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Apr 20th 2018, 06:31 PM   #1
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  Jan 2016
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Motorcycle-Friendly eateries and pubs

Well, as threatened/requested, I'm starting this because someone has to. When I'm out enjoying the PNW's blue highways and forest roads, I find myself looking for a place for a meal and maybe a half-pint, and have to guess at what's good. I get lucky maybe half the time at best, so here we are.

Please post your favorites!

OR Dry Side
Hood River: Oak Street Pub, 403 Oak St
Why: Unlike most of Hood River, has its own parking with plenty of protected spots to stick motorcycles without paying the town's normally inescapable parking charges, or getting backed over by an out-of-state SUV that's so festooned with sporting goods that the driver can't see out his mirrors.
Big tap selection with good choices. One outdoor and two indoor seating areas. Fast kitchen with a small but good menu. Comfortable, friendly and completely unpretentious. Can't go wrong.

Tygh Valley: Molly B's, Main Street or whatever. Not exactly hard to find given that the town is maybe three times the size of your luggage rack.
Why: Old-Skool diner-slash-greasy-spoon; the platonic ideal of a small-town eatery. Closes at 2:00 pm unless it's Friday. Perfect burgers. Biscuits and gravy. Every breakfast standard. Warning: No credit/debit cards. This should be a standard stop for Wasco Co. rides -- and there's ethanol-free Premium nearby, at Tygh Valley General. (You could eat there too in an emergency, but then we're talking about heat-lamp-warmed convenience store chow.)
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Apr 20th 2018, 08:02 PM   #2
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  Feb 2016
  Oregon Desert

  Speed Triple R
Fossil, OR: RJ's.

Ukiah, OR: The Thicket.

Dayville, OR: Dayville Cafe.

Bickelton, WA: The Bluebird.

Fields OR: Fields Station.

All have in common that they're just about the only food within a million miles, and after five hours and three hundred miles of twisties, anything tastes good. All highly recommended.
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Apr 20th 2018, 11:06 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Washington County

  H-D
Portland - St John's neighborhood: Two Stroke Coffee Company, 8926 N. Lombard Street.
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Apr 21st 2018, 06:44 AM   #4
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Portland - St John's neighborhood: Two Stroke Coffee Company, 8926 N. Lombard Street.
Amazing cafe, with a broad sidewalk that'll take a few bikes off-street without impeding pedestrians. Also for once the coffee's not that baffling Portland religion, Stumptown. But the food choices are lean there, although they're happy to let you bring in food from the carts behind, if they're open -- the Moroccan one was not when I was there yesterday.

If it's food and plenty of off-street space to park bikes while you eat it in St Johns you're after, it's worth getting out of the gentrifying bridgehead area and going a couple of blocks east to where the long stretch of Lombard starts: there's a fraction of the hipster quotient and just tons of great weird old places all bunched around there. Enjoy it while it lasts. Also I commend to you the cart pod a few blocks away on Lombard at Burr: 7316 N Lombard St. Excellent Fish and Chips at Arlo's and craft brew and cider on the beer porch.
Apr 21st 2018, 08:14 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  848evo, DRZ400SM, XR100
Breakwater Restaurant, Clallam Bay.
Great place to eat on a Neah Bay ride.
Great view too.

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Apr 21st 2018, 08:49 AM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Richland

  Yamaha FZ1, KTM Super Duke GT, Yamaha FJR, Yamaha XS650
In central Oregon: Service Creek. Nice little old fashion place with friendly staff.
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Apr 21st 2018, 04:38 PM   #7
 
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OK, here are a couple of mine.

Location: McCleary, WA

Establishment: Rain Country Restaurant

Parking: Good - Paved parking lot adjacent to building. Parking spots near the front corner of the building, are in view of the dining area windows.

Menu: Typical American Diner fare. Excellent Burgers, and normally a generous desert selection. Home made pies are their specialty, and they have good Milk shakes. Beer and wine available.

Additional thoughts: A nice small town diner with great service and reasonable prices. We typically do lunch here, as it provides a nice turn around point for us making a simple day trip up north and back.

Routes usually taken (or variations of):

N. Bound

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Location: Toledo, WA

Establishment: Betty's Place


Parking: Gravel parking lot adjacent to outside seating area.

Menu: Typical Drive-In fare. Good Burgers and Fries. Great Milkshakes, and Ice Cream.

Additional thoughts: Great little mom & pop burger joint. Prices are very reasonable, and there is a covered outside seating area next to the parking lot. Service can be slow (especially when they get busy), so if the parking lot is a little full and your in a hurry, you might want to go some place else.

Routes usually taken (or variations of):

N. Bound

S. Bound




More to come.
Apr 22nd 2018, 05:56 PM   #8
 
  Jan 2016
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A few more.

Location: Morton, WA

Establishment: Rivers Coffehouse & Bistro

Parking: No parking lot; street parking only. This hasnít been an issue for us when visiting as there has almost always been open spots near the shop.

Menu: Coffee, smoothies, and beer on the drink menu. Food is somewhat limited to mainly sandwichs, wraps, salads, and soup. Check their online menu for specifics

Additional thoughts: A nice little coffee shop with reasonable prices. Weíve only stopped in for lunch, so I canít comment on their breakfast nor dinner items. Having said that, they do serve a good sandwich and soup. The coffee is also pretty decent, though I wouldnít call it exceptional. Still, it is better than your typical S-Bux.

Routes usually taken (or variations of):

N. Bound

S. Bound


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Location: Stevenson, WA

Establishment: Walking Man Brewing

Parking: Gravel parking along Railroad St. (Southside of building), and street parking along 1st St. (Northside of building). The gravel parking on the Southside has several spots that can be seen from the outside seating area.

Menu: A little bit nicer than your standard pub grub. The menu is a little limited, but they have good burgers, sandwiches, cajun fries, artisian pizzas, and calzones. Want a nice beer? Well, itís WalkingmanÖ They have some great IPAís, and a fantastic Black Cherry Stout (yeah, Iím biased; itís one of my favorite beers). Some of their occasional seasonals have are often a pleasant surprise.

Additional thoughts: One of our favorite post run stops for dinner and a beer. In particular, this was one of the mainstays of our Standing Wednesday Night Ride. Itís a great little brew pub tucked away off of SR-14. Prices arenít too bad. Not a cheap eat, but you do get what you pay for (in my opinion) and arenít really unreasonable. Check out their online menu for more specifics.

Routes usually taken (or variations of):

Can be done in either direction, though we usually go Clockwise when planning a Walking Man stop.

Cougar to Carson
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Apr 22nd 2018, 07:02 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by FeralRdr
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Routes usually taken (or variations of):

Can be done in either direction, though we usually go Clockwise when planning a Walking Man stop.

Cougar to Carson
Backwoods Brewing is in Carson, I think some pwnmoto'ers stop there as well. Their Copperline Amber -- bought in cans at the grocery store, I've never stopped there yet -- is my go-to ale when I'm all hopped out.

Has anyone tried the WE3 Coffee and Deli in Dufur, OR? Last time I rode through I stopped at Kramer's Market, which was fine for a quick bite, but WE3's got some good reviews.
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Apr 22nd 2018, 08:43 PM   #10
 
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I've tried stopping by Backwoods Brewing several times, but they were always closed whenever I stopped by. Back then they usually didn't open until 4:00 or 4:30. I may give them another shot if the situation works out.
Apr 23rd 2018, 10:25 AM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Richland

  Yamaha FZ1, KTM Super Duke GT, Yamaha FJR, Yamaha XS650
Miners in Yakima has the big reputation for great food, but the Stop and Go on Fruitvale between 16th Ave and 40th Ave has much better food and a nice picnic area under trees.
Apr 23rd 2018, 10:44 AM   #12
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  Oct 2016
  Yakima

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Miners in Yakima has the big reputation for great food, but the Stop and Go on Fruitvale between 16th Ave and 40th Ave has much better food and a nice picnic area under trees.
Ehh.. being a local, I'd have to go with Miners. Both for food and a place to relax. Both are a decent burger if your passing thru.

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Apr 23rd 2018, 10:46 AM   #13
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  Oct 2016
  Yakima

Quote:
Originally Posted by WarpShatner7
Well, as threatened/requested, I'm starting this because someone has to. When I'm out enjoying the PNW's blue highways and forest roads, I find myself looking for a place for a meal and maybe a half-pint, and have to guess at what's good. I get lucky maybe half the time at best, so here we are.

Please post your favorites!

OR Dry Side
Hood River: Oak Street Pub, 403 Oak St
Why: Unlike most of Hood River, has its own parking with plenty of protected spots to stick motorcycles without paying the town's normally inescapable parking charges, or getting backed over by an out-of-state SUV that's so festooned with sporting goods that the driver can't see out his mirrors.
Big tap selection with good choices. One outdoor and two indoor seating areas. Fast kitchen with a small but good menu. Comfortable, friendly and completely unpretentious. Can't go wrong.

Tygh Valley: Molly B's, Main Street or whatever. Not exactly hard to find given that the town is maybe three times the size of your luggage rack.
Why: Old-Skool diner-slash-greasy-spoon; the platonic ideal of a small-town eatery. Closes at 2:00 pm unless it's Friday. Perfect burgers. Biscuits and gravy. Every breakfast standard. Warning: No credit/debit cards. This should be a standard stop for Wasco Co. rides -- and there's ethanol-free Premium nearby, at Tygh Valley General. (You could eat there too in an emergency, but then we're talking about heat-lamp-warmed convenience store chow.)
I'd like to mention Wing Central in Ellensburg. Wings, burgers, tons of beer for the drinkers out there. And.... its right next to the local campus so you know the help is always fun to look at!

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Apr 23rd 2018, 11:18 AM   #14
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  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, '99 Honda CBR600f4
Okay, here's one:

The Pick & Shovel in Wilkeson, WA. Take Hwy 165 out towards "The Mountain" and stop here on your way out, or your way back.

Motorcycle specific parking in front with a paved lot across the street.

Great hamburgers and a tiny, old west town feel.
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Apr 24th 2018, 12:38 PM   #15
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  Jan 2016
  Richland

  Yamaha FZ1, KTM Super Duke GT, Yamaha FJR, Yamaha XS650
Quote:
Originally Posted by LaCorski
Ehh.. being a local, I'd have to go with Miners. Both for food and a place to relax. Both are a decent burger if your passing thru.

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I've lived in Yakima twice so I kind of consider myself a local too. When I attended YVC back in prehistoric times we ate at Minors almost every night. That was before they had a dinning room or a picnic area. I could get a Minor burger, fries and medium drink for $1.13. I remember that because I wrote hundreds of checks for that amount. I don't eat there anymore because I can't eat a hamburger the size of a dinner plate and Stop & Go has small burgers.
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