It's that time of year: Skiers and snowboards are watching the forecast with a closer eye, dusting off their equipment, and making plans to head for Mount Hood. It's still early in the season—a few lifts opened temporarily over Thanksgiving weekend, and snowfall remains light—but it's never too early for Portland-area winter aficionados to make plans to visit Oregon's tallest peak.
But any seasoned skier or snowboarder knows that a trip to Mt. Hood isn't complete without some delicious food and drink. Maybe you need a good, quick breakfast in town or on the way, or perhaps you're looking for filling fare after a day on the slopes. Either way, we're here with a few helpful hints on restaurants near Mount Hood, and what to eat before, during, and after a day on the slopes.
Whether you'll be skiing or snowboarding at Mt. Hood Meadows, tubing at Mt. Hood Skibowl, or cross-country skiing on one of the region's myriad trails (including Trillium Lake, the Crosstown Trail in Government Camp, or the White River Sno Park), here are some dining destinations around Mt. Hood that really hit the spot.
Saint Honoré Boulangerie
Start the day with a fast, filling breakfast at Saint Honoré Boulangerie before hitting the road. The French bakery's firebrick oven uses clay imported from a small town in France, and its dedication to craftsmanship shows. Breakfast sandwiches are filling but won't weigh you down on the slopes, and its variety of baked goods will satisfy your sweet tooth. Even the basic turkey and cheese croissant comes served on a flaky roll and includes Emmenthal cheese and a decadent béchamel sauce.
It's hard to miss Joe's Donuts, a Sandy mainstay for more than 40 years, while driving through town. If the red-and-white brick building along Highway 26 isn't a dead giveaway, the line of people outside lets you know you've arrived. Load up for your trip to the mountain with an early stop at Joe's, which serves a mix of classic favorites (including old-fashioned doughnuts and cake doughnuts) and more filling fare (such as strudels and turnovers). And save your money for lift tickets: The most expensive pastry at Joe's is $1.50.
Calamity Jane's Hamburger Parlour
Everyone who's trekked up to Mt. Hood in the middle of winter has stopped by Calamity Jane's Hamburger Parlour, just outside of Sandy, to replenish before the ride home. It's not hard to see why: Some diners swear by the deep-fried mushrooms; others love choosing among the restaurant's 50 or so burgers (including one adorned with hot fudge and marshmallow, and a selection of 16 pizza burgers, all of which come with pizza sauce, olives, onions, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese). The restaurant is also beloved by customers who cozy up to the fire with a refreshing beverage in hand. Calamity Jane's has gained a reputation for its big dishes and inviting atmosphere over the years, and hundreds of $1 bills lining the walls (and ceiling) add to the charm.
It would be unthinkable to write about a day spent on (or around) Mt. Hood without mentioning Timberline Lodge. The iconic inn hosts a litany of dining and drinking establishments that are perfect for post-skiing refreshments or quick warm-up breaks:
- Ram's Head Bar offers a casual atmosphere with beautiful mountain views.
- Blue Ox Bar serves pizza and beer (brewed at nearby Mt. Hood Brewing Co.) in a laid-back environment.
- The all-new Wy'East Café serves a mix of fast, casual food items, including pizza, pasta, burritos, burgers, and fries.
- The crown jewel of Timberline Lodge's culinary offerings, Cascade Dining Room delivers a mix of fresh, local, and seasonal fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Y'Bar serves fast fare, including snacks, soups, and salads.
No matter where you go, you're sure to find something to fit your budget and style.
The Rendezvous Grill
Celebrating 20 years in the shadow of Mount Hood, The Rendezvous Grill offers a bit more than hearty pub fare. The cozy restaurant was an early proponent of the farm-to-table movement and backs it up with wild huckleberries and mushrooms, soups and sauces made in-house, fresh seafood, seasonal vegetables, housemade ice cream, and hormone-free hamburgers. All great stuff for fueling up before (or after) hitting the slopes of Portland's most famous peak.