I noticed the HOMEMADE COBBLER sign as I drove up to Johnston Ridge. Coming back, as there is only one road to and from, I remembered the sign and wanted to stop and check it out. I travel with my companion cocker spaniel and am accustomed to having to dine outside the restaurant. There was a large grassy area in front of Patty 's so I planned to order To Go and dine on the lawn. It was a busy place on a late beautiful July afternoon. As I asked to see a menu for ordering To Go and mentioned my dog waiting outside, I was invited to dine on the porch, like everyone else - if off to one corner where it wasn't populated was O.K. I loved the idea. I was given great service and enjoyed the grilled chicken salad, iced tea and the famous "cobbler." No, it was not quite what I had in mind as being a cobbler - it was more of a cake/shortcake, but it was good. I enjoyed their WiFi access as I uploaded a few photos from my day to Facebook. I felt welcome and was treated as if I was just as important as a large party.
Although I did not have a view of the Toutle river, I still felt like this was a beautiful setting. Hanging well cared for flower baskets were surrounding me. The weather was ideal and the atmosphere was charming . . . all seemingly in the middle of nowhere.
Reading over the very few negative reviews of Patty's Place makes me want to respond to what I think are unrealistic expectations. I have been an owner of a "from scratch fare" cafe in a rural setting for 12 long years. I understand that finding good help is tough - the pool of available help along the isolated stretch of the Toutle River cannot run very deep. It was not a huge establishment - it was the size of a normal cottage or farmhouse in the country. The deck added a lot of seating capacity. A large group of RV club members arrived as I was about to leave. Seating was then maxed out so I shared my table with an older couple from the Rv group. It is not easy to handle a sudden large group's arrival. And who on earth is in that big of a hurry that they simply can't enjoy the gorgeous view for 10 minutes while on vacation? To those who complained it was pricey . . . getting supplies halfway up that mountain, when there were not any other food establishments, would involve a surcharge I would think. And to the reviewer who referred to the place as a "greasy spoon," I did not find the food to be greasy at all but perhaps that is because I ordered non fried foods!!!!!!!
I would love to see the few critics of Patty's Place work in such an environment just ONE DAY! I think they would change their tune a bit.
I found the roadside cafe to be a wonderful respite for me and my companion dog.
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