Where to Eat in the Columbia River Gorge

Besides a love for the local playground, hikers, windsurfers and bikers in Washington's Columbia River Gorge have one thing in common: big appetites. Here’s where to chow down after a day at play.

Seats don’t come much closer to the Columbia River than at Puffin Cafe in Washougal. Set in the Port of Camas/Washougal marina, this floating eatery sits among sails and curious gulls, providing an ideal backdrop for piña coladas and fish tacos.

In Stevenson, locals favor the Big River Grill. Duck into a cozy wood booth for a Northwest take on roadhouse chow, like housemade veggie burgers or grilled salmon sandwiches.

At Everybody’s Brewing in White Salmon, you’ll find jaw-dropping views of Mount Hood and unexpected treats like sweet potato burritos and seasonal country-style pork ribs. Steps away, Henni’s Kitchen and Bar has gained a loyal following with fresh burgers made from local Mountain Shadow farm chuck and house-made brioche buns.

Just to the east in Bingen, the Solstice Wood Fire Cafe adds a touch of Tuscany to the Gorge. The restaurant’s Italian wood-burning oven churns out deliciously singed pizzas topped with local goodies, and hunger-busting meatloaf with garlic mashed potatoes.

But if it’s a sweet tooth that needs satisfying, don’t miss St. John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Monastery in Goldendale, where foodie nuns craft a divine baklava soaked in honey from local beekeepers.

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—Brian Barker