In the historic downtown area, Niche Wine and Art is a multifaceted venue featuring wine, tasty New American cuisine, live music, poetry readings and other entertainment. Situated in a rustic building with original concrete walls stained with color, the venue offers more than 130 wines by the bottle and 30 by the glass plus lunch items weekdays and dinner from Monday to Saturday. Guests have an assortment of food to choose from, including seasonal dishes, international cheeses and sweet treats. Past dishes included chicken and dumplings soup; the seasonal salad with rosemary saddleback potatoes and buttermilk blue cheese dressing and the seasonal sandwich with red wine braised cabbage, caramelized leeks, carrots and goat’s cheese.
Niche Wine & Art, 1013 Main St., Vancouver, WA, USA, +1 360 980 8352
A newer establishment on Vancouver’s culinary scene, Taste of Sichuan, as the name suggests, features Sichuan cuisine in a friendly environment. Noted for its richness of flavor and spiciness, Sichuan cuisine is also influenced by Indian fare. Dishes are often cooked by steaming, stir-frying, or dry braising. Within a large, warm interior, complete with large windows that allow natural light to flow through, diners can savor a host of delicacies, including authentic items often only found in China. Popular choices are Sichuan bean jelly – strips of Mung Bean jelly served in a garlic-chili sauce – and three kinds of mushrooms with Chinese broccoli.
Taste of Sichuan, 164th Ave., Vancouver, WA, USA, +1 503 629 7001
Owned by Tommy Owens, the eponymous Tommy O’s is an exotic delight, specializing in the flavors of the Pacific Rim. The popular downtown venue features a warm interior with tropical decor making for a relaxing environment. Procuring the freshest ingredients from local sources when available, the culinary team has created lunch, dinner and weekend brunch menus packed full of flavor. There are also options for vegetarian and gluten-free guests. Notable highlights include the Hawaiian macadamia nut-crusted halibut topped with coconut butter and the paniolo steak, which is a charbroiled eight ounce choice flat iron steak with a Kona coffee rub and finished with an island mojo demi-glace. Sushi, desserts and plenty of libations are also available.
Tommy O’s, 801 Washington St., Vancouver, WA, USA, +1 360 694 5107