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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Washougal, WA: Rustic Charm, Friendly Faces, And Good Food At Fair Prices

Smitty's
1816 NE 3rd Avenue
Camas, WA 98607
Phone: (360) 834-4257
Prices: $$$$

This rustic coffee shop/steakhouse between Washougal and Camas has reportedly been there for 50 years under the same ownership and ANY restaurant that has been in business that long must be doing something right. The interior is dated, but serviceable and very clean.


We were greeted warmly and seated immediately, receiving an extensive menu and water. I was surprised by how many tables were full when we arrived at a little after 4pm on a Friday afternoon - a good sign. Gordon Ramsey would be appalled by the vast number of options on the menu - six large pages of small print -  including breakfast (served all day), salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers, steaks, seafood, and desserts just to name a few.





We were hungry, but not overly so, ordering what we thought would be "lighter fare". My wife had the Homemade Belgian Waffle ($5.99), a large, thick, fluffy waffle, coming with a small pitcher of warm maple syrup and plenty o' butter. She loved it ... HOOAH!!
I had never heard of a Super Melt ($12.95) and it sounded scrummy, so I decided to give it a shot. The sandwich came with sliced roast beef, turkey, bacon, swiss cheese, tomato, and grilled onions on fresh, grilled sourdough bread, along with a side of piping hot, crispy, seasoned fries. The sandwich was very good, fresh, thick, and filling, but too much for me to eat, so I took half of the sandwich and delicious fries home for lunch the next day.
The prices are reasonable, in fact, they had a Prime Rib Special for two with all the trimmings for just $23.95, that is less than $12 each for the mathematically challenged. 

My only concerns were the dated decor, looking like they had not remodeled since the 1960s when they opened, and the overly extensive menu. I am sure they get a fair amount of business, considering how long they have been open, but with that many options and ingredients it is difficult to keep the food fresh and avoid spoilage. They could easily reduce the menu by two-thirds and there would still be plenty of options. Finally, their breakfast menu is a bit on the pricey side, so you can probably find similar items for less money at other Camas/Washougal eateries. After all, breakfast is not rocket science.
Nice people, good food, and fair prices, we will be returning to Smitty's soon to give one of their daily specials a try. They even have a small, charming lunch counter in the room next to the kitchen with freshly baked pastries and a cash register so you can pay before you leave ... and don't forget to tip your server!

CombatCritic Gives Smitty's 7 Bombs Out Of 10 ... More Bombs Are Better!

Seven Bombs Equates To:

Translation for Civilians: "Shits & Grins"

Read More Reviews By CombatCritic:

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Smitty's Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tabelog - Official Judge - "Silver"

Zomato - #1 Ranked "VERIFIED" CONNOISSEUR (13) - Over  4 Million Review And Photo Views ... And Counting #1 Reviewer in Portland, Oregon!
Booking.com - Frequent Traveler "Genius"

Google Maps - "Top Photographer" With Over 3 Million Views!

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... And Don't Forget To Subscribe To TravelValue TV on YouTube and our sister channel, CombatCounselor Chronicleswith Over 1,250 Subscribers and 1,000,000 Video Views ... HOOAH!

Title: Washougal, WA: Rustic Charm, Friendly Faces, And Good Food At Fair Prices

Key Words: Washougal, WA, Portland, OR, Camas, steakhouse, coffee shop, Smitty's, Smitty, Smittys, CombatCritic, TravelValue, travel, value, restaurant, menu, review, Yelp, Zomato, TripAdvisor, Google, Facebook


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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Portland, OR: XPO Logistics - Costco Appliance Delivery Gets The Job Done

XPO Logistics
3223 NW Guam Street
Portland, OR 97210
Phone number: (866) 373-7934
Website: xpo.com
Prices: N/A

XPO Logistics arrived during the four hour delivery window, quickly and professionally installing our new Samsung washer and dryer purchased from Costco.

When we made the appointment the day before, we were told that we would receive a call that night, informing us of the four-hour delivery window for the next day, but the call never came. I called first thing the morning to see what was going on, but was told that we were an "add-on" and, therefore, they were unable to provide a window for us. When I told them that was unacceptable, that it was not our fault that our delivery was an add-on, I was met with resistance. Finally, after asking to talk to a supervisor, the representative had the problem solved within 10-15 minutes and we had our four-hour window ... HOOAH!

Other than that SNAFU, the delivery and free, included "white glove" installation went off without a hitch, installing the new washer and dryer complete with hook-ups in about 30 minutes and hauling off all the packing material along with our 17-year old washer and dryer when they left.

CombatCritic Gives XPO Logistics 8 Bombs Out Of 10 ... More Bombs Are Better!

One Bomb Equates To:
Translation for Civilians: "Fucked Up Beyond All Repair"
Two Bombs Equates To:

Translation for Civilians: "Tits Up" 







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









Four Bombs Equates To:
Translation for Civilians: "Bend Over, Here It Comes Again"









Five Bombs Equates To:


Translation for Civilians: "Continue Mission"




Six Bombs Equates To:


Translation for Civilians: "Good To Go"






Seven Bombs Equates To:

Translation for Civilians: "Shits & Grins"







Eight Bombs Equates To:

Translation for Civilians: "What-The-Fuck ... Over!"







Nine Bombs Equates To:

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



Ten Bombs Equates To:


Translation for Civilians: 

HOOAH!: "Phonetic spelling of the acronym HUA, which stands for 'Heard Understood Acknowledged.' Originally used by the British in the late 1800's in Afghanistan. More recently adopted by the United States Army to indicate an affirmative or a pleased response." - Urban Dictionary

"The Department of Military Science and Leadership, University of Tennessee claim HOOAH 'refers to or means anything except no' ... Regardless of its meaning ... the term is an expression of high morale, confidence, motivation and spirit." - WarChronicle.com

"The U.S. Air Force stole 'HOOAH' from the Army because we were part of the Army until 1947 and rather than waste a bunch of time coming up with something new and unique like "ROO-YAH" or "HAL-A-LOO-YAH", we said 'screw it, let's go with HOOAH' ... thanks Army ... HOOAH!" - CombatCritic
Read More Reviews By CombatCritic:

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  • 650,000+ Views A Year
Read Chris S.'s review of XPO Logistics on Yelp

Tabelog - Official Judge - "Silver"


Zomato - #1 Ranked "VERIFIED" CONNOISSEUR (13) - Over  4 Million Review And Photo Views ... And Counting #1 Reviewer in Portland, Oregon!
Booking.com - Frequent Traveler "Genius"

Google Maps - "Top Photographer" With Over 3 Million Views!

View my food journey on Zomato!

View my food journey on Zomato!

View my food journey on Zomato!

... And Don't Forget To Subscribe To TravelValue TV on YouTube and our sister channel, CombatCounselor Chronicleswith Over 1,250 Subscribers and 1,000,000 Video Views ... HOOAH!

Title: Portland, OR: XPO Logistics - Costco Appliance Delivery Gets The Job Done

Key Words: XPO Logistics, XPO, logistics, Portland, OR, Oregon, CombatCritic, TravelValue, travel, value, service, business, review, Yelp, Zomato, TripAdvisor, Google, Facebook

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Greater Portland Area: 36 Veterans Day Deals on November 11th, 2019

54th Street Grill

Free entree up to $12.

Applebee’s
Free meal.

Bakers Square

Free meal. Bakers Square also offer a 10 percent military discount all year long.

Buffalo Wild Wings
Free small order of boneless wings and fries.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Free calamari with purchase - 10 percent Heroes Discount for all servicemen and women and first responders (effective Nov. 12, 2019).

Chili’s
Free entree - includes Chili’s signature Chicken Crispers, Margarita Grilled Chicken, Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas, Just Bacon Burger, Oldtimer with Cheese, Cajun Chicken Pasta, or a bowl of chili, soup or salad.

Chipotle
Buy one entree, get one free.

Cracker Barrel
Free slice - Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert or Pumpkin Pie Latte.

Denny’s
Free Build Your Own Grand Slam from 5am to noon. Dine-in only.

Dunkin’ Doughnuts
Free donut.

Famous Dave’s
Free meal - participating locations.

Fogo de Chao
50% off vet's meal, plus 10% off for three guests (November 8-11).

Golden Corral
Free buffet from 5-9 p.m.

Hooters
Free entree from special Hooters Veterans Day menu with purchase.

IHOP
Free pancakes - participating locations.

Joe’s Crab Shack
20% off (excludes alcoholic beverages).

Little Caesars Pizza
Free $5 hot-n-ready lunch combos - 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Longhorn Steakhouse
Free appetizer or dessert plus 10% off of your bill.

McCormick & Schmick’s
Free lunch or dinner from a special menu.

Noodles & Company

Ongoing 15 percent discount for military and veterans 365 days a year ... HOOAH!

Olive Garden
Free entree from a special menu.

Outback Steakhouse
20% off their entire check - Nov. 8, 2019 through Nov. 11, 2019.

Red Lobster

Free appetizer or dessert.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill
Free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs and Spaghetti entree (dine-in only).

Sizzler

Free meal until 4:00 pm.

Starbucks
FREE tall brewed coffee.

Subway

Free six-inch sub - select locations.

Texas Roadhouse
Free lunch from 11 am to 4 pm.

TGI Friday’s
Free lunch (up to $12 - participating locations).


Free Attractions

National Parks
Free entrance.

Portland Art Museum
Free admission for veterans and active-duty military every day.

Oregon Zoo 
Military veterans, active military personnel, as well as family members and families of deployed military personnel will be given free admission on November 11. 

Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum
Veterans plus one guest receive free Museum admission on November 10 and 11. 

Portland Veterans Day Parade
9:30 a.m - NE 40th and Tillamook to Sandy Boulevard and NE 48th Ave.


Other Freebies and Discounts

Free car wash 
Free car wash at participating Grace For Vets locations.

Great Clips
Free haircut or pick up a free haircut card to use later (valid through December 31, 2019).

Read More Reviews By CombatCritic:

Yelp "GOLD" ELITE '14/'15/'16/'17/'18/'19 
  • 650,000+ Views A Year
Tabelog - Official Judge - "Silver"


Zomato - #1 Ranked "VERIFIED" CONNOISSEUR (13) - Over  4 Million Review And Photo Views ... And Counting #1 Reviewer in Portland, Oregon!
Booking.com - Frequent Traveler "Genius"

Google Maps - "Top Photographer" With Over 3 Million Views!

View my food journey on Zomato!

View my food journey on Zomato!

View my food journey on Zomato!

... And Don't Forget To Subscribe To TravelValue TV on YouTube and our sister channel, CombatCounselor Chronicleswith Over 1,250 Subscribers and 1,000,000 Video Views ... HOOAH!

Title: Greater Portland Area: 2019 Veterans Day Deals on November 11th, 2019

Key Words: Portland, OR, Vancouver, WA, 2019, Veterans Day, November, 11th, veteran, day, veterans, CombatCritic, TravelValue, travel, value, restaurant, menu, review, Yelp, Zomato

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