The hidden gems of St Johns

first_imgThere’s a working-class sensibility to Clark County’s St. Johns corridor.This six-mile industrial road runs from the outskirts of downtown Vancouver to Five Corners. You’re probably one of thousands of people in any given day who have hurtled down this arterial, maybe on your way elsewhere, maybe to breakfast at Carol’s Corner Cafe — a worthy if well-known stop.Or maybe you’re just heading home. Census data suggests the surrounding neighborhoods are among the more affordable in Clark County, with median housing values ranging from $155,400 to $259,400 southwest of Interstate 205. (Median housing value in Clark County is about $329,000.)But set against the backdrop of auto body repair shops, building supply centers and, increasingly, large complexes of apartments and townhomes, St. Johns is home to a community of family-owned businesses. These hidden gems of Clark County are worth visiting.Don Juan Corner CafeAddress: 4306 N.E. St. Johns Road.Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Monday.Juan Olguin Sr. long dreamed of starting a restaurant highlighting the flavors of his childhood in the Puebla state of Mexico.Four years ago, that dream became a reality in the form of Don Juan Corner Cafe. Olguin Sr.’s son, Juan Olguin Jr., and Jr.’s girlfriend, Mariella Soto, run this hole-in-the-wall joint, slinging traditional Mexican fare and American breakfasts.“He wants to sell the kind of food you can’t find in this area,” said Soto, translating for both Olguins. “Authentic Mexican food.”last_img

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