The Most Delicious Washington Road Trip Takes You To 4 Hole-In-The-Wall BBQ Restaurants
If you’ve ever heard that Washington doesn’t have any good BBQ restaurants, we have excellent news: you heard wrong. From Spokane to Seattle (and pretty much everywhere in between), you can find tasty options for ribs, brisket, and other southern delicacies. And while we could never list every single tasty BBQ option in the state on a road trip map, these four hole-in-the-wall BBQ restaurants in Washington will give you an idea of how good we have it here.
Considering how delightfully heavy a good Southern meal can be, you might be wondering how a BBQ road trip would work. It could mean splitting one menu item at each spot with your trusted travel companion, or it could mean breaking up the trip over a couple of days so you’ll have room to enjoy it. Or, go crazy and try all four on the same day – we won’t judge. Just make sure you enjoy every delicious moment, and grab plenty of napkins.
While not a complete list of every delicious BBQ restaurant in Washington, these local gems know how to dish up some serious eats!
Fortunately, we think some flavorful ‘cue is an all-seasons sort of cuisine – hearty and comforting in winter, and yet full of summer vibes. Which means there’s no wrong season to take this tasty BBQ road trip! What’s your favorite, go-to restaurant in Washington for some epic BBQ? Are there any must-visit stops along this route that we should check out?
Looking for even more fun foodie road trips through Washington? Check out the Evergreen State’s very own taco trail.
Washington BBQ & Related Info
What is the oldest restaurant in Washington?
While Washington state is home to a number of long-standing restaurants, the Horseshoe Café is considered to be the oldest restaurant in the state. Some other historic, locally-loved restaurants include:
- Beth’s Café, Seattle
- Ferguson’s Fountain Café, Spokane
- Historic Mint Restaurant & Alehouse, Enumclaw
- McMenamins Spar Café, Olympia
- Monterosso’s Italian Restaurant, Richland
- Shelburne Inn, Restaurant & Pub, Seaview
- Vintage Café, Everett
- Virginia Inn, Seattle
- Whitehouse-Crawford, Walla Walla
- Windmill Restaurant, Wenatchee
What are the most famous restaurants in Washington?
Washington’s dining scene is world-renowned, due in part to the state’s proximity to a wide variety of fresh ingredients. However, many of Washington’s most unique (and famous) restaurants have shot to fame due to television appearances, celebrity visits, and their unique, award-winning recipes. Here are some of Washington’s most iconic restaurants:
- 2120, Seattle
- Beecher’s Handmade Mac & Cheese, Varies
- Bizzaro Italian Cafe, Seattle
- Canlis, Seattle
- The Crab Pot, Seattle/Bellevue
- Elliot’s Oyster House, Seattle
- Matia Kitchen & Bar, Eastsound
- Red Mill Burgers, Seattle
- Off Alley, Seattle
- Pike Place Chowder, Seattle
- The Pink Door, Seattle
- Piroshky Piroshky, Seattle
- Red Mill Burgers, Seattle
- Sky City at the Space Needle, Seattle
- Slim’s Last Chance, Seattle
- Southern Kitchen, Tacoma
- Top Pot Doughnuts, Seattle