Food & Drink in Five Corners

Select Local Merchants

Originally opened as the Top Hat Drive-In in 1953, Sonic has grown into a burger-franchise mecca that today operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic specializes in made-to-order American classics—including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and marshmallow Ford Thunderbolts—which customers order and receive without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast, as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades.

Sonic’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top five fast-food restaurants in three categories: Best Value Menu, Best Milk Shake, and Best Drive-Thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through their program Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.

850 SE 192nd Ave
Vancouver,
WA
US

Pow Pow Wings, a casual sports bar written up in The Columbian and Clark College's The Independent, serves up 13 styles of wings and 10 sauces. A raspberry-chipotle sauce was recommended by The Columbian, whereas the ghost pepper-infused Super Pow was reported to create "an inferno on the palate" by The Independent. Pow Pow Wings also grills burgers that can be doused in any wing sauce or topped with a stack of fried-mozzarella sticks. A full bar supplies beer, soft drinks, and other libations, and pinball machines and foosball distracts patrons from shouting curses in Esperanto at the sportsmen on TV.

5930 NE Fourth Plain Blvd
Vancouver,
WA
US

All walks of life gather to eat at Main Events Sports Grill, but the chefs make sure they "eat with their eyes" first. Each pub-food staple on the menu gets two things: a creative culinary twist and an artful presentation. Burgers might arrive topped with bacon and a painterly swirl of peanut butter, or they might catch the light with a J?germeister-based glaze. The adult mac 'n' cheese aims for a more abstract landscape, with its hefty portions of penne pasta tossed in spicy parmesan and white cheddar cream, bits of bacon, toasted bread crumbs, and melted blue cheese. More conventional eye-candy can be found on the 10 HDTVs, which broadcast sports and UFC fights.

For those who don't have time to linger over each artfully assembled plate, Main Event hosts what it calls fast lunch on weekdays?quick soups, salads, and sliders that are perfect for those who need to return to work or get back to chasing their runaway lawnmower. Later in the day, Main Event returns to its more relaxed "neighborhood hangout" pace with Happy Hour specials and innovative cocktails poured by talented mixologists.

800 Main St
Vancouver,
WA
US

Cuisine Type: Specialty espresso based drinks

Most popular offering: Caramel white mocha, vanilla latte

Kid-friendly: Yes

Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout only

Alcohol: None

Number of Tables: 1?5

Outdoor Seating: No

Established: 2014

Parking: Parking lot

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Pro Tip: Set aside life's burdens, relax, and enjoy your cup of coffee with fresh pastries and whole-milk alternatives, including almond milk and soy milk

Q&A with the Owner

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?

From classic coffee to the craziest custom espresso-based drinks that you can think of.

D?cor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your d?cor inform or reflect your culinary practice?

Our small corner coffee shop features two large windows that create a modern and bright atmosphere. Our decor features wood, along with black and orange hues.

3021 NE 72nd Dr
Vancouver,
WA
US

Cuisine Type: Coffee and tea

Established: 2014

Reservations: Not offered

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Offering: Honey lavender latte

Kid-friendly: Yes

Alcohol: None

Delivery/Takeout Available: Takeout only

Outdoor Seating: No

Pro Tip: Soy, coconut, almond, and Breve milks are free of charge.

Q&A with the Co-Owner

What?s the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?

"A 16 ounce comes with three shots. Is that okay?" "Seriously? So my 16 ounce almond milk latte is a bargain. No charge for almond or an extra shot? Sold. Best coffee shop every."

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

All of our coffee is proudly roasted and packaged by local Portland roaster Happy Cup Coffee. Every bag of coffee you drink or you buy helps Happy Cup create jobs and instill hope for people with disabilities.

6321 East Mill Plain Boulevard
Vancouver,
WA
US

The chefs at Tommy O's Pacific Rim Bistro might be wizards. With local produce, wild-caught fish, and other ingredients culled from Vancouver's farmers’ markets, they conjure meals straight from Hawaiian tables. Their menu combines sake-wasabi oyster shooters from the raw bar with tropical dishes of slow-roasted kalua pork and calamari steak sandwiches doused in housemade tartar sauce. Bartenders stock their taps with beers from around the Northwest and shake specialty cocktails such as the FBI, whose blend of vanilla vodka, coconut rum, and pineapple juice was specially designed to look amazing in the hand of anyone wearing wraparound sunglasses. While diners take their taste buds surfing, their eyes soak up tropical decorations such as surfboards, palm fronds, and murals of surfers, all nestled comfortably in a dining room that hosts happy hours and jazz performances throughout the week.

801 Washington St
Vancouver,
WA
US