Sometimes, you find creative cuisine in surprising places.
Recently, my husband and I had the opportunity to dine at two restaurants inside Ilani Resort - the new casino located in Ridgefield, Washington, about a half hour north from Portland, Oregon.
Neither my husband nor I are casino-going people. We are food-loving people, however, and I was intrigued to try the cuisine offered at this new establishment.
I was pleasantly surprised by our experience dining at both Line and Lure Seafood Kitchen and Tap, and at Michael Jordan's Steakhouse.
I'll share my review of Michael Jordan's Steakhouse soon. Let's dive right into a look at Line and Lure.
Line and Lure restaurant
Line and Lure Seafood Kitchen and Tap is one of several dining options available at Ilani Resort.
Being in the Pacific Northwest, this restaurant is all about the seafood. It's a casual dining experience that offers a seafood twist on some of your favorite comfort foods.
It's also a great place to grab a drink, so let's begin with libations!
The bar area of Line and Lure is large and bright. Choose a seat at the bar, or at one of the high top tables. All of the drinks are also available in the main dining room.
Here, you will find a nice selection of West Coast wines and craft beers, as well as craft cocktails.
My husband and I both ordered the Black Cherry Mule ($9.50). It's made with Tito’s vodka, ginger beer, black cherry, and topped with a lime wedge and fresh mint. The black cherry was a nice addition to a classic style Moscow Mule. It was like drinking an alcoholic black cherry soda, but with more of an elegant flavor versus the sugary soda taste. I really liked this cocktail!
Since we were dining at Michael Jordan's Steakhouse, we ordered a couple of appetizers here to split. Line and Lure also offers a nice array of large plates, such as burgers, sandwiches, and salads.
Out of sheer curiosity - and a love of lobster - I had to try the Lobster Corn Doggies ($16). These are exactly what they sound like: mini lobster corn dogs, on a stick. They look like chicken tenders on skewers, but the taste is undeniably delicious, meaty lobster.
We also HAD to try the special of the night: Chowder Fries. Think Poutine but instead of gravy, you're enjoying a salty creamy Pacific Northwest chowder on top of fries, topped with fresh crispy bacon. These were so good! I hope they add them on the menu as a regular item!
Looking around at the plates of my fellow diners, I'd also recommend trying the Bacon Mac & Cheese (because of course). The Seafood Wedge also looked delicious: it's a twist on a classic wedge salad, but with lobster, crab and shrimp in addition to bacon.
Finally, if you're dining with a large group, try one of their Seafood Boils: choose from a lobster boil ($68), shrimp boil & clam boil ($32) or the crab boil ($39). Each of these classic seafood boils is served with served with corn on the cob, roasted potatoes, andouille sausage, cornbread & honey-cayenne butter.
We enjoyed our cocktails and appetizers at Line and Lure, and I'd definitely go back for a full meal again to try the other larger dishes. The space itself is quite large, nicely decorated with a streamlined, modern approach; I appreciate that it has a sea theme but doesn't go overboard with too many kitschy shells and beach knick knacks. Most of all, the service was wonderful. Our waitress was friendly and super helpful in helping us decide on what to order that would be most to our personal tastebuds.
1 Cowlitz Way
Ridgefield, WA 98642
Sunday - Thursday, 11:00am - 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday, 11:00am - 1:00am
For more information or to make reservations, visit the Line and Lure website
My husband and I were treated to a complimentary meal and cocktails at this restaurant. As always, all opinions and photos are my own. If I don't like something, I don't write about it - and Line and Lure is worth a visit if you are in the area.