Peruvian dark. Sumatran. Mocha java. High Alps blend. Whether you want your coffee dark, medium-roasted, or blended, Guse's has it. Better yet, every blend is made from organic, fair-trade beans that have been roasted in-house using a process that creates a cup of coffee with low acidity. They also have flavored espresso drinks that include vanilla, hazelnut, and irish cream, which can be added to any of their other gourmet coffees to switch up a standard cup and play a pleasing prank on tastebuds. And if you're a decaf drinker, Guse's has you covered. All of their decaf blends were created using the Swiss Water Process that, unlike other decaffeination methods, uses no chemicals at all. All of this coffee magic happens inside the historic Pounder Building?built in 1925?which has been Guse's home for two decades.
Dinner and a movie is a classic date-night combination, but Vinotopia Restaurant & Winebar at Mill Plain takes it a step further. The independent, locally owned movie theater and restaurant adds upscale food and an award-winning wine list to an already luxurious movie-going experience.
In all auditoriums, patrons can stretch out in extra-wide Ultra Leather seats with extra leg room, and stadium seating ensure excellent views. In luxuriously appointed Grand Auditoriums, films project in Digital Super High Definition for additional visual and auditory intensity. Skybox-like Living Room Theaters pamper viewers with pre-show dining delivered from the restaurant and VIP seating with ottoman footrests. Chefs can also prepare to-go trays to take into the auditorium should diners run the risk of missing even a single executive producer?s name in the opening credits.
The dining room is an elegant space; its clean white tablecloths, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a grand fireplace that create a perfect atmosphere for a romantic date. Works by local artists dot the walls, and colored glass in the ceiling fills the room with ambient light during the day. An outdoor garden hosts comfortable outdoor dining, granting enough privacy for intimate conversations with the plants.
In either location, guests can sample the full range of Vinotopia's Wine Spectator Best Award of Excellence?winning wine list. The restaurant's enomatic wine-dispensing system produces one-ounce pours from the more than 85 different bottles for only a small fraction of the bottle price. Patrons take their pick of sips from producers such as Leonetti, Betz, Quilceda Creek, Beaux Freres, Caymus, Shafer, K Vitners, and Ken Wright. A staff of trained sommeliers can suggest which vintages to pair with a chef's tasting plate or entrees from local favorites salmon and seabass, to heartier pot roast and pork chops. They might suggest a Pinot Noir to suit the herbs in the Creamy Penne Pesto, an everyday Syrah with a half-pound Double R Ranch burger, or a Riesling to bring out the bright flavors of Yellow Fin Tuna with sesame seeds and yakisoba noodles. Sean Levy of The Oregonian found the restaurant ?as posh and professional as anything in downtown Portland,? and ?worth visiting just for the wines.?
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.
Though many people may have tasted some of the flavors native to southern China's Sichuan province, few have sampled the region's vast array of unique cuisine. After successfully opening Taste of Sichuan Beaverton, Taste of Sichuan was unveiled in Vancouver to present their wide range of authentic Sichuan cuisine, where chefs make not only the region's well-known dishes, but also the dishes that only travelers or Willy Wonka's taste-testers usually get to experience.
The chefs name this eclectic portion of their menu the Wild Side, which includes dishes ranging from mung-bean jelly in a garlic-accented chili sauce to pickled chili-pepper frogs. Because many diners may be unfamiliar with some of these dishes, the chefs have designed the menu to delineate which options are fan favorites and which include fiery hot Sichuan peppers.
At South Pacific Rum Bar and Grill, Polynesian cuisine meets classic pub fare. The bartenders at the eatery's Tiki hut bar pour from one of 25 beers on tap and craft cocktails, like the Jamaican Sunset, a mix of spiced rum, dark rum, OJ and pineapple juice, from a selection of 40+ rums from all over the world. Meanwhile, TVs play the latest sports games instead of live footage of an empty beach cabana, making it a fun place to eat, drink, and play.
The restaurant's fusion cuisine features classics like chicken wings that receive a touch of tropical flavor with sauces like apricot BBQ and ginger chili. Even the pizza gets an island twist--the Spicy Hawaiian pizza comes crowned in Canadian bacon, pineapple, and banana peppers. An array of more traditional steakhouse favorites, like New York strip steak and grilled salmon, as well as burgers, salads, pasta, sandwiches, and gluten-free and vegan options round out the menu. And for snack-sized plates, an all-day happy hour menu features smaller portions of bacon-wrapped prawns and cajun-style tots with a side of spicy fondue. South Pacific Rum Bar and Grill provides full catering services and also has an on-site banquet room that accommodates up to 150 people,