Cafés and Diners
There’s no doubt that you’ll find the most creative meal in town at the oddball Chuck Wagon Drive-In (800 N. 4th St., 360/336-2732, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Sun.–Thurs., 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Fri.–Sat.). This is a burger lover’s mecca, with weird concoctions such as peanut-butter burgers and hash-brown burgers on its extensive menu, along with a history of making strange custom burgers for the adventurous. The place isn’t just a gimmick, either; even plain old cheeseburgers are tasty here.
Wear flannel if you want to fit in at the locals-only Mr T’s Family Café (503 W. Fir St., 360/428-8808, 6 a.m.–2 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Sun.). This down-home diner is a favorite among the area farmers, loggers, and truck drivers who come for the rib-sticking biscuits and gravy, enough to keep the heartiest appetites happy.
And to satisfy the sweet tooth, stop by Big Scoop Sundae Palace (327 E. College Way, 360/424-3558, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Sun.–Thurs., 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Fri.–Sat.). Festooned with a candy-stripe red roof and circus lights around the windows, this place is exactly as advertised—a fun, old-school ice cream parlor scooping up share-worthy sundaes, shakes, and root beer floats. If you insist on actually eating a meal before your dessert, it conveniently serves burgers, hot dogs, and other diner fare.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition