1. Paseo Caribbean Food, 4225 Fremont Ave N., Seattle
Paseo is such a beloved local icon that when they closed suddenly in November 2014, a wave of depression spread around the city (and seemingly the world). Luckily Paseo is back, and they now have three Seattle locations to choose from. Considering how long people are willing to wait in line for this cash-only spot, it’s safe to say this place lives up to its reputation.
2. Willows Inn, Lummi Island
The Willows Inn has received national attention for having one of the most remote restaurants in the country. It’s also quite an investment to experience. Not only do you have to spend a day traveling, but the dinner is a $195, 12 course experience. For that kind of time and money, it had better be amazing… and it is. It’s so amazing, in fact, that it was named one of the Best Restaurants in America by Eater magazine.
3. Biscuit Bitch, 1909 1st Ave., Seattle
Despite the name, this place is all about good old-fashioned Southern hospitality. The owner, Kimmie Spice, doesn’t want any customer who comes to her shop to feel the notorious "Seattle freeze." Not only are the employees friendly, but the biscuits are incredible. They’ve earned shout-outs in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Food and Wine Magazine and have been on the Travel Channel.
4. Wild Sage Bistro, 916 West 2nd Ave., Spokane
Wild Sage Bistro has been a Spokane icon for years. They use fresh, local ingredients, and the ambiance is warm and inviting. This bistro is definitely worth the hype.
5. The Swiss Restaurant & Pub, 1904 Jefferson Ave., Tacoma
The Swiss is housed in a historic 1913 building. Local artist Dale Chihuly’s Venetian glass sculptures sit on top of the bar. They have everything from kids’ menus to pool tables and a full bar. What’s not to love?
6. Mary Lou’s Milk Bottle, 802 W Garland Ave., Spokane
The menu at Mary’s is simple, but that doesn’t mean the food isn’t delicious. The quirky building and interesting history are enough to draw people in, but thankfully the burgers and shakes are anything but mediocre.
7. Cougar Country, 760 N Grand Ave., Pullman
If you went to WSU or used to visit someone who did, you definitely drove by the burger stand on Grand Avenue. Hopefully you also discovered that the burgers, crinkle cut fries and Cyclones (their take on the DQ Blizzard) live up to their reputation.
8. The Crab Pot, 1301 Alaskan Way, Pier 57, Seattle
The Crab Pot might be the most well-known restaurant in Washington due to its waterfront location and guest spot on "Man vs. Food." Some people say that it has gotten too "touristy" or that the food isn’t that great, but the popularity is part of what makes it so charming. Enjoying a hearty seafood meal on the beautiful Seattle waterfront is never a bad thing, and The Crab Pot is worth visiting at least once.
9. El Fat Cat Grill, 539 N Edison St., Kennewick
This food truck is well known throughout the Tri Cities for its addicting, uncomplicated Mexican food and its friendly staff. The best part is that it’s every bit as tasty as people say it is, and if you’re not up for Mexican on the day you find it, you can also order one of their perfectly cooked burgers.