I live on the west side of the mountains and have been going to the Valley Cafe for years. I like it so much, I schedule my trips to the east side so that I can stop in for lunch or dinner. In addition to wonderful food, the main attraction for me has been the wine store next door and their emphasis on local Washington wines . On a recent visit, I was surprised - and disappointed - to find the wine list dumbed down and downright ordinary. The economy must have hit them hard. There were only 3, maybe 4, offerings by the glass - nothing very interesting - and the bottle list seemed to have shrunk considerably. They have a wide price range with several bottles in the low 20's - but the emphasis seems to have shifted to "affordable." That's not the case with wines by the glass - I paid $9 for an OK glass of wine that you could have ordered by the bottle for $24 and taken home for $15. They feature a local winery in their glass pours - which is great - but you don't have much choice. Bottom line, if you've come to "taste" Washington, better try somewhere else. My waitress was very gracious and attentive, but she was very new and didn't know much about wine.
The restaurant still looks the same - inside and out - and that's a good thing because it looks great, the original restoration was done really well and it still has the art deco / pioneer feel. But I left disappointed because I have come to expect so much more.
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