One of my favorite things about road trips in the Pacific Northwest are the countless family run, mom and pop, road side diners. They offer a sort of character and charm that only can be found in small town USA. Many are out of the reach of cellphone service and can't be looked up by Yelp or Urbanspoon. You just have to take the risk and head on in. That's what we did, and we weren't dissapointed.
Patty's Place at 19 Mile House is off of Highway 504 on the way to Johnston Ridge Observatory. Its scenic riverside views and homemade cobbler are what bring in hungry road trippers such as ourselves.
Cougar is the last town before entering the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The Cougar Bar and Grill acts as a tavern popular to both locals and travelers that sits just across from the last gas station in town off of Highway 503. In addition to their great location, great food such as the Halibut and Chips and their French Dip sandwich with handcut potato chips populate their tavern based menu. Tee shirts reading "I got ripped at The Cougar Bar and Grill" are also on sale.