Pictured: Kickstand's new cocktail menu.
Below are a few restaurant updates and specials. Stay tuned for a list of which restaurants are doing takeout, which are doing dine-in, and which are still closed. Cheers!
Here are a few updates from local eateries and wineries. Let me know what I missed!
Viento Winery is open for tasting this weekend. Call ahead for seating.
Mt Hood Winery opened yesterday.
It's seafood night Riverside (Seafood Risotto, Calamari Diavolo, and more). See Riverside's Facebook page for the menu.
The soup of the day at River Daze Cafe is clam chowder.
at Boda's Kitchen it's Celery Root Puree
At Grateful Vineyard, you can get a bottle of wine, a pizza, and two salads for $59.
Stave & Stone Winery is open at its vineyard location this weekend 12-6.
Kin doesn't have its menu up on its website, but last time we called, it was open and using the menu posted May 7 on its Instagram.
Since it's Friday, Solstice Mobile Pizza & Catering is open in the Heights serving soft serve, slices, salads, and whole pies (1503 12th St.).
Packer Orchards is busy delivering deliveries today (and I'm about to be the proud owner of a pot pie and some chocolate chip cookies); it's also open for shopping at the bakery (not the farm place) 3900 Highway 35. Today it's open until 5.
Double Mountain Brewery & Cidery was open briefly yesterday for eat-in but has switched back to takeout only for the weekend.
pFriem Family Brewers is still closed for food so no one can get their poutine fix. But beer is available for curbside so we can drown our poutine-less sorrows in something.
Full Sail Brewing Company is teasing us by leaving their doors open while they work on the brewery equipment outside. They're not open yet.
...and that's the news friends. Happy Friday!
-Hood River Eats aka Melissa Haskin
Fact: I've been avoiding Good News Gardening because with the recent warm, sunny weather and that little thing called a "pandemic," I kind of figured that gardening stores would be like grocery stores that first weekend of COVID-19 when the stay-at-home order came out the same weekend we got snow. If you were at Safeway, you know what I'm talking about.
I was particularly worried because I saw headlines like "U.S. reels toward meat shortage; world may be next," and "Fearing Shortages, People Are Planting More Vegetable Gardens."
Yet, as of Friday, Good News Gardening was well-stocked with veggie, fruit, and herb starts.
El Cuate (the red food truck in the Hood River News parking lot) recently opened, after being closed for 6 weeks. El Cuate is typically open for lunch and into the afternoon, closing before dinner hours.
Want to eat at Romul's, but without the $$$$ price tag? It's possible! You could either order from the kids menu, or do the cooler thing and order the family-style meal. For $35, you get salad, bread, and a main dish. Romul's says it's for a family of four. I found that it fed 3 comfortably, but I could just be a super hungry human or have no self-control ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
News time! The Solstice Mobile Pizza Kitchen has set up shop in the Heights. Look for it near the hot tub store, in that empty lot where Christmas trees are sold in winter.
Deal Alert: Andrew's Pizza is offering $6 growler refills with the purchase of a pizza (and $10 fills with a growler or $8 fills with the purchase of a large pizza). As of last night, the deal was still good and will continue until the kegs are kicked. When will the kegs kick? I don't know! I'd order today or tomorrow. Kegs that need to be kicked: Thunder Island Remember the Forest, Worthy Hazy IPA, Full Sail Sessions, Breakside Pilsner, Sunriver Hefe, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Oakshire Espresso Stout, 10 Barrel Snake Run, Migration Hazy IPA , Full Sail Sessions, 2 Towns Easy Squeezy, Elysian Imperial Stout.
Note: since they're kicking kegs, availability may be limited and run out at some point. Enjoy your beer!
Andrews Pizza, Delivery: 541.386.1448, www.skylighttheater.com,107 Oak Street, Hood River, OR 97031
Here are a few local food-related Mother's Day specials.
Riverside has a few Mother's Day specials including a lobster roll, a salmon dinner, braised beef gnocchi, and cheesecake. Find the full menu here: http://riversidehoodriver.com/ Note that right now, the link for the Mother's Day menu actually reads "Easter Menu." Order via phone 2-4 today (Saturday) or tomorrow (Sunday) after 10 a.m.
Here in Hood River, we have an abundance of local farms. A perk of having these farms is that you can sign up for a CSA, basically you can sign up to have a farm set aside a basket of fruits/veggies for you once a week, once every other week, or even once a month, depending on the farm. Some farms let you pick what fruits/veggies you want. The CSA I'm a member of delivers right to my door every other week for a ~$5 delivery fee, so I can be super lazy and let my veggies come to me! Likewise, some farms charge per basket and others ask you to pay for a season worth of veggies/fruits/etc.
Hungry? There's help. If you have lost your job or are below a certain income, you can apply for food stamps. If approved, you get a debit card that you can use at grocery stores like Safeway, Rosauers, Harvest Market and farmer's markets.
We also have a lot of wonderful local food resources. Fish Food Bank is operating on reduced hours. The staff is always very friendly.