The Roof

During a different trip to downtown St. Helens I wanted to try a restaurant that could offer me something no one else could. The Roof provides an excellent view of Sand Island and the St. Helens Waterfront. I wanted the view, but I also wanted a pint and good food.
Now, getting to the Roof isn’t like getting to most restaurants. You enter the building, get into the elevator (stairs are a no go for me), and transport to the fourth floor. When the elevator opens, you’re greeted by the staff and are immediately immersed in the restaurant.
The aromas of the fresh foods and the environment let you know some serious grubbing is going to happen. I ordered my sandwich on a bed of lettuce (commercial bread allergy) and a pint of Cavatacia Stout. Went outside sat down and just took in the amazing view and what life had to present at that moment. About two pulls into my stout my salad arrived. Opened that up and hot damn! The ingredients were nicely presented, and so full of vinegar, smokey, sweet aromas. Now, the salad had no dressing (remember, it was a sandwich), but it didn’t need a dressing as that would have ruined the flavors. The ham was sweet with a hint of applewood smoked, and that blended perfectly with the vinegary aspect of the pepperoncini. Take that bite, and fork another as your next bite contains dill pickle and tomato, and onion. Bite after bite this was perfectly balanced and so tasty. I paired the wrong Ale with this meal (I should have paired a Pale Ale with it) as the Black Barley of the Stout overpowered the subtle blended flavors of the salad that was identifying as a sandwich.
This place is so perfect for lunch or dinner, the view is a nice touch (be forewarned, it might be windy when you go, but, Oregonian up and enjoy it), but don’t let the atmosphere take away from the quality, taste, and freshness of their food.
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