While in Omak for other business we were pleased to see the Scooter McHatter’s restaurant was open for lunch (hours: 11am – 8pm). Fortunate for us because it was lunch time and we were in the mood for something new. And we got exactly that!

The new ownership has done a lot of work on the building and worked from a very nice pallet of colors. Clean and welcoming inside and out, the furniture and visual features are very well done. Booths, tables, and a sit-down counter look and are comfortable, and the walls are uncluttered and appropriately adorned with open space geometric panels and artwork.

It was approaching 102º outside but inside was very comfortable, and traffic noise all but disappeared. Being rather new there was plenty of seating available, but based on our experience this place is soon going to be very busy.

On receiving the menus we were both locked in on two specials like twin cruise missiles. From the name of the place we expected corned beef, pot pies, and potatoes and gravy, but what we saw among the usual menu items were choices of Teriyaki or Yakisoba! AWESOME! We ordered one of each and began to explore the room again.

While we were waiting we chatted with the owners and found they are planning on opening the pub again, and that they  serve only locally made beers and wines, and which fits perfectly with their slogan “Thinking local is being local“. Keeping things simple is very affordable, and our region’s wines and beers are very highly rated. They are also looking forward to having live music at least once each month, and as a member of a band I find that to be very good news!

Before long our meals were served and Oh My Gosh, were they delicious. The Yakisoba arrived in a huge kayak and looked like much more than I’d be able to finish, but finish I did. Wife Nancy got the Teriyaki and it matched pound for pound the meal before me, and she did not need a doggy box for left-overs, either.

Teriyaki Chicken with Rice

Teriyaki Chicken with Rice

Beef Yakisoba with Asian coleslaw

Beef Yakisoba with Asian coleslaw

We strongly recommend readers visit Scooter McHatter’s Facebook page and drop by the restaurant (Directions), have a look around, meet the new owners, and have a great meal. They also offer take-out, so you can get a great meal even if you’re short on time.

Farmers Market, Oroville, Great Food

by James Gutschmidt

Some things are just great, unsurpassed. Like: homemade apple pie, a freshly mowed dandelion patch, (see pic), a man and his dog, and a great burger. I’m not talking about something run of the mill, here. I’m talking a great masterpiece.

I’m talking about Tina’s Burgers at the Farmers Market, Saturdays, in Oroville. There is no fanfare involved with these burgers. Place your order. Wait for Tina to custom barbeque it. A little mayo, a little ketchup, barbeque sauce, that’s out of this world, on a glazed bun, and, Voila, the best burger I’ve had in 50 years.

Oh, and did I tell you, the meat is from her own Irish Dexter, grass fed beef raised here in the great Okanogan? Butchered ground and certified, it’s the quality ingredients that make it right; worth traveling for.

“Masterpiece” That’s the term used by Greg Palmer to describe the “Cheese Deluxe” hamburgers that were fashioned at the Samoa Drive-In on Mercer Island 50 years ago.

Being spoiled in my youth, I remember well those burgers on Mercer Island. Quality goods made it good. And, I have waited 50 years till now, for the like.

If you were wondering, and like to read, I would recommend Greg Palmer’s Memoir “Cheese Deluxe.” It’s an interesting anecdote of the Samoa Drive-In, from 50 years ago, and a sometimes humorous account of upscale, 1960’s youthful characters, and their escapades. It’s remembered from the perspective of a pubescent, but mildly intellectual, short order cook. He’s changed the names, but I know them all well, because I was there. The chapter on the Golden Horseshoe is especially entertaining. And, the Samoa Burgers were a complete “masterpiece,” as described in chapter one. It’s reminiscent of small town life, before condos and tower cranes, kinda like Oroville.

By the way, don’t forget to take in the other exhibits at the Oroville Farmer’s Market. If you were wondering, Tina is the assistant cook at Oroville Senior Center, lunches served Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Noteworthy farmers at the Oroville Farmers’ Market, Saturdays.

The German Sausages melt in your mouth. Jim Weaver and Ken Zimmerlee

The German Sausages melt in your mouth. Jim Weaver and Ken Zimmerlee

Is that Dennis Peterson on the ukulele? Randy Battle Bluz Band

Is that Dennis Peterson on the ukulele? Randy Battle Bluz Band

Highland Beauty
Fresh Mow

Nothing is more beautiful than a freshly mowed dandelion patch in the Okanogan Highlands, 12 miles east of Oroville. The picture is taken from our dining room window, looking west. Great place to be.

Article by James Gutschmidt on special loan to North Okanogan – an Online Magazine. All rights reserved by international copyright laws.

P.S. For the editor. I thoroughly enjoyed the music, and your harmonica, at the Farmers Market. Great sound.

Becky Desjardins of Oroville’s Hometown Pizza writes:

When we cut out the seating at night at the restaurant, what I did not realize was how much I would miss the customers. Without working days I missed seeing a lot of people. So Hometown will start having dine in again at night. We will still close at 8 so no dine in customers after 7:30. The cooks go home at 8 so unless you want me to cook your dinner (this is scary) you need to be seated by 7:30. It will be just like lunch, order at the counter. No reservations please and no parties over 14. Please be sure to check out our new web page at hometownpizzaoroville.com. It has the menu on it. Thank you so much to all of our great customers!!!!!

The awesome menu and hospitality we all loved is back and we couldn’t be happier. The best little town in the Okanogan just got better.

Hometown Pizza ~ Oroville

Hometown Pizza ~ Oroville

Run for the Border 2016

by Dennis Peterson

It’s come and gone and the memories linger – so much fun! Here’s a photo that defines the moment – wife Nancy Peterson and Colette Biele enjoying the music and atmosphere at the Pastime Bar and Grill:

Nancy and Collette ~ Photo by Leah Palmer

Nancy and Collette ~ Photo by Leah Palmer

Saturday morning began early for myself and Joseph Enzensperger racing against the weather to complete the outdoor stage to be used by the Road Dawgs band coming up from Riverside. Was not to be. With showtime slated for 11:00 am and a steady downpour, Tim Naillon from the Pastime Bar and Grill said to set up indoors and so we did. A power outage that morning put food prep behind a bit, but by noon the band, Lota Duarte, son Mike Duarte, Brock Hires, and “Hillbilly” Mike Blakley were pounding sound into the streets of Oroville. Didn’t take long for the dampened throngs to find warm hospitality, hot food, and good music. And Lordy was the music good.

Lota Duarte and son Mike ~ photo by Leah Palmer

Lota Duarte and son Mike ~ photo by Leah Palmer

This is a band that inspires movement and smiles. That means happy dancers and that’s what we got. Anyone’s guess if it was the rain pouring down or the music pouring out the open doors and windows, but the place was soon packed. No spirits were damped!

The Road Dawgs ~ photo by Leah Palmer

The Road Dawgs ~ photo by Leah Palmer

Speaking of happy, Tim was in the kitchen trying his best to stay ahead of food orders and was seen to be head banging and dancing at the grill and the wait staff were dancing back and forth picking up and delivering orders. The Road Dawgs were having so much fun they blew past the end of show time and kept going and going. Lota said “I don’t know about alla y’all, but we’re having a blast!” Nothing feeds energy into a band like an appreciative and enthusiastic audience and Oroville has the best.

Mike Duarte on bass guitar ~ photo by Leah Palmer

Mike Duarte on bass guitar ~ photo by Leah Palmer

Mike Duarte was all over the bass lines and delivered hard rocking vocals, and Brock Hires, who plays every instrument known to mankind filled in the middle with vocals, keyboard and guitar leads, and Mike Blakley dished up tight rhythms on the drums. It was a solid performance by everyone but there’s something compelling about Lota’s saucy vocals and acoustic guitar that makes the whole show work. The band is appearing regularly around our beautiful Okanogan so watch the calendar here to stay up on where they appear next, and don’t miss them!

It didn’t end there – the Rally at the Border team brought in musicians from all over the PNW and the music continued well into Friday evening with the Jones Street Boys at Veranda Beach, Tuck Foster and the Mossrites at the Pastime followed by an all-star jam, and then started over again the next day at the wineries, and Alpine Brewery with the Deep Water Blues Band, and Polly O’Keary, then Voodoo Church and Lisa Mann back at the Pastime. Esther Bricques hosted our friends the Slippery Slope Band, and Taber’s Copper Mountain barn hosted Clay Warnstaff and Mike Chappel aka the Harley Hunks. And on Sunday Esther Bricques hosted the Mood Swings trio – an engaging and fun trio of women who sing tight harmonies and music that spans several generations – a little something for everyone. If you missed the music at the wineries then you also missed the barrel tasting and there are some awesome offerings coming out of our Okanogan Wineries this year.

Big thanks to Leah Palmer for the awesome photos. More to see in the usual places at Facebook and also to Joseph Enzensperger for volunteering his stage and valuable time to help set it up.

What a fun time to be Okanogan!

07. March 2016 · Comments Off on The Texas Family Diner opens in Tonasket · Categories: Businesses, Dining, Music, Tonasket

After a lot of planning, hard work and a burst of energy in February The Texas Family Diner in Tonasket has opened their doors to rave reviews.

Texas Family Diner ~ Tonasket

Texas Family Diner ~ Tonasket

Here’s what people are saying:

The food and service were excellent, and the atmosphere great… I will be back.
~ Annie Wilkison

Best Pattie melt I’ve had. Fantastic good and service, I’ll be here often.
~ Melisa Waite

Great food at a great price! Friendly people and local! Thank you for coming to our little town!
~ Laurie Craig Baker

There is a stage and dance floor for live entertainment, and they are currently booking bands for live shows and weekly music jams. Contact Steven Cole for more information.

The Menu – Yum!

Texas Diner Breakfast Menu

Texas Diner Breakfast Menu

Texas Diner Lunch

Texas Diner Lunch

Texas Diner Dinner

Texas Diner Dinner

In the short term be aware they’re not accepting credit cards at this time, but that will be corrected very soon. Meantime, bring cash and have a great meal. I did!

The Texas Family Diner
220 Whitcomb Avenue (Hwy. 97)
Tonasket, Washington
509 486-4791
Hours: 7:00 am ~ 10:00 pm
Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesdays)