Thursday, November 4, 2010

Green Frog Cafe

Walking into a colorful place always makes me happy. So does the smell of grilled cheese sandwiches. While I'm at it I'll also add baked goods, candy jars, and old vinyl chairs. At the Green Frog cafe in Palouse, Washington, you'll find an eclectic assortment of all the above, which means you are never too far away from bliss. Dining tables feature tablecloths adorned with roosters and sunflowers, which is just the sort of thing you would expect to see at a country picnic. Bar stools line the counter like they would in a 60's diner and big band music plays from the stereo above. This small town cafe has got character.

The Green Frog cafe specializes in soups, salads, and sandwiches. The sandwiches are served on Wheatberries bread (bakery out of Moscow, Idaho), which means that the slices are thick just like Grandma's bread. I had the Greenhouse (fresh bread with a generous spread of butter, grilled on a hot stove with swiss, tomato, and avocado). It was simple and delicious. My Grandma was with me and she had the She Devil (grilled onions and tomatoes, pepperjack cheese, and roast beef in a pita). As you may have noticed, they have come up with some great names for their food. Browse the menu and you'll also find the Viking, Grizzly, Tuna Turner, B.F.F, Setptoe, Vandal, He Man, and St. Elmo as other sandwich and pita choices. Definitely all delicious selections with entertaining pre lunch reading. A win win.

Dinner offerings are served Friday and Saturday evenings and include pita pizzas, pasta dishes, salads, and what I would order, either the Parmesan Polenta (creamy polenta, infused with garlic and parmesan cheese, with a velvety roasted red pepper and pumpkin sauce) or the Portabello Mushroom Philly (marinated and grilled portabellos and onions, smoked cheese, chipotle mayo and grilled onions on a chewy grilled french roll). There is really an art to writing a menu! I'll have to remember that. In addition to the food, there is also a sound stage near the front entrance for live music every Thursday evening, which I can imagine is a real town hit especially paired with the beer and wine selections. A full espresso bar and italian sodas put another big smile on my face. Just fifteen miles north of Pullman the Green Frog Cafe awaits you, as does the charming little town of Palouse.

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