Restaurants in Cle Elum, WA

Cle Elum is a dot on the map just off I-90 in the Stampede Pass of the Cascades. Population 2000, it has one main street and no paved crossroads. Travelers have marked it as a place to get off the highway to go camping or have some very good things to eat. Foremost among its culinary attractions is the Cle Elum Bakery, where the oven never goes cold. Fresh loaves of bread are wonderful, as are creamy cake donuts, What stars is the maple bar, a fluffy pastry with an abundance of smooth, creamy maple icing. You can sit and have coffee an’ at the bakery, but for a seriously large meal the place to go is Sunset Cafe & Loose Wolf Saloon. Ambience is Pacific Northwest to the max, including bearskins on the wall and woodland-scene upholstery. Three meals a day are served, ranging from maple pecan rolls in the morning to velvety prime rib for dinner. The breakfast dish to note is called the Elk Hunter, an eggs Benedict variation that combines corned beef hash, eggs, and hollandaise sauce.

Cle Elum’s Most Famous Dishes

Bakery-fresh loaf of Italian bread, resting on the bag it was sold in

Bread & Rolls

Styrofoam bowl holds dark purpble blackberries and chunks of pastry crust.


Two mugs of coffee, each with a tiny glass pitcher of chilled milk to add


Rough-hewn corned beef hash contains big hunks of potato

Corned Beef Hash

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