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. Top of Tacoma Bar & Cafe, 3529 McKinley Ave.
This casual bar and eatery is an old school favorite in Tacoma. It's often crowded and a little loud, but the food is amazing and goes way beyond standard bar fare.
2. Dick’s Drive-In, multiple locations
Often called the In-N-Out of Washington, Dick's has been serving the people of Western Washington tasty burgers, fries and shakes since the 1950s.
3. The Satellite Diner, 425 W Sprague Ave., Spokane
As one of Spokane's only options for sit down late night dining, The Satellite was destined for greatness. But the appeal of this place goes far beyond the breakfast you can enjoy at 2AM... the food is excellent, and the ambiance is laid back and welcoming.
4. The Local 360, 2234 1st Ave., Seattle
Seattle has really embraced the locavore movement, but this restaurant takes it to a whole new level - they only serve food here that is grown or produced within 360 miles of the city. Luckily, that covers just about everything, because you'll find a great variety of menu items here.
5. Taqueria El Sazon, 2226 W Court St., Pasco
Our options for Mexican food in Washington range from Tex-Mex to Americanized Mexican food. But if you want a taste of the real deal, just head to this delicious taqueria in Pasco.
6. The Windmill Restaurant, 1501 N Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee
As one of Washington's oldest restaurants, this steakhouse comes with a lot of local history... but aside from all that, the food here is just plain good.
7. Oxford Saloon, 913 1st St., Snohomish
This beloved place has it all: Great food, live music, an impressive local history, and even a few ghosts from tenants past.
8. Little Uncle, 1523 E Madison St.Ste 101, Seattle
Washington is a cultural melting pot, especially Seattle. In a city filled with delicious Thai food, many locals who have traveled to Thailand swear that this family-owned spot is authentic as it gets.
9. Miner’s Drive In, 2415 S 1st St., Yakima
Open since 1948, this spot was a favorite stop for busses full of Central and Eastern Washington youth on their way home from sporting events. And while some Yakima residents will swear there are better burgers elsewhere, you won't find a more recognized burger joint in town.
10. Old School Pizzeria, 108 Franklin St NE, Olympia
Not only is this quirky pizzeria delightfully charming and unique, but the pizza is delicious.
11. Clinkerdagger, 621 W Mallon Ave
Ste 404, Spokane
The Spokane food scene has really been expanding, and locals and tourists now have a plethora of new and exciting options to choose from. That being said, Clinkerdagger remains a classic place to go for a great meal in a beautiful setting.
12. Ocean Grill, 845 Ocean Shores Blvd. NW,
We've got some incredible restaurants on our coast, but this dimly lit, exceptional steak and seafood joint is definitely among the best of them.
13. Ivar's Restaurants, multiple locations
Ivar's was founded in 1938 by Seattle folk singer Ivar Haglund. He also built Seattle's first aquarium on what is now Pier 54, and he decided to build a place for fish and chips for the visitors. Many years later, Ivar's is now a recognized name in Western Washington, and their famous chowder is sold statewide in stores and seafood bars.
14. Tacos Mi Casa, Moses Lake (two locations)
For authentic street tacos, oversized burritos and other Mexican classics, stop by one of this family owned establishment's two locations in Moses Lake.
15. Ba Bar, 550 12th Ave., Seattle
We have so many amazing options for pho in Washington, it would be impossible to try them all in a lifetime. Seattle alone has dozens and dozens of great choices, but Ba Bar's pho is the most talked about in the city. They have plenty of other tasty entrees on the menu for those craving something more substantial than soup.