Barbeque vibes at the Skyway. (Photo courtesy Skyway Bar and Grill)

Skyway Bar & Grill, ZigZag

If you’re looking for a hearty meal that can stand up to the wintery weather outside, follow the smell of BBQ to the Skyway Bar & Grill. Head Chef Jason Hornor has been at the helm of the Skyway for 15 years now and has some suggestions. “We’re really proud of our pastrami, it’s one of our specialties,” shares Hornor. For those looking for a little bit of everything, try the sampler, it’s loaded with brisket, ribs, and pulled pork with your choice of two sides.”  If you’re looking for a quick fix, Hornor suggests the brisket sandwich with coleslaw, “it’s the quickest order if you’re trying to get back on the road.” The Skyway doesn’t take reservations, but they do have a spacious dining room with plenty of seating. Horner always has a campfire going outside to huddle around, or saddle up for a drink from the full bar, which includes house-made infused spirits—the apple bourbon comes highly recommended. As the night progresses, be on the lookout for flaming drinks, “Once one comes out everybody in the place has to have one, it’s just how it seems to go,” says Horner, and when the live music on the weekends starts up the roadhouse BBQ vibe really kicks in.  

Chicken adn dumplings at the whistle stop.
Pot pie always hits the spot. (Photo courtesy Whistle Stop)

Whistle Stop Bar & Grill, Welches

You’ve seen the bright red building with the sign out front advertising daily specials as you drive by, well, here’s your notice to head on in. As of the summer of 2019, The Whistle Stop is under the new ownership of Marc and Debby Accuardi, who previously owned the popular Gino’s Restaurant and Bar in the Sellwood neighborhood. Unlike Gino’s, the Whistle Stop is much more casual homestyle food done well. Since taking over, Deb Accuardi says the focus has been on upgrading the ingredients as well as the space while “keeping this old dive bar as comfortable as possible for the locals.” Updates include two new covered areas in back with a new firepit area (yes, leashed pets are welcome). Start off with homemade Bloody Marys, or, if you’re looking for a warm-me-up, the flaming Moroccan or Spanish coffees. Visitors share great reviews on the weekly specials including meatloaf Wednesdays, fish and chips Fridays and prime rib Saturday. All pork and beef is locally sourced from Painted Hills Meat, with baked goods delivered from Grand Central Bakery. The restaurant is open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No reservations, 21-and over.

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