Many businesses along the main road through downtown Troutdale have been part of turning the community into a small arts center. This means the art on the wall may change regularly as it is sold, and replaced with new works.
Siam Sushi is one of the businesses making an effort in this direction, which is why you will find a mixture of Pacific Northwest art and more traditional Thai decorations that you would expect to find.
There are two sections to this restaurant: the room on the south side faces the main road through downtown Troutdale. The room on the north side, which also is where the restroom is located, faces the railroad line and is positioned so that it does have a little bit of a view out over the highway, thanks to the hill. However, other than the tops of the hills in Washington it doesn't allow a view of much.
The staff seems pleasant enough and willing to serve.
Favorite Dish: $10 for Pad Woon San, with a noodle that is nearly transparent.
Troutdale has a long history, and part of that history is told in the photos on the walls of this Chinese restaurant. The food is good, and comes quickly. There are a huge number of lunch and dinner options to choose from, and you can either dine in or if you are willing to wait a brief time you can have it as a take out as well. There is a small area for waiting for your food to arrive.
The food is mostly Chinese, but there are a few standard American burger items as well.
The decor is mostly Chinese (huge banners on the wall), but with some nods to America (the banners surround a big screen TV that shows a loop of what different dishes and menu items look like).
Take a close look at the photos on the wall. Some of Troutdale's interesting history is displayed here.
The place shares the building and its restrooms with the "lounge" next door. This lounge is basically one of the neighborhood bars, and smells of smoke. Also, I wasn't extremely impressed with the cleanliness of the restrooms. They are OK and acceptable, but there are many restaurants that have clients that keep the floors cleaner than this.
Favorite Dish: Both the cashew shrimp and the vegtable chow mein are good value piles of good food at reasonable prices.
The price I have put down as being "less that $10" is really close to being actually $10. Both of these dishes, for example, currently sell for $9.75. This is pushing the limits of being bumped into the next price category.
But it is still a very good deal.
Some years back (early 1990s or so) it became fashionable for Portland area antique stores to have their own coffee shop inside. This proved to draw customers into the store who would normally not visit, and therefore increase the number of spontaneous buying as well as provide a little bit of revenue from the coffee sales. (Possibly this tradition was inspired by the coffee shop and lunch counter inside Powell's Books, which has been a popular feature of that store for some decades now.)
Some of these antique store coffee shops have become quite elaborate and really fall more into the "Lunch Counter" area than "coffee bar" range.
The "coffee bar" inside Celebrate Me Home is one such place.
The offerings do include an assortment of coffee drinks, but also quiche, soup, sandwiches and other items that are quite suitable for a full lunch meal.
Most items from the menu are in the $5 to $8 range, but portions are somewhat small. You may come close to the $10 range per person if you are really hungry, but more likely you will fall into the $6 to $8 range.
Favorite Dish: Be sure to check the (several) chalk boards located in the restaurant that describe their specials. My favorite is any sort of special deal, and Celebrate Me Home delivers some interesting ones.
Example of some specials:
$3.95 for the quiche of the day
$2.00 for a 16 oz. ginger spice Italian soda
(this is a wonderful drink!)
In most every community there are a few culinary "institutions" that keep patrons coming back for decades. In Troutdale, Tad's is such a place.
The restaurant is situated in an old log cabin like structure on the banks of the Sandy River, just east of downtown.
Their house special is "Chicken and Dumplings" but they have a large variety of other offerings too.
If you're heading back to Portland from The Gorge or Multnomah Falls, this would be a great place to stop in for dinner!
Favorite Dish: I tried the chicken & dumplings because it was something my mom used to make on special occasions. Theirs was quite good!
Tad's is so much of an institution that their hours are engraved in wood: