During a fast and furious back and forth bout of emailing with a work bud, I was reminded that we hadn't enjoyed our annual summer lunch yet. Last year we went to the Flight Deck and enjoyed eating on their second story deck. The first place that popped into my head for this July was The Ram Brewery .
I was determined we eat outside and refused to be deterred by the kindly warning from the hostess, as she wiped the raindrops from the table, "it's been raining this morning. Are you sure you want to sit out here?" I'm an Oregonian, for goodness sake, a little rain doesn't matter to me in July! I was glad the rain didn't fall during our lunch, though. I didn't want my NW bravado tested. Both work buddies had worn jackets, so it was easy to convince them to join me.
Two of us chose the "Blue Breeze Margarita", in all it's eye catching glory on the specials menu. The third chose a Big Horn Blonde. The margaritas hit the spot, but reminded all 3 of us of Otter Pops. Maybe I'll stick with a gin and tonic next time. No one could ever mistake that drink for an Otter Pop.
I ordered the Almond Chicken Salad, L ordered the "Mix and Match" with 1/2 a sandwich and 1/2 a cobb salad, and D ordered a Big Horn Salad with grilled chicken. My Almond Chicken Salad, was comprised of a nice foundation of green leaf lettuce, intermingled with slices of red pepper, rice noodles, sliced almonds, julienne carrots and topped with a tender, flavorful portion of diced chicken. The light ginger dressing and crunchy, seasoned bread stick joined it together nicely. It was a good salad, but a few more pinches of carrot slivers and maybe the addition of cabbage and cucumber would've made it even better. If I'm paying $10 for a salad, I like it to be a bit more interesting.
L said, "It was great seeing you and having such a good lunch made it even better. (You know how much I love to eat!) I had the 1/2 Cobb salad with honey mustard dressing on the side and 1/2 a grilled turkey and Havarti sandwich. Both were excellent and I would order them again."
And D said, "I too enjoyed our afternoon visiting on the deck overlooking the water!! I had the Big Horn Salad with fresh greens topped with sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, egg wedge and feta cheese. Topped off with a white balsamic vinaigrette, almonds and croutons. It sells for 9.99, and I added grilled chicken for an extra 2.99. I love the sun-dried tomatoes and the artichoke hearts! The wedge of bread that accompanies it, while supposed to be hard, was nearly brick like and I was afraid that I was going to break a tooth eating it, so I did not!! LOL!! I had the blonde beer, which was delicious. "
It was nice sitting outside by Mill Creek. We can be a noisy group, so I feel like we're less likely to bother people when we're outdoors.
I hope. I don't think we were much competition with the occasional siren and loud motorcycle, though.
It was good to laugh and chat with friends for a couple of hours without feeling like we were in the way. Plus, we were the lucky recipients of a waitress who was fun with a great sense of humor.