Typically you’ll find that “Mom & Pop” restaurants produce some of the freshest dishes around, but a lot of the best spots are hidden in towns that aren’t as well known. If you’re hungry for an authentic dining experience here in Washington, you’ll definitely want to make a stop in any of these 15 smaller areas throughout our state:
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This welcoming German town of nearly 2,000 offers some of the tastiest food you'll ever try! You'll definitely want to check out Munchen Haas, The Fresh Burger Cafe, Idlewild Pizza, and/or Andreas Keller Restaurant for a mouthwatering experience while you're in the area.
In the northwestern corner of our state by the Canadian border you'll discover Blaine, home to about 5,000 people who are all lucky enough to regularly enjoy some of the local restaurants like the Little Red Caboose Cafe, Paso Del Norte, and Jack Niemann's Steak House, in addition to others.
This town in Sammamish Valley with barely over 11,000 residents should never disappoint at mealtime, because it's packed with restaurants featuring foods from all around the world such as Clay Oven, Matsu Teriyaki, multiple excellent Pho options and more!
About 7,200+ people are familiar with the neighborhood deliciousness around here, for instance: Mackinaw's, The Shire, Plaza Jalisco, South Pacific Bistro, Once Upon A Thyme...the list goes on...
5. Port Angeles
Although the population is under 20,000, you can gobble on some amazing meals here from places like Cafe Garden, Fresh Wok, Tendy's Garden, and Fiesta Jalisco Mexican, to name a few.
Between Zentropa Pizza, Corona Village, Monterey Pub & Grub, Rokko's Teriyaki & BBQ and more, you'll never run out of appetizing options in this small town of just over 11,000.
Junction Diner, Paella Bar, Tizley's EuroPub and Pho T&N are only a few of the many places you'll be tempted to check out in this town of about 9,700+ residents.
About 8,500 people comfortably live here by Aberdeen and regularly enjoy the restaurants around town like Al's Hum-Dinger, Casa Mia, 8th Street Ale House, El Jalapeno, Sasquatch Pizza and more!
At a population of about 9,500, this small town by Tacoma offers various delectable eateries to pick from, like Louie G's Pizza, Sapporo & Sushi, Poodle Dog, Joe's Deli, Right Spot In Fife, Pick Quick Drive-In, and Ichiban Teriyaki, in addition to others.
Mosquito Fleet Chili, Christopher's, Oystercatcher and Knead & Feed Restaurant are a must visit during your trip to this town of about 1,800 on Whidbey Island!
About 4,600 folks call this town in Eastern Washington home. You can taste some unbelievable food from places like Maverick's, Tony's Italian Eatery, Ronnie D's Drive In, Lovitt Restaurant & more!
With under 10,000 residents, Shelton has a surprisingly wide variety of options including The Strip Steak House, Kobe Teriyaki, Blondie's, Roosters Restaurant, El Sarape 3, Nita's, and plenty of others!
This town between Yakima & the tri-cities with a population barely over 16,000 provides a variety of places to feast at, like the Green Olive Cafe, El Conquistador, Burger Ranch, Bob's Drive-In Burgers, Sakura Teriyaki & Sushi, Bon Vino's Bistro & Bakery, etc.
After you try one of the restaurants in this small town of about 4,000+ such as Bootleggers Bar & Grill, J's Wok & Teriyaki, Wally's White River Drive In or Westside Pizza, you'll be craving more!
In north-central Washington you'll locate this town of only 2,500+ Washingtonians. A few of their highly reviewed spots include Koala Street Grill, Breadline Cafe, Tequila Mexican Restaurant, Livestock Cafe, & Rancho Chico, though there are countless others you'll be glad you tried!