After driving up the Washington side of the river from Portland, we had planned to cross back into Oregon via the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge. By the time we arrived at the bridge we were a little peckish. Tripadvisor suggested the Riverside Inn so we pulled in. Not much to look at from the parking lot side but once inside and seated the view is spectacular. You can see up and down the river from inside the restaurant. The outside seating look very nice but the breeze was a bit much so the very popular restaurant was pretty full inside. Very nice lunch menu with many salad, sandwich and entree choices. Wife chose the Dungeness crab & Shrimp Baguette. Generous and very tasty. I chose the fish and chips. Lightly breaded cod with french fries. I chose the half serving and god only knows how much the full portion was. I couldn't finish the half portion (I did eat all the cod though :-))
Kenzie our server was delightful and attentive. Refilled our ice tea promptly and checked in often to see if we needed anything. This was a perfectly deelightful find on our trip to see the gorge. From Portland it's a great turnaround distance after travelling up route 14, go across river and then back down 84 to Portland. There are an assortment of fast food places in the area. I recommend you drive right past those and make your way to the Riverside Inn. It is also a hotel and looks like an awesome place to stay. The view's killer.
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