The new BurgerIM restaurant in Camas, near Costco, really is more than a place to get a good burger. It’s also a story about two immigrants, Chanly Va and Sang Quach, living the American dream.

The new restaurant opened its doors on June 13, as part of a larger BurgerIM franchise (based in Encino, CA) that specializes in gourmet-style burgers made fast.

“The food tastes really good, and we do have good burgers, and lots of variety,” said Va. “We have so many choices: Angus, Dry-aged, Spanish beef (spicy), crispy chicken, salmon, falafel burger, lamb, and the Impossible Burger, which is plant-based. It’s not GMO.”

“We also have gluten-free buns with lettuce options. As a customer, you can order a favorite or build your own. You don’t have to stay with a classic style. You can build whatever you like on the burger. We offer all the menu items that corporate offers. Whatever you can think of, and we have the ingredients, we can do it.”

The restaurant offers the aforementioned big burgers, and you may also order classics as duos or trios. You can match up your favorites and add your choice of toppings.

Sides include regular fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, half and half, and styled fries with either garlic aioli, jalepenos and cheese, or bacon and cheese.

BugerIM also cooks up a lot of chicken wings, which are available in buffalo, BBQ, and sweet crunchy garlic.

“People always say we have the biggest wings in town,” said Va. “We have really good milkshakes made from fresh milk and real incredible cream. Each are made fresh. We are not fast food, we make gourmet food fast.”

Customers can also order two types of salads: House and Caesar, and they, too, can be customized.

BurgerIM offers a variety of fountain drinks, as well as beer and wine. And, you can purchase the Family Box that comes with eight small burgers, eight wings, onion rings and fries. The Party Box has 16 burgers.

BurgerIM
Hawaiian Salmon Burger.
BurgerIM
A duo order with dry-aged beef, the UNCUT, and onion rings.

Chanly and Sang have been working hard, studying and saving for many years to get to this point.

“It took about eight months from franchise agreement to opening day,” said Va. “There’s one in Bend, OR but they haven’t opened yet. This ended up being the right location.”

So, why BurgerIM?

“I always wanted to own my own business, but didn’t have the drive until now,” said Va. “I visited my cousin in Texas and saw him doing a doughnut shop, but didn’t want to wake up at 2 am. We wanted to do something local and I saw the BurgerIM Facebook ad, and it sounded interesting.”

And, they really like BurgerIM’s business model. The chain first opened in 2011, and has expanded to 200 stores nationwide. BurgerIM means “many burgers” in Hebrew.

Chanly previously worked as a pharmacy tech at Wal-Mart, while Sang currently works as a Reliability technician at WaferTech, where he’s been employed for 21 years. After business hours, and during weekends, he works atBurgerIM. Their son, Tony, just turned 12.

“I love America,” said Sang, a refugee from Cambodia. “There’s so much you can do here, so much freedom!”

Sang escaped the Cambodian genocide that took 3 million lives, including his father.

“I was young, a little 3-year-old when I lost my dad,” he said. “We stayed there waiting for our acceptance into the United States, and we came here to Vancouver (in 1987) where I attended Fort Vancouver High School. I went to elementary school in Cambodia, and I didn’t get a chance to go to middle school. I went to Clark College and got my associates degree in Electronics. I tell my son to work hard and do your best. Now, today we’re opening this and take this lesson to do your best, work hard, be honest.”

Sang said coming to the United States was a real shock — in a good way.

“I was young, and it was like landing in a dream land. Even going to the restroom was a surprise with running water.”

Chany, also a Cambodian native, was born post-genocide. Sang returned to Cambodia briefly, they married, and returned to the United States in 1999. She learned English and started a production job that she kept for a decade, then she went onto school and became a pharmacy technician.

What has surprised them about being business owners?

“It’s great how local Camas supports business,” said Va. “I keep seeing people in Camas and they keep coming and supporting us. We keep seeing returning customers. They recommend us to their friends and family. We are a franchise but we are locally owned and operated. We live in Vancouver.”

The restaurant is located at 155 NW 192nd Avenue, Suite 107, Camas, WA 98607. 360-952-8656. To learn more about the company, visit www.BurgerIM.com

BurgerIM
Sang Quach, Chanly Va, and their son, Tony.

Upside Down Pan Pizza. It’s been on my mind for days since I watched Tasty.co’s video tutorial about proper use and care of cast iron skillets.

I’m sure mom told me how to use them when I was a teen, but honestly I’ve forgotten. Once I seasoned the skillet as they instructed, it’s been non-stick and I’ve been cooking farm-fresh eggs from Shangri-La Farm, bacon, hash browns, and more — and it’s tasting so good.

So, Saturday night my journalist schedule cleared up, and I decided to make Tasty’s Upside Down Pan Pizza. The recipe is a good one, but for our family’s liking we will change a few things for next time: 1) Make thicker dough (methinks this is user error); 2) Use half a cup of less pizza sauce; 3) Don’t flip the pizza, simply cut it straight out of the cast iron skillet.

As I was getting ready to put it into the oven, I got a call from my youngest son, Aaron, who was with his buddies Ethan and Will, so I wasn’t sure it would be enough for so many hungry boys who just spent the day playing at the river.

Upside Down Pan Pizza
Pizza in progress.

It requires the following ingredients, per Tasty.co

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced into rings
  • nonstick cooking spray, for greasing
  • ½ cup pepperoni, sliced
  • ¾ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 7 slices provolone cheese
  • 2 cups pizza sauce
  • all-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 1 lb pizza dough
Pizza
In the oven.

Here are the instructions copied from https://tasty.co/recipe/upside-down-deep-dish-pizza

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a 12-inch (30 cm) cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add the onion and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Add the green pepper and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  4. Turn off the heat. Grease the pan with nonstick spray.
  5. Arrange the pepperoni in an even layer on the bottom of the pan. Top with the green peppers, onions, Parmesan, and mozzarella. Arrange the provolone slices over the shredded cheese in an even layer. Top with the pizza sauce and spread evenly.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pizza dough to a 12-inch (30 cm) round. Gently lay the pizza dough over the pizza sauce, making sure the dough reaches to the edges all around. Brush the dough with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes, until the dough is golden brown.
  8. Carefully remove the skillet from the oven. Place a large baking sheet on top, then quickly invert the pizza onto the pan.
  9. Return to the oven and bake for another 20 minutes, until the pepperoni begins to crisp.
  10. Slice into 8 wedges, then serve.
  11. Enjoy!
Pizza
Ready Pizza!
Ready to eat
Taste testers.

Friends and family are rallying together to assist Feast @316 Chef Benjamin Ortega, known to many as “Chef Ben,” “Benji” or “Benny” as he recovers from a serious car accident.

On July 17, Chef Ben was involved in a tragic car accident along the Oregon Coast. According to Feast @316 owner, Melissa McCusker, a log truck turned toward the highway without stopping, and Chef Ben didn’t have enough time to stop, causing his car to slide under the truck and become wedged underneath.

“It took first responders 90 minutes to get him out,” said McCusker. “Then they took him to Portland OHSU and he had a dislocated jaw, fractured vertebrae, broken collar bones, broken ribs. He had two surgeries. He’s at home now recovering. He has worked for Feast for four years, and has a four-year-old son named Chinook and a loving wife, Ingrid.”

McCusker said he has insurance covered through Feast, but the GoFundMe is there to cover the extra expenses.

Chef Ben
Chef Ben with son, Chinook.

“He’ll likely be out for a good three months,” said McCusker. “Everyone’s been pitching in in the kitchen.”

The GoFundMe organizers said “After seeing the photos of the accident it is unbelievable that he survived and the injuries were not worse. Surgery was done to fix the broken jaw and today he is home under the care of his family. It will be some time until Benjamin can go back to work. Until then, we humbly ask for your financial support to help with medical and living expenses.”

Feast patrons recognize Chef Ben for his creative culinary abilities and for his contributions to the excellent food prepared at their restaurant. Feast @316 is local steakhouse and a favorite destination for many. To learn more about Feast @316, visit www.CamasFeast316.com

To donate, click here:
https://www.gofundme.com/f/donate-show-love-amp-support-for-chef-ben-amp-family?fbclid=IwAR1scQFXCgU2BqJc3alEMY9rE-Q4AXdVpWKXGBBxWJzAPHfpABaVYjQw-So

Chef Ben
www.Arktana.com

Washougal Times (formerly Heller’s) offers an abundance of live entertainment while you dine and unwind. Coming up Wednesday (today) is Mac Potts, a blind musician who recently gave a TEDx Talk at Discovery High School. He’s able to play almost any song on demand. He’s performing tonight from 6-9.

Lacamas Magazine saw his performance a few weeks ago, and Potts is a talented singer and performer.

Here’s a list of upcoming entertainers:

  • Thursday, July 18, 2019 — Andrew Silva Jazz Combo 6-8 pm
  • Friday, July 19, 2019 — Double Down 8-11 pm
  • Saturday, July 20, 2019 — Mac Potts 6-9 pm
  • Thursday, July 25, 2019 — Andrew silva Jazz Combo – Dining Rm
  • Thursday, July 25, 2019 — Wayne Havrelly – Lounge
  • Friday, July 26, 2019 — Jesse Samsel
  • Saturday, July 27, 2019 — Crow’s Feet
  • Thursday, August 1, 2019 — Andrew Silva Jazz Combo
  • Friday, August 2, 2019 — Wayne Havrelly
  • Saturday, August 3, 2019 — Pacific Rhythm

Food wise, Washougal Times is simply American done well. It’s splashed in with Pacific NW ingredients with burgers, BLT’s, meatloaf specials, Copper River Salmon, fresher ingredients that are all around us. It’s about looking at what the community needs, so they’ve create menus around that. Then as the community changes the menu will change, as well. 

“We want to make sure we’re paying attention,” said Jackson. “We offer comment cards with each guest and chat with them about their experience. We don’t want people walking out the door unhappy. What can we do to make that right?”

Washougal Times
Good company.

The symbol that’s above the restaurant represents rushing water, which is why it’s in blue. Washougal Times is all about the community and the history and the times of this area. 

“On the marquee we have the slogan drink, eat, repeat,” said Jackson. “Come visit.” 

Hours: 11 am – 10 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday. Open until 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Closed Monday.

Located at 1826 E Street, Washougal, WA 98671

Visit www.WashougalTimes.com

Washougal Times
Enjoy a delicious burger with onion rings.

You can also see our first article on Washougal Times: https://lacamasmagazine.com/2019/04/washougal-times-has-its-official-grand-opening-this-weekend.html

The Hammond Kitchen & Craft Bar has just launched their summer menu, which includes three new small plates, two new sides, two new salads, two new pizzas, nine new drinks, and six new mains.

“Our team has been working hard to change things up for summer,” said Gwen Goodrich, co-owner of The Hammond. “We source so much of our fresh vegetables and meats from local farms, and we think you’ll be pleased with the new menu additions.”

New Small Plates

  • Duck Liver Pate: Pistachios, crostini, mustard assorti, mama lil’s pepper jam, with olives and almonds.
  • Tomato Jam Toast: Housemade focaccia, chèvre goat cheese from Portland creamery, herbs, freshly grated parmesan.
  • Charcuterie Platter: Prosciutto, salami, duck liver pate, assorted cheeses, olive nuts, fruit, and crostini.

New Sides

  • Skillet White Cheddar Mac and Cheese.
  • Summer Succotash Sauté: With a variety of freshly picked vegetables tossed with herb butter.

New Salads

  • Prawn and Avocado Salad: Raddichio, roasted corn, sherry vinaigrette, manchego, green olive crostini.
  • Tomato Salad: Heirloom and vine ripened, chèvre, basil, EVOO, white and dark balsamic redux.

New Brick Oven Pizzas

  • Bacon Apple Cheddar: EVOO, crisp red apple, pancetta bacon, white cheddar, drizzle of maple syrup.
  • Charcuterie: Salami, pepperoni, prosciutto, duck liver pate, EVOO, roasted garlic, shredded gruyere cheese, olive pesto, mama lil’s peppers, shiitake mushrooms.

New Main Dishes

  • Fresh Ora King Salmon: Wood grilled, citrus butter, tomato and corn relish, roasted potatoes, summer succotash.
  • Fish and Chips: Wild fresh halibut or wild cod, seasoned planks crusted, house fries, slows, tartar.
  • Smoked Pork Chop: Double cut, double smoked, peach compote, roasted potatoes, summer succotash.
  • Mushroom Meatloaf: Red wine mushroom redux, horseradish mashed potatoes, rainbow chard sauté.
  • Mary’s Wood Roasted Chicken Half: Peruvian marinade, pan sauce, five grain blend, rainbow chard sauté.
  • Fresh Halibut: Pan seared, scampi prawns, garlic, heirloom tomato, rainbow chard, roasted potatoes.

New Drinks

  • The Ocean Potion: Empress gin, simple syrup, lemon and tonic. Strong, tart, and floral.
  • Peachy Keen Sangria: Muddled fresh peaches with strawberries, peach juice and liqueur with local NW rose. Light, fresh and juicy.
  • The H Mai Tai: 3 Howls gold rum, lemon sour, Orgeat and a float of Royal Jamaican Black Strap Dark Rum. Tropical, lush, and fruity.
  • Sonoran Margarita: Casamigos Mezcal, Grand Marnier, fresh muddled pineapple, jalapeño and lime with a dusting of Tajin. Spicy, complex and tart.
  • Summer Manhattan: Bulleit rye bourbon, limoncello, sweet vermouth and a splash of lemon. Bright, bold and potent.
  • The Garden Gimlet: Aria gin, lime and fresh basil syrup. Fresh, herbaceous and balanced. A summer spin on an old favorite.
  • Hammond Guavito: 3 Howls gold rum, muddled mint and lime with GTS Guava Goddness kombucha. Crisp, lush, and tart.
  • The Float Trip: Wild Roots pear vodka, Aperol, Lime and Cava Brut Sparkling. Tangy, bubbly and delightful.
  • Rosy Cheeks: Mamo Kawa Creamy Negori Sale, peach liqueur, muddle cucumber, lime Bedford’s ginger beer and a splash of cranberry.

The Hammond Kitchen and Craft Bar is located at 4857 NW Lake Road, #200, Camas, WA 98607.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11:00 am-9 pm; Friday, 11:00 am-10 pm; Saturday, 10:30 am-10 pm; Sunday, 10:30-10 pm; Social Hour, Monday-Friday 3-6 pm, plus Saturday + Sunday, 3-6 pm.

Phone: 360-954-5620

Visit: www.TheHammondKitchenandCraftBar.com

See one of our past Food + Dining articles: https://lacamasmagazine.com/2019/04/weekly-food-dining-guide-fun-times-at-alex-smokehouse.html

A Beer at a Time, located in historic Downtown Camas, is always adding new things to enhance the customer experience. Known for making good pizza, the Alfredo Garlic Chicken pizza has become a crowd favorite! This pie is made with garlic Alfredo ranch base, bacon, mozzarella chicken and red onions. With these toppings this pizza will not disappoint.

A Beer at a Time also provides live music, with a performance today by Robby Mayer from 7pm-10pm, no Cover. Wayne Havrelly is performing on  July 5th. Stay tuned for an announcement for next performance on July 6th, 7pm-10pm. There is no Cover.

A Beer at a Time has space is available for private parties and events! Call today and reserve your dates.

“This is a great venue for a party or business event,” said Carrie Schulstad, Executive Director of the Downtown Camas Association. “They’ve created a great space using elements of local history.”

Local merchants also love to promote A Beer at a Time.

“They’re great neighbors,” said Lori Morris, owner of The Artful Attic, which is located across the street on 3rd Avenue. “They always help promote our business, and we’re definitely big supporters. We love what they do over there! My husband loves their pizza and goes over to visit often. They’re also a great place to host parties, and just relax with live music. They work hard to take care of people, and we highly recommend them!”

A Beer at a Time
Event space at Beer at a Time is available.

They have 51 beers on tap plus 4 wines, 5 hard ciders, pizza, wings and other delicious options. And now serving Spirts.

Address: 

216 NE 3rd Ave, Camas Washington 98607

Phone: 360-835-5200

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm

Friday and Saturday 11:30 am – 11:30 pm

Happy Hour Monday – Friday 2 pm – 6 pm

To learn more about the local food and dining scene visit: https://lacamasmagazine.com/2019/04/weekly-food-dining-guide-los-potrillos-serving-mexican-comfort-food.html

Downtown Camas restaurants have some fun Car Show specials today.

Starting with Feast @316, they have their Car Show Special giving you a choice of James Oliver American or Rye Whiskey and a Rainier “Tall Boy.”

Enjoy a relaxing lunch or dinner at Feast@316, which is located in the heart of historic Downtown Camas, Washington. Feast @316 offers one of the best dining experiences in the Northwest with Fresh Seafood, Certified Angus Beef, Craft Cocktails, and Signature Wines. 

Location: Downtown Camas at 316 NE Dallas St.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11:30 am-9 pm; Friday + Saturday, 11:30 am-10 pm; Sunday, 4-9 pm; Happy Hour, Monday-Friday 3-5 pm.

Phone: 360-210-7498

Visit: www.CamasFeast316.com

NATALIA’S CAFE

Natalia’s Cafe has four Car Show specials today!

They’re open from 7 am-7:30 pm, with these specials:

  • Hamburger $7, add cheese 50 cents
  • Pulled Pork Sandwich, $8
  • Chicken Curry Croissant, $8
  • Macaroni and Cheese, $8, add bacon, green onion and panko, $1

Natalia’s Cafe is the corner cafe that serves American comfort food for breakfast and lunch in the heart of historic Downtown Camas. Looking for a traditional pancake breakfast with eggs, bacon and sausage? Craving French toast, waffles, or crepes? Want your bacon fix? Or a large, fill-your-tummy club sandwich? Then Natalia’s Cafe is the place for an all-American dining experience!

One of their signature dishes is the Corned Beef Hash, which is prepared in-house, with lots of love, atop hash browns and served with gravy and eggs. Natalia’s has long been an anchor in Downtown Camas since the early 2000s, and it’s a place where people gather, dine, and enjoy each other’s company.

Opening at 7 am daily, it’s a place where travelers come from afar to enjoy a good, hearty American meal with happy staff who keep it real!

Location: 437 NE 4th Avenue, Camas, WA 98607

Phone: 360-844-5968

GRAINS OF WRATH

Car Show Specials
Grains is releasing Dive Bar today.

Grains of Wrath is releasing the Dive Bar Lager today — in time for the Car Show festivities. You can also still enjoy their Burger of the Week — a Jalepeno Burger with Cream Cheese!

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11 am-10 pm; Friday-Saturday, 11 am-12 am; Sunday, 11 am-9 pm; Happy hour is 3-6 weekdays. 

Location: 230 NE 5th Ave. Camas, WA 98607

Phone: 360-210-5717

Visit: www.gowbeer.com

Car Show
The Jalepeno Burger with Cream Cheese is ending its run as Burger of the Week.

NUESTRA MESA

Dining
Strawberry Basil Margarita.

Mesa is there right in the thick of the Car Show action this weekend!Come enjoy a taco made with homemade blue corn tortillas, and order a Strawberry Basil Margarita! Mesa has a great menu for lunch or dinner!

You can now make dining reservations online through our website nuestramesacamas.com as well as through open table! As always, walk ins are welcome. Join us this weekend for amazing tacos and don’t forget to make a reservation to guarantee a table!

Location: 228 NE 4th Avenue, in Downtown Camas

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11:30 am-9 pm; Friday + Saturday, 11:30 am-10 pm; Closed Sundays.

Phone: 360-210-5311

Visit: www.NuestraMesaCamas.com

A BEER AT A TIME — Live Music

The space at A Beer at a Time is available for private parties and events! Call today and reserve your dates.

Live music tonight with Robby Mayer June 29th, 7pm-10pm., No Cover.

A Beer At A Time has 51 beers on tap plus 4 wines, 5 hard ciders, pizza, wings and other delicious options. And now serving Spirts.

Address:
216 NE 3rd Ave, Camas Washington 98607

Phone:
360.835.5200

Hours:
Sunday-Thursday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Friday and Saturday 11:30 am – 11:30 pm
Happy Hour Monday – Friday 2 pm – 6 pm Downtown Camas Association

Learn more about local restaurants: https://lacamasmagazine.com/2019/04/weekly-food-dining-guide-los-potrillos-serving-mexican-comfort-food.html

Tamale Festival lovers — this is for you! The Southwest Washington Tamale Festival is returning to downtown Washougal on Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 1 to 9 p.m.  Presented by the Southwest Washington League of United Latin American Citizens (SW WA LULAC Council 47013), the family-friendly event will celebrate the richness of Latin culture and is free and open to the public. It will be held in Reflection Plaza located at Main St & Pendleton Way, Washougal.

The history of the tamale is as old as the Aztec and Mayan cultures and played a significant role as a food staple that traveled well.  Becoming a traditional food for celebrations in more modern times, they are now an important part of Central and North American indigenous culture.

“We are very excited to host the second annual SW WA Tamale Festival in partnership with the City of Washougal,” said Hector Hinojosa, SW WA LULAC Council president and festival organizer.  “It will be wonderful to share our heritage with the community through delicious foods, a beer garden, exciting music and dance entertainment, tamale cooking and eating contests, a children’s activity area, information booths from local businesses and organizations and handmade crafts for sale.”

Last year’s festival was overwhelmed by large attendance and suffered long lines to purchase tamales.  “This year we will have many more food vendors so lines will be shorter and there will be plenty of tamales for everyone,” Hinojosa assured.  “In addition, pre-orders for frozen tamales to take home with you will be available for pick up at the festival.”  Orders must be placed online at www.swwatamalefest.com.  There is a June 10 deadline for tamale pre-orders and all must be picked up during regular festival hours.
Act now!

Tamales Festival
Tamale Festival
Find us at www.Arktana.com

“There is an amazing line up of musical and dancing entertainment for the festival,” said Monica Rech, festival entertainment coordinator.  “One of a Kind Drumline starts everything off with a dynamic performance at 1:00pm. Son de Cuba Quartette will perform at 3 pm and then again at 3:50 pm. Gerardo Calderon will be playing traditional Mexican/South American/Peruvian folk music starting at 6:30 pm.

Throughout the afternoon beautifully costumed and energetic dance groups will also perform.  “We have several Middle Eastern dance groups performing six to eight-minute routines each,” said Rech. “They will feature traditional dances from Turkey, Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Persia. There will be dances from Vancouver Ballet Folklorico and Flamenco/Belly Dance Fusion as well.”

Adding to the fun, the event will feature a tamale contest that is open to restaurants and homestyle cooks.  

“We are inviting contestants to show off their tamale cooking skills,” said Hinojosa. “Tamale recipes are a big source of pride among families. The tamale contest will be a lot of fun and give some bragging rights to the winners!”  Entries will be judged by a celebrity panel in three categories; Meat, No-Meat/Veggie and Sweet/Dessert.  Winners will be determined based on taste, technique, appearance and overall quality. A $100 prize will be awarded for the winning entries. For contest rules and entry form, go to the event website.  There is a $20 entry fee per category. The deadline to enter is June 10, 2019.

Are you hungry for tamales?  You may want to enter the Tamale Eating Contest sponsored by Javier Navarro, State Farm Insurance. The challenge will be to consume as many tamales as possible in two minutes.  Contest will be limited to the first 10 participants to register, 18 and over only.  Registration is $20 and can be done online on the event website. Prizes provided by Navarro are $200 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.

For more information about the SW WA Tamale Festival go to www.swwatamalefest.com.

Proceeds, entry fees and donations collected from the event will support future scholarships and stipends for local youth programs.  Contact the festival at swwatamalefest@gmail.com for more information and follow them on Facebook.

Event sponsors include SW WA LULAC, Javier Navarro State Farm Insurance, Riverview Community Bank, Law office of Eulalia Soto, Vancouver Brewfest, Molina Healthcare, Uniweb Digital, Remax Equity Group and Cleanpot Portable.  It is also funded in part by City of Washougal Lodging Tax Funds.

Welcome to our Weekly Food + Dining Guide! This week, our cover is Los Potrillos Mexican Restaurant and Bar.

They’re a favorite destination for families and lovers of quality Mexican cuisine. We’re featuring this week their Tacos al Carbon plate with skirt steak flame broiled — sliced and folded into soft corn tortillas with special sauce, onion and fresh cilantro. Served with rice and beans, and their yummy chips and house made salsa.

Los Potrillos has a full bar where patrons love to go for Happy Hour! They’re also getting ready for some great Cinco de Mayo specials.

“It’s a great place to relax after a long day,” said Dana Bell, who loves Los Potrillos.

They’ve been at their location on 192nd for more than seven years, and are busy preparing for the newest location in Felida. Right now, it looks like they’ll be opening in June. Stay tuned for updates.

Location: 1735 SE 192nd Avenue, Suite 101, Camas, WA 98607

Hours: Sunday-Monday 11am-10pm; Tuesday-Saturday 11am-11pm

Phone: 360.838.2431

Visit: www.LosPotrillosWeb.com

Dining
Chicken Enchilada and Tamale.

Feast @316 — Downtown Camas

Dining
Seared Salmon couscous salad and asparagus with crawfish vebute.

Feast @316 is offering some specials this week, including the Seared Salmon, served with couscous salad, asparagus, and crawfish vebute. 

Enjoy a relaxing lunch or dinner at Feast@316, which is located in the heart of historic Downtown Camas, Washington. Feast @316 offers one of the best dining experiences in the Northwest with Fresh Seafood, Certified Angus Beef, Craft Cocktails, and Signature Wines. 

Location: Downtown Camas at 316 NE Dallas St.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11:30 am-9 pm; Friday + Saturday, 11:30 am-10 pm; Sunday, 4-9 pm; Happy Hour, Monday-Friday 3-5 pm.

Phone: 360-210-7498

Visit: www.CamasFeast316.com

The Hammond Kitchen and Craft Bar — Camas

Dining
New Brunch plates at The Hammond.

The Hammond Kitchen and Craft Bar just released some fantastic new Brunch plates, which include:

  • Chicken + Waffle: Made with buttermilk, served with fried chicken, rosemary butter, and maple syrup.
  • Salmon Omelet: A rich meal served with house smoked salmon, brie, crispy potatoes and hollandaise.
  • Healthy Breakfast Bowl: Crispy potatoes, spinach, kale, tomato, onion, bell pepper, scrambled egg whites, mozzarella, pico, and avocado.
  • Yam Cake Eggs Benedict: Grated yams, quinoa, vegan cheese, herbs, spinach, English muffin, hollandaise, soft poached egg.

Location: 4857 NW Lake Road, #200, Camas, WA 98607.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11:00 am-9 pm; Friday, 11:00 am-10 pm; Saturday, 10:30 am-10 pm; Sunday, 10:30-10 pm; Social Hour, Monday-Friday 3-6 pm, plus Saturday + Sunday, 3-6 pm

Phone: 360-954-5620

Visit: www.TheHammondKitchenandCraftBar.com

Nuestra Mesa — Downtown Camas

Dining
Strawberry Basil Margarita.

Come enjoy a taco made with homemade blue corn tortillas, and order a Strawberry Basil Margarita! Mesa has a great menu for lunch or dinner!

You can now make dining reservations online through our website nuestramesacamas.com as well as through open table! As always, walk ins are welcome. Join us this weekend for amazing tacos and don’t forget to make a reservation to guarantee a table!

Location: 228 NE 4th Avenue, in Downtown Camas

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11:30 am-9 pm; Friday + Saturday, 11:30 am-10 pm; Closed Sundays.

Phone: 360-210-5311

Visit: www.NuestraMesaCamas.com


Two Rivers Bar & Grill — Downtown Washougal

Dining
Baby back ribs.

2 Rivers Bar and Grill has released a fantastic new Spring menu! See what new plates they have to offer for a unique dining experience!

  • Loaded Fries: Added beer cheese and BBQ sauce.
  • Shrimp Cocktail: With homemade cocktail sauce.
  • Seared Ahi Salad: Sesame crusted ahi tuna with cucumber, mango and tomato on a bed of mixed greens with wasabi vinaigrette. 
  • Strawberry Spinach Salad: Candied walnuts, chopped bacon, onions, strawberries, blue cheese crumbles, and tomatoes on a bed of spinach with raspberry vinaigrette.

New Burgers

  • Farmer’s Burger: Egg, bacon, ham, with cheddar cheese on a beef patty.
  • Hawaiian Teriyaki Burger: Teriyaki, pineapple, ham, and guacamole on a beef patty.
  • Serrano Steak Wrap: Grilled steak, sriracha aioli, with cucumber, tomato, avocado, and mixed greens wrapped in a tortilla.

Location: 1700 Main Street, Suite 110, Washougal, WA 98671.

Phone360-210-7987

Hours: 11-9 Monday-Thursday; 11-midnight Friday and Saturday; Sundays: 11-6

Visit: https://www.restaurantji.com/wa/washougal/2-rivers-bar-and-grill-/

Navidi’s Olive Oils & Vinegars — Downtown Camas

Dining
Navidi’s Citrus Bowl.

Navidi’s version of The Citrus Bowl contains Greek yogurt and a supreme assortment of pink grapefruit, mandarins, and navel and blood oranges. It’s topped off with a generous serving of our Key Lime White Balsamic.

Navidi’s has a long tradition of providing the best olive oils, vinegars, speciality salts and seasonings to make your meals extraordinary. Visit us today to sample our fabulous oils and vinegars, which also make great gifts. 

Location: 322 NE Cedar Street, Camas, WA 98607

Hours: Monday thru Saturday 11 am – 6 pm and Sunday noon – 5 pm.

Phone: 360-210-5921

Visit: www.navidioiols.net

Caffe Piccolo — Downtown Camas

Dining
Nitro Cold Brew from Caffe Umbria!

Caffe Piccolo is now offering the Caffe Umbria Nitro Cold Brew! Made with Caffe Umbria’s Gusto Crema Blend and filtered water, this premium cold brew has the classic notes of caramel and milk chocolate with subtle fruit and brightness. Best served cold.

For breakfast or brunch, they have delicious breakfast sandwiches and panini’s. Come to relax, unwind, or open your laptop and have a remote office. People love to meet here socially or for casual business meetings. We’d love to see you. 

Location: 400 NE 4th Avenue, Camas, WA, at the corner of Fourth & Cedar

Hours: Open Monday – Friday 7 am – 5 pm, Saturday 8 am – 4 pm, Sunday 9 am – 3 pm

Phone: 360-834-7044

Visit: www.caffe-piccolo.com

A Beer At A Time — Downtown Camas

Dining
Outdoor patio at A Beer at a Time.

We are so excited that the warm weather is finally here and the patio is open! We are also going to be introducing our new lunch menu shortly. Come by and enjoy some delicious food and drinks.

Live music by Wayne Havrelly May 3rd and Robby Mayer May 4th, 7 pm-10 pm both nights. We are family friendly and there is no cover!

A Beer At A Time has 51 beers on tap plus 4 wines, 5 hard ciders, pizza, wings and other delicious options. And now serving Spirts.

Location: 216 NE 3rd Ave, Camas WA 98607

Phone: 360.835.5200

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm; Friday and Saturday 11:30 am – 11:30 pm; Happy Hour Monday – Friday 2 pm – 6 pm

Grains of Wrath — Downtown Camas

Waffles are here!

Come try the new Waffle Wednesdays at Grains of Wrath!

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11 am-10 pm; Friday-Saturday, 11 am-12 am; Sunday, 11 am-9 pm; Happy hour is 3-6 weekdays. 

Location: 230 NE 5th Ave. Camas, WA 98607

Phone: 360-210-5717

Visit: www.gowbeer.com

Natalia’s Cafe — Downtown Camas

Dining
Eggs Florentine with hash browns.

Natalia’s Cafe is the corner cafe that serves American comfort food for breakfast and lunch in the heart of historic Downtown Camas. Looking for a traditional pancake breakfast with eggs, bacon and sausage? Craving French toast, waffles, or crepes? Want your bacon fix? Or a large, fill-your-tummy club sandwich? Then Natalia’s Cafe is the place for an all-American dining experience!

One of their signature dishes is the Corned Beef Hash, which is prepared in-house, with lots of love, atop hash browns and served with gravy and eggs. Natalia’s has long been an anchor in Downtown Camas since the early 2000s, and it’s a place where people gather, dine, and enjoy each other’s company.

Opening at 7 am daily, it’s a place where travelers come from afar to enjoy a good, hearty American meal with happy staff who keep it real!

Location: 437 NE 4th Avenue, Camas, WA 98607

Phone: 360-844-5968

Welcome to our Weekly Food + Dining Guide! This week, our cover story is Alex Smokehouse, which is located in downtown Washougal.

Sharing space with Logsdon Farmhouse Ales in downtown Washougal, Alex Smokehouse specializes in smoked meats — wings, ribs, brisket, as well as salmon.

“We’re very proud of what we do here,” says owner, Alex Ramirez. “We love preparing the smoked meats and salmon. The menu is diverse because we listen to our customers and serve what they like. Every weekend I put out a special, and if they become really popular we put them on the menu.”

“They come here for the smoked meats — the wings, ribs, brisket, and salmon is very popular. These are very heavy meals, and I’ve worked trying to find balance to have something for everyone, so I came up with the salads.”

Alex Smokehouse offers eight salads, which can be enhanced with smoked chicken or salmon. People love them! Their sandwiches include pulled pork, smoked chicken, pulled beef brisket, and smoked turkey — that come with your side choice of cornbread, kettle chips, roasted potatoes, slaw, seasonal veggies or mashed potatoes.

Starters include smoked hot wings, ceviche, guacamole and chips, bar snacks, empanadas, smoked house nachos, pizza, sliders, truffle mac, and chipotle chicken Mac. And, they have have daily specials.

“My background is I started cooking in 1997 in NW Portland at Sammy’s Restaurant and Bar, then I moved to Milo City Café at Broadway and I worked there for about seven years,” said Ramirez. “Then, I found my passion with cooking and smoking, and moved to Clay’s Smokehouse, where I was the head chef for eight years, then I decided to work in fine dining at Oyster Bar and Grill on Alberta. Then I moved to Por que No, which is a taqueria in Portland at 48 and Hawthorne and worked there for two years.”

Eventually, he ventured on his own, started with two food carts in Portland, moved from Portland to Washougal and decided he could rent the space where he’s at today. Alex Smokehouse was born in 2014. Stop by and see what they’re all about.

Location: 1834 Main Street, Washougal, WA 98671

Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 am – 9 pm; Sunday 11 am – 8 pm.

Phone: 360.335.1008

Visit: www.Alexsmokehouse.com

Dining
Smoked Brisket

Los Potrillos — Camas

Dining
Tacos al Carbon at Los Potrillos.

We welcome Los Potrillos Family Mexican Restaurant & Bar to our guide! They’re a favorite destination for families and lovers of quality Mexican cuisine. We’re featuring this week their Tacos al Carbon plate with skirt steak flame broiled — sliced and folded into soft corn tortillas with special sauce, onion and fresh cilantro. Served with rice and beans, and their yummy chips and house made salsa.

Location: 1735 SE 192nd Avenue, Suite 101, Camas, WA 98607

Hours: Sunday-Monday 11am-10pm; Tuesday-Saturday 11am-11pm

Phone: 360.838.2431

Visit: www.LosPotrillosWeb.com

The Hammond Kitchen and Craft Bar — Camas

Dining
New Brunch plates at The Hammond.

The Hammond Kitchen and Craft Bar just released some fantastic new Brunch plates, which include:

  • Chicken + Waffle: Made with buttermilk, served with fried chicken, rosemary butter, and maple syrup.
  • Salmon Omelet: A rich meal served with house smoked salmon, brie, crispy potatoes and hollandaise.
  • Healthy Breakfast Bowl: Crispy potatoes, spinach, kale, tomato, onion, bell pepper, scrambled egg whites, mozzarella, pico, and avocado.
  • Yam Cake Eggs Benedict: Grated yams, quinoa, vegan cheese, herbs, spinach, English muffin, hollandaise, soft poached egg.

Location: 4857 NW Lake Road, #200, Camas, WA 98607.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11:00 am-9 pm; Friday, 11:00 am-10 pm; Saturday, 10:30 am-10 pm; Sunday, 10:30-10 pm; Social Hour, Monday-Friday 3-6 pm, plus Saturday + Sunday, 3-6 pm

Phone: 360-954-5620

Visit: www.TheHammondKitchenandCraftBar.com

Feast @316 — Downtown Camas

Dining
Seared Salmon, couscous salad and asparagus with crawfish vebute.

For this week, Feast @316 is offering some specials this week, including the Seared Salmon, served with couscous salad, asparagus, and crawfish vebute.

Enjoy a relaxing lunch or dinner at Feast@316, which is located in the heart of historic Downtown Camas, Washington. Feast @316 offers one of the best dining experiences in the Northwest with Fresh Seafood, Certified Angus Beef, Craft Cocktails, and Signature Wines. 

Location: Downtown Camas at 316 NE Dallas St.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11:30 am-9 pm; Friday + Saturday, 11:30 am-10 pm; Sunday, 4-9 pm; Happy Hour, Monday-Friday 3-5 pm.

Phone: 360-210-7498

Visit: www.CamasFeast316.com

Caffe Piccolo — Downtown Camas

Dining

Caffe Piccolo is now offering the Caffe Umbria Nitro Cold Brew! Made with Caffe Umbria’s Gusto Crema Blend and filtered water, this premium cold brew has the classic notes of caramel and milk chocolate with subtle fruit and brightness. Best served cold.

For breakfast or brunch, they have delicious breakfast sandwiches and panini’s. Come to relax, unwind, or open your laptop and have a remote office. People love to meet here socially or for casual business meetings. We’d love to see you. 

Location: 400 NE 4th Avenue, Camas, WA, at the corner of Fourth & Cedar

Hours: Open Monday – Friday 7 am – 5 pm, Saturday 8 am – 4 pm, Sunday 9 am – 3 pm

Phone: 360-834-7044

Visit: www.caffe-piccolo.com

A Beer At A Time — Downtown Camas

Dining
The Fuego Margarita is made from scratch with our house infused tequila.

The Fuego Margarita is made from scratch with our house infused tequila — Fresh pineapple, strawberry and Serrano peppers. This delicious drink packs a nice punch and flavor!  

Live music by Wayne Havrelly April 27th and The Funky Fox Band April 27th, 7 pm-10 pm both nights. We are family friendly and there is no cover!

A Beer At A Time has 51 beers on tap plus 4 wines and 5 hard ciders. And now serving Spirts.

Location: 216 NE 3rd Ave, Camas WA 98607

Phone: 360.835.5200

Hours: Sunday-Monday 11:30 – 9:00; Tuesday thru Thursday 11:30 – 10:00; Friday and Saturday 11:30 – 11:30

Nuestra Mesa — Downtown Camas

Dining
Strawberry Basil Margarita.

Come enjoy a taco made with homemade blue corn tortillas, and order a Strawberry Basil Margarita! Mesa has a great menu for lunch or dinner!

You can now make dining reservations online through our website nuestramesacamas.com as well as through open table! As always, walk ins are welcome. Join us this weekend for amazing tacos and don’t forget to make a reservation to guarantee a table!

Location: 228 NE 4th Avenue, in Downtown Camas

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11:30 am-9 pm; Friday + Saturday, 11:30 am-10 pm; Closed Sundays.

Phone: 360-210-5311

Visit: www.NuestraMesaCamas.com

Natalia’s Cafe — Downtown Camas

Dining
Easter Sunday Lamburger patty with bacon on a bed of wilted spinach. It’s smothered with grilled onion and mushrooms, covered in mint dijon sauce, and topped with an egg!

For Easter Sunday, Natalia’s Cafe is serving a Lamburger Parry with bacon on a bed of wilted spinach. It’s smothered with grilled onion and mushrooms, covered in mint dion sauce, and topped with an egg.

Natalia’s Cafe is the corner cafe that serves American comfort food for breakfast and lunch in the heart of historic Downtown Camas. Looking for a traditional pancake breakfast with eggs, bacon and sausage? Craving French toast, waffles, or crepes? Want your bacon fix? Or a large, fill-your-tummy club sandwich? Then Natalia’s Cafe is the place for an all-American dining experience!

One of their signature dishes is the Corned Beef Hash, which is prepared in-house, with lots of love, atop hash browns and served with gravy and eggs. Natalia’s has long been an anchor in Downtown Camas since the early 2000s, and it’s a place where people gather, dine, and enjoy each other’s company.

Opening at 7 am daily, it’s a place where travelers come from afar to enjoy a good, hearty American meal with happy staff who keep it real!

Location: 437 NE 4th Avenue, Camas, WA 98607

Phone: 360-844-5968

Two Rivers Bar & Grill — Downtown WashoUgal

Dining
Loaded Fries

2 Rivers Bar and Grill has released a fantastic new Spring menu! See what new plates they have to offer for a unique dining experience!

  • Loaded Fries: Added beer cheese and BBQ sauce.
  • Shrimp Cocktail: With homemade cocktail sauce.
  • Seared Ahi Salad: Sesame crusted ahi tuna with cucumber, mango and tomato on a bed of mixed greens with wasabi vinaigrette. 
  • Strawberry Spinach Salad: Candied walnuts, chopped bacon, onions, strawberries, blue cheese crumbles, and tomatoes on a bed of spinach with raspberry vinaigrette.

New Burgers

  • Farmer’s Burger: Egg, bacon, ham, with cheddar cheese on a beef patty.
  • Hawaiian Teriyaki Burger: Teriyaki, pineapple, ham, and guacamole on a beef patty.
  • Serrano Steak Wrap: Grilled steak, sriracha aioli, with cucumber, tomato, avocado, and mixed greens wrapped in a tortilla.

Location: 1700 Main Street, Suite 110, Washougal, WA 98671.

Phone360-210-7987

Hours: 11-9 Monday-Thursday; 11-midnight Friday and Saturday; Sundays: 11-6

Visit: https://www.restaurantji.com/wa/washougal/2-rivers-bar-and-grill-/

Grains of Wrath — Downtown Camas

Dining
NW-Style IPA vs. NE-Style IPA.

Closed Easter Sunday! See the NW-Style IPA vs. NE-Style IPA. When two breweries can’t decide whether to collaborate on a hazy IPA or a clear IPA, there’s only one solution. Brew both. Grains of Wrath and Trap Door Brewing are excited to team up with ZZoom Media to offer two collaboration IPAs following a very similar recipe in the grains and hops. This release features a unique pair of newspaper-wrapped cans – grab both the TD and GOW can to get the full story. One hazy. One clear.

Also come see what’s happening for lunch or dinner. Grains of Wrath has some great dining options.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11 am-10 pm; Friday-Saturday, 11 am-12 am; Sunday, 11 am-9 pm; Happy hour is 3-6 weekdays. 

Location: 230 NE 5th Ave. Camas, WA 98607

Phone: 360-210-5717

Visit: www.gowbeer.com

Hana Korean — Downtown Camas

Dining
Bul-Go-Gi at Hana. Photo by Nest and Love Food Photography.

Hana Korean wants to get the word out that they’re expanding their catering service. Have an event or company meeting? Call Hana and they’ll take special care of you. Or just come in and have a special dining experience.

“We cook our food with a lot of love,” said Eric Park, owner of Hana Korean. 

For those who know and appreciate Korean food, Hana is the real deal. Hana offers Korean, teriyaki, noodles, combinations, and sides at reasonable prices. A customer favorite is the Bi Bim Bop, as well as the Bul-Go-Gi, which is thinly sliced marinated beef, stir-fried vegetables, and steamed rice. Portion sizes are generous. 

Location: 412 NE 4th Ave. Downtown Camas

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 am-8:30 pm

Phone:360-833-9111

Navidi’s Olive Oils & Vinegars — Downtown Camas

Dining
Navidi’s Citrus Bowl.

Navidi’s version of The Citrus Bowl contains Greek yogurt and a supreme assortment of pink grapefruit, mandarins, and navel and blood oranges. It’s topped off with a generous serving of our Key Lime White Balsamic.

Navidi’s has a long tradition of providing the best olive oils, vinegars, speciality salts and seasonings to make your meals extraordinary. Visit us today to sample our fabulous oils and vinegars, which also make great gifts. 

Location: 322 NE Cedar Street, Camas, WA 98607

Hours: Monday thru Saturday 11 am – 6 pm and Sunday noon – 5 pm.

Phone: 360-210-5921

Visit: www.navidioiols.net