Forest Grove is a trove for hidden treasures
for students. Interesting and quirky establishments
are close to the campus. A short distance that can be
measured in yards. Down 22nd Street half a block past
the Abbott Center is the 22nd Street Station Café.
This restaurant has been there since the 40s. The
current owner, Cynthia Smith, has been involved with
the establishments since 1970.
Smith is currently the owner of the café she’s
outgoing and friendly. She expresses a genuine like of
The atmosphere is a mix of East
Coast coffeehouse and Portland styled
The cafe is decorated with a train
with a track that runs around the ceiling
of the restaurant. The cafe also displays
The menu is mostly a standard
breakfast and lunch affair with some
local cuisine quirks and interesting
This restaurant has an old time feel
including the fact that it’s cash only no
card readers no ATM.
The declaration and furnishing style
is what brings an interesting ambience.
The tables and chairs come from different
eras in time.
The walls are covered with a mix
of photographs, posters, inspirational
papers, and signs. From the ceiling hangs
large scale model airplane. Patrons could
spend a great deal of time just discussing
that the core.
Whether taking a break in a different location
to study, have some coffee or enjoying a meal with
friends having a conversation this hidden gem is
worth a visit.
If you are hungry for some classic breakfast food,
walk past the tennis courts and 1,000 yards down 22nd
Street at 7940 NW Kansas City Rd. to visit the past and
present of friendly eateries.
The over 21 option, on the other hand, is brand
new. In fact it is opening later this month. It is located
where the Pacific motor pool used to reside.
A local apple orchard that started hard cider
production at the farm four years ago moved their
production facility and tasting room to the old Pacific
Bull Run Cider has been in local stores and for
a limited time the new tasting room will offer all of
the siders on tap plus a selection of craft beers. But
the core is similar to tasting rooms for cider houses
in Portland. The vats of cider in the background,
a hardwood bar and interesting tables and chairs
complete the industrial setting.
Their ciders bare names such as Powerhouse
Dry, Gravenstein Single Varietal, Bramble Berry Dry,
Creekside Cranberry Perry and Pear Ice Wine.
This combination of modern repurposed
buildings and old-school speakeasy should be
interesting for students of age to go visit.
Even a short walk off campus in Forest Grove
provides opportunities for interesting and different