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(yes, that was exactly the right word.)
Terry and Jodi Smoke have done a stellar job of compounding, preparing, and making something which is all of the above – frivolous (in the best of ways), amusing, delicate, elaborate, luxurious, and (usually) nonutilitarian.
The exception lies in nonutilitarian. Great coffees (gets no more utilitarian than that), a soda fountain (I truly think we all need a soda fountain in our lives), and really good sandwiches (Steph, who could have had lunch from anywhere for her birthday, asked for the General Store pulled pork), salmon chowder, and wonderful breakfast casseroles that don’t resemble anything my mother ever called a casserole.
The proof of nonutilitarian is a huge selection of cards, year-round Christmas (all holiday, actually) decorations, cool toys (SOCK MONKEYS!!!), old-fashioned candies and fabulous truffles, jewelry and history and ice cream, oh my!
As near as I can tell, these two good people work seven days a week, and it shows.
Directions: Around the horseshoe, up the hill, under the arch, on your left about a two-thirds of the way down the main drag in Troutdale. 7000 square feet of something that will make you smile.
503.492.7912 289 East Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale
[Some images on this page are from the restaurants’ websites. All words are personal experience.]