Washington January 07, 2019
The 12 Washington Restaurants You Should Add To Your 2019 Dining Bucket List
We’ve given shout-outs to a lot of Washington State restaurants, from our
new and nationally acclaimed gems to our tried-and-true eateries. And since we’re welcoming a brand new year, we’ve put together a list of dining establishments old and new that you should really try in 2019, should the opportunity arise. Some of these spots are for special occasions, some deliver casual comfort food — but they’re all fantastic.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive, 2578 Chuckanut Dr., Bow
The Edison-Bow area is a foodie's paradise. And while most of the local restaurants are casual, this upscale eatery serves some of the freshest oysters (as well as other seafood, steaks, and vegetarian entrees) with stunning views of the San Juan Islands.
2. Italia Trattoria, 144 S Cannon St., Spokane
At this charming little Browne's Addition eatery, the pasta is made in-house, the fish and produce are mostly local and always sustainable, the desserts are amazing, and even the brunch menu is stellar. Go early or make a reservation if you want to be seated quickly -- this place is popular for a reason.
3. Aerlume, 2003 Western Ave., Seattle
Between the sweeping views of the Puget Sound and the Northwest-sourced ingredients used in the creative cuisine, it's no wonder this new restaurant is already a local favorite.The menu rotates seasonally and always includes plenty of seafood, steaks, and pasta.
4. Dillingers Cocktails and Kitchen, 404 Washington St SE., Olympia
Dillingers definitely nails the speakeasy vibe, with plenty of dark and romantic nooks and crannies. The dinner menu is fairly small, but everything on it (ribeye or risotto, anyone?) is delicious.
5. Tides Tavern, 2925 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor
If you've ever lived near Gig Harbor, you've probably spent some time at this iconic spot. Tides Tavern has been a favorite for locals over the age of 21 for decades, and the food is still as tasty as ever. If it's been awhile since you've been, make 2019 the year you revisit.
6. EZ Tiger, 222 E. Chestnut Ave., Yakima
E.Z. Tiger opened in Yakima last year, and its authentic dim sum instantly won over everyone who tried it. The eatery is dedicated to celebrating the flavors of the Pacific Rim, and it's safe to say they're killin' it.
7. Breakfast at Valerie's, 516 Southeast Chkalov Drive #1, Vancouver
If you don't subscribe to the theory that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, this place will make a believer out of you. The huge portions and low prices are just an added bonus.
8. Chico’s Pizza Parlor, 530 W Valley Rd., Moses Lake
The world (or at least, all of Eastern Washington) rejoiced when Chico's reopened its doors after a fire forced it to close. Luckily, the pizza is as amazing as ever, so go show the business some love this year.
9. Nourish, 101 Provence View Ln., Sequim
Nourish is located on a historic 1880s pioneer farm, which is pretty fantastic in itself. And considering most of the ingredients are grown onsite, it's safe to say the food here is fresh. This restaurant is definitely appropriately named.
10. The Vine, Cameo Heights Mansion, 1072 Oasis Rd.,
The Cameo Heights Mansion is a sprawling paradise located just outside Walla Walla. But you don't have to be an overnight guest to enjoy dinner at The Vine, the onsite fine dining restaurant. From Tuesday-Saturday, you can enjoy a seven course prix-fixe dinner for $69 prepared by Chef Nathan Carlson. It's well worth making the drive from Walla Walla (or anywhere, really) to experience.
11. RockCreek Seafood & Spirits, 4300 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle
Rock Creek Seafood & Spirits gets its unique look from the tables made from bark-beetle pine and repurposed farm equipment. In a city full of great seafood spots, this one stands out.
12. Inland Pacific Kitchen, 304 W Pacific Ave. Suite 160, Spokane
This unique restaurant was created by Chef Jeremy Hansen, who offers themed tasting menus in addition to an ala carte menu. If you enjoy savoring your food slowly, you'll love this place.
Washington is a great state for foodies to call home. But sometimes there’s nothing like a meal at a classic
mom and pop restaurant.