First, a warning: this is not an easy place to find if you are coming at it from the west. The building is a joint structure shared with E Street Automotive, and they dominate the west side of the building. The east side of the building is more obviously a restaurant, but is somewhat blocked by the various signs at E Street Automotive.
This restaurant is very much a breakfast facility, and is very good for those who are going to be on the road early in the morning as it opens at 3:30 most days. Consequently, it is not surprising that it also closes at half past noon.
Aside of the very early hours, the other unique feature of the restaurant is the locally produced folk - type art for sale on the walls.
My only real complaint with the eating area is the structure itself, which has windows that are a little high above the ground and therefore seeing outside while you eat wouldn't be possible for people that are less than somewhat short. The restrooms are not the best maintained restaurant restrooms in Washougal, but I have seen worse.
Omelets, burgers, and other food typical of rural diners in the USA dominate the offerings here. There is some nod to contemporary urban tastes as there are a few vegetarian options available.
If you look online you will find some have given very positive reviews, while others very negative. I didn't find it really either one. It's a decent place, and especially good if you are looking for something early in the morning.
This is very much a local's hangout, and many of the customers know each other by name.
Favorite Dish: The $3.50 for a "large" glass of orange juice was a bit much. However, I found the value of the veggie omelet (which comes with four slices of toast and hash browns, to be quite reasonable at somewhat less than $9. There is a $0.50 surcharge if you use a card to pay.
The old route of highway 14 goes through both downtown Washougal and Camas. Even then, Washougal doesn't have that many restaurants out in the open. There are the usual assortment of cozy but dive-looking bars and taverns, and a few scattered restaurants, but not a huge number of them.
Los Dos Compadres is an exception, and the fact that this is a reasonably nice restaurant, and doesn't require one to be of drinking age to enter, means that certain evenings are very popular here. That being said, even though the place is crowded they almost always have at least one or two seats available.
The artwork inside features various scenes from Mayan myths and other eccentric bits and pieces that are designed to provide a "Mexican feel" though quite honestly a few of the works seem more Inca and South American than Mayan. However, the people who run the place are Mexican and while adjustments have been made to try to make the food to American tastes chances are if you request it prepared in a Mexican fashion they will be able to accomplish this.
It was not always the case that this restaurant had seats available, which is why there are now two of these, one just down the street from the other. Los Dos Compadres II is about 10 blocks east of the first one, at 1713 E St. Washougal, WA 98671. The artwork on the walls is a bit different, but the parking lot is a bit easier to get to. To get to restaurant #2: from highway 14 go north on Washougal River Road. The traffic light at the north end of the road is the old route of Highway 14 (Evergreen Highway or Street through town). Go past this intersection, turn right onto G street, right onto 19th street, and then turn right into the parking lot. From Evergreen Highway / E Street going east turn left onto Washougal River Road and do the same thing. From Evergreen Highway / E Street going left turn right onto 19th Street. There is no entry to the parking lot directly from Evergreen Highway / E Street, and turning left onto 19th from E Street is difficult.
Some of the locals claim the 2nd Restaurant at 19th & E has the better food of the two locations.
Favorite Dish: Many items in the $11 range provide quite a lot of good food for the price. There are only a few listed vegetarian items, but it is possible to order a few of the regular dishes without meat.
The vegetarian burrito is reasonably good, and with the added beans and rice a quite large plate of food, for $11.
Camarones Mexicana is served with beans and rice for $13.95, and is quite a plate of food mixing the shrimp with vegetables and a sauce that is very good.
The Enchalada Suiza for $10.50 is pretty good too.
I actually just happened across this place (it is one of the few restaurants in the tiny area that makes up downtown Washougal) but was quite pleased with the food.
As it turns out, this is one of the few places in Washougal that have had a Virtualtourist Entry. Therefore, I would direct you to TheCat'sMeow's tip about this restaurant, called "Chinese Food that More than The Locals Love", as pretty much agree with all the sentiments stated on that tip.
It is a local hole in the wall, that is true!
And the food is quite quantity and quality is nice for what you pay.
Though I am putting this into the "US$11-$20" range, it is in the lower segment of that price range - in the $8 to $12 range for pretty much any lunch or dinner package. I am also saying "less expensive than average" due to the amount of food provided for the price.
The restaurant also has a door between it and the curio shop next door.
Favorite Dish: Egg Foo Yung
the tea here served before the meal is quite good.
The Chinese Cafe has been around for years. Not only do they have a great selection but the servings are huge. We always have leftovers. With fast and friendly service usually this is a nice stop for dinner. Beware if you decide to go on a friday or saturday as it is a very small place and can get rather crowded thus causing a wait. If this is the case call ahead and get it to go or just come in and order to go. We have been doing more of this lately as it seems to be getting more popular as the years go by. People i work with in Vancouver come out here to eat. The setting is typical of a hole in the wall restaurant. Well worn boothes and lodpsided chairs but it adds to the atmosphere. :) You know what I mean.
Favorite Dish: I especially like the Almond Chicken Chow Mein. When ordering I usually get a dinner combination. One of these three depending on my mood.
#4 Fried Shrimp, Sweet & Sour Pork, Almond Chicken Chow Mein
#5 Egg Roll, Pork Fried Rice, Sweet and Sour Pork, Almond Chicken Chow Mein
#6 Pork Fried Rice, BBQ Pork, Sweet & Sour Shrimp, Almond Chicken chow Mein
If we order in the restaurant we usually take some home. When ordering to go you can expect enough for dinner and lunch the next day.
I also enjoy the Egg Foo Young that they make. Family style dinners are available ( where you all eat from several dishes placed at the table)
They do serve a few American entrees for those who are not interested in Chinese food
CLOSED 2006 This is another little hole in the wall but they have decided to make it standout by painting the back orange with a logo.
Once inside you are greeted by the host who is delightful. the furniture is all old and hodge podge and it just adds to the charm.
They always start you off with the chips and salsa but be careful. They make thier own salsa and sometimes its very mild and other times its four alarm fire. They make thier own chips also. Very good food overall. We have never had a bad meal. If you like to enjoy a Margerita or 2 with your meal this is a good place to have one. They are large and very satisfying.
Favorite Dish: I always seem to end up getting a combo plate. Shredded chicken enchilada, chicken tamale, beans,and rice. Usually cannot finish it all. (maybe if i layed off the chips and salsa)
OK I have to admit that for some reason Jett Burgers address is a Camas address but it is in Washougal truely. The line between our two cities must have been formed by some extremely drunk folks way back when as it is all over the place. Ok that said I am still calling it a Washougal restaurant. Jett Burger is a great place to go for a genuine hand packed, hand ground burger and nice thick handmade milkshakes. Not much eye appeal from the outside and nothing fancy on the inside but the food is oh so good and worth the wait. And that is one drawback about Jett Burger. You will wait so do not be in a hurry if you decide to go. Usually have one person waiting tables and although very efficient sometimes just not enough. And as I stated before the food is really handmade. The motto is One Bite and We've Got You and yep that was all it took for us.I know they serve more then burgers but if you go you have to try the burgers first! If for no other reason then it is what they are best known for.They also have a niceHawiaiian Bento Menu. Never had it but tonite I had thier teriyaki sauce. YUM! They have recently put in a pool table toward the back and have a few pinball machines for the kids (big and little)
Hours are 8am to 8pm 7 days a week. Yes they also serve breakfast and lunch with menu items for each.
Favorite Dish: I really like the Chili Burger. It is a single pattie, open faced, smothered with homemade chili, topped with cheese and onion. Fantastic! Tonite I tried something new. I had a Maui Waui Burger. One burger pattie with thier teriyaki sauce(homemade) , pepper jack cheese, 2 stripes of bacon, mayo, ketchup,lettuce and tomato. No mayo for me but the whole thing was dang good. They offer a few burgers with 2 patties and unless you have a huge hunger I would not order them. Well maybe if you split it with someone. Burgers come with a knife standing up in them as they are so big you have to cut them to eat them.Milkshakes are handmade and nice and thick. Don always gets one and it comes in a old fashioned malt glass with a metal canister containing the rest of the shake. Very Much worth the price of only $2.75. All burgers come with potato chips or you can add a dollar to your order and get some fries. Chili Burger is the exception I believe. Maui Waui was $6.50 plus $1.00 had to have fries. Chili Burger is usually $6.25
We have eaten in the Publisher's Cafe once. We have tried to eat there about 3 times but it is usually closed. The first time, they were closed due to the death of the family dog; a second time, for no reason; and the third time due to a family emergency. I guess it is because it is a family run restaurant and there is no one to take over when the owners can't be there.
If you do go and if you do get in, the food is really lovely and homemade. The owner makes a point of using her late mother's recipes and even her mother's pots and pans. Prices are reasonable and if it is a nice sunny day, you can sit in the front garden, on a little shady patio.
Favorite Dish: I can't actually remember what we had - it was a couple of years ago. But it is the type of food that you would get at someone's home, not trendy chain restaurant-type food.
Since Publishers was closed, we headed to Smitty's, on the highway between Washougal and Camas. This is a typical American cafe/diner.
This is the type of place you go for a burger and sit with locals. The staff are friendly and not the robotic types you get in the large chain restaurants. The food is not fancy, but still tastey and convenient.
Favorite Dish: I had some very nice fish and chips along with a butterscotch milkshake. GF had a nice looking burger with a vanilla milkshake.
You have to rely on fast food to a certain degree in this town. There is a family restaurants called Smith's, of which I don't have a picture.
Favorite Dish: Sourdough Jack