Now Playing: Downtown Forest Grove
Credit: City of Forest Grove
A Cornucopia of Unique Shops and Eateries
Artwork, antiques, gift and clothing boutiques…locally made beer and wine…gourmet Japanese tapas, Hawaiian comfort food, hand-made chocolate truffles…and giant cinnamon buns. Forest Grove’s historic downtown has undergone a renaissance in recent years – creating a shoppers’ and diners’ paradise.
Among the treasure trove of distinct shops and restaurants recently opening and soon-to debut:
- Growler Garage (opening winter 2019). More than 30 taps of “the best libations ever,” including beer, cider, kombucha, wine and cold brew coffee, along with a food menu and on-site games. (Located in the new $16 million Jesse Quinn apartment and retail complex.)
- SAWA (opening January 2019). An izakaya Japanese restaurant offering specialty sushi and more.
- Dauntless Wine Co. (opening winter 2019). New tasting room for this veteran-owned winery established in 2014.
- The Department Store. Women’s clothes, upholstered items, gift boutique. Fashions designed and made at the store by owner. Custom orders or on the rack.
- Bites. East-West “fusion cuisine” using locally sourced ingredients for both small and large plate servings, including tempura avocadoes, shrimp nachos, Thai minestrone soup…even specialty burgers!
- Kama Aina. Authentic Hawaiian food, including poke, pulled pork and other pig dishes, ramen noodles. Full bar. Recognized by Travel and Leisure magazine as one of the best Hawaiian restaurants in U.S.
- Slow Rise Bakery. Handmade, slow-rise breads and pastries.
- Kafe. Organic fair-trade specialty coffees, teas, boba…even artisan toast options!
- Treasures in the Grove. Featuring jewelry and rocks/minerals.
- Daniella’s Gifts on Main. Chic gift boutique offering homewares, candles, creams, gifts for kids, soaps, knit hats, books.
- Maraki Market. “Lifestyle boutique” offering health, beauty and wellness gifts and services.
- Diversity Café. Family dining featuring made-from-scratch soups, steaks, brisket, kids’ menu, full breakfast and more – full bar, live music, karaoke.
- Ridgewalker Brewpub. More than 30 taps of beer, cider and wine with full menu and special events.
- Telvet Coffee. Offering handcrafted espresso drinks and other favorite drinks from around the world, as well as breakfast and dessert items from inside a beautifully renovated, historic Victorian house.
This diverse profusion of shops and eateries joins an eclectic mix of established downtown venues that include The Hidden Closet, a women’s apparel and gifts boutique; Linda’s Re-Creations, offering quality renovated antiques and collectibles, DIY workshops and heirloom repair services; Urban Decanter, a “hip” wine bar with daily happy hours and wine tastings every Friday night; Maggie’s Buns, a local legend famous for its giant cinnamon buns and generous breakfasts (also serves lunch); Miget’s Island Grill, offering South Pacific comfort food like kalua pork, lumpia and more; Waltz Brewery, with more than 20 taps of beer (some made on-site), hard cider and wine in a rustic setting; Lost Wax Records, heaven for vinyl lovers; FG Sushi; and Theatre in the Grove, our community playhouse.
Additionally, several businesses recently remodeled, including three restaurants – The Old Town Vault (formerly King’s Head Pub) with an expanded menu, New Chinese Cuisine, and Taqueria Corona – as well as Valley Art Gallery, which displays local and regional artists’ work and offers classes and special events, and A Framers Touch, which offers custom framing services and a gift boutique with local artisans’ wares, cards, wine, and chocolate.
So head our way and take a stroll downtown. And if you’d like to stay – by locating your family or business here – visit us at City Hall for more information.