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Natalia’s Café – Camas, WA

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Natalia's Cafe - Camas, WA

Besides honoring our veterans on a rainy Veteran’s Day, I couldn’t think of anything better to do than to stick close to home for hearty home-cooking. That didn’t mean I was willing to settle for a bowl of Weetabix and toasted rye…no.  Instead, we took a short drive to Washougal’s neighboring town, Camas, and visited Natalia’s Café. I love the black and white diner look of the place and the overall hometown feel that comes with good service. 

This is another one of my favorite places where I can always count on a good meal for breakfast or lunch. I intended to go for my usual – the Traditional Breakfast (minced ham and eggs, a generous portion of crispy hashbrowns and toast). Instead, I ventured forth and tried a new item on the menu – Russian Meat Stuffed Crepes. 

Russian Meat Stuffed Crepes

Russian Meat Stuffed Crepes

This dish was a pleasant surprise and I felt quite virtuous as this was a lower fat option than my usual. These homemade crepes are stuffed with grilled ground beef and caramelized onions. They are served with a generous dollop of sour cream and a bowl of fresh fruit. I enjoyed them very much – even without the sour cream which, alas, I cannot eat. 

While I enjoyed my meal, I picked our server’s brain about the history of the place. Ben is Natalia’s nephew and he manages to keep all the tables served single-handedly. Natalia Zhikharevea is from Uzbekistan and has lived in the United States for about 16 years. Six and a half years ago, she opened up Natalia’s and has successfully thrived where others have failed. I think the key to this success is the close knit family that runs the restaurant, the fresh-tasting food cooked to order, and the courage to introduce new things, thereby teaching old dogs new culinary tricks.

I recommend checking out her bakery counter. Everything is made from scratch every morning with different delights on different days. Apple Strudel, Caramel Fingers, Apple Pie, Apricot Cake, Napoleon, and Spinach and Bacon Quiche were the tempting treats of the day. 

Other Offerings 

  • Breakfast served all day 
  • Lunch:  Try the Russian Goulash – delicious! 
  • Homemade Jams on the table 
  • Open for dinner on Camas’ First Friday Main Street event 

Contact Information 

Natalia’s Café 
437 NE 4th 
Camas, WA  98607 
360-834-3421 

Hours: 

Tues – Sun: 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM 

Also open the first Friday of every month for dinner. 

Nearby Attractions 


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Breakfast in America in Bakery,Restaurants and Cafes on November 13 2009 » 2 comments
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  1. Tonja says on November 16 2009 at 2:38 am:

    Isn’t this the spot where we had breakfast before going to the library’s used book sale?? It WAS delish!

  2. Breakfast in America says on November 16 2009 at 3:17 am:

    The very same! Still one of my favorites to share with friends.

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