Old Town Burger & Breakfast serves up hearty, 100% certified Angus hamburg from two south Washington eateries. Carnivorous connoisseurs may choose the house burger, a quarter-pound of Angus beef capped with a fresh egg, country-cut bacon, American cheese, house sauce, onion, pickles, tomato, and crisp lettuce, all tucked between doughy bedsheets. Or they can opt to tackle the swiss-and-mushroom burger, a quarter-pound of Angus beef blanketed in swiss cheese and topped with pickles, sautéed mushrooms, crisp lettuce, onion, and tomato, piled sky-high on a bun. Guests may dine in or take entrees, both of which come with a side of french fries and a 16 oz. soft drink, to go for noshing in a local park or steam shovel.
When Jeremy Brown's wife was expecting her second child, the couple realized their small house wasn't going to fit a family of four. Upon moving to a 5-acre fixer upper outside Battle Ground, the pair raised their kids as Jeremy nurtured another project: using those acres to create his own winery.
Since starting with his quaint, Tuscan-inspired tasting room, Jeremy has expanded his grounds to include several large patios and a wood-fired oven in the kitchen, where chefs prepare pizzas and small plates. Live musicians grace Rusty Grape Vineyard's stage Wednesday–Saturday, adding soothing tunes that complement the tasting room's draft beers and rotating selection of wine by the glass and bottle. Available pours might include a 2011 riesling or a complex red wine whose hints of cranberry give way to an oatmeal-cookie finish.
After relocating from Hawaii's Oahu island to the Pacific Northwest, the Carpio family opened Da ~ Kine's Cafe to help reconcile their cravings for homeland Hawaiian fare with their newly acquired taste for traditional American eats. The tropical restaurant menu features island cuisine such as Kalua pig, Katsu chicken, and banana pancakes next to more classic stateside fare such as salads, sandwiches, burgers, and deep-fried baseball. The paninis menu offers the Malibu, a turkey and cranberry sauce option, as well as the Makaha topped with Black Forest ham and Oregon's tillamook cheddar. Like all the best sacrifices to Pele, dinners include Kalbi ribs and coconut shrimp and come served with a Hawaiian roll, coconut butter, salad, rice, and a traditional coconut-milk-based Hawaiian dessert called Haupia.
Garlic Jim's menu was handcrafted with nothing more than a dream and an incredible reserve of pizza-making expertise. Open an order with some gourmet chicken wings, available in barbecue, garlic, and buffalo hot, before moving on to pizza territory. Put an end to eating Legos by piecing together a custom pie. Choose from the hand-thrown thick, garlic thin, or gluten-free crusts, slathered in one of seven sauces (from classic red to zesty chipotle pesto) or olive oil, and then slap on any of 15 standard and 11 gourmet toppings (14-inch large pizzas start at $12.59, gluten-free crust $15.59, each additional topping $1.50). To achieve customization without the stress of having to choose, turn to one of the pre-determined specialties. Meat-maul hunger with the Hercules (salami, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, beef, spicy Italian sausage, and bacon, $18.99 for large thick crust, $21.99 for gluten-free), or discover the secret of pizza-temperature fusion in your head with Jim's bacon-cheeseburger pizza (beef, bacon, red onions, tomatoes, mozzarella, and cheddar, $18.99 for large thick crust, $21.99 for gluten-free).
The local McSteven's factory has churned out calendar-spanning holiday cheer with cocoa, cider, and other gourmet drink mixes for 30 years, earning a feature in the Columbian. Autumn-inspired flavors flood tins of Snoopy's harvest-spice cocoa mix ($7.95), each of which serves six imbibers or an infinite number of cartoon children with a chocolaty sip endorsed by the Peanuts gang. Breathe new life into floundering bashes with Tiki Drinks lime-margarita mix ($5.95) or a college-themed hot chocolate cloaked in colors to match the uniforms of champion football teams ($7.95 each). Caramel-apple cider ($7.95) warms fingers after jumping through piles of leaves or competing in hide-and-seek matches against scarecrows.
Tropical Sno is one of the few eateries where you can order a rainbow. A primary-colored mix of pineapple and red and blue raspberry, the "Rainbow" is just one of the shop's many shaved ice flavor combos. Their other combos range from "Candy Apple," a mix of apple and cinnamon, to "Tiger's Blood," a strawberry and coconut cocktail. Clients can also build their own treats with up to three of the 29 available syrups, which range from fruity flavors to birthday cake and coffee. Add-ons are also available such as cream, to make the treat reminiscent of traditional Hawaiian-style shaved ice, and a spill stopper to catch any drips or tiny snowmen trying to jump ship.