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Where to Eat, Drink, and Relax Near Mt. Hood

Where to grab breakfast, barbecue, beer, and more in the shadow of the mountain

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Despite its three ski resorts, gorgeous lakes, and countless hiking trails, Mt. Hood is not a “resort” destination like many other mountains in the West. Timberline Lodge is world famous, of course, and Government Camp is the official “ski town” of the area. But really, along Highway 26 to the south and west and Highway 35 to the east, Mt. Hood is made up of small towns — Sandy, Zigzag, Rhododendron, and Welches to west; Parkdale and Hood River to the northeast.

That’s not a bad thing, however; within these small towns lie a handful of local culinary experiences distinct to the area, without the pretense of ritzier mountain towns. Here, visitors can find fun rustic roadhouses, knockout barbecue spots, memorable pizzerias, and outstanding breweries and wineries for a pre-camping toast. While a stop at the Sandlandia food carts in Sandy or a beer in Hood River are always great options pre- or post-camping trip, we wanted to focus on some of the areas closer to the mountain — specifically within 30 miles of Mt. Hood Meadows, the Mt. Hood Skibowl, or Timberline. For more options nearby, check out our Sandy, Hood River, and Columbia River Gorge maps.

Note: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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Dragonfly Cafe & Bakery

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Located within the Mt. Hood Village Campground and RV Resort, the Dragonfly is likely the area’s best option for breakfast, whether it’s a pile of house-made biscuits drenched in sausage gravy or the house-made oatmeal bread French toast. The bakery offers gargantuan cinnamon rolls and supplies the restaurant with breads.

Rendezvous Grill

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This Welches restaurant somehow succeeds in feeling serene and secluded with lush greenery inside and — during the warm season — out, despite its location right off Highway 26. “The Vous” can dress up or down: For celebrations, diners cut into New York steaks with Gorgonzola butter, or for a casual mid-week meal, they can just pop in for a burger or a salad. It’s worth it to peruse the list of seasonal specials, like rib-eyes topped with bearnaise and Dungeness or Chinook salmon topped with hollandaise.

Koya Kitchen

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There’s nothing quite like Koya Kitchen in Mt. Hood Village, both in terms of the cuisine served and the actual environment of the food cart’s unusual seating area. Tucked into the woods off Highway 26, string lights and paper lanterns hang over small tents, an A-frame, and picnic tables scattered among the surrounding forest. Any given meal at Koya may involve chicken karaage, cold-smoked salmon poke, a warming bowl of Japanese curry, or yuzu-avocado fried rice. Inside a small cabin, a bar serves beer and sake to diners waiting for their food from the cart next door.

Naan N Curry Mt. Hood

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Finding Indian food this far up Highway 26 is a rarity, but this new restaurant, serving aloo matar and Punjabi goat masala to those chilly and red-cheeked from a day on the mountain. The menu hits a lot of the classics spotted on Indian restaurant menus across the country, from vegetable korma to sizzling platters of tandoori chicken. The house chai is a warm pick-me-up for those driving back to Portland afterward.

Chicali Cantina

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Found within a Welches shopping center, this Mexican American restaurant is a welcome surprise on the way to or from the mountain. Start with a few margaritas — or a pitcher — and some guacamole, which comes in a few varieties. When visiting with a group, it’s worth it to get the dozen taco platter to share; the rest of the menu includes things like chipotle crab and shrimp enchiladas, chile rellenos, and carne asada burritos drenched in poblano cream sauce.

Skyway Bar & Grill

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The pseudo-rockabilly hardcore Americana on display at the Skyway Bar and Grill is worth a stop alone: Christmas lights and mismatched light fixtures hang from the pressed tin ceilings, illuminating the countless midcentury paintings and posters lining the walls. Sitting by the fireplace or within the sprawling backyard, visitors snack on smokehouse classics like ribs, pork shoulder, and smoked Mary’s chicken, plated alongside self-described “lumpy mashers” or hand-cut fries. The “Skyway Mac-N-Cheese” is legendary, available with a huge selection of “hook-ups” like pastrami, bacon cubes, and brisket. The bar pours a robust selection of local beers from the taps, along with CBD sodas, cocktails, and house-infused spirits.

Al Forno Ferruzza

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This Rhododendron pizzeria is the spot for Italian food and pizza near the mountain, whether it’s a pile of baked ziti or a calzone stuffed with artichokes and caramelized onion. The pizzas here are baked in a 800-degree stone hearth oven, for char and chew, and are generous with toppings like mushrooms and hot peppers. Anything on the menu goes well with a maple hot toddy or a glass of house-made limoncello.

Mt. Hood Brewing Co.

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Since 1991, Mt. Hood Brewing Co. has been brewing beers with Pacific Northwestern hops and the pure glacial water of Mt. Hood itself. It might be the quintessential stop in Government Camp, Mt. Hood’s relaxed and barely populated ski town. This classic Mt. Hood brewery has named each of its beers after iconic Mt. Hood elements, whether it’s the Ice Axe IPA, Hogsback Oatmeal Stout, Timberline Tucker, or Highland Meadow Blonde. Stop by for a classic pub selection of food, including pulled pork poutine, clam chowder, burgers, or even Oregon rockfish fish and chips. Parents will dig the excellent kid’s menu options, as well. 

Huckleberry Inn

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When in Government Camp, longtime return visitors often spend their mornings at the Huckleberry Inn diner for — naturally — its huckleberry pancakes. Huckleberry milkshakes or a slice of huckleberry pie are common favorites; generally, stick to any dish with the namesake fruit involved.

Cascade Dining Room

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Timberline is home to a number of cozy, casual restaurants and bars — the Wy’East Café and Y’Bar for a quick lunch stop, the Ram’s Head Bar and Restaurant for cocktails and bowl of soup — but  the fanciest place to eat on the mountain is easily the lodge’s Cascade Dining Room. In a wood-lined dining space with mountain views, diners eat dishes like mussels steamed in vermouth or duck breast risotto with farro and fava beans, depending on the season; the restaurant also boasts a very strong wine list, heavily featuring Oregon and Washington bottles. Reservations are highly recommended.

Mt View Orchards

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Mt View Orchards has it all: A winery? Check. A brewery? Check. Cider? Check. Wood-fired pizza? Check. Incredible mountain views? Check. A steer named Carlos? Check. This Mt. Hood farm is a popular stop for families, who pop by for apple and pumpkin u-picking in the fall, tulip festivals in the spring, and more. The Grateful Vineyard tasting room is the site of the tasting options and food pairings, which can involve s’mores on certain days. Visitors might also recognize Mt. View Orchards from its appearance in season 18 of Top Chef Portland. In the off-season, it’s best to get a reservation.

Baseline Biscuits

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Parkdale’s new breakfast spot is ideal for those who spent too much time at the nearby breweries the night before — or those who need to load up on carbs before a day of skiing. Gargantuan house-made biscuits arrive smothered in sausage, chorizo, or white pepper gravy, either on its own or accompanied by bacon and eggs. Those seeking something sweet can opt for hazelnut and cornflake-encrusted French toast, drenched in marionberry syrup.

Moby Coffee Roasters

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This nautical-themed coffee roaster is one of the best in the Hood River valley, featuring beans roasted onsite in Parkdale. The roaster’s coffee shop in an unassuming garage off Parkdale’s main road is a fun spot for seasonal lattes and espresso — things like cinnamon hazelnut breves or caramel mochas. The shop also sells a handful of pastries for a quick breakfast.

Apple Valley BBQ

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Chef and owner Justin White has created something truly original out of his family’s former Apple Valley Country Store. This Northwest-style barbecue joint in Parkdale smokes all its meat over indirect heat using local cherrywood, for a menu of pulled pork, ribs, jerk chicken, smoked prime rib, and burgers. Dessert is a must here, often involving local fruit pies from the country store or Black Butte Porter brownie sundaes. The shop also sell its own sauce and dry rub, for those who want to bring a piece of Parkdale home with them.

Solera Brewery

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This Parkdale brewery is not just a fun spot for inventive sours, fruit beers, and fresh hop ales; it’s one of the finest spots in the area for lunch. Cubanos, hearty bowls of chili, and sriracha powder grilled cheese sandwiches land at picnic tables around the brewery, with gorgeous mountain and orchard views. Beers are available in pints, growlers, pitchers, and tasting trays.

Dragonfly Cafe & Bakery

Located within the Mt. Hood Village Campground and RV Resort, the Dragonfly is likely the area’s best option for breakfast, whether it’s a pile of house-made biscuits drenched in sausage gravy or the house-made oatmeal bread French toast. The bakery offers gargantuan cinnamon rolls and supplies the restaurant with breads.

Rendezvous Grill

This Welches restaurant somehow succeeds in feeling serene and secluded with lush greenery inside and — during the warm season — out, despite its location right off Highway 26. “The Vous” can dress up or down: For celebrations, diners cut into New York steaks with Gorgonzola butter, or for a casual mid-week meal, they can just pop in for a burger or a salad. It’s worth it to peruse the list of seasonal specials, like rib-eyes topped with bearnaise and Dungeness or Chinook salmon topped with hollandaise.

Koya Kitchen

There’s nothing quite like Koya Kitchen in Mt. Hood Village, both in terms of the cuisine served and the actual environment of the food cart’s unusual seating area. Tucked into the woods off Highway 26, string lights and paper lanterns hang over small tents, an A-frame, and picnic tables scattered among the surrounding forest. Any given meal at Koya may involve chicken karaage, cold-smoked salmon poke, a warming bowl of Japanese curry, or yuzu-avocado fried rice. Inside a small cabin, a bar serves beer and sake to diners waiting for their food from the cart next door.

Naan N Curry Mt. Hood

Finding Indian food this far up Highway 26 is a rarity, but this new restaurant, serving aloo matar and Punjabi goat masala to those chilly and red-cheeked from a day on the mountain. The menu hits a lot of the classics spotted on Indian restaurant menus across the country, from vegetable korma to sizzling platters of tandoori chicken. The house chai is a warm pick-me-up for those driving back to Portland afterward.

Chicali Cantina

Found within a Welches shopping center, this Mexican American restaurant is a welcome surprise on the way to or from the mountain. Start with a few margaritas — or a pitcher — and some guacamole, which comes in a few varieties. When visiting with a group, it’s worth it to get the dozen taco platter to share; the rest of the menu includes things like chipotle crab and shrimp enchiladas, chile rellenos, and carne asada burritos drenched in poblano cream sauce.

Skyway Bar & Grill

The pseudo-rockabilly hardcore Americana on display at the Skyway Bar and Grill is worth a stop alone: Christmas lights and mismatched light fixtures hang from the pressed tin ceilings, illuminating the countless midcentury paintings and posters lining the walls. Sitting by the fireplace or within the sprawling backyard, visitors snack on smokehouse classics like ribs, pork shoulder, and smoked Mary’s chicken, plated alongside self-described “lumpy mashers” or hand-cut fries. The “Skyway Mac-N-Cheese” is legendary, available with a huge selection of “hook-ups” like pastrami, bacon cubes, and brisket. The bar pours a robust selection of local beers from the taps, along with CBD sodas, cocktails, and house-infused spirits.

Al Forno Ferruzza

This Rhododendron pizzeria is the spot for Italian food and pizza near the mountain, whether it’s a pile of baked ziti or a calzone stuffed with artichokes and caramelized onion. The pizzas here are baked in a 800-degree stone hearth oven, for char and chew, and are generous with toppings like mushrooms and hot peppers. Anything on the menu goes well with a maple hot toddy or a glass of house-made limoncello.

Mt. Hood Brewing Co.

Since 1991, Mt. Hood Brewing Co. has been brewing beers with Pacific Northwestern hops and the pure glacial water of Mt. Hood itself. It might be the quintessential stop in Government Camp, Mt. Hood’s relaxed and barely populated ski town. This classic Mt. Hood brewery has named each of its beers after iconic Mt. Hood elements, whether it’s the Ice Axe IPA, Hogsback Oatmeal Stout, Timberline Tucker, or Highland Meadow Blonde. Stop by for a classic pub selection of food, including pulled pork poutine, clam chowder, burgers, or even Oregon rockfish fish and chips. Parents will dig the excellent kid’s menu options, as well. 

Huckleberry Inn

When in Government Camp, longtime return visitors often spend their mornings at the Huckleberry Inn diner for — naturally — its huckleberry pancakes. Huckleberry milkshakes or a slice of huckleberry pie are common favorites; generally, stick to any dish with the namesake fruit involved.

Cascade Dining Room

Timberline is home to a number of cozy, casual restaurants and bars — the Wy’East Café and Y’Bar for a quick lunch stop, the Ram’s Head Bar and Restaurant for cocktails and bowl of soup — but  the fanciest place to eat on the mountain is easily the lodge’s Cascade Dining Room. In a wood-lined dining space with mountain views, diners eat dishes like mussels steamed in vermouth or duck breast risotto with farro and fava beans, depending on the season; the restaurant also boasts a very strong wine list, heavily featuring Oregon and Washington bottles. Reservations are highly recommended.

Mt View Orchards

Mt View Orchards has it all: A winery? Check. A brewery? Check. Cider? Check. Wood-fired pizza? Check. Incredible mountain views? Check. A steer named Carlos? Check. This Mt. Hood farm is a popular stop for families, who pop by for apple and pumpkin u-picking in the fall, tulip festivals in the spring, and more. The Grateful Vineyard tasting room is the site of the tasting options and food pairings, which can involve s’mores on certain days. Visitors might also recognize Mt. View Orchards from its appearance in season 18 of Top Chef Portland. In the off-season, it’s best to get a reservation.

Baseline Biscuits

Parkdale’s new breakfast spot is ideal for those who spent too much time at the nearby breweries the night before — or those who need to load up on carbs before a day of skiing. Gargantuan house-made biscuits arrive smothered in sausage, chorizo, or white pepper gravy, either on its own or accompanied by bacon and eggs. Those seeking something sweet can opt for hazelnut and cornflake-encrusted French toast, drenched in marionberry syrup.

Moby Coffee Roasters

This nautical-themed coffee roaster is one of the best in the Hood River valley, featuring beans roasted onsite in Parkdale. The roaster’s coffee shop in an unassuming garage off Parkdale’s main road is a fun spot for seasonal lattes and espresso — things like cinnamon hazelnut breves or caramel mochas. The shop also sells a handful of pastries for a quick breakfast.

Apple Valley BBQ

Chef and owner Justin White has created something truly original out of his family’s former Apple Valley Country Store. This Northwest-style barbecue joint in Parkdale smokes all its meat over indirect heat using local cherrywood, for a menu of pulled pork, ribs, jerk chicken, smoked prime rib, and burgers. Dessert is a must here, often involving local fruit pies from the country store or Black Butte Porter brownie sundaes. The shop also sell its own sauce and dry rub, for those who want to bring a piece of Parkdale home with them.

Solera Brewery

This Parkdale brewery is not just a fun spot for inventive sours, fruit beers, and fresh hop ales; it’s one of the finest spots in the area for lunch. Cubanos, hearty bowls of chili, and sriracha powder grilled cheese sandwiches land at picnic tables around the brewery, with gorgeous mountain and orchard views. Beers are available in pints, growlers, pitchers, and tasting trays.

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