Thursday, June 20, 2019

Washougal, WA: 2 Rivers Left Me In A Father's Day River Of Tears

2 Rivers Bar and Grill
1700 Main Street, Ste 110
Washougal, WA 98671
Phone number: (360) 210-7987
Website: 2riversbar.com
Prices: $$$$

I received an extremely odd "welcome", if you can call it that, as I walked through the doors for the first time, having delayed my initial visit after reading their many mediocre reviews and allowing them time to work all the bugs out. As I stood in front of the huge bar, the man serving drinks, whom I will assume was the owner, asked me, "can I help you?", to which I replied with some amazement, "Yes, I would like to sit down and eat some food, please". Why else would somebody walk into a restaurant if it was not to sit down and eat a meal? What do I look like, a bible salesman? What a stupid question.
I ordered a pFriem IPA ($6), but was not asked if I wanted water, which I was desperate for after walking 18 holes of golf in the Father's Day sun. The IPA was decent, but $6 is a tad high if they hope to draw a crowd, especially early on a Sunday evening when they had just a smattering of customers. You can get similar IPAs around town for $4 to $5, so why should I spend an extra buck to come here?
I learned a couple days after my visit that the Father's Day Special was a "Prime New York Steak with peppercorn sauce, garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus", YUM!, but I did not see it advertised anywhere and they did not communicate the special to me, so I ordered a 1/2 pound Cheeseburger ($15) with bacon, grilled onions, and garlic aioli, also coming with a side of french fries. The burger was obviously not handmade in house, probably frozen, and the grilled onions and garlic aioli, if there were any at all, must have been wrapped up in the overly crispy folded-up clump of bacon they stuck on top of the burger (see photo). The "cheddar cheese" was apparently of the processed variety, white, very thin, and perfectly square and the burger was dry, even after putting some mayo on the bun. It was not very flavorful. With nary a garnish on the big white plate, the burger looked more like a slider (see photos) than a 1/2 pound burger.


BTW, I was repositioning the plate to take photos for my review when the owner blurted out across the room: "Do you want me to take it outside so you can get a better picture?". The other people at the bar laughed at me, as if it were funny, but I found the comment extremely rude, completely uncalled for, and very unprofessional. 

The space is nice, although sparsely decorated, but they should have kept the massive wood-fired pizza oven left by the previous occupants instead of replacing it with an overly large bar which dominates the large room. We needed a good mom and pop Italian restaurant with red and white checkered table clothes and chianti bottles with wax from recently departed candles dripping down the sides, not another modern, gastro/brew pub of which there are far too many in our area.
Based on the many other less than stellar reviews posted recently and my questionable Father's Day experience, it seems as though the owners have already given up. How can you expect a new business to thrive if you do not even bother to publish a website for months after opening and serve customers frozen burgers and fries, charging $15 for an inferior burger to the one I can get at the bar across the street for under $10. Here it is eight months after opening and they have still not even bothered to list a website on their Yelp page ... MEH!

CombatCritic Gives 2 Rivers Bar and Grill 3 Bombs Out Of 10 ... I'm Feeling Generous Because The Owner Says He's A Veteran ... More Bombs Are Better!

Three Bombs Equates To:
Translation for Civilians: "Situation Normal, All Fucked Up"

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Vancouver, WA: My Cameo Appearance Was A Rousing Success ... Good Show!

Cameo Cafe
7703 NE 72nd Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98662
Website: cameocafe.com
Phone number (360) 253-6341
Prices: $$$$

I tried to find something I did not like about Cameo Cafe, but I was woefully unable. In the large parking lot adjacent to Club Green Meadows, Cameo Cafe's building is obviously dated, reminiscent of a 1970s diner, and with somewhat unkempt landscaping lining the front. The interior is also dated, but serviceable. Ambiance is not a strength, until you enter the rear garden, adjacent to and overlooking one of the holes on Club Green Meadows' golf course, it is full of beautiful flowers and tables with large umbrellas ... rELaXeD!

We met a friend for lunch on the patio on a perfectly beautiful spring day. Not in the mood for a cocktail from their adjacent bar, we had coffee and ice water instead. My wife ordered the French Toast ($8), I the Bacon Cheeseburger ($11.50), and our friend the Chicken Bento ($11).
The french toast's three large, thick slices of texas toast were battered and fried, then topped with maple syrup and sprinkled with powdered sugar. My wife absolutely loved it and at just $8, it was not a bad value.
My burger was ENORMOUS, a half-pound of ground beef on a toasted brioche bun along with bacon, cheese, grilled onions, lettuce and tomato. It was one of the best burgers I have had in a long time and a TREMENDOUS value at just $11.50, including the hot, crispy fries. The french fries had a seasoned coating which I have not seen before, but they were tasty and fried to perfection as previously stated - hot and crispy.
Our friend had the chicken bento, but I did not mooch a taste although he seemed as if he enjoyed it very much ... HOOAH!
The service was very friendly and efficient. They opened the patio for us, cleaning off a table just because we asked if we could sit outside as it was such a nice day. 
I was a bit hesitant to try Cameo Cafe because of the odd menu, a menagerie of eclectic breakfast, lunch and dinner items, including egg dishes, biscuits and gravy, sandwiches, COLOSSAL soup, fish & chips, and stir fries, among others. I am sure glad we decided to go because the perfect spring day was only that much better, accompanied by a scrumptious, filling lunch in a beautiful setting with a good friend. What more could I have asked for?

CombatCritic Gives Cameo Cafe 9 Bombs Out Of 10 ... More Bombs Are Better!

Nine Bombs Equates To:

Translation for Civilians: "U.S. Marine Response To A Verbal Greeting Or As An Expression Of Enthusiasm"

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