I don’t recall how we discovered this quaint road side diner… but I do recall seeing a photo of travel show Samantha Brown holding this massive soft serve ice cream cone, and commenting she was visiting the Portland area.
This place is located about 15 minutes from Multnomah Falls or 50 minutes outside Portland in the town of Cascade Locks. It’s also home to the “modern” Bridge of the Gods, which is right off the Wa-Na-Pa street exit.
You can dine in or take out at East Wind Drive-In. There’s a walk up window, which most people seem to use. The staff is super friendly, and they make a huge version of a small soft serve ice cream cone. You can get basic vanilla or chocolate (or swirled), or for a buck more, you can get your ice cream “flavor blasted”.
Stephen chose the Tangerine Swirl, which was like a 50/50 ice cream bar, while mom had the Mocha Cappuccino, a vanilla ice cream with mocha flavored on the edge of the swirl. While waiting, I noticed to the left of the window was a door, and inside has a tiny dining area with 2 counters and a total of 6 bar stools, where you can order food as well. We decided to get out of the wind, and enjoy our treat indoors.
For me, It’s not the food that brings you in, but the novelty and the nostalgia of coming to a road side diner in a quaint quiet town.