OK… I’m a little behind on my restaurant reviews. Fortunately I do take notes … these aren’t based on my memory! My memory just isn’t that good! I do remember though that on the day we visited this restaurant for lunch it was a dreadfully HOT day. I think we both just wanted to get out of the house, and out of the heat, which is what brought us to Ducktales Kitchen in Vancouver. And the fact that we had a LivingSocial voucher was certainly another incentive…
Order: I ordered the special of the day which was an Artichoke and Feta Cheese Ravioli with chicken and pesto sauce. The special came with a choice of soup or salad – I chose the Caesar Salad.
What I Think:
The atmosphere at Ducktales Kitchen in Vancouver, Washington is very comfortable, very homey. From the artwork from local artists hanging on the wall to the friendly waitstaff that treats you more like family than like patrons, it is a very warm and inviting kind of place.
The service is pretty quick, too. My salad seemed to arrive almost immediately after placing the order. The salad was composed of very fresh, crisp romaine, Parmesan shreds, croutons and dressing. The lettuce was ice cold, and this was especially refreshing on such a hot day. But … there was just too much dressing! Had I known that the Caesar salad would be so drenched in dressing, I would have preferred the soup (although, it might have been too hot to really enjoy the soup!) or the house salad with dressing on the side. It was still a tasty salad, but, there was just way too much dressing. The croutons on the salad were a little “off” too, they tasted stale and they were kind of chewy. I appreciated the freshness and chilly temperature of the romaine lettuce, but the rest of the salad was kind of disappointing.
Fortunately, the ravioli made up for whatever the salad was lacking. When the plate was first brought out, I noted that the pasta sauce was a little soupy, but it was incredibly flavorful. So flavorful, in fact, I was kind of wishing I had a soup spoon to dish out the sauce and eat it by itself! By the time I was about halfway finished with my dish, the sauce had thickened up nicely, though. The chicken was very tender, and the ravioli was delicious, filled with lots of tangy feta cheese. There wasn’t much artichoke in these pillows of pasta, but, I like feta cheese, so I couldn’t really find a whole lot of fault with them, except that I did notice that the pasta of the ravioli was just a little bit chewy. Other than that, though, everything about this dish, from the sweet, juicy tomatoes and olives to the juicy chicken and flavorful sauce was really, really enjoyable.
My husband ordered a burger, and he really enjoyed it. At the time of our visit, Ducktales was in a competition with one of the local radio stations where patrons would vote on their favorite burger, and Ducktales was in the top three. We helped out by texting in a few votes, and in return we got a free dessert!
For dessert, we chose the berry cobbler, and it was so yummy. Filled with marionberries, this dessert tasted like something that would have come out of my gramma’s kitchen.
My Final Thoughts:
I think that the dessert exemplifies what I really liked best about Ducktales Kitchen. The food may not have been perfect, but it was really good. It tasted like it was made with love and care … just like gramma would have made. It tastes like a good, home cooked meal that I didn’t have to cook, and I really like that!