Monday, March 20, 2017

Lunch at the Baldwin Saloon

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Granted, this plain red building in downtown The Dalles, Oregon, doesn't look like much from the outside, but the minute you walk through that front door, you are immediately struck by how darn charming this place is.  Oh . . . and the food is really good!
 Every single wall is filled with gorgeous (and I mean Gorgeous!) landscapes of mountains and waterfalls.  Some of them I recognize:  The Cascades and the Columbia River Gorge.  Others are from Yosemite and possibly the Rocky Mountains.  It doesn't really matter.  Seen as a whole, I can't help but think of my sister's comment last week when she was visiting from Kansas City.  We took her up to the Rowena Crest lookout and she gasped at the panoramic view.   "Man, I love the West," she said.

Me, too.
 We stop here often for lunch whenever we are in town for errands.  I like to order from the specials.  Last week, they had falafels on the menu so that was a no-brainer.  They were stuffed into extra thick pita bread and smothered with a creamy tahini sauce and thinly sliced cucumbers.  Yum!  My travel buddy had two fish tacos.

This is the place we came to last summer when forced out of Mosier because of the train derailment.  They have a full bar and an excellent wine list, which we took full advantage of that day.  The place has a warm and cozy feel to it with its hardwood floors and red brick walls.  I tell you, it never ceases to satisfy!

The Baldwin Saloon is actually one of the oldest buildings in The Dalles.  I love that the place still exists and that it has come full circle.  It began as a saloon in 1876 but changed hands many times.  It served as a steamboat office, grain warehouse and even a storage place for coffins.  Now, thank goodness, it is once again a bar and restaurant.

And . . . a repository of art.

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