The fragrant smoke of brick oven wood fires greets guests at Lapellah, a rustic, comforting restaurant in the Pacific Northwest city of Vancouver, Washington. With a farm-to-table concept, the chefs deliver great food made with care. Attention to detail at the “locally owned, community inspired” restaurant is obvious. Service is very friendly yet professional, and the food is rich with just-grown flavor and subtle Southern influences.
Last night, we tried a number of dishes we’d be delighted to enjoy again. One of my comfort foods is creamy polenta, and the mozzarella stuffed polenta fritters with tomato jam were my first order of the evening. Crisp and deep fried, the fritters
maintained a nice crunch with a warm, creamy center. The New Orleans BBQ shrimp was well-prepared and zesty.
For entrees, our group enjoyed the paella, delivered to the table in an iron skillet fresh from the firing oven and brimming with seafood and seasoned saffron rice. We also ordered the bacon spinach salad with toasted hazelnuts and vinaigrette – an excellent dinner choice for those looking for a lighter meal. Our friend Tom savored the house smoked Carlton Farms pork loin with mushroom risotto and rosemary shoestring potatoes.
Pricing is quite reasonable and portions generous. Save room to enjoy a hand-dipped milkshake, but plan to share with a friend.
Lapellah Wood-Fired Restaurant and Bar
2520 Columbia House Boulevard at Grand Central, Vancouver, WA 98661
Reservations and Take Out: (360) 828-7911