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.
At Uptown Pasta, owner Tony Manuel shares his love of homestyle cooking with a menu that showcases rich, made-to-order pastas and traditional Italian entrees. Savory spheres of gnocchi à la bolognese simmer in a meaty sauce flavored with wine ($14), and meatballs or sausage pair with al dente tendrils of fresh spaghetti ($13¬–$14) to lasso traditional appetites or keep forks from flying away. Piping-hot ovens produce herb-rich delights such as the baked manicotti ($13) or meatless ziti baked Sicilian style with eggplant and cheese ($13), and seven specialty entrees sate heartier cravings for spicy shrimp fra diavolo ($13) or chicken pesto with olive oil, cherry tomatoes, and linguine ($13). At the customer's request, chefs will readily swap traditional noodles for gluten-free pastas or add extra ingredients for $2.
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 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), and then slap on any of 15 standard and 11 gourmet toppings (14-inch large pizzas start at $11.99, extra-large $14.99; each additional topping for a large is $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, $21.99 for extra-large), 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, $21.99 for extra-large).