Twilight Pizza Bistro
Taps: 6 / Bottles: 35
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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3.76/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
For the past couple years, I've made frequent (often weekly) trips out to Camas for work. Last summer, I 'discovered' the relatively tiny but completely charming 5-block stretch of 4th Avenue that is the 'historic downtown' of this now-sprawling suburb. Local hardware store: check; hometown bank: check; boutique hotel: check; locals bar (for the adjacent paper mill, I presume): check. Then there's the family pizza joint, with its name matching the teen vampire series and its mid-block location tucked nicely below stately trees, just beyond the looming presence of the mill; something drew me here last spring and I've gone back fairly often ever since.
'Classy' (avant-garde?) vibe. Large glass storefront provides sunlight, but the overall feel is a little too dark; whatever warmth is provided by the honey-colored wood floors, scuffed and marred over the decades, is offset by dark brown and sienna walls. An eerie blue orb/chandelier hangs in a recess of the ceiling. Mirrors dot the walls and artwork skews toward the eccentric (think McMenamins)... so I guess there IS something to the Twilight/vampire thing? I digress...
The reason this place is listed on BA is because they really have a nice selection of beer. The list isn't massive, but it's one that seems to have been chosen well by someone keen on going well beyond the limitations of standard pizza joint pints and pitchers. There are 6 taps (pints around $4, pitchers $13) which generally remain unwavering: Blue Moon and Pyramid Hefeweizen are the 'average' ones, Mac & Jack's Amber, Deschutes Mirror Pond, Lompoc LSD and Laurelwood Workhorse are the others. On occasion, something special will appear as a guest; a notable recent add was a keg of The Abyss (which I'm told disappeared quickly). Besides draughts, there are 30-35 bottles; some are BMC-type standards, some are much better (the likes of FW Union Jack, DFH 90 Minute IPA and OB Ten Fidy) - standard prices in the $3-4 range. Then there are the 'Big Boy Crafts' (typically $6-7), among which are: 10 Barrel S1nist0r, Deschutes Hop Henge, Ninkasi Tricerahops, Lompoc C-Note, Southern Oregon Porter, plus a couple Sam Smith's and Rogues. A framboise (Lindeman's) and cider round out the list. For the oenophiles, there are a couple dozen bottles to choose from.
Pints are served a little cold, but on all but one occasion they've been fresh-tasting and decently presented (that time was a borderline flat LSD). Not sure about the shelf life/turnover of some bottles - though they're all stored in a 3-door reach-in cooler on the far wall if one cares to browse or check labels.
Food runs the gamut of pastas, bakes, salads and soups... and pizza, of course. I have tried a salad or two and a pasta special, but typically I'm there for the pizza. Though there are more than a dozen standards (and options to 'build your own'), I'm usually drawn to the Southern Comfort (made with andouille, chicken, smoked bacon and onions, with a BBQ sauce base). It's available by the slice at lunch, though at $5per, it's a bit of a luxury.
Speaking of price, daily happy hour (3-6pm) knocks 50 cents off bottles, $1 off pints and $2 off pitchers.
Service is usually prompt and pleasant. Beer-savvy is limited, but really that's fine when it just means pulling a tap handle or popping a cap. The rare occasions when slowness has occurred have coincided with a mid-afternoon lull and/or some important gossip or texting (re: waitstaff = mostly early 20's women).
I really like the place, and I'll continue making visits so long as work keeps me headed out to Camas. Worth a try if you're in the area.
01-06-2011 19:30:54 | More by msubulldog25
Twilight Pizza Bistro in Camas, WA
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