What could be better than a glass of artisanal beer or wine? How about that same glass, plus an expert to curate the experience, and also you have a talking dog? With Artisan Clubs, you can achieve most of that dream. Members of the World of Wine Club will receive select presses from established regions all over the world, and members of Artisan Beers enjoy similarly elite microbrews. And then there's the Pacific Northwest Wine Club, which propagates the varietals specifically from Oregon and Washington.
Though tamales are a staple of Mexican cuisine, they span a range of flavors and textures depending on who makes them. The Tamale House’s owners, Tony and Magdalena Jump, hold the keys to some of the category’s finest, earning second- and third-place standings at the national Best Darn Tamale Contest in 2011. They fill their tamales’ masa shells with ingredients such as pork sautéed in a green or red sauce, pork spiced with the house’s barbecue sauce, or a vegetarian-friendly combo of cheese and jalapeños.
Though the tamales have garnered national awards, regulars know that the rest of the menu is nothing to skim over. Every morning, Grandma Jump creates a limited number of chilies rellenos that sell out like hotcakes dipped in gold. The staff also fills freshly pressed tortillas with a range of traditional meats to create items such as chorizo-and-egg tacos, carne asada burritos, and cheese enchiladas.
When Debbi Fields opened the first Mrs. Fields in 1977, it wasn’t all sunshine and cookies. Between her lack of business experience and the unorthodox business model—selling only cookies—not many people believed in her. More than 30 years and a global franchise later, it’s safe to say the doubters are eating their words, at least when they're not busy stuffing their faces with one of Debbi's signature semisweet chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin and walnut cookies.
The wild popularity of Mrs. Fields's cookies can be attributed to the richness of their basic ingredients: real butter, whole eggs, and special blends of chocolate. Classic flavors include chewy fudge, peanut butter, and white chocolate macadamia, and seasonal flavors complement the lineup throughout the year. Select varieties can also be made into cookie cakes of various sizes and shapes that add a delicious twist to any celebration or milk-truck spill.
Cuisine Type: Bakery-Cafe, Fast and Casual
Reservations: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Most popular offering: Fremont Chicken Salad Sandwich
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: We are busiest during lunch rush (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.), so visit us outside of these hours to avoid a line.
What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?
Fremont Chicken Salad SandwichOur famous chicken walnut salad is served with lettuce and tomato on our homemade honey molasses bread.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
All of our products are made from scratch, ... hand prepared in our kitchens daily. We offer a wide variety of choices for breakfast, lunch, and dessert. Fresh from the oven muffins, pastries, soft and chewy cookies, and bite sized desserts. Sandwiches made to order with premium, all-natural meats and cheeses on homemade breads. Crisp tossed green salads and hot savory soups.
The staff at Tigard Wine Crafters doesn't expect that visitors will know exactly what kind of wine they'd like to make when they set foot in the door. For that reason, they encourage people to sip samples of final products before beginning the process. Once visitors have chosen their varietal, one of the resident wine sages walks them through the steps to crafting a batch of wine, which will yield anywhere from 12 to 30 bottles. Customers then return to the shop eight weeks later when the wine has matured to bottle and cork their creations before personalizing labels with their names or with a tailored warning to freeloading roommates.
Tabletop candles cast a mild glow around Cafe Allegro's quaint dining space, where authentic Italian pastas, sandwiches, and hearth-baked pizzas convey the restaurant's 15 years of culinary mastery in every mouthful. Cream sauces, marsala marinara, meats, and fresh vegetables top a latticework of traditional pastas, and calzones swell with myriad ingredients and pride at no longer taking a back seat to pizza. Glasses full of Italian wines reflect the twinkling bulbs that frame the bistro's windows, and a banquet room with an outdoor patio hosts festive events.