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One of the things I love most about pFriem Family Brewers is the Pfriem family. I also love that they put their brewery’s values right there in their brewery name. We (the Pfriem family and our family) have known one another for a long time, and it seems that we’ve been collectively trying to pull off a family dinner together since we first met! We finally managed to wrangle all of our kids together for a fabulous dinner at pFriem out on their patio! The beer was excellent, the food was absolutely delicious, and the company was wonderful. We started with marinated olives, a pickle plate, a pâté plate with toast, pickles, and mustrard, and the cheese plate which features cheeses, quince paste, fig compote, fruit and housemade crackers.

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Between the eight of us we polished off the starters quickly and moved on to the main dishes. Annie and I shared both the Fried Chicken (which is delicious!) and the Clams with Chirizo (also delicious!), and Kyle and Josh ordered burgers… the kiddos opted for burgers and grilled cheese.

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Did this post make anyone else hungry? I’m getting ready to load the kids in the car so we can go have lunch at pFriem!

 

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If you are a lover or micro-brews you have no doubt been to Volcanic Bottle Shoppe in the Hood River Heights. Owners Abe and Amanda opened the shoppe in the summer of 2010, doubling the size of the bar in 2012. Volcanic Bottle Shoppe is clearly a place of community, inviting folks to come in for a special beer on tap, or to purchase and enjoy a bottle of beer with friends. Volcanic is frequented by locals and is definitely on the radar of visiting beer lovers. The taps mostly pour beer from Oregon breweries, but they always have on one European beer and one cider. At any given time you can find a variety of IPA’s, reds, sessions, and dark beers, alongside special beers like sours, saisons, and farmhouse style ales. They have an summer music schedule set for their patio area which will be from about 4:30-7:30 on Fridays.

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The kids and I recently headed down to have lunch at The Local Grind food truck. Larry and Margot opened their food truck, The Local Grind, in Portland in 2007, and have been open in Hood River during the summers since 2013. They make a wide variety of really delicious food! The Pulled Pork Sandwich looked amazing, and we devoured the Ahi Sandwich served on Dave’s Killer Bread with a great helping of Asian Slaw alongside, as well as the juicy Ahi Tacos, and Yakisoba Noodles and Veggies served with Chicken and a perfect helping of Macaroni Salad! My kids loved the Teriyaki Chicken Bento Bowl. The serving sizes are great and the food is delicious! This would be just the thing after a long morning or afternoon out on the water!

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  • June 17, 2015 - 4:36 pm

    Rebeka - Oh man, that looks amazing! Gimme that tuna sandwich!ReplyCancel

The girls and I went up recently to Marley’s Corner Pub for a wonderful afternoon lunch. I noticed something that made me happy to be there, and happy to live in this small town of ours: every person who walked in the door while we were there was greeted by name, some were immediately informed that “their soup was ready for them” or that their favorite beer was back on tap. That is something special. It has a welcoming setting up in The Heights and a very friendly, small staff. Marley’s is cozy and welcoming inside during cooler days, and inviting and breezy outside when it’s warmer.

Another thing about Marley’s that are special? They have simple, amazing, made from scratch food that is made to order. In no particular order we devoured a simple, bright salad with Italian dressing; crunchy, dense, skin-on, perfectly salted, house-made potato chips; flavorful beef, chicken, and veggie pasties; crisp, classic fish and chips; the delicious soup of the day! Oh, and of course I enjoyed a pint of  Twisted Thistle Scottish IPA. We rounded out our very British-Ilse-lunch with a slice of house-made cheesecake, which I only got a couple bites of before the kids polished it off. Next time I go I’m getting two slices! Ooooh, and don’t forget to check out their little happy hour menu… I could go for a pint and some house-made chips right this very moment!

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Pioneer Pizza in White Salmon continues to evolve. It’s settled into it’s place on the “main drag” of White Salmon, across from Everybody’s Brewing. I’ve already drooled over their pizza and fried chicken, and as the head into busy spring and summer seasons, I stopped by to talk with Micheal about what’s new or exciting. I was thrilled to learn that they’re have a full bar and Micheal has crafted three signature cocktails, Micheal created many of the signature cocktails at Henni’s! The cocktails are: a whisky based Basil Apricot Smash; a Sage and Cherry Gin Cooler; and a Green Tea Mint Mojito. They also have wine and beer… including beer to go! The Pioneer Pizza Happy Hour is from 3-6pm Monday through Friday, offering $2 slices and $2 Rainiers.

They also have over a dozen gluten-free options and the largest gluten-free pizza in the Gorge.

Pioneer Pizza is open until 11pm 7 days a week! Since I’ll need to go sample all of the signature cocktails I’ll probably see you there.

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