Vali's Alpine Restaurant and Del: Unique to Wallowa Lake
Vali's is situated in the center of Wallowa Lake's resort community, a unique place that you take visiting friends.
It has been operated for over 25 by Mike and Maggie Vali, who are both transplanted Hungarians, refuges from the Communists when they were in power. He escaped as a young man, she with her family as a teenager, and they met in the United States.
Memorial Day - Labor Day they are open four nights a week, Wednesday-Saturday, require reservations and have two seatings.
My daughter's in-laws, here from New Jersey with members of their gourmet club, reserved Vali's for the wedding rehearsal dinner, and everyone was more than happy.
Everyone loves Maggie, who's favorite phrase is "You betcha".
Favorite Dish: Everything is good at Vali's, so my favorite depends on the day of the week:
Wednesday, Cabbage Rolls; Thursday, Hungarian Kettle Goulash; Friday, Shish Kabobs (for rehearsal dinner, delicious); and Char Broiled Steak, Saturday night. (They must have two dishes one night, as I've left out Chicken Paparika.) Prices for dinner range from $9 to $13, plus the cost of dessert (Black Hills chocolate cake or Apple Strudel) and drinks (wine, beer, cocktails, coffee, etc.)
Weekend mornings -nly a continental breakfast is served during the season.
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Old Town Cafe: Bottomless bowl of soup
This little cafe in the middle of town is open for breakfast and lunch, and has very good food, all with a healthy orientation. More likely to get a savory fajita than a hamburger.
Their homemade soups are delicious, and they are serve with a slice of homemade bread and all you can eat for under $5.
It closes for two or three months every winter; there's outdoor seating in the summer, as its hard to find a place to sit at lunchtime.
Favorite Dish: I love Old Town's clam chowder, very rich and delicious.
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Wildflower Bakery: Bakery and restaurant
Like many places in Joseph, Wildflower Bakery is only open for breakfast and lunch. It's a very good place to eat: I know my city friends were impressed. Not fancy but a whole grain, home atmosphere kind of place.
It also sells fresh baked breads, rolls, cinnamon rolls, etc.
In the summer a Farmers Market with local in-season produce sets up every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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The Embers Brew House: Good Pizza and Calzone
Embers is a good place to go for salad, pizza and calzone for dinner in a pub atmosphere.
Good selection of microbrews, including of course offerings from the local Terminal Gravity. There is outdoor seating in the summer.
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