447 SW 6th St., Redmond
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., seven days a week
Owners: Maribel Santana and Pablo Peña
Atmosphere: Airy with somewhat awkward feng-shui: orange-ish maroon walls broken up by brown beams in a dogleg-shaped seating area. Feels like a cross between an Italian restaurant and a Mexican joint, which the menu also reflects.
Clientele: Local families, downtown professionals and tourists. A sewing club meets here on Thursdays. Techies doing work for the Facebook and Google data centers in nearby Prineville.
Most popular: Pork carnitas with two soft corn tortillas, pico de gallo and avocado. Fajita salad and the chicken slow cooked in a green mole sauce with pumpkin seeds.
Best seat in the house: Two tables sit in glass enclaves tucked against the front door along Redmond’s prime downtown corridor offer excellent people-watching perches.
Overheard: “It’s not like she’s a real wild child yet, but they’re definitely having problems. They’ve tried time-outs and taking away toys and stuff, and she just screams even more. I think they should see someone who can help.” A 30-something man talking to a 30-something woman.
Trapped inside by wintry weather? Make the best of it by tapping into your inner interior designer. A clean-lined lounge chair offers just the right amount of plush. An elegant table lamp with an ochre ceramic base casts a warm glow over a good book. The coup de grâce is hand-screen printed wallpaper, crafted with water-based inks on recyclable paper.
Take that, Mother Nature.
Flotsam Furniture Works Leonard lounger $1,800
Makelike Lush screen-printed wallpaper $200
Caravan Pacific Alberta table lamp $500