first look:West Wind Wines
Inside West Wind Wines. Photo by Silvia Flores
On Memorial Day Weekend this year, Hood River got a new tasting room: West Wind Wines. Opened by Peter and Sarah Cushman, the intimate tasting room is open Friday-Sunday, 2-7 pm.
ABout the wine menu
West Wind Wines features Peter Cushman Wines and a small, rotating selection of both international and Gorge wines. Peter sources fruit from both Oregon and Washington and makes wine using a blend of traditional and modern techniques. He is also the winemaker at WyEast Vineyards and Jacob Williams, among others.
About the owners
Sarah is a Hood River native with experience in both agricultural and the food industry.
Peter is a third generation winemaker, raised in the Willamette Valley. He grew up immersed in winemaking with his dad (Rich Cushman of Viento Wines) and after graduating from UO, moved to the Gorge to pursue his own career as a vintner.
if you go
Address: 1109 Hull St., Hood River, OR
Hours: Friday-Sunday, 2-7
Payment accepted: Credit card, cash or Venmo.
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upcoming closures/hour changes
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Birds and Brews: Columbia Gorge Discovery Center (5000 Discovery Dr, The Dalles, OR 97058), Thursday, August 11th from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. 21+ event; tickets $16-$20. Beer, wine, and food for sale. Ticket includes admission to museum, a meet and greet with a resident raptor, and a special exhibition opening reception for the center's newest temporary exhibition, Avis Marvelous: Ornithology on the Western Frontier, 1776-1896. More information and tickets here.
Paella Party with Fishpeople Seafood: This event will be at The Ruins (13 Railroad Street, Hood River, OR) on Wednesday, August 10 from 6 pm to 9 pm. Event organizers say, "Amy Roots will be helping us prepare the paella this year, while the Fishpeople crew will help serve, and the Ruins staff will pour you refreshing beverages, Ben Bonham and friends will be playing some tunes and you will be happy as a clam." $50 tickets and more info here.
Peach Day: Runcible Cider (1084 Quartz Dr, Mosier, OR 97040). Saturday, August 13, noon to 5 pm. New cider release. Tamales with peach salsa available for sale. Live music (Nate Stranz). Peaches for sale.
Columbia Gorge Confections released a new product this week: house-made ice cream sandwiches dipped in chocolate. Photo courtesy of Columbia Gorge Confections.
reduced or altered menus due to heat
closures ( mostly due to the hot weather)
Tofurky (Warehouse Supervisor). See their ad in Gorge Hired.
Pizza Leona (Cashier, $16/hour + tips). See their ad on the Gorge Classifieds.
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First Look: off the hook food truck
Y'all noticed it: we have a new food truck in the lot behind Ferment (if you put 403 Portway Ave in your navigation and look for the parking lot on the corner of N 2nd and Anchor Way, you'll see it). Here's the 411
The menu is simple: fish and chips. Expect a nice portion (we got 3-4 pieces per order) of light, crisp fish in a house-made gluten-free batter. An order comes with fish, fries, coleslaw, house-made tartar sauce, and Nuoc Cham (Vietnamese fish sauce).
Each day, the truck will serve a "catch of the day," which can be anything from halibut to sole to Albacore to Ling cod. All fish comes from Oregon or the Washington Coast.
For drinks, you'll find a selection of Blue Bus kombucha and Columbia Gorge Organic drinks like lemonade.
For now, 11:30 to sold out or at least 4 pm Friday-Sunday. Open for the summer season, through at least September, perhaps longer (if they close for winter, they would re-open next year).
Payment accepted: cash, card, Apple Pay
Address: if you put 403 Portway Ave in your navigation and look for the parking lot on the corner of N 2nd and Anchor Way, you'll see it
Owner: Kipp (also an owner of FishPeople Seafood downtown)
Staff: Levi, Brooke, Ruth, Joe
Creative Chef: Jason, a chef at Hiyu whom helped develop the recipes
A special thank you to Michelle for gathering the photos and information for this article. We've recently moved away but are still able to keep the blog running thanks to her help and all the reader tips we've been getting. Thank you!!!!!
For the last two weekends of this month, head to Local Rhoots (1301 Belmont St.) for a dumpling pop-up. Called "Bao to the Dumpling," the menu will be available for dine-in or take-out this Friday and Saturday, as well as next Friday and Saturday.
Bao Buns Trio with Slaw
House-made steamed fluffy boa buns filled with your choice of succulent Charsui Pork, Sweet & Spicy Chicken or decadent Shitake Mushrooms garnished with house-pickle, jalapeño & cilantro. Served with a side of Asian-Inspired slaw.
Szechuan Dumpling Bowl
Bursting with flavor and heat. Pork dumplings swimming in a spicy broth finished with house-made chili oil, cilantro & house-pickle.
Umami Dumpling Bowl
Pork dumplings lounging in a 12-hour shiitake-miso broth garnished with pickled shiitake, cilantro & sesame seeds.
Caesars Got a Wedgie
Grilled Napa cabbage with a wonton scallion cracker and black bean Caesar dressing. (vegan; chicken can be added on)
Watermelon Radish, Shiitake Mushrooms, Cauliflower, Carrot & Rhubarb in an Asian-inspired pickle.
Butter Mochi Bars
Gooey mochi bars topped with toasted coconut flakes, yuzu and red bean.
Mango Coconut Pudding
Layered mango pudding
When: Friday-Saturday July 22-23 and 29-30 from 5 pm - 9 pm.
Where: Local Rhoots: 1301 Belmont St. Order at the counter for either to-go or dine-in.
Pay with: Cash, card, Apple pay
Who's running the kitchen: Chef Amanda brought her passion for multi-cultural cuisine to Local Rhoots at the end of 2021. Since then she has become an asset to the team and has contributed recipes and flavors to the weekly meal service. This is Amanda's first venture into a Pop-up style menu and she is excited to bring her obsession for bao and dumplings to the Gorge community.
Chef Sam, owner of Local Rhoots, will play a supporting role in the kitchen. She is invested in supporting women in the community and is excited see Amanda grow as a chef.
This post has been sponsored by Local Rhoots. Local Rhoots is a locally-owned business that uses local ingredients to make ready-made meals, which you can either pre-order or grab out of the grab-and-go case.
First look: Better Together Tap Truck
The Gorge has a new mobile tap truck: Better Together Tap Truck. Opened May 21, 2022 by Dakota and Greg Wilkins, the truck has 6 taps and will serve parties of any size or type, from a backyard anniversary party to a wedding. The owners say, "we can show up to your backyard BBQ, rehearsal dinner, birthday, wedding, or any event you want us to be a part of."
What's on tap
On tap is anything you want that comes in kegs: beer from Pfriem, cider from Crush, wine from Viento (while the tasting room isn't open, you can still buy wine from Rich), or even root beer. Yes, also macrobrews so you can get your Rainer on.
About the owners
You may recognize Dakota and Greg by their names. They are both in public-facing jobs in Washington, Dakota is a first grade teacher in Washougal, WA, and a zip-line tour guide at Skamania Lodge during the summer. Greg works at Backwoods. It was Dakota's idea to open the tap truck, "I had a wild idea to start this business, and my husband just helped make sure it happened."
tips for hiring the truck
If you decide to hire the truck, keep in mind that gratuity is not included in the price, so either you or your guests will want to pick that up.
For more information
first look: Get Hu'sum bbq
There's a new BBQ truck in Husum. It's called Get Hu'Sum BBQ and it's run by Stan Pratnicki. You'll find it in the parking lot of River Drifters Rafting Company, which is right before Wet Planet and the Ruby June in if you're headed north on 141 (it's right where you turn off 141 to get to the Weldon Wagon Trail). When we asked Stan why he opened his truck where he did, he said, "Work where you live, live where you love!"
On the menu (pictured above), find wraps, salads, and bbq bowls.
You may recognize chef/owner Stan Pratnicki from his work at River Drifters Whitewater Rafting on the White Salmon River, where he helps manage operations and caters meals for rafting trips. Or, you may recognize him from his extensive and impressive work history in Portland. Stan worked in the kitchens of Papa Haydn, Atwater's and Taqueria Nueve before opening his own joint, Bar Dobre.
If you go
Open Thursday through Sunday each week 12 pm- 5 pm.
Open: May - October
Forms of payment accepted: Cash / Apple Pay / Credit
Address: 856 WA 141 White Salmon, WA 98672
for more info
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Picture courtesy of Pacos Tacos
News time! Let's start with some fruit talk.
The Hood River Fruit Loop is bursting with u-pick and pickup fruit, mostly cherries and blueberries right now. Harvest is low and late this year, thanks to that weird spring we had.
what's open/closed for july 4, 2022
July 4 is tomorrow and that means some places that are normally open are closed and some places that are normally closed are open!
We've started a list for you below. It doesn't include every restaurant in town. We're still trying to get in touch with a few business owners.
GorgeOn Wines (11-3)
Solstice truck (12-4) and restaurant (11-8)
Working Hands (open at 8:30 am)
Crush Cider Cafe (6 p.m. to fireworks)
The Gorge White House (10-7)
Volcanic Bottle Shoppe (10-5)
BackWoods Brewing Co.
Mt Hood BBQ (8-4)
6th Street Bistro
The Pines 1852
Gorge Deliveries has expanded to White Salmon and Bingen and is offering delivery from EAT 14, Pizza Leona and Harvest Market. Want to learn more about the business? Check out our article here.
Pearl's Place is now open for the season.
Change The Way We Waste, June 25, 2022: A summer talk about waste and sustainability at 1009 12th St. Hood River. FREE
Dinner in the Vineyard, Loop de Loop Wines, July 16: A 6-course tasting menu. $110 includes food as well as wine pairings. Call 503-298-9420 for tickets and information.
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Pine Street is celebrating its 10th anniversary. In celebration, they're hosting a giveaway. Take your chance at winning a gift basket full of goodies by heading to their Instagram page. It's the usual like, post, tag-type giveaway. Last day to enter is Saturday, June 18.
upcoming temporary closures
Feast will be closing at 3 pm this Friday, June 16 for a private event.
The summer drink list at Solstice features a line-up of fruit forward drinks like:
𝘉𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘣𝘰𝘯, 𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘴𝘦-𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦 𝘳𝘢𝘱𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘺 𝘴𝘺𝘳𝘶𝘱, 𝘭𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘯, 𝘳𝘢𝘱𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘺 𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘥𝘦𝘳 & 𝘉𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘉𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴
𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭 𝗥𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗲
𝘓𝘦 𝘋𝘰𝘶𝘣𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘛𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘣𝘣𝘭𝘦
𝘓𝘦𝘸𝘪𝘴 & 𝘊𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘬 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘳𝘶𝘮, 𝘭𝘰𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘸𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘺
𝘱𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘦, & 𝘰𝘳𝘨𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘤 𝘭𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘫𝘶𝘪𝘤𝘦
*Photo courtesy of Solstice
Farm Stand in the Gorge is having difficulty sourcing pastrami and has had to temporarily remove it from the menu.
PESCO, the Italian food truck in the Winddance parking lot, has release its new menu. The truck rotates menus monthly, working its way through the various regions in Italy. This month's menu focuses on Liguria, a region in the northwest part of Italy. Find a copy of the full menu here or below:
A traditional light soup originating from La Spezia. Chickpeas, haricot beans, and farro
A classic street food in Liguria made with chickpea flour! Served with basil aioli
Fried cod served with Agliata sauce
Focaccia Alla Genovese
House made Focaccia bread
A classic sauce from Genoa Italy! Tossed with fresh pasta of the day.
Tonno Alla Genovese
Tuna Steak served with a rich wild mushroom sauce
specials and deals
Grasslands will be serving up beef ribs as their daily special on Saturday. This will be followed by smoked prime rib on Sunday. They also have bulk to-go items available this week: 1lb packages of brisket, burgers, and bacon as well as 4-packs of sausages.
What's up with kobe
People keep asking us "what's up with Kobe?!?!" It's been closed for over a month for "renovations." We called for more info and the story we got is that they're truly closed for renovations and plan to re-open "soon." Some people are speculating that the business is closing or selling. We'd love if we had secret details like that, but all we know is what they told us: they will re-open.
What hood river eats is currently working on
We're making a list of where to get frozen/blended drinks in town like frose! Have a favorite place? Let us know, we'd be ever grateful. Thanks!
What's new at the farmer's market
Photo courtesy of Édeske Patisserie @edeske_patisserie
The summer farmer's market is in full swing, with strawberries, flowers, carrots, coffee, fresh lamb, and so much more abound. This year, there have been a few vendor changes. While one or two usual suspects have gone missing, 3 new businesses have joined the market and one more hopes to join soon.
Édeske Patisserie focuses on fine chocolates, French macarons, entremet mousse cakes and other patisserie items. The baker, Tamara Biscardi, is from Hungary and learned her techniques in Holland, where she attended pastry school. Before coming to the Gorge, she worked as a pastry chef for one of National Geographic Lindblad Expeditions luxury ships. Tamara owns Édeske with her husband James. The couple located to the Gorge recently and with the business, they aim to marry Tamara's European heritage with "the beauty and abundance found here in the Gorge" (in their words).
According to Tamara, the name Édeske (pronounced <Eh-desh-keh>) means 'sweet little thing' in Hungarian.
More info: edeskepatisserie.com
Market dates: Every summer market
Lamb vendor change
Photo courtesy of M & P Ranches
Sakura Ridge/Sakurambo previously provided fresh lamb to the Hood River valley. However, they sold their business and their last week selling at the market was a few weeks ago. In their place, you will find M & P Ranches, which will not only supply lamb, but beautiful hand-spun and dyed yarn, and produce as well.
More info: www.mpranches.com
Market dates: JUNE 11, 18 25 | JULY 2, 16, 23, 30 | AUG 20 | SEP 3, 17 | OCT 1, 15, 29 | NOV 12, 19
hooray, more farm fresh eggs
Photo courtesy of Gorge Grown/The Hood River Farmer's Market
Susan Stilmour of Stilmour farm brings eggs from pasture-raised chickens. Later in the season, she will have berries, as well.
Available at the market these Saturdays: JUNE 4, 18 | JULY 2, 16 | AUG 6, 20 | SEP 3, 17 | OCT 15 | NOV 5, 19
Gorge's Tortes has been issued its business license and hopes to secure a spot at the Hood River Farmer's Market. Owner Techy Stenge Melinda, will be serving up dessert tarts free of allergens like soy, gluten, dairy, and eggs. They're raw, vegan, organic, and gorgeous. They do contain nuts and fresh fruits. Her goal is to offer healthy but delicious desserts. When she's up and running, she will take cash or venmo (I think all market vendors have to accept tokens, too, but I'm not 100% sure on that). Her first day at the market will be June 25.
More info: Gorge's Tortes Facebook
if you have not been
One thing that's cool that the market does is SNAP matching. If you bring your Oregon Trail or other EBT card to the market, the market will double your dollars (max $15 match). So, if you spend $15 SNAP dollars, they will kick in $15 of their own farmer's market dollars, and you will have $30 to spend. In order to get the matching, please visit the token booth, where you will swipe your card to get tokens.
Location: 501 Columbia Street (the Full Sail parking lot)
Time: Saturdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Dates: Now-the third Saturday in November
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Mama Wes pop-up at Local Rhoots Friday and Saturday.
Monarch Hot Chicken will pop-up at Working Hands June 10, 2022.
Vermouth Party at Runcible Cider, Saturday
food + Drink specials
Solstice: Arugula Pesto & Artichoke pizza: artichoke hearts, arugula pesto, shaved red onion, mozzarella & parmesan on a garlic oil base.
Summer menu updates
Pine Street Bakery (1103 12th St, Hood River) dropped its seasonal summer lunch menu (pictured below).
Pfriem has released its summer menu. New items include a pate plate, pasta salad, a melon and cucumber salad, and more.
A sample of some of the food service jobs available in the Gorge right now.
Romul's: "Looking for a dedicated employee to wash dishes Monday through Saturday. Competitive wages and great tips, Pay Rate DOE. 1-541-436-4444."
Pine Street Bakery: "Seeking Part-time/Full-time year round Barista/Retailer. Must be available to work Monday-Saturday with varying hours between 6am-4pm. Wage starts at $18-$20/hr + benefits, free lunch & bread and possibility for performance raises. Please email your resume and cover letter to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org."
Full Sail: "Full Sail Brewing is looking for a highly motivated, energetic and completely hands-on Assistant Kitchen Manager to help support our Chef in our high-volume restaurant. Compensation: Wage + Tips. May qualify for Medical, Dental & Time Off benefits w/ full-time work. Apply online https://fullsailbrewing.com/employment/"
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Mama Wes Italian Food to host its first Pop-up at Local Rhoots Fridays and Saturdays now-July 9
Local Rhoots has been a new destination for pop-ups. Over the past few months, it has opened its space on weekends for dine-in (order at the counter and grab a table to eat) or take out featuring things like Asian noodles and Mexican brunch.
This month, Amiee Cannon, known as Mama Wes, will launch her Italian pop-up. The menu features fettuccini alfredo, shrimp scampi, lasagna, charcuterie (pictured above) and more. Prices for entrees range from $17-$19. A hot tip: we've been told people love Amiee's lasagna, which is 5 layers of cheesy, noodly goodness made with her family's recipe for sauce.
Here are a few more details about the pop-up:
Fridays and Saturdays in June as well as the first two weeks in July from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Local Rhoots: 1301 Belmont St. Order at the counter for either to-go or dine-in.
Gluten free noodles available for two of the entrees
Vegetarian option available
pament methods accepted
Cash, card, Apple pay
Artichoke Tapenade & Crostini $10
Mason Charcuterie $13
Ceasar Salad $8/$13
Fettuccine Alfredo $18
Green Chili Shrimp Scampi $19
5-Layer Lasagna $18 single/$59 family
Pappardelle with Asparagus and Mushrooms $17
Chocolate Panna Cotta $6
Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce $7
Chicken Strips $9
Butter and Parmesan Noodles $9
Alfredo Sauce with Bowtie Noodles $9
Amiee, owner of Mama Wes, has lived in Hood River for 30 years. She began cooking for the masses when her son, Wes, was in high school theater. She took it on herself to make dinner for the entire cast of his plays when they'd have long rehearsals, including the band members. The kids called her "Mama Wes." After he graduated, she went on to culinary school and then interned at Celilo, where she works to this day. One day, she would like to open a food truck in Hood River.
This post has been sponsored by Mama Wes Italian Pop-Up.
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Pride month happenings and specials
Mylan Wines: Hosting a month-long fundraiser for The Trevor Project. 15% of sales will be donated to the charity. People can also donate directly to the project under the Gorge account at https://give.thetrevorproject.org/fundraiser/3919198. All businesses are also welcome to join the fundraising efforts and should reach out to email@example.com with any questions.
Upcoming Food Events
Spaghetti Western Co. at The Griffin House July 12, 2022: A pop-up dinner featuring a 6-course meal + wine. More details and tickets here. $225
Change The Way We Waste June 25, 2022: A summer talk about waste and sustainability at 1009 12th St. Hood River. FREE
Beer Belly .5k Fun Run, June 4: Fun run for those 21+. Cider or beer at the finish line. Race starts at 11:30 a.m. More info here. $20
changes to bar & restaurant hours
pFriem Family Brewers: Has switched to summer hours. Open every day 11:00 am - 10:00 pm.
summer food activities for kids
The Makery at Roots: Your little ones can spend their summer learning how to make crumpets and jam or even how to pickle things! More info here. Available for kids aged 5-12. Please check Roots for days and classes. $295
Golden Goods is delayed a bit.
No news on Votum. Is it still a thing? We don't know.
No news on when Baseline Biscuit will reopen.
tidbit thursday 5/19/22
Photo courtesy of Runcible Cider
It's Thursday, which means it's time for some updates on the Hood River food scene.
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Pictured above: Taro root latte at Ground Coffee (picture by Ground)
Shop Local: Mother's Day gifts 2022
Mother's Day is tomorrow, Sunday, May 8. A shoutout to all of those maternal figures out there, from those with children to those that act as mother figures to anyone. In memory of those who are gone and in celebration of those who want to be mothers but are struggling. You count too and I see you. If you celebrate the day and are looking for gifts, here are a few ideas.
A picnic blanket from red thread & co.
We love our Red Thread and Co. blanket. We take it everywhere we go because it's light yet warm and machine washable. We cannot believe how much use we have got out out of it. We like this pattern, but any of the blankets/throws are worth grabbing. This design is called the Multnomah and runs $89-$129. Buy here.
Chocolates from columbia gorge confections
Columbia Gorge Confections has tons of options for Mother's Day, like this chocolate jewelry box. Available at the store or online. (112 7th Street Hood River Oregon).
A game from hood river hobbies
110 4th St, Hood River, OR, United States, Oregon
a gift basket from packer orchards
Tons of gift baskets available in the shop. 3900 Highway 35, Hood River, OR
A mug or picture from Made in the Gorge
108 Oak St, Hood River, OR 97031
This month, join Local Rhoots (1301 Belmont St.) for a Mexican pop-up. The menu will be served at Local Rhoots on Saturdays & Sundays in May from 8 am-12 pm. Order at the counter, pay, and then sit down and enjoy your food or take it with you and enjoy it at home. The menu this month comes from one of the Local Rhoots chefs, Chef Carmen.
Pozole y Taquitos | $15
A hearty stew made with hominy and pork shoulder cooked in a juaillo chili sauce and garnished with shaved radish, cilantro and cabbage. Served with house-made taquitos.
Menudo y Tortillas Hechas a Mano | $15
A traditional Mexican soup made with beef tripe immersed in a red chili sauce, seasoned with hominy, onion, lime and cilantro, and serves with house-made corn tortillas.
Fideos con Pollo
Tamales de Puerco | $3 cada
Con queso | $8
Con queso y pollo | $12
Postre | $11
Not 3, but 5 milks in this leches cake
A custard dessert dating back to the 18th century that is similar to a French Creme Brûlée, but uses ingredients native to the town of Jerica where it originated in a convent.
When: Saturdays and Sundays in May .
Where: Local Rhoots (1301 Belmont Ave.)
What: A pop-up event with Mexican food.
Questions? Reservations? (541) 340-4364.
Seating is first come, first serve. Both nonalcoholic and adult beverages are available (A Rhubarb Mint Margarita | $12). Kids items available. We think this is an excellent option for Mother's Day brunch, if you don't already have plans.
Opinions here are Melissa's. This post has been sponsored by Local Rhoots. Local Rhoots is a locally-owned business that uses local ingredients to make ready-made meals, which you can either pre-order or grab out of the grab-and-go case.
Tidbit Thursday 5/5/22
It's Tidbit Thursday and here's the news we have for you this week:
Local Rhoots will be hosting a Mexican pop-up called Estelita in May. All month, it will be hosting weekend brunch. We'll have more details available as well as a menu up later this week.
Openings and re-openings
Mt. Hood BBQ will open tomorrow in the 1301 parking lot (1301 Belmont St.). Find their menu for opening week above. On Friday, they'll also have ribs on special. On Sundays, they'll serve handmade sausage. Opening at 11, closing at 6 (if they don't sell out).
Columbia Gorge Crepes has secured its former location near Pacos Tacos and the movie theater. It will open Saturday, May 7. See the company's Facebook page for more info.
Celilo will be closed through May 10, re-opening May 11 to provide staff with a break before summer.
Mother's Day is upon us and a few places are offering special menus or brunch.
Cinco de Mayo
Kickstand has a special menu for Cinco de Mayo. Additionally, Crush Cider Cafe will have a dj and Mexican food handmade by Michoacan Grill, and Finnriver Cidery will pop by to takeover the taps for the day.
Parklets are back! Taphouse 64 already put theirs up.
Got news to share? Email Melissa at therealhreats at gmail.com
Businesses featured in the highlights section of Tidbit Thursday are often our sponsors and may have paid to have their content placed in the highlight section.
Golden goods to open downtown
Soon, a vegan sandwich and bake shop will open in downtown Hood River. The new spot, called Golden Goods, will be at 111 Oak St, Hood River, OR 97031 (look next to Andrew's, where the fro yo places used to be).
The shop is the creation of Savannah and Chad Hinman. You may recognize the couple from the various hats they wear around town. Chad at Broder Ost and Savannah used to manage Basik Acai Cafe.
The duo plan to open the doors some time in May. Then, they'll shut down for a few weeks as they welcome their first child.
We dropped by today and the space was sunny, bright, and inviting. Savannah and Chad have brought their own touches to the space, including tiling they did themselves. Look around and you'll see the influence of their friends on the space. Audrey Mae, known for her rad artistry, painted two pieces on their walls.
So what's there to know? Golden Goods will be Hood River's first fully-vegan eatery. It will serve veggie-forward sandwiches focused on real food instead of meat substitutes (think: lentil meatballs on the meatball sandwich). Much of the bread and baked goods will be made in-house, but some things, like any gluten-free vegan bread, may be brought in from elsewhere. There will be kid-friendly items on the menu. For drinks expect kombucha, juice, espresso and hopefully beer and wine (with time, their application is under review with the OLCC).
That's it. That's what we know! We're excited to see everything when they open soon!
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Halley's food truck to open friday, april 28
You may remember Halley from a write-up we did a bit ago about a pop-up she did. Well, she bought the Huck Truck, renovated it to fit her Puerto Rican theme, and will open Saturday, April 30. Hours will be 11-2 p.m. for opening weekend (or until sold out, stay tuned to Halley's Facebook page for updates). The truck will be parked where Huck Truck was at 415 W Steuben.
FishPeople Seafood offering mother's day pre-orders
FishPeople Seafood will be offering both brunch and dinner kits for Mother's Day. Order for 2 or 4 (or multiple sets to feed more). A sample basket for brunch for 2: a dozen farm-fresh eggs, mimosa makings with juice from Columbia Gorge Organics (the bessssttt), salmon, potatoes, asparagus, and rémoulade. Make whatever you want with the ingredients or follow the included directions to make a bomb frittata. $39 feeds 2. Order by calling (541) 436-3474.
Mt. Hood BBQ expected to open May 6
Mount Hood BBQ is on track to open May 6. We'll update you if anything changes. It will be parked in the parking lot of Local Rhoots/1301 at 1301 Belmont St.
Boba on hold
Remember when we got excited about the new boba truck? We may have got over-excited. The truck hit some snags and is on hold for now, from what we understand. More info to come.
For some time, Ethan Fuller and his team of 3 drivers have been delivering takeout to Stevenson, Carson, Stabler, Home Valley, North Bonneville, and Cascade Locks. The 19 year-old plans to hire two additional employees and expand to White Salmon, Bingen, and parts of Snowden this May. We chatted with Ethan about his business and what sets it apart from other delivery services.
What sets Gorge deliveries apart
"We don't make money by taking a cut of the order total. That ensures that customers can still support local businesses, without a delivery service taking a cut of the profits."
- Ethan Fuller, Owner of Gorge Deliveries
Restaurants currently working with Gorge deliveries
Walking Man Brewery
Coronas Mexican Food
Clark and Lewie's
Main Street Market
*Each restaurant has its own delivery hours, please check Gorge Deliveries for the most up-to-date delivery schedule.
restaurants ready to work with gorge deliveries when it expands
how to order
Instead of calling the restaurant you want to order from, head to gorgedeliveries.com. Find the restaurant you want to order from, hit "order now" and select your items, then check out. Food will be delivered to the address you put in during checkout.
Minimum $$$ for Delivery
cost per delivery
$8 for most deliveries, but up to $14 (not including tip).
Currently 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. However, each restaurant has specific hours delivery is available. Head to gorgedeliveries.com for the most up-to-date schedule.
Pictured above: Prawns and Calamari from Kickstand's large plates menu. Photo courtesy of Kickstand.
Spring menus are here!
In the past few weeks, several restaurants have swapped their menus to reflect the season.
Pine Street Bakery
pFriem Family Brewers
pFriem's spring menu keeps favorites like mochiko chicken, mussles & frites, and the fried chicken sandwich. It adds seasonal selections like smoked salmon dip, roasted beets, paprikash, and a spring salad. Find lots of gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options. See the full menu below. pFriem is located at 707 Portway Ave #101. See their menu online at www.pfriembeer.com
KickStand Coffee and Kitchen
Kickstand's spring menu features a poke bowl, year-round staples like the street tacos, and what you see in the picture above: a grilled prawn and calamari platter with garlic rice, baby bok choy, green onions, and soy sauce. You'll also notice the return of the Ricky Bobby sandwich (eggs, fried chicken, sausage, cheese, and green onions on a biscuit).
Below, find the full menus. Find Kickstand at 1235 State St #100 and online at kickstandcoffee.net
Celilo Restaurant and Bar
Chef Ben is always innovating at Celilo Restaurant and Bar. This spring's menu features items like seafood risotto, mushroom and coconut ravioli, ricotta gnocchi with roasted cauliflower, and, of course, a pasta loaded with spring veggies like artichoke hearts. The bar menu remains the same with happy hour from 5-6 daily. Find the full menu below or at Celilo (16 Oak St.) and online at www.celilorestaurant.com.
Elizabeth changes her menu monthly, rotating through the cities and regions of Italy. This month, she takes us to Sicily. Start with an order of Panelle (a chickpea fritter with handmade lemon aioli), then order some fresh, handmade pasta with pistachio pesto. We can't wait to try it. Have you? Find Pesco online at pescohr.com and in person in the Windance parking lot (108 OR-35).
Gorges beer co.
Photo Courtesy of Gorges Beer Co.
The spring menu focuses on sharable plates like deviled eggs, fries, charcuterie, and farro salad. Other mains include things like mushroom risotto and spring seafood stew. Find them in person at 390 Wa Na Pa St, Cascade Locks or online at gorgesbeer.com