OK. The food here won't knock your socks off, nor it is it intended to. This is very good comfort food served in a setting that is O.M.G. massive Northwest Lodge... and massive is the operative word.
We'd been passing Camp 18 on a pretty regular basis on our trips from Portland to the Oregon Coast but moving right along because it looked pretty much like the sort of tourist destination that I'd rather go hungry than patronize. Fortunately, in mid-September (due to circumstances within our control) my partner and I were getting getting light-headed with low blood sugar and, since the vast parking lot was only about a third full, we decided to tough it out and give Camp 18 a shot. I'm so glad we did.
On that visit, we were on our way to buying a fixer-upper house on the coast. Since then, in making regular trips to work on the place we've stopped in close to a dozen times for breakfast and lunch (early and late in both cases) and the results have been pretty consistent - the food is always good to very good, the service is uneven ranging from really cheerful hustling (especially from the young guy up in the bar who has to run up and down the stairs) to just gettin' the food out (from some of the more experienced waiters who should know better). If it's jamming, be prepared for a fairly long but tolerable wait.
One especially welcome aspect of the menu - the light options on breakfast and lunch because generally speaking, the portions reflect the size of the place. Highlights on the menu- Biscuits and Gravy (w/ excellent crisp bacon), Flatcars (large pancakes), the Grilled Chicken Sandwich, and a Corned Beef Sandwich that is deliberately not a NY Reuben. Another highlight: the big windows with all sorts of wild and domestic life outside.
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