grill. Location: Wildfin American Grill, 777 Waterfront Way, Suite 101, Vancouver, Washington. Menu: The extensive menu features sustainable seafood from the waters of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska as well as a choice of steaks, burgers,…

Creativity Sparks at Gray’s Restaurant and Bar

In the hub of the downtown core of Vancouver, Washington, and across from Esther Short Park, Gray’s has a new chef who likes to experiment with flavors and presentation. His plates are artistically presented and his ideas are innovative. Location: Gray’s: 301 W 6th Street, Vancouver, Washington. Located in the lobby of the Hilton Hotel….

The Hardware Store Restaurant: Great Food & Meeting Place on Vashon Island

A quick ferry ride from either Seattle or Tacoma, the Hardware Store Restaurant has become a local favorite on Vashon Island. The restaurant was created with a vision of providing great food and a community gathering place. Vision accomplished! Location:  17601 Vashon Highway SW, Vashon, Washington Menu: The Hardware Store Restaurant provides typical northwest fare for…

Brunch at Friday Harbor House, San Juan Island

I love brunch. I like the rare chance to sleep in, ease into the day with coffee and the paper, and then jump headlong into things with a late morning cocktail and meal. Brunch at Friday Harbor House was a wonderful way to complete an enjoyable weekend on San Juan Island. Location: Friday Harbor House…

Lost Roo in Long Beach, Washington

G͛day is the greeting at the Lost Roo bar and grill in Long Beach, Washington. It offers traditional Australian comfort foods, better known in the land down under as “tucker,” as well as other creative and eclectic dishes. Walking into the spacious grand dining room, there are television screens broadcasting sports of all sorts and…

Serious Pizza at Cape Disappointment State Park, Washington

After a day of hiking through Cape Disappointment State Park, my daughter and I had worked up an appetite. With our bellies grumbling, we were serious about securing lunch.  The answer was to call Serious Pizza, owned by Jim and Chi Chrietzberg. Serious Pizza came highly recommended and with good reasons. We ordered The Jetty pizza…

Eating Italian at Cafe Veloce: Food, Wine & Motorcycles?

Café Veloce mixes casual Italian fare and , resulting in a fun and kitschy atmosphere everyone can enjoy. A clear local favorite, many patrons are greeted by name as soon as they walk through the doors.  The vibe is casual, and menu pages are filled with descriptions of mouth-watering Italian pasta and pizzas. Twenty minutes…

A Modern Alehouse at Naked City Brewery and Pub

There is a new brewery in town, a modern alehouse that strives to carry forward the lost treasure of the American public house. A center of the community where conversations of the day run long over shared news and cold brews. Located in the hub of Camano Island, ,  inside Terry’s Corner, Naked City Brewery…

Ivar’s Acres of Clams, Seattle

The late [easyazon_link identifier=”0962125806″ locale=”US” tag=”theyum-20″]Ivar Haglund[/easyazon_link] was a Seattle icon, widely known as a local entertainer, folk singer, and restauranteur. He was also an opportunistic marketer, getting his start in the seafood business when he started a chowder/fish and chips business to sell to the hungry visitors at his aquarium. From there, Ivar’s Acres…