Washington July 13, 2017
11 Washington Restaurants You’ve Never Heard Of But Need To Experience
Part of the fun of exploring our great state includes dining at the hidden local gems most people don’t know about. If you live in the cities and towns on this list, you’ve probably heard of these places… but if you don’t, make sure you pay them a visit the next time you’re in town. You won’t be disappointed.
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. Walla Walla Bread Company, 201 E Main St.
If you're strolling through downtown Walla Walla and you see this place, you might assume it's simply a bakery. And while their freshly baked goods are to die for, they also have a full-service restaurant with sandwiches, salads, creative entrees and some of the best wood-fired pizza you'll ever have.
2. Terry’s Breakfast & Lunch, 7815 E Trent Ave., Spokane Valley
For decades, Terry’s has quietly been serving some of the tastiest and heartiest breakfasts (and lunches) in the Spokane area. This diner is a beloved staple for locals, but it often gets missed by tourists looking for a great morning meal.
3. Citron European Bistro, 10716 A St., Tacoma
Those who have discovered this neighborhood gem continually sing its praises. They serve classic German and French fare, including crepes that melt in your mouth.
4. El Kiosko, 526 S 2nd St., Renton
The next time you're craving tasty tacos, just head to Renton and find El Kiosko. This tiny taco shop is an underrated treasure.
5. Mediterranean Specialties, 505 32nd St.
Ste 109, Bellingham
You can shop for specialty foods and hard-to-find spices while you wait for your Gyro or Shawarma to be prepared at Mediterranean Specialties, a great little hidden gem in Bellingham.
6. Mkt., 2108 N 55th St., Seattle
Seattle is full of neighborhood gems that fly under the radar, and Mkt., located in Wallingford, is one of them. This tiny 28-seat eatery serves the most scrumptious Northwest cuisine.
7. Backwoods Cafe, 913 S. 1st St., Yakima
Yakima's Backwoods Cafe may be on First Street, but it's slightly off the road and sometimes stays hidden. Their hearty breakfasts are addictive, especially the cereal-coated French toast.
8. Christine's Restaurant, 2626 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver
Christine's is located in a converted house, and it has certainly maintained a comforting, down-home charm. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast and lunch.
9. Thongbai Thai Restaurant, 104 N. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee
In the midst of all the authentic Mexican food and gastropubs you'll find in Wenatchee, Thongbai Thai Restaurant serves some surprisingly delicious Thai food. The friendly service and affordable prices keep locals coming back for more.
10. La Fama, 1501 W. Sylvester St., Pasco
Pasco is packed with authentic Mexican joints, so it's easy to miss La Fama. Not only is the food at this unassuming little place reasonably priced, it's absolutely delicious.
11. Hotstone Authentic Korean Cuisine, 119 5th Ave. SW, Olympia
This place is the definition of a hidden gem. Not many people outside of Olympia (or even in Olympia!) know it exists, but the mouthwatering Korean food here is outstanding.
It’s always fun to try new restaurants, especially our local family-owned spots. These
neighborhood restaurants in Washington always serve delicious food.