Now that indoor dining is open, we are doing a deep dive on good eats all over Oregon. Today we are focusing in on Happy Valley, Oregon.
Happy Valley is a suburb of Portland with a population of 20,971. Happy Valley is in Clackamas County and is one of the best places to live in Oregon. Living in Happy Valley offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Happy Valley there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. The public schools in Happy Valley are highly rated, as are the dining establishments. Here are 5 of our favorite places to eat in Happy Valley, Oregon.
12566 SE 93rd Ave, Clackamas, OR 97015 (Located at Monarch Hotel)
De Fuego is a locally owned business located in the Monarch Hotel. They focus on fresh, locally sourced meats and produce. De Fuego’s cuisine is a vibrant blend of South American and Texas fare. See their menu here.
Their lounge features an elite selection of the world’s best whiskeys.
During the Covid-19 outdoor only dining period, they offered private dining in a limited amount of private rooms at the Monarch Hotel. They are now open with limited seating.
“Had an amazing first time experience here. Everyone is super friendly & the food was tasty, reasonably priced for the portions. We did like a family style & got to try a little of everything. We had the bbq wings, pear salad , salmon bowl & pork bowl. Overall lovely beautiful atmosphere & Comfy chairs.” (VK via Google Reviews )
Valley Public House
Valley Public House is a brand-new food hall and taproom in Happy Valley! They feature delicious food from Tamale Boy and Ranch Pizza, and 70 taps of cocktails, wine, cider and, of course, BEER. Their indoor and outdoor structures feature a FAMILY-FRIENDLY dining room and OUTDOOR PATIO, plus a 21+ only taproom with a toasty patio heated by fire pits and overhead heaters. So whether you are bringing the kids, or coming for date night, we can provide an experience you’ll love. Dogs are welcome on all patios!
” This is a great spot to come and grab some food and drink! The patio space in the back is spacious and actually pretty warm for being outside! There is also a ton of seating out front with heat lamps that provide a bit more comfort in this cold weather. I do wish that there were more food options available, but I’m sure there are more to come. The patios are also dog-friendly! There were so many dogs, and so many friendly people that wanted to say hi to ours. It’s a really great atmosphere!” (Lindsay via YELP)
Decibel sound and Drink
At Decibel, music is religion. Run by a lifelong Milwaukie family, the Pletkas, the bar makes this statement everywhere: photos of Mom and Dad, who met as teens when she auditioned for his band; the neon “Wish You Were Here” Pink Floyd tribute above the repurposed bowling alley bar top; and the entire room, centered on a custom oversize record cabinet built from 100-year-old walnut (salvaged from Grandpa Pletka) and vacuum tube amps from the clan’s other endeavor, a music supply company. Find Milwaukie regulars, young and old, in the 1970s-vintage macramé-strung living room while one of the fam flips vinyl from their classic rock collection.
“Decibel is a gem of a restaurant in downtown milwaukie. The owners are fantastic, super friendly! The drinks are classy and yummy. The food is kick butt. Inside seating will guarantee some great music on their vintage sound system. I can’t say enough good things about this place. Even with Covid and takeout, it’s worth supporting.” (Paige via YELP )
When you’re in the mood for a cool, refreshing margarita or authentic and festive Mexican food, Margarita Factory will hit the spot. Their cocktails are handcrafted with the freshest ingredients . From the classics to the elevated; everyone’s favorites are on the menu, including street-style tacos and rich flavorful enchiladas. They also specialize in seafood, bringing in fresh crab, cod, prawns and more three to four times a week.
“I loved coming here. It was their first day with indoor dining and I think they handled everything fabulously. The servers, expediters, managers, busters… all of them were just great!. Food was amazing.
This is hands down the best, nicest, fanciest, family restaurant in the Clackamas/Happy Valley area.” (Sarah via YELP )
Elka Bees Coffee Haus and Tea House
And finally for something completely different. Elka Bees serves Espresso Drinks, Coffee, and teas. They even do a traditional High Tea on weekends.https://www.elkabeescoffee.com/
They create amazing homemade breakfast, lunch, and of course baked goods. Not only that, but they specialize in European desserts, with gluten free and vegan options.
“ They have a decent sized space that feels welcoming. Enough social distancing for those who require it, outside seating. They had a lot to choose from in their dessert or baked item counter. I wasn’t sure what to order so I asked what was recommended. I ended up getting Salted Caramel White Mocha and it was actually really good. “ (Ciara L. via google reviews)
There are so many truly great dining options sprouting up out of Happy Valley, that you can’t go wrong. We just wanted to share a few of our favorites. Enjoy your weekend!