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.Read More