If you love finding new places to eat, you’re in luck here in Washington. We have top-rated restaurants everywhere, many of which are hidden off the main streets. Small town cafes, food trucks and unassuming storefronts are often home to some of the most mouthwatering dishes around. Here are 11 of the many secret gems in the Northwest you’ve got to add to your list:
1. Maltby Cafe, Snohomish
Located in an old 1937 school gym, this cafe is a total hidden treasure. Their homestyle cooking has won them several "Best Breakfast" awards, and for good reason. They're known especially for their signature cinnamon rolls, which are "bigger than your head".
2. Royal Grinders, Seattle, Fremont
This warm sub paradise can be found hidden behind the Lenin Statue in Fremont. They make oven roasted sandwiches, as well as a variety of fresh gelato flavors. To avoid the wait, you can even call here ahead before time and get your grinder to go.
3. Rusty Moose Bar and Grill, Spokane
Right by the airport, this rustic gem is a cozy place to grab a bite to eat before catching a flight. Premium burgers, steaks and sandwiches are only a few of the great options on the menu, along with an extensive wine and spirit selection.
4. Grant House, Vancouver
Vancouver's best kept secret can be found inside this old historic building tucked away on Officers Row. The restaurant's a favorite among many for their wide selection of wine, whiskey, and American-style cuisine.
5. Cafe In The Woods at Mukilteo Coffee Roasters, Langley
There's more to this cafe on Whidbey Island than just premium coffee. They also serve fresh organic fare, with a menu that varies with the seasons so there's always something new to try.
6. Annapurna Cafe, Seattle, Capitol Hill
If you're craving for something new in the city, check out this place in Capitol Hill. They serve authentic Indian cuisine, hidden in a private, underground setting. Their Paneer naan, as pictured, is a must-try.
7. Berry Fields, Centralia
Tucked inside of the Star Center Antique Mall, this cafe offers a perfect place to stop for lunch after a morning of shopping for vintage finds. They make fresh sandwiches on homemade bread, plus huge slices of pie to top it all off.
8. Secret Cove, Anacortes
This locally-owned spot is hidden off the main part of town in Anacortes. They make everything from tacos (like beer battered fish tacos) to fish & chips, burgers, steaks and more. From their seaside location, you'll be able to look out and catch gorgeous views of the Guemes Channel.
9. Skylark's, Bellingham/Fairhaven
The storefront here may not catch your eye at first, but this cafe is more than worth stopping by in Fairhaven. They feature spectacular live jazz, as well as fresh food cooked from scratch, like sandwiches, salads and soups - including an award winning Clam Chowder. The venue's open early to late night, with wonderful happy hour options.
10. El Fat Cat Grill, Kennewick
Hidden behind a car wash, this food truck in Kennewick is definitely not the easiest to find. The hunt is worth it, though - their tortas, burritos, tostadas and burgers are some of the best in the Tri-Cities. Check out their "Triple Threat" with grilled adobada pork, ham and bacon, onions, mozzarella and more on a toasted torta bun.
11. Soulful Soups & Spirits, Spokane
This spot can be found in Spokane right by River Park Square. They serve homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches, like their Tomato Basil Soup with croutons, as pictured. They also offer a delicious beer bread, spicy Mac and Cheese, and cocktails in the evening.
This only covers 11 of countless hidden restaurants in our state. Have you been to any of these gems in our state before? Where are your favorite places to grab a bite to eat in Washington?