What To Eat in Washington
Outstanding coffee is a given in Seattle, as is good breakfast to go with it – from donuts to kaleidoscopic versions of eggs Benedict. It’s a city rich in fresh Pacific Northwest seafood, served plain and fancy. Over the mountains to the west, rural Washington is a vista of remarkable bakeries (maple bars!), local apples sold in fruit stands, and downhome diners where portions are immense and country-style hospitality reigns.
Washington is a great donut state, but its finest fried morning pastry is longitudinal rather than round. We refer to the maple bar, a specialty of nearly every donut shop. Generally, it is a simple, lightweight, quick-fried bar topped with a lather of maple frosting that creates a taste as big as the outdoors. Popular add-ons include bacon in strips or crumbles, nuts, and even chocolate.
Honestly, we're not big latte fans, preferring our coffee straight. But we must admit that latte art has us hooked. In Seattle, it really is some kind of art, or at least a very exacting craft, creating such complex and pretty foam designs atop the beverage that one feels somewhat brutal lifting it to lips and disturbing the image.
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Oversize hamburgers, thick shakes, and French fries lead the menu at Yakima, Washington's popular Miner's Drive-In.
Pub fare with an innovative beer-infused twist makes the Pub Iron Horse Brewery a favorite stop in Ellensburg, Washington.
Crust that is crisp & chewy as well as creative topping combinations set Cornerstone Pie apart from average pizza places.
Immense Philly cheese steaks, subs and hoagies, priced right, are Tat's glory. It's a casual Seattle restaurant with the hustle and sass of an East Coast deli.
Portage Bay Cafe's groceries are organic, local, sustainable. Vegan options abound. Fresh fruit is the market's best. Meals are delicious.
Cake donuts and maple bars are at their best in this long-standing town bakery, which also is known for its cookies and bread. Good coffee, too.
At MSM, the “magical sandwich makers” of Tacoma know how to sling a sub, from mozzarella-topped meatball to a classic Reuben.
Salty service, fresh mussels, and small town spirit have made Toby’s Tavern a Penn Cove mainstay. Don’t forget the cookies on your way out.
Nashville-style hot fried chicken rules at Seattle's Sisters and Brothers, where spice levels go all the way to "insane." Good sandwiches & side dishes, too.