Like a tailgate party before the big game, a wintry day on Hood is best primed at this Sandy landmark. But instead of brats and beer, think sugar and carbs. For the true Joe’s experience, drop in before dawn on a Saturday. The little red-and-white-checkered building will have a line out the door. Fresh coffee flows like a newly tapped oil well, and the glaze on the just-from-the-fryer apple fritters and maple bars glistens like new-fallen snow.
39230 SE Pioneer Blvd, Sandy; 503-668-7215 —BB
Charlie’s Mountain View
Once the lifts shut down, off-duty ski patrollers and other assorted mountain folk gather here by the dozen. The place definitely feels local, but the vibe is friendly. You might even score a beer on the house: next winter, Charlie’s will once again start selling its sought-after lapel pins. Once purchased, this little doodad earns you a free drink for every drink you buy—for the next five years. OK, it’s only one drink per day, but it still sounds better than any mug club we’ve heard of. —BB
Government Camp Loop; 503-272-3333; charliesmountainview.com
A few simple rooms upstairs can be rented for the night, and there’s a separate space for steak-house dinners. But most people just take a seat in one of the inn’s Formica booths and order breakfast or a slice of huckleberry pie, served any hour of the day or night. Thick pancakes, fresh-baked cinnamon rolls, and crisp chicken-fried steak all arrive in a hurry. Too heavy a fare for the morning ski runs? Nah. Think “lower center of gravity.”
Government Camp Loop; 503-272-3325; huckleberry-inn.com —BB