Today we went for a ride - the weather was fabulous - 72 and sunny and breezy - another bonus day of summer for us in the Pacific Northwest. We were getting hungry and in the area we were driving through there are few places to eat - we've been past this place before - it looks like an old gas station with a grocery store attached. Well, it is a gas station - and the pumps say "Real Gas" on them. You can pull under the little canopy and fill your car, then step up one BIG step into the store/restaurant.
It is so much more than I had figured it would be - oh my. A cute dining room with bentwood chairs at little round tables, a patio for outdoor dining, a deli and store with all sorts of fabulous things to buy - cookies, brownies, books by local authors, drinks - there was no end to the wonders filling the fairly small space in the store.
We wanted sandwiches for a picnic on this fine day - so we browsed their fabulous menu and each picked half a sandwich - made with the local BreadFarm's great bread. They packaged up our sandwiches, and a dill pickle for each of us - it smelled so good. On the way out I took a picture of this sunflower - a perfect autumn photo.
See the bee on the left side of the center of the sunflower?
And a picture of their sign on the side of the building - it describes the place perfectly.
There is so much more going on there than just a deli/cafe/store - and you can read all about it HERE
There are books for sale, games to play; chess, cribbage, etc. while waiting for your meal, or just for relaxing and enjoying the atmosphere. It is like the old general store of long ago, a community center. We've driven past dozens of times, I wonder now why we didn't stop in sooner. And besides all that - the back wall is decorated with dozens of hand held egg beaters - delightful.
They have cider tasting coming up, a Farmer's Market until November and other events, or you can even rent the store for a private party. This looks like it will be one of new favorite places to go.