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Mazama, Winthrop, Omak


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Mazama, Winthrop, Omak

PAO | | Aug 18, 2010 08:32 AM

Went over the North Cascades Highway and stayed a few nights in Mazama at the Mazama Country Inn. Clean, comfortable, plainly furnished rooms, but the plumber in them evidently didn't know how to connect the cold water in the bathroom taps as we were not the only ones who had difficulty getting cold water. In any event, the kitchen is only passable--lamb burger and sirloin burgers were pretty good, but chicken marsala was a joke (where is the marsala,my husband wanted to know?) and didn't even resemble chicken marsala so much as rice with seasoned chicken chunks and mushrooms. Staff is friendly. East of Winthrop, we stopped at a Mexican take out stand, Dos Gallos (it's next to the BBQ place!). Since we were interested in only a snack, we tried a chicken and a pork tostada. Outstanding! Smallish looking, but piled with ingredients, the tostadas were on hearty corn tortillas (you get your choice of corn or flour), with a generous portion of tasty beans, tomato, lettuce and meat. The cooked red salsa in a squeeze bottle was very good. Pineapple jarritos was delicious and thirty quenching on a hot afternoon. They also carry paletas made in Quincy in various flavors. I tried rice and found it creamy and surprisingly satisfying. This stand is attempting to cater to Mexicans -a good sign--since you can also get paletas in tamarind and cucumber-chile in addition to the expected fruit flavors. Here's hoping that Dos Gallos expands to a regular restaurant, not just a small stand! The man who took our orders mentioned that they were in the process of trying to get a liquor license to sell beer. In Omak, the place to go is the Breadline. Eclectically decorated, this place offers honest food in good quantity for reasonable prices. We each had salads--my husband had a Cobb and I had a spinach salad. The spinach salad came with herb dressing--not a match I would have chosen, but the ingredients were all nicely fresh. The restaurant has its own bakery and we each had large freshly made whole wheat rolls. Our waitress was a delight and very helpful in offering tips for our camping trip. We were actually disappointed on our return trip on a Sunday to learn it was not open Sundays. Would it be so successful if it was in the middle of Seattle? Probably not. But in that area, definitely the place to go.