Washington September 03, 2016
12 Neighborhood Restaurants In Washington With Food So Good You’ll Be Back For Seconds
Some restaurants are for special occasions only, requiring getting dressed up and making reservations weeks in advance… and then there are those neighborhood gems you can walk into on any given day and (usually) be seated within a few minutes. They might not have the attention of the food critics or the budget for promotion, but for those who live nearby, they’re the best. Washington has hundreds of those places, and these 12 happen to have food so delicious you’ll want to go back for more.
1. Picabu Neighborhood Bistro, Spokane
Spokane's South Hill neighborhood is home to this little gem, which has a relaxing ambiance and absolutely delicious food.
2. The Terrace Grille, Chewelah
Watch out, Spokane... many people who have eaten at the Terrace Grille claim it has the best food in Eastern Washington. And somehow the food tastes even better when it's enjoyed on the terrace.
3. McKay’s Taphouse & Pizzeria, Bellingham
There are many neighborhood gems in Bellingham, but McKay's is known for its laid back atmosphere and its amazing pizza and beer selection.
4. Mama Vallone’s Steakhouse, Cle Elum
Mama Vallone’s has been in Cle Elum since 1986. Locals love the steak and classic Italian dishes, and its tasty food and charming ambiance often attracts travelers passing through town.
5. Little Jerry’s, Tacoma
Located in Tacoma's Fern Hill neighborhood, Little Jerry's is a place where locals gather to enjoy classic American food and watch Seinfeld reruns on TV.
6. La Rustica, West Seattle
You'll find the family-owned La Rustica on Beach Drive in West Seattle. While it's always a popular place (both its food and its views are incredible), it's nestled on a quiet street away from the business of Alki Beach.
7. La Petite Maison, Olympia
This is definitely a special occasion spot where reservations are recommended… but it has all the other qualities of a neighborhood favorite, earning it a spot on this list. It’s located inside a small home that was built in 1903, it’s a hidden gem, and its small staff is warm and friendly. The authentic French cuisine is out of this world.
8. Cugini Import Italian Market, Walla Walla
Inside this little Italian grocery store is a deli with some of the best casual Italian food you'll ever have. Try a panini... you'll be instantly addicted.
9. Carmine’s Italian Restaurant, Kennewick
Carmine's is family-owned, and the recipes used in the scrumptious Italian food are authentic family creations.
10. Chico’s Pizza, Moses Lake
Out-of-towners may not understand the appeal of Chico's... it doesn't look like much from the outside. But this old school pizza joint has been a local favorite for years, and its pizza speaks for itself.
11. Bottlehouse, Seattle
A neighborhood haunt in the city? You bet. Bottlehouse is a spot for wine and small bites located in the Madrona neighborhood, and those who live near it tend to love it.
12. DuckTales Kitchen, Vancouver
Whether you come for the filling breakfasts or the mighty DuckTales Burger, you won't leave this locally loved restaurant hungry.
When it comes to the best Washington restaurants, looks can be deceiving.
Here are some spots that don’t look like much from the inside but happen to serve amazing food.