Small-Batch Cooking in the Endless Mountains
Cable’s General Store has been a local landmark in Union Dale since 1910. Clark Cable originally opened it as a country store and barber shop, and to this day, customers still walk through the door and reminisce about coming in for haircuts when they were kids. The store has passed through many hands since then, but the name and the friendly, small-town vibe have always stuck.
Cable’s began a new chapter in June, when Krysta and Duffy Samuels took over the shop. Some things remain the same, like the classic deli sandwiches, but the new owners have also brought exciting changes to the table. Cable’s now specializes in homemade food like gourmet pizzas, savory quiches and prepared meals (like their to-die-for chicken pies). Everything’s made in small batches, which means they’re always cooking up new specials.
Cable’s also expanded their healthy options. They’re located right along the D&H Rail-Trail, so fresh salads and hearty grain bowls are perfect for hungry hikers and bikers. In the warmer months, a picnic area is set up by the trailhead.
When we stopped by, they were serving up creamy white bean chili as the soup of the day. We also tried one of their handmade personal pizzas topped with mushrooms, caramelized onions and herbs.
And we can’t forget about the sweets. They had just whipped up a strawberry pie drizzled with peanut butter sauce for a decadent twist on PB&J. Mary’s Washington Apple Cake is always a customer favorite, featuring sliced apples, cinnamon cake batter and cream cheese icing.
We visited for lunch, but Cable’s also offers breakfast. Their pop-up dinners are always a hit, with sushi-grade poke bowls on Friday nights and delicious specials every Saturday and Sunday. These dinners sell out quick, so make sure to call ahead to reserve yours.
And even though the homemade food is their claim to fame, Cable’s is still true to their roots as a general store. They showcase locally made goods like jewelry, hats, greeting cards, soaps and other artisanal crafts.