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So, earlier today, I picked up some freshly-picked organic Granny Smith apples along with some other great produce at the Shangri-La Farm stand in Fern Prairie. And, upon getting home, I sliced one, and munched on it, then decided to make an Apple Crumble.

This is a slightly revised recipe from RecipeTinEats. Since it was a trial, we cut everything in half for our version, and it turned out great!

It takes 12-15 minutes to prepare, then another 40 minutes to bake in the over. And, even though the photo doesn’t show it, we highly recommend eating it with vanilla ice cream. It makes it even that much better.

Granny Smith Apple Crumble Ingredients

APPLE FILLING

  • 2 lb / 1kg Granny Smith Apples( green apples), weight before peeling
  • 1 tbsp white flour
  • 1/2 cup / 110g white sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (or water)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

TOPPING

  • 1 cup / 90g cup rolled oats / oatmeal (quick cooking is ok)
  • 1 cup / 150g white flour
  • 1 cup / 175 g brown sugar (loosely packed)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 cup / 125g unsalted butter, melted
  • Pinch of salt

TO SERVE

  • Must have with vanilla ice cream
Granny Smith
Fresh Granny Smith apples.

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F/180C.
  • Peel apples, then cut into 1.5cm/ 3/5” cubes (I opted to not peel my apples since they were just picked. It enhanced the flavor and texture).
  • Place apple in a bowl. Sprinkle with flour, sugar and cinnamon, then pour over lemon juice. Toss, then spread out evenly I’m a 1.5 litre/1.5 quart baking dish. 
  • Place Topping ingredients in a bowl. Mix until clumps form, like wet sand. Spread over the apples, crumbling with fingers if required to get that crumbly topping.
  • Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove, cover loosely with foil to keep warm and let stand for 10 minutes before serving (let’s the apple filling come together).

To learn more, visit https://www.recipetineats.com/

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Granny Smith
Making the Granny Smith Apple Crisp.

Tommy O’s at the Camas Hotel.

When we found out the much-respected, consistently delicious, and community-oriented brand was returning to Camas we were ecstatic! Tommy Owens, his son, Josh, and team went right to work modifying the small space into a workable restaurant to fit the local ambiance and carry on the tradition we all know and love.

Now, two months plus into their new location, Tommy O’s at the Camas Hotel has mastered the tiny space by modifying — with great success — their fine offerings.

During our review session, we happily sampled the Thai Garlic Chicken Drumsticks (the biggest surprise of the day), Lobster Pot Stickers, Ahi Sashimi — all three are small plates — as well as the Miso Sake Butterfish (see featured photo), Kalbi Salmon, Teriyaki Chicken, Steam Coconut Forbidden Rice, and the Spicy Wok Green Beans.

Tommy O’s at the Camas Hotel serves many of their signature dishes, but due to space limitations, they’ve streamlined the menu. The interior matches its menu with a Hawaiian flair.

“We tried to adapt the menu to take the best flavors from the downtown Vancouver restaurant and make them work in this location,” said Josh Owens. “This restaurant has some unique characteristics as far as the footprint, which is a third the size and then the kitchen layout has a big, beautiful brick oven, but we don’t have a grill so that changes what we can do. Most of what you see here, the teriyaki chicken, the butterfish, the cedar plank salmon, those things all come out of our above ground brick imu. It runs at 600 degrees and allows us to get a nice crispy skin on that chicken, food sears really quickly, so it’s a great tool to serve a great number of people very quickly in a small footprint.”

Head Chef Jonathon Betts makes it all happen.

“I feel that the smaller kitchen is easier to work around because you’re not turning as much,” said Betts. “The public response has been very positive. They love the things that are different about this new space. We don’t have the Kalbi Ribs because we don’t have the grill. Some things just don’t work here, but we’re always looking for ways to bring those flavors here.”

What’s new?

“Just about everything you see here on the table,” said Betts. “The way we do things is much different. The butterfish is seared in the cast iron pan, and you get a different range of flavors. We do a half chicken here, and at Vancouver we just do the breast. I want things to be as good here as downtown if not better.”

The Kalbi Salmon! Why is it so good?

“The oven! Plus we soak the cedar planks,” said Betts. “We have the Kalbi marinade (same as the Kalbi ribs) with soy and sugar, and it’s in there for 24 hours, then while it cooks in the 600 degree oven it becomes caramelized.

Tommy O’s
Kalbi Salmon.

Teriyaki Chicken

A customer favorite, a lot of time and research went into perfecting their Teriyaki Chicken, which is locally sourced.

“We wanted an opportunity to set us apart and offer great flavors,” said Owens. “We wanted to find a high quality chicken we could bring to the customers in Camas. We found this free range chicken that is both high quality and makes for a nice presentation. It makes a good meal. Our goal is always to put the challenge out there to have the best teriyaki chicken in town.”

Tommy O’s
Teriyaki Chicken.

The Tommy O’s Brand

“We’ve been in Vancouver for nearly 26 years,” said Owens. “We went from a lunch place to what it is now. For me, our success is all about focusing on a great customer experience. It’s about consistency and a focus on quality. Your dining dollar is stretched farther than it has ever been, so it’s making sure the experience is a good one. We make so much of our food from scratch, and it takes days and days to make that happen, but the end result is something you can’t replicate anywhere else. For us it’s about finding the sweet spot of going the extra mile and making sure we source the best ingredients we can find at the right price point.”

“We invite you to dine with us.”

Tommy O’s at The Camas Hotel is located at 405 NE 4th Avenue in historic downtown Camas. And, if you want to learn more, visit https://www.tommyosaloha.com

Hours:

Lunch 11a – 3p (Tues -Sun)

Aloha Hour Daily 3p – 5p

Dinner 3p – 9p (Fr-Sa 3p – 9:30p)

Closed – Monday

Nuestra Mesa, located in historic downtown Camas, recently launched a new brunch menu that is creative, beautiful, and tantalizingly delightful.

“Brunch is a fun meal period,” said Mesa’s Executive Chef, Zach Capoccia. “Everybody is looking for something fun and outside the box, and I feel we’ve done that here.”

Our review sampled three dishes: Pork Tinga Benedict, Steak and Eggs Hash, and the Carnitas Omelette.

Pork Tinga Benedict

This twist on the Eggs Benedict is creatively designed with a Jalepeno-Cheddar biscuit, habanero-cabbage slaw, poached cage-free eggs, chipotle hollandaise, and served with papas bravas. It’s alive with flavor and the favorite of our sample plates.

“This is a creative Benedict,” said Capoccia. “It was made with love. I cook with my heart, and I wanted to bring that here. It’s such a complex cuisine and it’s in-depth and complex. With brunch, I want people to see what this is all about. For the most part it’s Mexican flavors. Mexico is surrounded by ocean. You see a lot of seafood and people don’t realize that. The slaw is made with lime juice and starts fermenting itself and we let it do its own thing, which gives it a little bit of kick.”

Capoccia says his style is different, even for Mexican food.

“I have massive respect for their cuisine even though I’m not from there,” he said. “It’s more than greasy food. We love our tinga meat.”

Nuestra Mesa
Steak and Eggs Hash, Carnitas Omelette, Pork Tinga Benedict.

Steak and Eggs Hash

The hash is created with a marinated carne asada, papas bravas, onion, April Joy Farms cherry tomatoes, jalapeño, chipotle, crema, and two cage-free fried eggs.

Mesa uses a wet marinade with orange and lime juice, which creates the flavor, along with soy sauce, cumin, oregano, chili powder blended like a vinaigrette.

The grilled carne asada dominates this dish, and we’re fine with that.

Carnitas Omelette

This wonderful omelette is made with poblano peppers, onion, salsa verde, queso oaxaca, and served with papas bravas.

“I wanted to have an omelette and then wanted to use Mexican ingredients,” said Capoccia. “Some is traditional as they do with onions and peppers. The papas bravas has a lot of the same seasonings as our chorizo. It’s our house seasoning with the potatoes.”

Nuestra Mesa welcomes everyone to try their new brunch menu and experience the creativity and heart that goes into their food.

Mesa’s hours:
Mon–Thur: 11:30am – 9:00pm
Fri-Sat: 11:30am – 10:00pm
Sun: 11:00am – 8:00pm

Mesa is located at 228 NE 4th Avenue. To learn more, visit www.nuestramesacamas.com

Nuestra Mesa
Steak and Eggs Hash.

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.

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 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