The world's most perfect meal is beer and French fries, that is, if you have them at Wild River Pub in Grants Pass, Oregon (above).
Beer gets into the French fries too. It's been sprinkled over the hand-cut unpeeled fries in the basket above. After a dusting of flour, they're fried, popped smoking hot into the basket and rushed to the table with pots of ranch dressing for dipping.
Eating the fries is pure bliss, but if you're not satisfied, you can move on to another beer-laced treat, Wild River's wood-fired pubfectionist pizza (above). Its marinara sauce is infused with hand-crafted Extra Special Bitter pale ale, which is as bitter as you could hope for.
The marinara goes over a thin, crisp crust along with baby spinach, bacon, breaded chicken, garlic, mozzarella, Italian seasoning, freshly grated Parmesan and, at the end, fresh basil.
The pub is a smaller, cozier place than Wild River's main restaurant in Grants Pass, where the brewing takes place. It has a communal table, a pool table, a bar where locals hang out and a back wall that amounts to a communal art exhibit (above), with personal messages scrawled alongside Wild River coasters.
Wild River Pub and Publick House, 533 Northeast F Street, Grants Pass, Oregon. Tel: (541) 474-4456.