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Farmhouse Cafe

4175 US-101, Tillamook, OR - (503) 815-1325
Posted By Michael Stern on 10/23/2007 11:14:00 AM
This place is a real tourist attraction, and that is what it was designed to be. Inside the Tillamook Cheese Visitor’s Center, hoards of travelers sample local cheeses, lick cones of ice cream made from local cows’ milk, and stock up on such Oregon treats as beef jerky, hazelnuts, smoked salmon, and multi-berry preserves. It is a huge, boisterous establishment that combines informational displays about the cheese industry as well as grocery-store shelves galore, and a casual, cafeteria-style sit-down eatery called the Farmhouse Café.

Featured on the cafe menu are Tillamook cheeseburgers, "Tillamooker" cheddar sandwiches on sourdough bread, salads sprinkled with Tillamook cheese, and even milk by the glass from the Tillamook County Creamery Association. We had a nice grilled ham and cheddar sandwich and a cheese-bacon-tomato sandwich, each of which was served with a bag of potato chips and pickle.

Even cheese-frowners can find something on the menu, which lists fish and chips, BLTs, hot dogs and corn dogs, and a variety of espresso drinks NOT available with soy milk(!).

While it certainly is not the hidden-away treasure that many travelers crave to find along Oregon’s beautiful coast, this big roadside enterprise is nonetheless fun place to stop if you are in need of ice cream, cheese, or smoked meats or a quick education in regional industry.

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We are not generally fans of white chocolate and, frankly, we could barely distinguish the white chocolate in this swirl of white and dark (a flavor called Udderly Chocolate Brown Cow), but it was nonetheless a creamy and satisfying cone.
"We are not generally fans of white chocolate and, frankly, we could barely distinguish the white chocolate in this swirl of white and dark (a flavor called Udderly Chocolate Brown Cow), but it was nonetheless a creamy and satisfying cone."
Michael Stern





Counters near the Farmhouse Cafe offer countless varieties of fudge, plain and fancy.
"Counters near the Farmhouse Cafe offer countless varieties of fudge, plain and fancy."
Michael Stern


What drew us to the chocolate mix for our cone was this notice posted on the glass front of the ice cream case.
"What drew us to the chocolate mix for our cone was this notice posted on the glass front of the ice cream case."
Michael Stern


Name your favorite flavor: it is likely you'll find a beef jerky version of it here.
"Name your favorite flavor: it is likely you'll find a beef jerky version of it here."
Michael Stern


Here are just a few of the varieties of cheese available at the store adjoining the Farmhouse Cafe.
"Here are just a few of the varieties of cheese available at the store adjoining the Farmhouse Cafe."
Michael Stern


There is always a crowd of people gathered at the counters where you order ice cream by the cone or dish.
"There is always a crowd of people gathered at the counters where you order ice cream by the cone or dish."
Michael Stern


Inside this building you will find everything you ever wanted to know about cheese-making in Oregon as well as nearly everything it is possible to make with Oregon cheese.
"Inside this building you will find everything you ever wanted to know about cheese-making in Oregon as well as nearly everything it is possible to make with Oregon cheese."
Michael Stern


Kari McGrath of Fresh Seafood NW across the road informed us that this massive establishment is the second most visited tourist attraction in Oregon. Here you can buy food, eat food, and learn all about the journey from cow's udder to dairy product.
"Kari McGrath of Fresh Seafood NW across the road informed us that this massive establishment is the second most visited tourist attraction in Oregon. Here you can buy food, eat food, and learn all about the journey from cow's udder to dairy product."
Michael Stern



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