Washington has so many remarkable restaurants to choose from. Between places with jaw-dropping views to classic burger joints, we have all kinds of spots that could make up the ultimate Northwest dining list. Here are 13 of the many restaurants in our state where you’ve got to experience a meal at least once in your lifetime:
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1. Summit House, Crystal Mountain Resort
There aren't many other restaurants in our state with such mesmerizing views as this place at Crystal Mountain Resort. Perched at 6,872 feet high, it can be reached by hopping on the Mt. Rainier Gondola. On their menu, you'll find seafood, sandwiches, burgers, hot specialty drinks and more. Be sure to grab a spot out on the patio and enjoy the breathtaking outlook of Mount Rainier and the Cascades.
2. Matt's in the Market, Seattle
There's great food everywhere in Pike Place Market, but this spot offers a dining experience that's truly unbeatable. Besides the striking view of the famous market clock and Elliott Bay, they also have fresh seafood and seasonal specials. One of their must-try options include this Pan-fried Cornmeal Crusted Catfish Sandwich, served on artisan potato bread.
3. Maple Counter Cafe, Walla Walla
Breakfast is by far the most important meal of the day. Thankfully, this cafe in the heart of downtown serves it til they close. They also offer wine, beer and cocktails, as well as handcrafted lunches. One of these mornings, stop by and get a taste of their fluffy Stawberry Granola Pancakes or a French-baked omelette.
4. Roslyn Cafe, Roslyn
You may recognize this small town cafe as their mural was featured in the '90s show Northern Exposure. But inside they also have a wide variety of breakfasts and burgers to check out, including the Smoke Stack - made with 1/3 pound burger topped with Tillamook cheese, coleslaw and smoked pulled pork.
5. Atomic Ale Brewpub & Eatery, Richland
Between the wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches and handcrafted ales, your taste buds might explode at this atomic-themed brewpub in the Tri-Cities. If you like toppings with a kick, try their Atomic Red - topped with red sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage, bell pepper, onion and jalapeno.
6. Frisko Freeze, Tacoma
This classic joint has been serving some of the best burgers in downtown Tacoma for years. The retro spot offers a drive-thru and walk-up window where you can pick up their legendary cheeseburgers, fries, onion rings and milkshakes.
7. Alderwood Bistro, Sequim
This bistro downtown is busy often, and for good reason. They make some of the most fantastic wood-fired American food on the Olympic Peninsula and even have an exquisite garden area outside where you can enjoy it in.
8. Mary Lou's Milk Bottle, Spokane
You won't find many other places quite like this spot shaped like a giant milk bottle. The Spokane restaurant serves deluxe burgers with quarter pound patties, as well as sandwiches, milkshakes and classic ice cream flavors.
9. Fifth Avenue Sandwich Shop, Olympia
This popular shop in our state's capital has definitely perfected the art of the sandwich. You can also find soups & salads at their cafe on 5th Avenue downtown, as well as pies, cookies and plenty of other baked goods.
10. Red Mill Burgers, Seattle
From Dick's Drive-In to Uneeda Burger, we have countless places to grab a great burger in Seattle. This top-rated joint is also worthy of adding to your bucket list - serving all the classic options (including a popular vegetarian burger), as well as shakes, fries and huge onion rings.
11. Ocean Crest Resort, Moclips
What could possibly be more relaxing than dining at a place overlooking the Pacific Ocean? Set on a secluded forest bluff by the water, this restaurant can be found in a cozy resort just miles from Pacific Beach State Park. They offer wonderful breakfast, lunch and dinner meals as well as an extensive wine list.
12. Train Wreck Bar & Grill, Burlington
This tavern in downtown Burlington features a unique train theme and lies next to a railroad track. Inside, they serve food that's raved about including breakfast, burgers, sandwiches and fabulous cocktails. Being next to the track, you may even catch a train passing by during your meal.
13. Munchen Haus, Leavenworth
The Bavarian sausages, fresh pretzels with cheese, and local brews from Icicle Brewing Company make stopping by this place in Leavenworth a must. If you'd like, you can load up their fire-grilled dogs with dozens of toppings and condiments, including several types of mustard and their famous apple-cider kraut.
Have you been to any of these restaurants before? What other places in Washington are on your bucket list? Share your favorite spots with us below.