Not far ahead of the carrot truck we came to The Dalles, a community on the banks of the Columbia River, about 2 hours from Portland. When my sweetheart and I were first married we lived in a small, rural community near there and we did our shopping and business in The Dalles. That's where our son was born. Whenever we travel we hope we are close to the area around mealtime. Our favorite place to eat there is at Cousins - good food, friendly staff and great atmosphere.
Farm animals 'talk' to you when you open the front doors. Everything around and about the restaurant is done in a farm theme. As soon as you enter the hostess greets you with "Good afternoon, cousins." The interior is so interesting that it's hard to follow her to your table or booth. The counter and stools area is special. It's usually full of people but I just happened to 'catch' it between occupants.
The stools are milk cans!
Everywhere you look around the restaurant you will find farm and country items. Water is served in pint-sized canning jars. Reading material that includes a cute little recipe book and farm and cowboy stories is provided at every table for your enjoyment while you wait for the food to arrive. My sweetheart grew up on a farm and he loves tractors. Imagine his delight when we were seated next to this one.If you are in or around The Dalles, Oregon near mealtime you might want to check out Cousins Restaurant and Saloon on the west end of town, just off of I-84. You won't be disappointed, I'm sure!