saw these guys at a festival in SW Virginia. Their booth caught my eye (I thouhgt they were selling wine) but I found that it was gourmet barbecue sauce instead!!! They gave out taster shots of the sauce in actual medical SYRINGES!!!! cute gimmick... needless to say I was hooked and couldn't leave with out some of that BREW!!!! awesome stuff you gotta try it :)..the woosQbrew lable says "divine decadence" and they aren't kidding
Almost four years ago my boyfriend took me on a short little jaunt to a pristine little valley nestled inbetween the tiny towns of Independence and Mouth of Wilson to Ward Manor at Buck Mountain. As we turned off of Hwy 58 and traveled down Saddle Creek Rd. we passed by some of the most beautiful scenery that exists. The entrance to The Manor is flanked by two massive stacked stone pillars with iron gates opened to welcome us in. As we drove down the driveway, pasture land lies on either side with a huge 200 year old white farmhouse in the distance growing larger every second. I was told by my boyfriend that we were going to an informal cookout with a couple of friends but I had a feeling that something else was going on. Sure enough (AS ALWAYS) I was right. We pulled up to the house to find a small group of our closest friends and propreitors Michael Jenkins and Matthew Greene eagerly waiting for us. Approaching the front steps you pass by a beautiful little koi pond with garden statues spouting out arcs of water. The massive wrap around front porch is surrounded by a vast array of of botanicals ranging from 6 foot hybrid delphinium to creeping mountain flox all of which is so artistically planted you'd think they would charge admission just to walk through!!! The grounds around the Manor are equally as lovely with a big gazebo overlookimg a fishing pond and outbuildings with really cool old farm implements displayed on them. We came to rest on the wrap around porch sipping champaigne with our friends when down on one knee goes my man!!!! Out pops the ring box and proposal. After recovering from crying I said YES!!! Before we knew it we were ushered into the dining room where we dined on exqusitely cooked prime rib, succulent veggies and never ending glasses of champaigne. Afterwards we returned to the porch and chatted while Matthew fired off fireworks and twirled with sparklers to make a most special evening even more so. I've never spent the night at the Manor but have dined there(with my HUSBAND) several times since. The food is always excellent, the interior of the home is gorgeous and the hosts are the most accomodating that you'll find. This place is well worth checking out when in the Virginia Highlands!!!
My husband and I were honeymooning AND looking at possible retirement towns this past April in Northeast Oregon. We camped at the State Park in Joseph and drove up to Imnaha to see how far we could get into Hell's Canyon (throughways were still closed due to snow). As far as we could tell, when we reached the Imnaha Store and Tavern, we were at the end of our excursion. The building was VERY rustic, looking like what I imagine it did when pioneers built it 100 years or so ago. We were STARVING and seeing NOTHING else in the town save the post office, school and library we sauntered in. It took some time for our eyes to adjust to the dimly lit and basically uninhabited interior when we spotted the restrooms on the far side of the dining room/store area. We quickly crossed the creaking wood slat floor past the pool tables which had 2 patrons shooting AND drinking at 11am!!!! When we met back up at the bar we grinned at each other in anticipation of trying a local lunch with some brew to boot!!!! (we really love a dive so we were in heaven!) The beer was cold and CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP. The daily special, steak sandwich with onions and mushrooms, was posted over the bar in chalk. One woman (we later found out the owner) was running the whole show...bartending, cooking, waiting tables and working the register...she was a virtual WONDERWOMAN!!! She suggested I try the fried oysters and although reluctant about the possible freshness of them in such a desolate local, I did. My hubby ordered the steak sandwich special and we ordered more CHEAP beer as we hunkered down to wait for our meal. This was not the type of place to be in a hurry and we weren't. We asked (Sally? God I hope that was her name) how this place stayed in business in the off season (it's on a major tourist route when the snow melts) and she said that the townfolk kept her going (all 27 of them!!!) She also knew how many visitors were in town...including us!!! Before we knew it the place filled up with "THE TOWN"...the postmaster, farm workers... EVERYBODY eats here! I know they have no choice unless they stay home but what a lucky choice they have!!!! Our food came out and was delicious. The portions were huge, the beer was cold and the locals were friendly and informative about the area. We would have stayed all day if we didn't want to weave all the way back to Joseph. When touring the Hell's Canyon Loop don't miss the little rustic gem and ask the bartender if her name is Sally for me!! What ever it is tell her the honeymooning Virginians will be back!!!!!!
This place is MY local bar and grill. Moving here 8 years ago and not knowing a soul in town, I stopped in here after work to see what the locals were like. Dimly lit and full of smoke and strangers I made my way through the dining area around to the bar area which seated eight and found a stool. Watching the patrons play pool I ordered a draft and settled in. Years later I still do the same thing but now I know everyone there, every beer choice and every menu item. Now days it's smoke free and repainted a pleasant light taupe but the excellent service and food hasn't changed. Yes, it's a local dive but with the small town coziness and friendliness you can't duplicate in the city. The beer is always cold and the basic pub fare always delivers. Prices are CHEAP and now they even serve a delicious breakfast!!!!!! Lots of tourists come through especially on July 4th where this small town called Independence throws one heck of a parade and Ogles is just the place to stop and have a cold one. Try the Italian sub "all the way" and hold on to your hats!!!!!
Honeymooning in early April brought my husband and I to the Outlaw around 5pm on Wed. The decor was supurb...an entire wall covered in antique sleds, odd tools and elk horns artfully placed, a beckoning gas fireplace in the center of the dining area while sporting a very clean and well kept modern restaraunt. The married owners (hate I forgot their names) were a pleasure to talk to and informative about the area (we're thinking of retiring there). We each ordered a beer and surveyed the menu as we looked around a completly desolate dining room. I have to say the absence of patrons had us a lille worried but it WAS 5pm. We weren't really interested ordering dinner because of the early hour but instead were looking for some tasty little nosh to try out while relaxing with a beer. Continuing to study the menu we noticed that there wasn't much of a noshy selection...it was pretty formal with prices to match. The selection of entrees were varied with eloquent sauces and ingredients indigenous to the area and sounded wonderful . The proprietors had been so nice we didn't want to hurt their feelings so I ordered a bowl of homemade tomato soup and we gave back the menus. We relaxed (all alone) in front of the fire and sipped our beer and before we knew it the soup arrived. Larry patiently waited while I had my soup which had just the right amount of each ingredient and cooked almost perfectly (it could have been a tad hotter). We paid our tab and toured the other rooms of the restaraunt (which were artfully decorated as well) and prepared to leave when the owners surprised us by giving us a shot glass with their logo on it..."to the newleyweds!!!" they cheered. Feeling like crap because we had spent so little money there (and not realizing that the restaraunt had a BAR attatched to it) we thanked them profusely and told them what a beautiful restaraunt they had and left to saunter down the street to find the next watering hole. I regret not coming back later for dinner so you need to go and let me know how it is!!!!!
My husband and I were honeymooning in early April and our last day was spent in the Pearl District trying out different pubs and fare. After a tour of the Portland Japanese Garden, we had but one thing left to do....SUSHI!!!!!!! Before leaving home in the Virginia Mtns. we researched where we wanted to try out our only west coast sushi experience and Mio Sushi seemed to be the best reviewed on the web. We made sure to be there for happy hour because of the GREAT deals on the specialty rolls. As we approached the old victorian the restaraunt was housed in, we saw the distinct neon green sign and squeezed eachother's hands in anticipation. Upon entering, we noticed that it was close quarters inside and quickly took the very first table we came to which happened to be right at the bar....fine by us because we are people watchers and enjoyed seeing the hungry patrons file in. The case was filled with your usual fare but it looked and smelled great. They had a decent selection of beer and the saki was HOT as it should be (well, unless you like it chilled). We spared no time getting our first order of rolls in and alcohol in our hands. Our waiter was "johnny on the spot" and kept us happy. Not a shred of disapointment was present when round 1 (four speciaty rolls) came out. The presentation was great, everything fresh and exactly to our liking. We took our time savoring the different textures and flavors until suddenly we were out of sushi!!!!!! Time for round 2!!!!!
I had introduced my husband to sushi five years prior and wanted to let him experience things that weren't available around southwestern VA, so I thought some uni and quail egg would be a nice change. Although it was on the menu, I was sorely disappointed that they were out of uni (sea urchin). We then ordered a few nigiri and had the most tender octopus I had ever placed in my mouth. The squid was sweet and delicate and our dessert of spicy tuna delivered (so hot...so good)!!!! Finally we had to say goodbye to find yet another brewpub we were scheduled to imbibe in. Out comes our bill and we almost fell over when it was under $50 (we are pretty big drinkers if it's not obvious). All in all, our visit to Mio was well worth the investigation but I suggest you find that out for yourself!!!!!
In early April my husband and I were honeymooning all across OR and hitting as many brewpubs as possible along the way. Our last day of a two week tour brought us to Deschutes in Portland. We were staying at the International Hostel in the Pearl district and had sooooooo many choices for lunch we were almost dizzy. Missing the opportunity to try this place out while in Bend we had one last shot. Lucky decision for us!!!!! First, the decor was fabulous sporting high celings with gothic like iron chandeliers, a first class bar with any and every kind of FANTASTIC flavors of some of the best beer in the state!! The columns of huge tree trunks that enveloped the entire restaraunt and bar area were skillfully carved into wildlife and landscape scenes indiginous to the area...very impressive!!! The waitstaff was super friendly and quickly brought my lovely taster tray of 6 award winning brews. I'm in HEAVEN!!!!! We were eating light because we wanted to try out other places that same day so Larry ordered the steamer clams and I the special of the day. I can't remember what it was called but it wasn't on the regular menu. I do recall (and could NEVER forget) that it was a mac & cheese consisting of cavatappi pasta, a BUTTLOAD of local crabmeat, Tillamook white cheddar with a dollop of basil pesto perched atop. OMG they don't have any thing like that back home in the VA mtns!!! I was worried that I was going to have to divorce my husband of 2 weeks if he didn't keep his hands off my plate....seriously, I was like a rabid dog. I finally conceded to swap out some of his clams for a few bites from my bowl of manna but he ended up with the better end of THAT deal. I'm not saying that the clams weren't great but in comparison...well, you get the picture. When the tab came we looked it over and agreed that the prices were average for this type of establishment although they should have charged a million dollars for that mac & cheese!!!!! Oh, a little extra perk...the brewmasters were doing a tasting while we were there and that was pretty neat to watch (although they wouldn't let my husband join in :0 ) You have to try this place out!!!!!!!!!!!
After reading reviews of this restaurant this was NOT one of my choices for my husband and I to try out while touring the WA coast in early April..
We were camping at Cape Disapointment State Park and looking for a good meal and couple of cocktails. Typical of the area it was pouring down rain and chilly so when we passed the Crab Pot we decided what the hooey and whipped around into the parking lot around 8:45 pm. Immediately upon entering we inquired about their hours and were told that they closed at 10pm so we thought things were great. We asked to sit in the bar area which was great because we were cold and wet and there was a gas fireplace in the corner beckoning us near. The waitress/bartender fetched our cocktails and as we asked for menus she had a "deer in the headlights" look on her face. We asked if our late arrival was a problem and she glanced at the clock and replied "no, you have plenty of time" as she rushed into the kitchen. We nestled in and started looking at our menus and not 30 seconds after her reply she rushed back in and announced that if we wanted food we had to order NOW!!! We asked if we could have a couple of minutes to see what they had and she said "no, the kitchen is closing..you have to give me your order NOW!" My husband ordered some oysters on the half shell and I the oyster stew. We had really wanted dinner but had no time to get past the appetizer section.
The only reason I am giving this satisfactory review of a completely hurried experience is that the stew was the absolutely the BEST I had ever tasted and I am a BIG critic of oyster stew!!! The oysters my husband ate were average but that stew was PHENOMENAL!!!!!
I would have loved to had arrived earlier to try out an entree but c'est la vie.
My husband and I visited the Local Bar & Grill on April 2, 2011 to grab a few drinks after having dinner at Bennett's just up the road (and so Larry could catch some of the Final Four Tourney on their t.v since we were camping at Grayland Beach State Park). It resembled our "local bar" back home in Virginia and I wouldn't hesitate to call it a dive...PERFECT for us!!!!!! Joseph, our bartender, was INCREDIBLE. He was a wealth of information on the area and the goings on. The game was on when we walked in and bellied up to the bar. The beer was flowing (great dive beer selection) CHEAP & COLD! We didn't eat anything because we came in stuffed but ended up staying for HOURS just the same. The patrons were super friendly & played great tunes on the juke. We were taught by Joseph the local gambling practices (I thought it was a dartboard of some sort) and gave us bumper stickers and beer coozies with the Local Bar logo :"I blew a goldfish at the Local Bar & Grill". When we inquired of the logo, Joseph pulled out a photo album and showed off the most recent goldfish races they had (using gutters to race the fish in while bar patrons blew bubbles behind them with straws!!!!!) HOW FUN IS THAT!!! Thanks to the friendly people of the Local Bar we'll be racing goldfish at our Pig Pickin' in VA this fall!!! Don't pass this place by when in Grayland...and let me know how the food is :).
My husband and I visited Grayland April 2, 2011 and had researched where to eat beforehand. THANKS TO EVERYONE who gave a good review of Bennett's because they were right on target!!!!!
The waitstaff: extremely pleasant. Beer selection: MUCH better than expected (great selection of local microbrews and premium beer as well) Food: EXQUISITE..perfectly cooked fish, incredible sauces, interesting mix of local flavors. Prices: VERY REASONABLE for the entrees; average for the beer, appetizers and dessert. You know how you get a mental image of a place in your mind when reading reviews..well I just couldn't get that classy intimate image in my mind that all the reviews were talking about because of the picture posted of the outside. I thought it would have kind of a mom and pop inside
decor with a beachy flair but BOY was I WRONG...Class all the way!!!!! A VERY unexpected bistro type decor with great mood lighting which gave an upscale city ambiance without the price!!!