Bus riders and local restaurant buffs are all grins now that food service has returned to Columbia Station, the South Wenatchee transit mall for Link, Northwestern Trailways and the nearby Amtrak stop.
Mama D’s at the Depot, which opened Monday, delivers a wide-ranging menu of sandwiches (including specialty renditions for breakfast and brunch), turkey and veggie wraps, hot dogs, nachos, “big” salads, homemade potato and macaroni salads, baked treats (cookies, brownies, cinnamon rolls), parfaits and much more. Heck, there’s even a kids menu complete with hot dogs and grilled mac and cheese.
“What we’re hoping to do is offer good food at a good price,” said Charlie Dugger, who operates the new eatery with wife Corrin and head cook Gregorio Coria. The Duggers also run Mama D’s Kitchen at Rocky Reach, the cafe inside the dam’s visitors center. Mama D herself — Gina Dugger — also has a vendor spot to sell her baked goods and packaged foods at the seasonal Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market at Pybus Public Market.
“We’re determined to explore the local food scene, too,” said Coria, who’s been cooking for nearly 14 years. “There’s so much available here — veggies, meats, cheeses — that it’s a great opportunity to get creative.”
Mama D’s at the Depot
What: A corner cafe with ample seating that also specializes in grab-and-go items for bus riders and train travelers. Call-in orders a specialty.
Where: 300 S. Columbia St., Wenatchee (in Columbia Station)
When: Open 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
What’s good? Both owner and cook highly recommend the hefty and piping-hot breakfast and brunch sandwiches — two fried eggs, American or provolone cheese, choice of meats and Cholula ranch sauce, all on homemade ciabatta bread.
Prices: $2 to $8
Info: Phone: 663-4900. Website and Facebook page are in the works.