Whether dancing, watching the game, or grabbing a burger, a visit to Night Deposit Whiskey Library can help make it happen. Casual and cozy with hardwood flooring and exposed brick, the hangout invites friends to just be themselves. DJs and live musicians visit regularly to facilitate dancing. Meanwhile, a full bar and a menu full of comfort food? such as steak omelets for brunch?prevent the sound of grumbling stomachs from distracting the TVs' athletes. Fifteen rotating microbrews ensure something for both beer connoisseurs and easily pleased palates.
On mornings at Broadway Cafe, patrons cozy into pink-cushioned chairs and turquoise booths for American breakfasts of french toast, syrup-slathered pancakes, and hearty three-egg omelets. For lunch, tables populate with juicy burgers and amply stuffed sandwiches held together by gooey swiss and cheddar cheese. After sipping the last of a strawberry lemonade or iced tea, patrons can dig into desserts, including pie à la mode or an ice-cream sundae.
Taking advantage of the region's specialty in wine production, Topaz HomeStyle Bistro offers an enviable selection of the region's fermented goods, including complimentary wine tastings. The winery on show changes weekly, providing motivation to come back and check out which grapes are impressing the owners during any particular fortnight.
In addition to that focus on wine, the kitchen proudly sends out its chefs' own twists on classic dishes and internationally inspired small plates, which give diners the chance to gather, share food, and feel like they're part of the Topaz family. Executive Chef Adam keeps the menu fresh, taking advantage of the harvestable bounty of wine country to make his signature dishes. Customers can enjoy the tequila-lime chicken quesadilla—stuffed with jalapenos, tomatoes, fire-roasted bell peppers, onions, cilantro, and cheddar-jack cheese—and the three signature slider sandwiches, such as the turkey burger with mixed greens and cranberry aioli, each of which can be shared or purposefully withheld from tablemates.
Though its shop brims with stacks of specialty gifts and an extensive wine collection, Blue Heron French Cheese Company's main draw is its signature creamy brie. The cheese counter offers complimentary tastes of the signature flavors?including herb garlic and smoked?as well as other local and imported cheeses. At a wine-tasting counter, sippers linger over glasses of Oregon and Washington wines, guided by a resident wine steward that matches vintages with differing palates. At the petting farm outside, visitors get to know goats, donkeys, and emu, or nod off to sleep after counting all the resident sheep.
At Kat's Crepes, thin pancakes filled with sweet and savory ingredients are what's for dinner. Or lunch, or breakfast, or dessert thanks to the versatile dish. The menu beckons taste buds with crepes such as the BLT, smoked salmon, and banana and Nutella. Although the dish is traditionally French, local culinary items such as Tillamook cheddar and marionberry jam put a decidedly Northwestern American spin on things.
When her two sons came back from Europe raving about the traditional liege sugar waffles, Mary did what any good mom and professional pastry chef would do: she learned how to make them. But Mary wasn't content with mere imitation––she wanted her waffles to be something unique, and so she spent several weeks crafting her own super-secret recipe that blended Belgian-style traditions with hard-to-source ingredients. After all that work, she knew her waffles were made for more than just maple syrup, and a slew of waffle-based dishes was born, incorporating toppings that include everything from thick-cut bacon and housemade salsa to scoops of small-batch ice cream and Guittard chocolate. Soon, she began serving the treats out of a converted Dutch-style door window in her husband’s Bread & Ink Café, and her waffles quickly gained enough acclaim to be featured in Bon Appetit, as well as an episode of the TV show Portlandia.
Now operating from two locations, the staff still gives diners the option to devour their waffles on the go, but welcomes guests to linger longer in the warmth of covered indoor- and outdoor-dining spaces. There, steaming cups of locally-roasted Kobos coffee and glasses of blackberry-basil lemonade help wash down the waffley goodness, while a full line of frozen take-home waffles await to be warmed in home toasters or Mrs. Butterworth's loving embrace.