Killer Burger is part of a chain that is based out of Portland, Oregon. They create a variety of unique burgers like the Barnyard Burger (a burger with egg on it,) and the PBPB (Peanut Butter Pickle Burger), as well as a good ol' cheeseburger. The burgers come with good fries, and every burger is served with bacon. With two locations already established in Portland, the owners know what they are doing. My husband says, "It tastes like good stuff. It's a great place to get a quick easy lunch, and they have a good beer selection." This is a great spot to satisfy that burger craving.
11am-close every day
Andrew's Pizza and Bakery is part of the Skylight Theater and Pub. You can grab a pint of good beer or glass of wine, a salad and a slice of pizza and hunker down in the theater to watch a movie. They often screen independent films here so it's a great alternative to Hood River Cinemas. To be totally honest, the theater is a bit run down but it's really fun. They also have a restaurant area where you can order a pizza with your family. During the summer they have lots of big windows open, and it would be a great place to sit with your kids and people watch.
Andrew's also has a location in Stevenson, WA.
5am-3pm every day
Bette's is a small, classic, family-owned diner located downtown, across the street from Dog River Coffee. Bette's is a fun place to go with family, friends, or a large group for breakfast or brunch. I love their enormous cinnamon rolls with a simple cup of joe. They have special seating for kids, and lots of space. The servers are super friendly and welcoming. For lunch I like a little salad and a bowl of soup. This is definitely a cozy place to stop for a classic diner meal. If you are looking grab a meal on the run, call ahead and place a to-go order.
Boda's Kitchen is a wonderful addition to the Hood River food scene. They are located in the heart of downtown Hood River. The owners are a lovely couple who are clearly major foodies. One bite of the Roasted Corn Salad, the Lasagna Bolognese, or the house smoked turkey breast and you'll be hooked. Their menu will adapt too what's seasonally available with fresh salads, pasta dishes, and other treats available daily. They have wine, meats, cheeses, and crackers available too. Oh, and did I mentioned how delicious their roast chicken looks? They're still getting settled in, but I already think of them as a favorite spot. This is the perfect place for a healthy, food-centric lunch... or grab it to go and enjoy it as a picnic!
Brian's Pourhouse is the first place Kyle and I ate when we first visited Hood River. We shared wine from their great selection, and had an amazing dinner. The atmosphere at Brian's is really special. It's cozy and romantic, yet laid back and serene. The restaurant is in a colonial-style house, which makes each section of the restaurant feel intimate and relaxed. The menu changes almost daily to feature seasonal items and special dishes. However, there are some favorites that remain on the menu, like the Chili Crusted Calamari and the Fish Tacos. The chef, John Helleberg, cooks up great seasonal dishes using as much local and organic produce as he can. The barteneder makes fantastic drinks like the Basil Berry Martini and the Blueberry Margarita (which pairs well with the Fish Tacos). Our friend Jen loves the Apple Pie and seasonal berry cobblers. Brian's is a great place to grab a drink, watch a sports event, have dinner and dessert.
11:30am-3pm for lunch every day
5-close for dinner every day
Celilo is a fantastic restaurant. They have an amazing wine selection, and a great bar. The food is top notch. We love going to Celilo for a special dinner, or when our family is in town. The chef, Ben, cooks up delicious food that highlights everything the Gorge has to offer. During the summer they open the wide front window panels so you can eat and people watch. Our good friends Vangie and Daniel eat there often. This is what they had to say about it: "We love their homemade crackers and bread, great pasta specials, and their lamb three ways entree (seasonal). Heidi can always recommend good wines. We can get a table when we arrive in town late. Great staff!" Also, try the cheese plate, Hanger Steak and, if you are lucky enough to see their seasonal Butternut Squash Gnocchi on the menu, you should order it! Celilo's central focus is creating great food from locally-sourced ingredients. They are also an environmentally conscious business. If you're in the mood to cook up some food yourself, sign up for one of Ben's cooking classes.
7am-2pm every day
Hood River Hotel is a great spot to have brunch. They have yummy Applesauce Pancakes and Berry French Toast. They also serve lunch and dinner. My friend Whitney said, "The Mahi Kaiser is delish!" They also have a Tapas menu if you're looking for lighter fare. The historic hotel is located in the heart of downtown. When the weather is nice, grab a seat outside and enjoy a nice meal while you watch people stroll by. When the weather's not so nice, their café is warm and cozy.
11am-8/9pm every day
Divots Restaurant at the Indian Creek Golf Course boasts one of the most spectacular views in town. Sit out back and take in the golfers, the greens, and the towering view of Mt. Hood. Order up some food to share, or grab a pint of local beer or wine. Relax and enjoy. My husband often comes up here with his buddies from work. Our friends, Amy and Damon, really like the simple salads, and the fact that it's consistent and open seven days a week. Amy said, "It's really cozy, and even when it's sunny during the winter, you can sit outside and enjoy the view." The Tuna Melt is another local favorite. Order it with a side of their homemade soup. Divots can be nice for a large group or when you are craving a slightly quieter setting then the busy downtown restaurants.
Double Mountain has fantastic pizza. Their pies are made baked in a 700 degree oven which lightly chars the crust, resulting in a perfectly crispy, yet perfectly chewy pizza. We love all their pizzas especially the Margherita, the Sausage Onion Mushroom, and the seasonal pies. They also have great sandwiches and salads. I love the BLT. Kyle loves the Jersey Sub. We usually order a Caesar or Baby Spinach salad to go with whatever we've ordered. Double Mountain is our favorite lunch spot. We also go there for dinner when we have friends in town. It can get pretty busy in the evenings, so be prepared to wait a few minutes. But, not to worry, you can order an amazing beer from the bar, chat with friendly people, and enjoy the atmosphere while you wait. Double Mountain is kid friendly (they have a nice kids menu) and are accommodating to families. If you're looking for a spot to throw a catered event, they also have a big room they can reserve for you.
6am-2pm every day
Egg River is a popular breakfast spot. I'm a big fan of pancakes or eggs benedict, and Kyle's enjoyed their Farmer's Skillet and their Bloody Marys. Our friends Matt and Jen like their Juevos Rancheros, and their breakfast burritos. You can choose to have your breakfast prepared with organic eggs, and they serve organic local coffee too. The atmosphere is very country, and very cozy. Stop in with your family for a yummy breakfast or lunch. They also have separate kids' and seniors' menus.
Four and Twenty Blackbirds has become a downtown local favorite over the past six months. People in town love Shane's carnitas breakfast tacos and the Bad Ass breakfast burrito. On Tuesdays he does fish tacos and New England clam chowda. He always offers The Lunch Box which is sautéed fresh veggies with rice and your choice of delicious sauce. The menu changes constantly but I've really enjoyed everything I've ordered at this great food truck. From pulled pork sandwiches to veggie based dishes, you'll enjoy your meal here!
The Full Sail Tasting Room and Pub is a great lunch and dinner spot. It is very kid friendly, and they can accommodate larger groups. They have a nice deck that overlooks the Columbia River and, when the weather is nice, you can hang out there with a bucket of Session lager and watch the Kite Boarders. I've always liked their fish and chips, while my husband prefers the Full Sail Burger, the Reuben, or the Lamb Gyro. Full Sail offers a large selection of beers from their two brewing locations. Their beers are widely available and loved by many. If you have the time to take a tour of their brewing facility, I highly recommend it. The tours are free and run every hour from 1-4pm. Randy, who does the tours, is great and you will definitely enjoy it.
Good News Gardening Cafe is a great place to stop for lunch. The friendly staff serves up yummy sandwiches, salads, soups, lasagnas, and pot pies. There are always tempting cakes and cookies on display. You can always grab a coffee and a muffin and get lost in the aisles of fresh herbs and bulbs. We really enjoy getting something to eat here. It's a cozy little coffee shop nestled into a great gardening shop.
6am-2pm every day
Hood River Bagel Shop is a great spot to grab a fresh baked bagel. They are open 6-2 every day and are located downtown. You can get one of their many regular bagels with different flavors of cream cheese, or one of their seasonal bagels or daily selection. Stop by in the morning for a breakfast bagel or in the afternoon for one of their bagel sandwiches or melts. My favorite is the salt bagel! Autumn took over the bagel shop in 2010 and does lots to support other businesses. It's always great to support a local business that is so active in supporting other local businesses.
9am(ish)-7pm(ish) every day.
Thursdays from 3-7 at the Gorge Grown Farmers' Market
Juice Bros. is located on the corner of 5th and Cascade. They are pouring fresh juices and smoothies all day long through the summer. Their goal is to make delicious and healthy smoothies and juices using as many local and and organic products as possible. They focus on supporting the local community of farmers and providing locals and tourists with a product that is fresh and represents the Gorge's amazing farms and orchards. The smoothies and juices are made with only fruits and veggies. No sugar, no dairy, and always made to order. I had the Green Monster (spinach, kale, pineapple, o.j.) and was totally happy. I'm sure you've seen their cool trailer parked on the corner across from Knead Bakery... stop by and try one of their fantastic juices!
Kaze is a fun, laid back sushi restaurant. They are a little less expensive than Sushi Okalani. I love to pop in here when I'm craving a bowl of miso soup, a spicy tuna roll, or other simple meal. Kyle loves their noodle dishes, and it's the only place in town where you can get Ramen. It's located just behind the Horse and Hound. Stop by, grab a table, and enjoy some fresh, flavorful Japanese food.
Knead Artisan Bakery has been a very welcome addition to Hood River. I adore Paris and its endless selection of pastries. I was delighted to discover that Knead's baguettes are really fantastic. They are crunchy, chewy, and if you time it right, warm and fragrant. Knead is also my favorite lunch spot. It's a great place to meet up with a friend or your main squeeze and share a sandwich and soup. Just make sure to save room for their fantastic pastries. I love the French macarons, brownies, Basque cake, and Palmiers. Mmmm...
Lampoei and Palboon are the sweetest couple and they've become a local fixture here in Hood River. They serve good Thai food out of their little trailer which is stationed just off of Exit 63 (by Mother's Market) as you head into town. They are only open spring, summer, and fall. Popular dishes include the Panang Beef, Pad Thai, Khao Sol, Spring Rolls and TomKa Soup. Sometimes there's a little wait, but the food is worth it. Order a Thai Iced Tea and relax while they cook up your food. Everything on the menu is a great value, and the portions are exceptionally large.
Marley's Corner is a little gem up in the heights. One reason I love them is that they serve slightly different fare than what's served all over town. They make delicious pasties (pass-tees) which are savory calzone-style pouches that are filled with roasted chicken, braised beef, or yummy veggies. They have local beer on tap and the little pub atmosphere is really cozy. It's welcoming and warm in the cold months and during the warm months you can sit outside on their patio and enjoy a beer and a pastie and soak up the sun. They also have a drive-thru which makes grabbing a quick, healthy, filling pastie on the go easy and convenient. If you haven't already been, I recommend you try it!
Monday-Friday 11am-3pm for lunch
Saturday-Sunday 12-3pm for lunch
Sunday-Thursday 5-9pm for dinner
Friday-Saturday 5-9:30pm for dinner
Mekong Thai has been a great addition to the Hood River food scene. We are always looking for good ethnic food. Mekong dishes up really yummy Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. It's our favorite place to get take-out. We really like the Green Papaya Salad, Chicken Salad, Drunken Noodles, and the Honey Shrimp. Our good friends Gary and Kim love the "Thai Chilli Fried Rice (with the peanut sauce, of course) and the Pad Kee Mao."
Mike's Ice Cream is, without a doubt, a Hood River staple. They are open every spring/summer from April-October and there's almost always a line outside. Once inside their little ice cream shack, you are faced with some very tough decisions: size, cone, flavor, milkshake? But, don't worry, you can't go wrong. I am a fan of the Baby Scoop on a sugar cone. I love the Coconut (although they don't always have this flavor), French Roast, Raspberry Cheesecake, and their sorbets. My husband likes the Single Scoop (pretty big) on a waffle cone. He's all about the Chocolate, the Galaxy, French Roast, and/or Pralines and Cream. Everything here is for real, no artificial flavors allowed. They have fantastic outdoor seating and a fun play structure for kids. If it's too crowded, you can simply take your ice cream across the street to the park behind the library, enjoy your cone, shake, or sundae and people watch. Then you can go back for seconds. Seriously. I ate ice cream almost every day the first summer we lived here. It's amazing. Mike's Ice Cream is an absolute must! They are open late too. It's the perfect late evening snack on a hot summer night.
The New York City Sub Shop is our favorite place to grab awesome, big, flavorful sandwiches to go. They are a little tricky to find because they aren't located right downtown. Just head West from Full Sail and take your first right onto 7th, which becomes Wasco. Drive for about half a mile, and the Sub Shop will be on your right. We love the Bronx, the Manhattan, and the Brooklyn subs. All the sandwiches are grilled unless you request otherwise. They be a bit slammed with locals during lunch time, so if you're in a hurry call ahead and place an order for pick up.
Every day 5-9pm
Monday-Friday 11:30am-2pm for lunch
We love Nora's Table. This is one of the best date spots in town. The atmosphere is welcoming and intimate. You could come with a big group, or you could get a small, cozy table for two. Their wine selection is wonderful, offering only Gorge-grown wines. Their cocktails are great, and their food is really fantastic. They buy everything they can locally, and most of the beef, lamb and pork on the menu is from Mountain Shadow Natural Meats. We love their Rockfish Tacos, Calamari, Scallops, and the Seafood Curry with Naan. They can be a bit busy, so you may want to call ahead for reservations, especially for a larger group.
Wednesday-Sunday 11:30am - 9pm
Happy Hour: Wednesday-Friday 3:00-5:30pm
pFriem Family Brewers has one impressive menu. They have a wonderful European-style menu with fare like Fondue, Mac & Cheese (made with Gouda), Steak Frites, Mussels with fries, a delicious Vegan Bowl, and much more. I've really loved everything I've tried so far. Their beer is amazing with something for everyone, a light Wit, a Dark Strong Belgian, or a Pacific NW style IPA. Located right across from the waterfront park, this is a fantastic location to have lunch or dinner. It's a family friendly restaurant with fun, old fashioned toys for kiddos. Perfect for the whole family.
Pirates Fish and Chips is owned by Richard and Sherri, a very friendly couple originally from Arizona. This is their second season serving up yummy fish and chips in the Gorge. I dropped by the other day to try out a few items from their varied menu. My daughter and I shared the cod fish and chips, as well as some coconut shrimp. I was really impressed with the friendly service, the freshness of the food and the amount of menu options. The fish and chips were great and we ate every last bite. This is a great food cart to stop by rain or shine! They have a lot of gluten free options if you're on a modified diet too!
Sunday - Wednesday 11-9 (deliveries until 8)
Thursday - Saturday 11-10 (deliveries until 9)
Pizzicato is a great place off the beaten path to grab a quick slice and beer. It's a great place to pop in for lunch if you're in a hurry. Their Potato and Procsuitto Pizza is delicious, so is their Arugula and Pear Salad. Pizzicato also has a Gluten Free Crust option. This is definitely the best place for take-out pizza in the Hood River.
7:00am-3:00pm every day
Our friends Carey and Miranda opened this fantastic cafe! Hood River has been short on great lunch spots so I'm thrilled there's another option. They are making fantastic sandwiches on freshly baked bread served with house made pickles! My favorite so far is the Turkey Melt. They also serve breakfast sandwiches on house made English muffins, bagels from the Hood River Bagel Co., coffee from 10 Speed, and locally made beer. The meats they use are hormone and free of antibiotics, and the veggies are local and organic. Stop in for a fabulous breakfast or lunch.
11:30am-9:30pm every day
Sixth Street Bistro is located downtown. The service is friendly, the food is good and they have a really popular happy hour. We've enjoyed their burgers, and I love their french fries. They offer a good selection of menu options, great salads, pastas, fish and chips, soups, and lots more. My friend Kate really likes the Teriyaki Stir Fry. I love the atmosphere here. It's cozy and intimate. Also, in the summer you can enjoy their fantastic outdoor seating. They are very welcoming to kids and families.
Solstice Wood Fire Cafe is a great pizza place located down by the waterfront in Hood River, across from the park. They have local craft beers on tap, and do a lot to support the local communities' food growers. They are always present at the farmer's markets with their traveling brick oven. My favorite of their pizzas is the Country Girl Cherry with cherries, chorizo, and goat cheese. They have delicious s'mores too. My friend Kate loves their Moroccan Beef Stew. Solstice is very kid friendly. They have a great kids' menu and even have a selection of organic jarred baby food. Owners Aaron and Suzanne have two sweet boys and their awareness of a family's needs is obvious in their cafe.
Friday-Saturday 5pm-10pm (open for lunch Friday 12-2pm)
I love Sushi Okalani. This is my favorite place to splurge. Their sushi is really yummy. My favorite things are their miso soup, the Agedashi Tofu, the Vulcan roll, Bongo roll, Slingshot Roll, Dragon roll, Rainbow roll, the Firewire roll (add Maguro), Ski Pat-Roll, and the Gonzo roll. I love going to sushi with my husband and our baby and ordering up a big, healthy dinner. They have a good selection of sake, and Rogue Morimoto beer on tap too. If you have big group (of 6 or more) you can reserve one of the Tatami rooms which are really fun. They have a Chopstick Club with special deals. The servers are really great at accommadating kids. Kids can order bento boxes of tofu, rice with sprinkles (a.k.a. roe), edemame, and more. They also serve lunch once a week on Fridays, from 12-2.
11am-7pm every day
Yes, Taco Del Mar is a franchise, but this store is locally owned and supported. There are lots of healthy options, great choices for kids, and it's fast, convenient and consistent. It's located in downtown Hood River, and is a good lunch option while checking out all the great local shops. I really like their vegetarian burrito, fish tacos, and quesadillas. Even though it's a franchise you're still supporting a local business, so stop in for a yummy lunch or dinner.
9:30am-8:30pm every day
Kyle and I don't eat at the Taqueria too often, but when we do, I usually get the Fajitas. Kyle was really impressed with the Huevos Rancheros. Our friends love the Fluatas, Mexican Chicken Soup, Tacos and Chicken Fajita Salad. Jen said, "Order the Tacos al Pastor with grilled onions (they typically come with raw onions)". The Taqueria is really family friendly. They have good options for kids, and during the warmer months you can sit outside in the courtyard and enjoy the sun. They have a good selection of Mexican beer. I usually drink a Negro Modelo or Corona. It's a great place for lunch on the weekends. I just recently discovered that they have a takeout menu option too.
Monday-Friday 11am-2pm for lunch, 5-ppm for dinner
Saturday 12-2pm for lunch, 5-9pm for dinner
We've been to Thai House quite a few times, and are always impressed. Thai House is located in the heights, inside an old house (hence the name). The restaurant is family owned, the service is really friendly, and they are pretty quick at getting to go orders ready. We like to call ahead, and they usually have our food ready to go in about ten minutes. Their menu is huge, with about 50 items on it which can be overwhelming - in a good way. Popular menu items include their Curry Fried Rice, Drunken Noodles, Phad See Ew, Hot and Sour Soup, and the Coconut Soup. During the spring and summer you can enjoy their outdoor seating.
11am-2am every day
The Trillium Cafe is a good spot to grab lunch or dinner. They are locaed in downtown Hood River, next to Parts + Labour. They serve pretty standard pub food; burgers and fries, sandwiches. People rave about their burgers, especially the Garlic Blue Cheese Burger. My friends love the Hungarian Mushroom Soup, Meatloaf Sandwich, Tater Tots, and Hummus Plate. The food is simple and inexpensive, and the atmosphere is really laid back.
Closed Monday and Tuesday
I've only had Apple Valley BBQ at catered events and it's been amazing. I can't wait to go eat there. My friend Jen told me, "Their pulled pork, Mac 'n' Cheese, Jalepeño Corn Fritters, Pear Slaw, and Cider Beans are great. Can't go wrong with Apple Valley. Their pie rocks too." Come to think of it, Jen had them cater her wedding rehearsal. They are closed Monday and Tuesday, so make sure you check their website or give them a call before heading up into Parkdale.
Tuesday- Sunday 11am-8pm
Michoacan is one of our favorite places. They are located up in Odell, about a 15 minute drive out of Hood River. Everything I've had here has been amazing. I love their Tacos for something lighter, the Chili Relleno with cheese is so flavorful with just the right amount of heat, and the enchiladas are delicious, as are the fajitas. I'm not even sure if I can explain how ridiculously yummy the Carnitas are. It's their special dish, and it is so good! Most everything comes served with fantastic corn tortillas. The atmosphere is super casual. Stop in, grab a cold Pacifico, enjoy the futbol, and eat until you can't think straight. It's that good. My daughter experienced her first guacamole/bean induced food coma here. Yum.
Andrew's Pizza and Bakery in Stevenson is a great place to go for a pizza or a calzone, and a salad. Andrew's is very kid friendly and laid back. This is a great place to eat as a large group too.
7am-10pm (lobby) 11pm (drive thur) every day
Burgerville is a a fast food chain that focuses on keeping their food fresh, local, and sustainable. They have great standard burgers and more creative fare like the Spicy Anasazi Bean Burger, Fish and Chips, and Sweet Potato Fries. My friend Jen loves their Turkey Burger, french fries with rosemary, and the seasonal berry milkshakes. You can easily customize your order to meet your dietary needs. It's a great drive-thru or quick spot to grab a meal. Their business practices are great and they strive to source everything locally so you can feel good about supporting this fast food chain.
11am-9pm every day
Montira Thai serves up some good, standard, American-style Thai food. I haven't been myself, but our friends Kate and Patrick love to go and eat there. They like their curries, particularly the red curry, and the Pad Thai. This spot is definitely on my list.
7am-3pm every day
Petite Provence is a little gem in The Dalles. They bake up delicious breads, cakes, and pastries. I love the croissants and palmiers. From time to time we stop in for breakfast or lunch. The chef cooks up wonderful, simple but unique breakfasts like the Muerette Benedict: Two farm-fresh poached eggs in a burgundy reduction placed atop of a freshly baked croissant then topped with caramelized onion, mushroom and a crispy bacon. Served up with a fresh cup of coffee, it's really satisfying and lovely. Their french toast is delicious too. At lunch time, order up a sandwich served on one of their croissants. It's definitely worth stopping at Petite Provence.
Romul's is a great dinner spot for a date night. You can cozy up and get yummy, satisfying Italian food. The atmosphere is simple and romantic. The food is consistently great with house baked bread and high quality, hearty dishes like ravioli, gnocchi, and other pasta dishes. I've heard it compared to Aburzzo which was a local favorite that closed down a couple of years ago, so if you were a fan Abruzzo, head into The Dalles for a great dinner at Romul's.
Friday & Saturday 11:30am-10:30pm
Everybody's Brewing in White Salmon is definitely one of our favorite spots. In the summer you can sit out back on their big patio, take in a view of Hood River and Mt. Hood, sip their beer, and enjoy some of their fantastic food. We love their Pub Burgers, Sweet Potato Fries (their regular fries are great too), Greek Salad, and their Cuban Style Pork Sandwich. They source everything they can locally. The atmosphere inside is fun, laid back, and welcoming. This is a perfect spot to go with a friend for a drink at their amazing bar, grab a large table for a big group, or share a table with strangers and meet some new friends. They have a good kids' menu, and a big shuffleboard table. We eat here all the time and are never disappointed.
5pm-close every day
Henni's Kitchen and Bar is one of our favorite dinner spots. They serve thoughtfully prepared dinner dishes including fantastic seasonal plates, flavorful curries, and great small plate options. I love the Roasted Beets with fried goat cheese. The curries, pastas (try the Spaghetti and Meatballs or the Mac and Cheese,) and Henni's Burger are all fantastic too. They make nearly everything from scratch, and you can definitely taste the care they put into their dishes. The atmosphere at Henni's feels slightly upscale, even a little French. It's a great spot for a romantic date. To top it off, they serve great local wines, a select list of beers, and they make nice cocktails. We have always had wonderful, friendly service at Henni's. We especially love it when Michael is our server. He gives great recommendations, so don't hesitate to ask. This is one of my top recommendations for dinner, and most locals would tell you they love it too.