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Eat and Drink Your Way Through the Columbia River Gorge

A handy dining guide for the ultimate Gorge road trip

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The Columbia River Gorge — a designated National Scenic Area known for its exceptional wind-surfing, hiking, camping, and other outdoor sports — lies half an hour east of Portland, and in addition to offering one of the most dramatic landscapes in the country, the region is also home to orchards, vineyards, and fields full of berries, fruits, and vegetables. Living among these farms, most local chefs have a hands-off approach to these flavorful ingredients, while others focus on cheese-laden American classics, tacos filled with marinated meats, or brewing crisp and cold beers.

Not all of the Columbia River Gorge standbys have survived the pandemic; OurBar closed for good last year, and it’s unclear if Tad’s will ever serve its famous chicken and dumplings ever again (Google marks the restaurant as permanently closed, though the website indicates it’s temporary; the building has been for sale since 2019). Even so, some exciting openings have landed in the Gorge, including Grasslands Barbecue’s highly anticipated food cart in Hood River. Find the Gorge’s finest restaurants, bars, and food carts with this handy map, whether you’re craving wood-fired pizza, house-made ice cream, or Columbia River salmon.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sugarpine Drive-In

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1208 E Historic Columbia River Hwy
Troutdale, OR 97060
(503) 665-6558
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The banks of the Sandy River are now all the more pleasant with the buzzy community hotspot Sugarpine Drive-In. Chefs Ryan Domingo and Emily Cafazzo, both alums of high-profile restaurants, have created a contemporary walk-up snack counter in what was a 1920s gas station. With an ode to American classics, Sugarpine’s menu is sprinkled with nostalgic bites, such as inventive soft serve creations and grilled cheeses pressed in a waffle iron for optimal crunch. However, some of the menu’s must-order items involve seasonal produce, like the colorful Sugarpine Salad with whipped feta and rotating pickled and roasted vegetables. Sugarpine takes walk-up or online orders; on weekdays, those seeking plate lunches and poke can try Sugarpine’s sibling food cart, Da Pine Grinds.

2. East Wind Drive-In

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395 Wa Na Pa St
Cascade Locks, OR 97014
(541) 374-8380

A classic roadside burger shack that’s been around since 1939, East Wind Drive-In attracts masses of locals and tourists, who wait on the street for brain freeze-worthy soft serve cones the size of their heads. The old-school mainstay also serves fast food and thick shakes — so thick that they likely require a spoon — with a basic cheeseburger clocking in under $5. East Wind also serves breakfast and coffee for those passing through.

3. Big River Grill

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192 SW 2nd St.
Stevenson, WA
(509) 427-0333
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Established in 1993, Big River Grill is a local standby as well as a great detour for travelers rolling through on the Washington side of the Gorge. The ambience is comfortable yet quirky, with random artifacts on the wall, including a giant sturgeon painting. The menu unveils both standard pub fare and things like grilled wild salmon and Thai peanut chicken. The Big River Grill is open for indoor and outdoor dining.

4. Loop de Loop Wines

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Loop de Loop Wines, 451 Kramer Rd
Underwood, WA 98651
(503) 298-9420
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When Loop de Loop’s Julia Bailey started making her wild-yeast-fermented wines, sourcing grapes from the Columbia River Gorge and Willamette Valley, they became the hot bottles to keep in Portland wine bars and restaurants. Now, Loop de Loop has its own tasting room and winery to visit in Underwood, with exceptional pinot noir, cabernet franc, and blends poured alongside mountain and vineyard views. The vineyard is open for tasting on the weekends.

5. Hiyu Wine Farm

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3890 Acree Dr
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 436-4680
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Hood River might be peppered with countless wineries and vineyards, but Hiyu stands out for countless reasons: Primarily, it prides itself on producing everything it serves on-site, excluding its Portland-sourced cheeses. Hiyu offers tasting flights of four to six natural wines, and pairs them with dishes like eye-round steaks from its own Dexter cows, served with nettle, lovage, and alexanders pesto. Make a reservation for lunches, wine tastings with snacks, and lavish vineyard and farm tours with seated dinners via the website.

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6. Lake Taco

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1213 June St
Hood River, OR
(541) 386-2276
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Those in the know head to Lake Taco for its out-of-this-world tortas. This small, family-owned Mexican restaurant delivers a killer torta pambazo stuffed with house-made chorizo, as well as burritos, carne asada, guarache, and some of the best Baja-style fish tacos in Oregon.

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Don’t you just hate it when you go somewhere for one thing and end up ordering half the menu!!? Or is that just me? Chris and I took Koko on a relaxing day trip to the beautiful city of Hood River located on the banks of the Columbia River Gorge. After a nice drive and a day filled with playing/relaxing on the beach we made our way deeper into town and away from all of the touristy spots and breweries downtown. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great restaurants in downtown HR, but we wanted something a little more authentic and I read about one of the best tortas in the Gorge which is prepared at family owned and operated Lake Taco. This is a very small, off the beaten path restaurant located above the valley and is definitely a spot that only locals would know about. I was feeling adventurous and ordered the lengua (beef tongue) tacos, but they were all out out, so we did the chicken and pork, along with their signature burrito, garnachas, and the life changing chili-dipped torta pambazo stuffed with chorizo and potatoes which was by far the best torta I’ve ever had. 10/10 would go again. If you’re ever out in then ”Hood” or just taking a drive through one of the countries most natural and beautiful scenic canyons, be sure to add this place to your list. Lewis and Clark would’ve dined here, and so should you! . . . . . #laketaco #tacos #torta #tortas #authentic #mexicanfood #mexican #comfortfood #hoodriver #thegorge #hoodriveroregon #columbiariver #columbiarivergorge #lewisandclark #pdxfoodie #foodie #thefagatguide #foodstagram #foodphotography #foodpics #foodporn #foodgasm #foodpic #foodbeast #foodlover #traveloregon #familyowned #yummy #eeeeeats

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7. Pfriem Family Brewers

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707 Portway Ave Suite 101
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 321-0490
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Pfriem remains one of Hood River’s destination breweries, where beer geeks from around the country visit for award-winning beers like its nectarine golden ale or its Druif, a riesling-infused lambic-style beer. In a spacious, contemporary brewery with some old-school Oregon touches, Pfriem also offers a surprisingly stellar dinner menu, including everything from Pilsner-steamed Pacific Northwestern mussels to quinoa sauteed in herb-lemon vinaigrette with Washington Rojo beans. The brewery is open for indoor and outdoor dining.

8. Solstice Wood Fire Cafe & Bar

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501 Portway Ave
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 436-0800
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Thanks to an imported Italian wood-fire oven and the Gorge’s seasonal ingredients, the pizzas at this modern and playful pizzeria are emblematic of the region and, thus, super tasty, with vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian options. Just steps from the Columbia River, Solstice works with Gorge Grown Food Network, a local organization that strives to combat hunger and promote healthy, sustainable eating within the Columbia River Gorge. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout.

9. Grasslands Barbecue

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403 Portway Ave
Hood River, OR 97031

This pop-up-turned-barbecue-cart on Hood River’s waterfront is likely the best barbecue in the Gorge, with beef ribs fit for a Flintstone, slow-smoked for 16 hours, as well as tasso-rubbed pulled pork, ginger-soy pork belly burnt ends, and juicy Hatch-chile-and-Tillamook-cheddar sausages. The cart is only open on the weekends and tends to sell out, so the earlier you order, the better.

10. River Daze Café

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202 D Cascade Avenue, 2nd St
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 308-0246
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At first glance, River Daze looks like the typical sandwich shop, with the exception of west-facing floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the dramatic hills of the Gorge. The sandwiches served here are also anything but ordinary, served on house-made bread and topped with vegetables from the restaurant’s own organic farm. The pastrami sandwich — a beautiful mess of a thing with the ideal distribution of meat, sauerkraut, and Mama Lil’s pepper-tinged mayo — should not be missed.

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11. Broder Øst

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102 Oak St #100
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 436-3444
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Though any Portlander could simply visit one of the Broder locations in Portland proper, the Hood River location of the Scandinavian brunch essential remains one of the finest spots for a weekend brunch in the Gorge. Guests staying in the Hood River Hotel stroll down from their rooms into the adjacent restaurant, to sip on aquivit-spiked bloody marys and cardamom coffee before tucking into lefse, eggs baked with spinach and cream, or puffy little aebleskiver, Swedish spherical pancakes served with lemon curd and lingonberry jam. For groups, the Swedish breakfast board is a treat, with pastries, cheeses, smoked trout, and jammy eggs.

12. Celilo Restaurant & Bar

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16 Oak St
Hood River, OR
(541) 386-5710
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This restaurant is swank and sophisticated, with some of the most refined dining in the Gorge. Chef Ben Stenn relies on local ranchers and farmers to create a menu that constantly changes in accordance with what’s fresh; expect a great selection of wines from the Gorge’s robust winery scene, plus local craft beers and fancy cocktails. Besides sourcing local ingredients, it also has a habit of recycling and composting pretty much everything that passes through the kitchen.

13. Everybody's Brewing

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151 W Jewett Blvd
White Salmon, WA
(509) 637-2774
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Right on White Salmon’s main street, Everybody’s Brewing offers a nice round of mainstay beers like the hoppy Country Boy IPA and chocolate- and toffee-flavored Pucker Huddle porter, as well as rotating seasonal flavors. The food menu is filled with locally sourced and organic pub grub, such as burgers, salads, burritos, top-notch nachos, and a small selection of seasonal entrees. The sunny back deck with its jaw-dropping view of Mount Hood doesn’t hurt, either. The restaurant is also open for takeout.

14. White Salmon Baking Co.

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80 NE Estes Ave
White Salmon, WA 98672
(509) 281-3140
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This bakery, perched in the hillside town of White Salmon, is the place locals go to for fresh pastries and breakfast and lunch dishes like avocado toast on thick slabs of rustic white bread, topped with herbed goat cheese, lardons, and a jammy egg. The real secret, however, is the Monday pizza night, which draws all the local vintners for the rare and wonderful Italian wine list. It’s curated by co-owner Jure Poberaj, nephew of Italy’s famous natural winemaker Josko Gravner.

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15. The Huck Truck

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415 W Steuben St
Cook, WA 98605
(808) 280-0769
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Sharing a space with natural shop Blue Bus Cultured Foods, the Huck Truck food truck offers simple, healthy lunches, and everything is made from scratch, right down to the brioche rolls. The crispy pork sandwich is the place to begin, and some items, like the tacos, can be made vegan.

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16. Taqueria Mi Pueblito

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815 Chenowith Loop Rd
The Dalles, OR 97058
(541) 380-1530
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Parked in a corner of The Dalles, this food cart sells colorful tacos, burritos, and tortas filled with crispy carnitas and tender barbacoa, served with a heat-packing red salsa and one-off specials like pozole and menudo. The shop’s tortas travel well for those seeking a snack to take for a riverside picnic, though it would be a sin to skip the cart’s sopes. Taqueria Mi Pueblito offers seating onsite.

17. Baldwin Saloon

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205 Court St
The Dalles, OR 97058
(541) 296-5666
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Built in 1876 and originally run by brothers James and John Baldwin, the historic Baldwin Saloon feels just like the Old Wild West, with its long mahogany bar, hanging chandeliers, and original turn-of-the-century oil paintings perched on the walls. But in the evenings, sandwiches and burgers give way to more upscale plates, like duck confit in a five-spice demi-glace or steamy bowls of seafood-laden bouillabaisse. As for alcohol, the saloon slings local microbrews on tap and specialty cocktails. The saloon was recently purchased by new owners and got a fresh coat of paint, but the original charm remains.

A blue bar with paintings and a mahogany bar at the Baldwin Saloon in the Dalles
The new bar at the Baldwin Saloon.
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18. C & D Drive-In and Bakery

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103 N Main St
Boardman, OR 97818
(541) 481-4981
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Dining options get thin the farther east you go, so it’s lucky there’s C & D Drive-In and Bakery, an old-school rest stop filled with equal numbers of kids and truckers. Order a classic American cheeseburger, milkshake, and fries, which come with a bunch of special sauces. The spot is best known for its “Bozo” burger, a quarter-pound patty topped with bacon and cheese that’s named after former owner Jack Bozarth.

1. Sugarpine Drive-In

1208 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale, OR 97060

The banks of the Sandy River are now all the more pleasant with the buzzy community hotspot Sugarpine Drive-In. Chefs Ryan Domingo and Emily Cafazzo, both alums of high-profile restaurants, have created a contemporary walk-up snack counter in what was a 1920s gas station. With an ode to American classics, Sugarpine’s menu is sprinkled with nostalgic bites, such as inventive soft serve creations and grilled cheeses pressed in a waffle iron for optimal crunch. However, some of the menu’s must-order items involve seasonal produce, like the colorful Sugarpine Salad with whipped feta and rotating pickled and roasted vegetables. Sugarpine takes walk-up or online orders; on weekdays, those seeking plate lunches and poke can try Sugarpine’s sibling food cart, Da Pine Grinds.

1208 E Historic Columbia River Hwy
Troutdale, OR 97060

2. East Wind Drive-In

395 Wa Na Pa St, Cascade Locks, OR 97014

A classic roadside burger shack that’s been around since 1939, East Wind Drive-In attracts masses of locals and tourists, who wait on the street for brain freeze-worthy soft serve cones the size of their heads. The old-school mainstay also serves fast food and thick shakes — so thick that they likely require a spoon — with a basic cheeseburger clocking in under $5. East Wind also serves breakfast and coffee for those passing through.

395 Wa Na Pa St
Cascade Locks, OR 97014

3. Big River Grill

192 SW 2nd St., Stevenson, WA

Established in 1993, Big River Grill is a local standby as well as a great detour for travelers rolling through on the Washington side of the Gorge. The ambience is comfortable yet quirky, with random artifacts on the wall, including a giant sturgeon painting. The menu unveils both standard pub fare and things like grilled wild salmon and Thai peanut chicken. The Big River Grill is open for indoor and outdoor dining.

192 SW 2nd St.
Stevenson, WA

4. Loop de Loop Wines

Loop de Loop Wines, 451 Kramer Rd, Underwood, WA 98651

When Loop de Loop’s Julia Bailey started making her wild-yeast-fermented wines, sourcing grapes from the Columbia River Gorge and Willamette Valley, they became the hot bottles to keep in Portland wine bars and restaurants. Now, Loop de Loop has its own tasting room and winery to visit in Underwood, with exceptional pinot noir, cabernet franc, and blends poured alongside mountain and vineyard views. The vineyard is open for tasting on the weekends.

Loop de Loop Wines, 451 Kramer Rd
Underwood, WA 98651

5. Hiyu Wine Farm

3890 Acree Dr, Hood River, OR 97031
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Hood River might be peppered with countless wineries and vineyards, but Hiyu stands out for countless reasons: Primarily, it prides itself on producing everything it serves on-site, excluding its Portland-sourced cheeses. Hiyu offers tasting flights of four to six natural wines, and pairs them with dishes like eye-round steaks from its own Dexter cows, served with nettle, lovage, and alexanders pesto. Make a reservation for lunches, wine tastings with snacks, and lavish vineyard and farm tours with seated dinners via the website.

3890 Acree Dr
Hood River, OR 97031

6. Lake Taco

1213 June St, Hood River, OR

Those in the know head to Lake Taco for its out-of-this-world tortas. This small, family-owned Mexican restaurant delivers a killer torta pambazo stuffed with house-made chorizo, as well as burritos, carne asada, guarache, and some of the best Baja-style fish tacos in Oregon.

1213 June St
Hood River, OR

7. Pfriem Family Brewers

707 Portway Ave Suite 101, Hood River, OR 97031

Pfriem remains one of Hood River’s destination breweries, where beer geeks from around the country visit for award-winning beers like its nectarine golden ale or its Druif, a riesling-infused lambic-style beer. In a spacious, contemporary brewery with some old-school Oregon touches, Pfriem also offers a surprisingly stellar dinner menu, including everything from Pilsner-steamed Pacific Northwestern mussels to quinoa sauteed in herb-lemon vinaigrette with Washington Rojo beans. The brewery is open for indoor and outdoor dining.

707 Portway Ave Suite 101
Hood River, OR 97031

8. Solstice Wood Fire Cafe & Bar

501 Portway Ave, Hood River, OR 97031

Thanks to an imported Italian wood-fire oven and the Gorge’s seasonal ingredients, the pizzas at this modern and playful pizzeria are emblematic of the region and, thus, super tasty, with vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian options. Just steps from the Columbia River, Solstice works with Gorge Grown Food Network, a local organization that strives to combat hunger and promote healthy, sustainable eating within the Columbia River Gorge. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout.

501 Portway Ave
Hood River, OR 97031

9. Grasslands Barbecue

403 Portway Ave, Hood River, OR 97031

This pop-up-turned-barbecue-cart on Hood River’s waterfront is likely the best barbecue in the Gorge, with beef ribs fit for a Flintstone, slow-smoked for 16 hours, as well as tasso-rubbed pulled pork, ginger-soy pork belly burnt ends, and juicy Hatch-chile-and-Tillamook-cheddar sausages. The cart is only open on the weekends and tends to sell out, so the earlier you order, the better.

403 Portway Ave
Hood River, OR 97031

10. River Daze Café

202 D Cascade Avenue, 2nd St, Hood River, OR 97031
Kara Stokes/EPDX

At first glance, River Daze looks like the typical sandwich shop, with the exception of west-facing floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the dramatic hills of the Gorge. The sandwiches served here are also anything but ordinary, served on house-made bread and topped with vegetables from the restaurant’s own organic farm. The pastrami sandwich — a beautiful mess of a thing with the ideal distribution of meat, sauerkraut, and Mama Lil’s pepper-tinged mayo — should not be missed.

202 D Cascade Avenue, 2nd St
Hood River, OR 97031

11. Broder Øst

102 Oak St #100, Hood River, OR 97031

Though any Portlander could simply visit one of the Broder locations in Portland proper, the Hood River location of the Scandinavian brunch essential remains one of the finest spots for a weekend brunch in the Gorge. Guests staying in the Hood River Hotel stroll down from their rooms into the adjacent restaurant, to sip on aquivit-spiked bloody marys and cardamom coffee before tucking into lefse, eggs baked with spinach and cream, or puffy little aebleskiver, Swedish spherical pancakes served with lemon curd and lingonberry jam. For groups, the Swedish breakfast board is a treat, with pastries, cheeses, smoked trout, and jammy eggs.

102 Oak St #100
Hood River, OR 97031

12. Celilo Restaurant & Bar

16 Oak St, Hood River, OR

This restaurant is swank and sophisticated, with some of the most refined dining in the Gorge. Chef Ben Stenn relies on local ranchers and farmers to create a menu that constantly changes in accordance with what’s fresh; expect a great selection of wines from the Gorge’s robust winery scene, plus local craft beers and fancy cocktails. Besides sourcing local ingredients, it also has a habit of recycling and composting pretty much everything that passes through the kitchen.

16 Oak St
Hood River, OR

13. Everybody's Brewing

151 W Jewett Blvd, White Salmon, WA

Right on White Salmon’s main street, Everybody’s Brewing offers a nice round of mainstay beers like the hoppy Country Boy IPA and chocolate- and toffee-flavored Pucker Huddle porter, as well as rotating seasonal flavors. The food menu is filled with locally sourced and organic pub grub, such as burgers, salads, burritos, top-notch nachos, and a small selection of seasonal entrees. The sunny back deck with its jaw-dropping view of Mount Hood doesn’t hurt, either. The restaurant is also open for takeout.

151 W Jewett Blvd
White Salmon, WA

14. White Salmon Baking Co.

80 NE Estes Ave, White Salmon, WA 98672
Kara Stokes/EPDX

This bakery, perched in the hillside town of White Salmon, is the place locals go to for fresh pastries and breakfast and lunch dishes like avocado toast on thick slabs of rustic white bread, topped with herbed goat cheese, lardons, and a jammy egg. The real secret, however, is the Monday pizza night, which draws all the local vintners for the rare and wonderful Italian wine list. It’s curated by co-owner Jure Poberaj, nephew of Italy’s famous natural winemaker Josko Gravner.

80 NE Estes Ave
White Salmon, WA 98672

15. The Huck Truck

415 W Steuben St, Cook, WA 98605

Sharing a space with natural shop Blue Bus Cultured Foods, the Huck Truck food truck offers simple, healthy lunches, and everything is made from scratch, right down to the brioche rolls. The crispy pork sandwich is the place to begin, and some items, like the tacos, can be made vegan.

415 W Steuben St
Cook, WA 98605

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16. Taqueria Mi Pueblito

815 Chenowith Loop Rd, The Dalles, OR 97058

Parked in a corner of The Dalles, this food cart sells colorful tacos, burritos, and tortas filled with crispy carnitas and tender barbacoa, served with a heat-packing red salsa and one-off specials like pozole and menudo. The shop’s tortas travel well for those seeking a snack to take for a riverside picnic, though it would be a sin to skip the cart’s sopes. Taqueria Mi Pueblito offers seating onsite.

815 Chenowith Loop Rd
The Dalles, OR 97058

17. Baldwin Saloon

205 Court St, The Dalles, OR 97058
A blue bar with paintings and a mahogany bar at the Baldwin Saloon in the Dalles
The new bar at the Baldwin Saloon.
The Baldwin Saloon / Official

Built in 1876 and originally run by brothers James and John Baldwin, the historic Baldwin Saloon feels just like the Old Wild West, with its long mahogany bar, hanging chandeliers, and original turn-of-the-century oil paintings perched on the walls. But in the evenings, sandwiches and burgers give way to more upscale plates, like duck confit in a five-spice demi-glace or steamy bowls of seafood-laden bouillabaisse. As for alcohol, the saloon slings local microbrews on tap and specialty cocktails. The saloon was recently purchased by new owners and got a fresh coat of paint, but the original charm remains.

205 Court St
The Dalles, OR 97058

18. C & D Drive-In and Bakery

103 N Main St, Boardman, OR 97818

Dining options get thin the farther east you go, so it’s lucky there’s C & D Drive-In and Bakery, an old-school rest stop filled with equal numbers of kids and truckers. Order a classic American cheeseburger, milkshake, and fries, which come with a bunch of special sauces. The spot is best known for its “Bozo” burger, a quarter-pound patty topped with bacon and cheese that’s named after former owner Jack Bozarth.

103 N Main St
Boardman, OR 97818

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