Anyone skiing or snowboarding at Mt. Hood's Timberline Lodge this winter will find new dining options in addition to substantial snowpack. The Wy'East Cafe has replaced the Black Iron Grill; the adjacent Y'Bar has replaced the Market Cafe; and the historic, ski-in, ski-out Phlox Point Cabin has been remodeled, now offering street tacos and cans of PBR and Northwest IPA. When the 2015/16 season kicked off, these joined the Ram's Head Bar, Blue Ox Bar, Mt. Hood Brewing Company, and Cascade Dining Room, the lodge's fine-dining dinner restaurant.
Chef Jason Stoller Smith oversees all of the culinary action at Timberline, and at the remodeled Phlox Point Cabin, you might feel as though you're eating tacos in Switzerland. Tacos cost $3 a piece, and there's soda, canned beer, Copa wines, Adirondack chairs, and a roaring fire.
Located in the Wy'East Day Lodge across the parking lot form Timberline Lodge, the Wy'East Cafe is a more functional option. Expect cafeteria food stations with burritos, bowls, pizza, pasta, and burgers; a fry bar; and grab-and-go salads and sandwiches. As for the Y'Bar, it will keep up the Market Cafe M.O., with Mt. Hood Brewing's beers on tap, cocktails, and a menu of soups, salads, burgers, pastas, fondue, and more.
The remodel of Wy'East Cafe cost a $1 million and was completed with help from Skylab Architecture and Lorentz Bruun Construction.