Mt. Emily Ale House, La Grande Oregon.
Mt. Emily Ale House is a small brewery in La Grande, Oregon. It’s located on Adams Ave, which is our ‘Main Street’, under the shadow of Mt. Emily. The first thing I noticed about this place is the elusive hours. It just never seems to be open when it’s convenient for me! I know, first-world problems, waah. So when I got a tweet that they were open for lunch I shoved my co-worker out the door and we headed downtown.
The menu here is just a step above your standard bar food, burgers, fish, strips, at a slightly higher price point than I’m used to. What really stands out is the gourmet pizza, the right combination will really compliment what you really came for, the beer!
The beer menu is a lot more exciting than the regular menu, and highly detailed. It includes measurements in ABV (alcohol by volume), and IBU (international bittering units). If you’re like me and those numbers mean nothing to you, get the sampler and let taste be your guide. If those numbers do mean something to you, the friendly staff are really fun to have a beer-geek chat with. My Mt. Emily favorite is the Double IPA. Strong but not too strong I’d call it an IPA and a half. It’s almost as good as my most favorite Oregon beer ever, the Terminal Gravity IPA, and that’s saying a lot.
I’m not quite sure how to rate this place, it’s more of a bar than a restaurant, classier than Bud Jackson’s but not nearly as entertaining. As far as restaurants go the atmosphere is nice but the food doesn’t compare to Ten Depot for example, which also has a great selection of beer on tap and live music. They do proudly state that their beer is made from at least 95% organic ingredients if that matters to you or your liver, I’m not aware of anywhere else in the Grande Ronde Valley that can claim this. It seems a bit expensive, so I recommend going on Tuesday nights for the special prices on pints and pitchers, or just stopping in to fill up your growler with something good.
Mt. Emily Ale House is open Tue-Thurs 430-10, and Fri-Sat 1130-10. You can follow them at @mtemilyalehouse on twitter for a heads up on specials and scheduled live music.
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Formerly known as Bill’s Quik Mart, this Deli is technically located in Island City adjacent to La Grande, where Island City Ave meets HWY 82 towards Elgin. I passed this place up for years simply because they don’t have gas pumps and rarely stop at convenience stores unless they do. That was my mistake, this store is pretty good.
The new owner has made a few changes, now you can buy fishing and hunting licenses there. They also stock Ken’s Cream Filled Logs, which are really sweet gourmet donuts. They plan to add soft serve ice cream, in addition to the ice cream and shakes they already do. The best thing about the place is the deli, as far as I can tell it hasn’t changed since it was Bill’s. Fresh pasta salads, a turkey cranberry sandwich, and espresso shakes are my favorites on the menu. They also stock pretty much everything a typical convenience store would, and have seating so you can eat inside.
Island City Market and Deli is a thousand times better than the fast food places that crowd Island City. I also like the fact that I’m handing my lunch money directly to the owner and his wife, who are pretty much always behind the counter, super friendly, and willing to make that turkey cran if it’s out of stock.