Wet Planet Cafe & Grill is open for the summer and ready to serve the whitewater rafting, kayaking, and greater White Salmon River Valley communities. Located walking distance from Husum Falls, Wet Planet Cafe & Grill pairs well with a day of whitewater, but is open to everyone.
This spring Kathy Watson, former owner of Nora’s Table and locally-renowned chef, redesigned the Wet Planet Cafe & Grill Menu using locally-sourced ingredients. She created a simple, but elegant menu to compliment the tastes of the Columbia Gorge.
“Farm-to-table food is in line with our core commitment to support the local economy, plus it simply tastes better,” said Jaco Klinkenberg, co-owner of Wet Planet. Jaco’s favorite part about the menu redesign is the local aspect, although she also recommends you try Jaco’s Vegetable Curry. “Wet Planet Café & Grill is set to surprise unsuspecting visitors and bring a quality dining experience to the White Salmon River Valley.”
The menu includes roasted salmon tacos with salmon fished from the Klickitat River by Wild Columbia Salmon; beer on-tap from local breweries; wine from local vineyards; burgers with beef from Mt Shadow Natural Meats in Dufur, OR; pulled pork from Boda’s Kitchen; artisan cheese plate featuring Cascadia Creamery cheese, Hood River Organic apples, and baguette from White Salmon Baking Co. and Blue Skies Bakery; and more.
“I enjoy Wet Planet Café over other kitchens I’ve worked in because the people are fun, it’s a great atmosphere, and the menu is simple, but fantastic,” said Jim Davis, Klickitat resident and Wet Planet Café & Grill’s new Executive Chef. Jim began his training as a chef when he was 12 at his Aunt’s restaurant, The Cowboy Club in Tri-Cities. Jim became a certified chef in 2002 and attended the Western Culinary Institute in 2005.
BZ Corner local Omar Guzman, a third season member of the Wet Planet family enjoys the variety on the menu and said, “There are a lot more choices now, and we even have locally-sourced desserts!” Omar recommends the Warm Gorge Fruit of the Day Crisp served with vanilla ice cream after a hard day of rafting.
Other contributors to Wet Planet Café’s locally-sourced menu are Stonework Farm (White Salmon, WA), AniChe Winery (Underwood, WA), COR Cellars (Lyle, WA), White Salmon Vineyard (White Salmon, WA), Everybody’s Brewing (White Salmon, WA), Ninkasi Brewing (Eugene, OR), and Backwoods Brewing (Carson, WA).