If You Grew Up In Washington, You Definitely Love These 15 Classic Foods
Washington has a lot of iconic foods and snacks, and if you live in the Evergreen State, you probably have your favorites. Certain foods can stir up fond childhood memories of picnics in the park, holiday celebrations, and family gatherings. We’ve compiled a list of 15 classic foods that we think you probably love if you grew up in Washington. See if you agree.
1. Fresh Pacific Salmon
Seafood lovers agree, there's nothing like fresh salmon from the Pacific Northwest. Washingtonians are fortunate to have access to delicious local seafood prepared in a variety of ways.
2. Dungeness Crab
This sweet delicacy from the Pacific Coast is a summertime favorite. Local restaurants serve Dungeness crab in the form of crab cakes, in seafood bisque, and over salad, but we think it's best cooked and eaten right out of the shell.
3. Washington Apples
Autumn is for climbing trees and picking apples, and Washington has plenty of both. Washington apple growers produce over 30 varieties of apples each year including, Red Delicious, Gala, and Honeycrisp. Which is your favorite?
4. Rainier Cherries
The apple isn't the only fruit Washington is known for. Who doesn't remember picking cherries as a child and seeing who could spit the pit the farthest? The sweet Rainier cherry is a much-loved summer treat and was created in 1972 by cross-breeding the Bing and Van cherry varieties. And yes, it is named after Washington's famous Mt. Rainier.
5. Dick's Drive-In
Can you really call yourself a Washingtonian if you haven't tried a classic Dick's Burger? Founded in 1954 in Seattle,
has been the go-to place for late-night burgers and shakes for decades.
6. Fisher Scones
Fisher Scones are synonymous with the Washington State Fair, and many of us have fond memories of "doing the Puyallup" with a scone (or two) in hand. These days you don't have to wait for the fair to roll around to enjoy the unforgettable flavor of this raspberry jam-filled treat. Fisher Scone mix is available for purchase at most grocery stores so you can make these beauties at home. Or you can follow
the Fisher Scones Facebook
page to see when the Scone Truck will be in your area.
7. Aplets & Cotlets
This Northwest version of Turkish Delights was developed in 1918 and has filled the candy dish on every grandmother's coffee table in Washington for over 100 years.
8. Ivar's Clam Chowder
Founded in Seattle by Ivar Haglund, Ivar's Seafood Restaurants have been serving steaming bowls of Ivar's signature Northwest Clam Chowder since 1938.
Did you know this ooey, gooey, cinnamon roll was invented in Washington? The Sea-Tac Mall (now known as the Commons Mall) was the location for the first Cinnabon Store where it became immensely popular. You can now find Cinnabon in over 50 countries, but it will always have its roots in the Pacific Northwest.
10. Almond Roca
Remember finding these little foil-wrapped nuggets of chocolate-covered buttercrunch toffee in your Christmas stocking? Since 1912, the Brown & Haley company has been producing Almond Roca in Tacoma, Washington. You might also have fond memories of the Brown & Haley Mountain Bar, a cluster of chocolate and peanuts with vanilla, cherry, or peanut butter filling.
11. Beecher's Mac & Cheese
This one hasn't been around as long as some of the others on our list, but once you taste Beecher's special blend of creamy cheeses and seasonings over tender penne pasta, you'll feel like a kid again.
12. Walla Walla Sweet Onions
The best onion rings come from Walla Walla sweet onions, and the best onions come from Washington's Walla Walla Valley.
13. Dutch Baby Pancake
Did you know that Washington state is credited for serving the very first Dutch Baby Pancake? This light and fluffy breakfast treat is said to have originated in the early 1900s in Washington and can now be found in diners and restaurants all over the United States.
14. Tim's Cascade Chips
No picnic or football party would be complete without this crunchy and savory snack. Tim's has been making chips in Washington since 1986 using small-batch kettle-cooking methods to produce flavors like sea salt & vinegar, jalapeño, and original kettle chips.
15. Frango Chocolates
Another childhood favorite was the hexagonal box of creamy Frango chocolates. Even if the box was gift-wrapped, you knew what velvety goodness awaited inside. Popular flavors included Frango mint, mocha, and raspberry. Sadly, the iconic hexagonal box has been replaced by a more streamlined rectangular candy box, but it's what's inside that really matters and you can still purchase limited flavors at Macy's stores.
We hope this list brought you fond memories of growing up in Washington. What other Northwest foods would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments.
For a uniquely Washington experience, be sure to check out the flying fish at Seattle’s
Pike Place Market.
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