Lately there’s lots of talk about a favorite winter pastime here: eating. Specifically, eating comfort food. Lucky for visitors, these are items found on menus throughout the area. Here are the top picks that we here at the Washington County Visitors Association have sampled–and thought we’d share:
Raiza Dottin, Administrative Assistant:
My favorite go-to dish is the Teriyaki Beef at Roxy’s Island Grill in Beaverton. There was a line out the door to order last time I was there, which is a good indicator of their yummy food. The service is quick, too. I always get this dish because the barbecue sauce is the perfect mixture of sweet and salty.
As a close runner-up, I like the Mushroom Soup at The South Store Café in Hillsboro; it’s just the right thickness and pairs well with sandwich of the day, which, last time I was there, was turkey with brie and apples. The apples made the sandwich unique. The soups are house-made daily and served with focaccia bread.
Marie Prins, Visitor Information Specialist:
I could make a meal of just the Polenta Fries with Gorgonzola Butter at decarli restaurant in downtown Beaverton. Also, I’ve enjoyed the Braised Beef Shortribs served with spaetzle–yum!
Allison George, Stakeholder Development Manager:
The decarli Burger at decarli restaurant is juicy and gourmet. You won’t look pretty eating it, but you won’t care what anybody thinks after your first bite.
Taco plate at La Superior Restaurant. Photo by Gary S.
Angie Marsh, Communications Associate:
The Fondue at Gustav’s in Tigard is the perfect recipe of melted swiss, served with cute skewers and two kinds of bread for easy dipping.
Another comfort-in-a-bowl I like is the Phở at Pho Van Beaverton. The lean brisket is perfectly cooked, and works well with the rice noodles in broth, and I add the sides; a few bean sprouts, all the jalapenos and a few sprigs of the Asian basil.
Melissa Hay, Online & Interactive Coordinator:
I like the Fish Taco at La Superior in Beaverton–it’s fresh, not “fishy.”
Another favorite is at McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse in Hillsboro: the Communication Breakdown Burger, which has cheddar, mushrooms, onion and bell peppers–the perfect combo. It comes with a choice of fries, tots, soup or salad, so I mix up by choosing a different side each time.
Christopher Glawe, Graphic Designer:
If you’re looking to eat homestyle Mexican food, Pepper’s Mexican Grill in Hillsboro is the place–especially the Carne Asada. The steak is grilled to perfection and the homemade tortillas are delicious. Try the sample plates to see how everything has a good, fresh taste. Pepper’s also has the best Chile Relleno I’ve ever tasted. Try to leave room for dessert; they have tasty flan.
A close second is the BBQ Pork Tamale at The Tamale House in Tigard. I had never really cared for tamales; I found them to be dry and often bland. Then I discovered this place, where the tamales are homemade by the family. I also tried the tacos with homemade corn tortillas–Delicious!