Before crossing the Columbia River into Portland, Oregon we wanted to stop for lunch viewing the river from the Vancouver, Washington side. Waiting for a parking spot between McMenamin's and Beaches, I asked a baby stroller mom where to eat. She was simple and direct: "McM's is burger bar food, Beaches is 'real food'." Beaches even welcomed our small dog on the patio and brought her a water dish.
I can't write enough superlatives to express our wonderful experience at Beaches. Danny, with a "y" was a delightful woman server, who did her utmost to provide menu and restaurant information along with outstanding service. For instance, she brought an umbrella to shelter us from the sun. Meanwhile, we enjoyed the pleasant breeze watching the Columbia roll on.
The menu included salads, sandwiches, pizza, seafood and more. Something will appeal. We chose three sandwiches: Slow Roasted Pulled Pork, Southwest Veggie Burger and Grilled Salmon Burger. Jo-Jo fries, those tasty spiced potato wedges, came with each. Besides that, we ordered side salads for $2.50 each with cucumber, jicama, black sesame seeds and chicken. Special indeed. To top it off, I asked if the key lime pie was exceptional. Danny thought it was and said it was made especially for them and offered it complimentary if I didn't like it. I took that offer and was immensely pleased, as were my friends, and gladly paid for it.
We ate outside and loved it. Yet inside donned attractive beach décor and by the entrance a rack of T-shirts, one saying, "Nautical but nice." All this is guided by "Captain" Mark, who models the leader servant and has trained his "crew" beautifully. To extend his giving nature, Danny told us that Beaches holds fundraisers for the community. Is it any wonder we were bedazzled by Beaches? When heading south, we'll hit this beach!
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