Is There Anything Better Than Fried Chicken?

Fried chicken is AMAZING and it’s one of the things that I miss greatly since being diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  So while I am not able to go and enjoy this week’s business of the week you can – Ezells Famous Chicken.  Most of their locations are in Washington, however we are in luck that they have a location near Washington Square, and are offering take out and delivery!

The first Ezells Famous Chicken was opened in Seattle, Washington in 1984.  A family owned business where while the family has grown the founding family members are still actively involved in the business on a daily basis.  So how did they decided to open a restaurant dedicated to fried chicken?  It started when they moved from Washington to Texas and missed the chicken that they were used to.  They decided to open up a place where they could share what they love with their community.

Over the years they have developed a fan base for their famous chicken throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Their business has grown to include several restaurants as well as two mobile food trucks.

Why is their chicken so amazing?  They use 3 pound chickens that they cut into 8 pieces.  From there they marinate it for 24 hours, batter it and fry it up.  Add a side of mashed potatoes and gravy, baked beans, mac and cheese and more you just can’t go wrong.My Copy of  January 2021 Graphics  copy

Apparently I Really Like Pasta

My Copy of  January 2021 Graphics  copySo I realized as I was preparing to write this blog post that I choose restaurants that focus on pasta.  So clearly I really like pasta.  LOL.  This week’s local business is Pasta Pronto   Located in Beaverton on Evergreen Parkway Pasta Pronto is a family owned business that has been a fixture of the community for 23 years.

One of the things that I really love about Pasta Pronto is that they have a make it your way feature.  You get to choose your pasta, sauces and toppings so basically it’s a make your own pasta bar.  Wahoo.  Bonus points for the fact that they have gluten free pasta, although their kitchen is not gluten free so if you’re Celiac like I am you’re eating their at your own risk.  However I do love me some good pesto pasta so I suppose it’s worth the risk.  I’m sure my husband would disagree.

If you’re not in the mood for pasta they have soups and salads such as the Washington County Blue Ribbon salad that features grilled chicken breast, sugar walnuts, pears and bleu cheese, mixed with red onions, fresh greens and tossed in raspberry vinaigrette.  And you certainly won’t want to pass up the appetizers because how can you not want some cheesy garlic bread?

So, the next time you’re in the mood for some pasta, give Pasta Pronto a try and support a local family owned business.

Who Doesn’t Love A Good Burger?

My Copy of  January 2021 Graphics  copyLiving in Hillsboro you have probably heard of The Helvetia Tavern.  It’s this quaint burger joint right beyond the train tressels, and it’s one of those places that you go to when you’re looking for that relaxed country atmosphere, and honestly my kids love this place.

This family owned business has been around since 1946, and truly is a landmark in the Hillsboro area.  Let’s be honest, there aren’t a whole lot of restaurants that can say they’ve been around for 75 years, and continue to have a raving fan base.

The Helvetia Tavern is known for their burgers and fries – which are hand cut!  I mean how can you go wrong with hand cut fries, as well fresh ground beef burgers.  In addition to the amazing burgers and fries, they’ve got veggie burgers, onion rings, fish and chips – basically it is the local bar that you go to for an amazing burger.  PS:  They’ve got gluten free buns so you know my family is happy about that.

One of the things I love seeing since COVID hit is that you can drive by the the tavern and see families sitting outside with the back of the SUV open with a card table and chairs enjoying their take out.  If you are looking for a great Tuesday Takeout place please support this amazing local biz so they can be around for another 75 years.

I Love Stores that Have Unique Gift Items

I have always loved local small businesses who have unique items for sale that you won’t find in the big box stores.  You know the type of stores I’m talking about right?  The ones that some people may think are full of kitchy gifts but you always find something for that hard to buy for person on your gifts lists.  It’s exactly why this week’s small business of the week is A Flair for Gifts & Home in Progress Ridge.

Owner and local Beaverton resident Michelle Bottaro followed her dream of providing a gift store in her community that was for her community.   She has created a place that is full of warmth and personality.  It’s a place where you can find anything from a gift for yourself (because who doesn’t love treating themselves) to a housewarming gift or birthday present, you are sure to find just the right gift.

I personally am a huge candle fan so I appreciate that they carry candles from several different candle companies and that the fragrances aren’t overpowering.  If candles aren’t your thing there are plenty of other fabulous home decor items to help your home feel warm, welcoming and reflect your personality.

Do You Love Looking at Christmas Lights?

Probably the best part of winter is seeing all the beautiful lights start twinkling in the night. I like to drive around and try to find the BEST display in my neighborhood. ⁣
But if you’re taking the whole family or going as a group, I’ve got a list of the best places in town for Christmas lights: ⁣
Now through January 5th, 2021
Now through January 3rd, 2021