Leavenworth is a unique little village, once a logging town, in the state of Washington. When the logging industry went bust the town centre was redesigned to resemble a Bavarian village in order to stimulate the economy through tourism. While German cuisine is well represented, foodies will also find everything from new American to Italian food. Here we explore 10 of the best restaurants Leavenworth has to offer.
Pavz Café Bistro is a dining establishment serving an eclectic array of cuisine inspired by the flavours of the Pacific Northwest. With fresh seafood, steak, pasta, sweet and savoury crêpes, and seasonal fare, this cosy venue does have it all. Meals to note include the roasted half-chicken with demi-glace, rice pilaf or roasted potatoes and fresh seasonal vegetables and the roasted vegetable crêpe filled with various veggies, basil ricotta, and goat cheese topped with a white sauce and pesto. For those with a sweet tooth, be sure to try one of their dessert crêpes. The apple strudel crêpe, which is oven roasted and served with vanilla ice cream and toasted walnuts, is one tasty option.
Restaurant, Italian, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Vegan, Fast Food, $$$
A classy dining establishment, Visconti’s features creative Italian cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients when available. With lunch and dinner menus that feature many salads, panini, pasta, pizza, seafood, and meat options, diners have many choices to sate their hunger. Some highlights from the menu include the lemon crab linguini and the wood-fired salami pizza made with in-house cured salumi, fresh tomato sauce, and mozzarella. They also offer gluten-free pasta, rich desserts, and an award-winning wine list that includes hundreds of local, regional, and international selections. If the weather is nice, ask to dine alfresco on the third-floor balcony for incredible views of Leavenworth and the Cascades Mountains.
For those diners who are looking for something a little lighter, there is Good Mood Food. This restaurant focuses on healthy fare made from locally sourced, natural, and organic ingredients and offers breakfast and lunch menus that change daily based on the freshest items available. Guests will always find breakfast specials, such as Belgian waffles with fresh fruit, pitas and wraps filled with succulent meats, fish, or falafel, quiches, pastries, fresh juices, and a variety of hot beverages. With vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices, this is a restaurant where everyone will be able to satisfy their palate.
Mountain Home Lodge is a beautiful resort tucked away in the Cascade Mountains. Dinner is served Saturday nights and reservations are mandatory as it is a small intimate dining room. Using locally sourced ingredients in their contemporary cuisine, including produce from the resort’s organic garden and orchards, menus change each week and can be customised to guests’ dietary needs. The orange and thyme-brined roasted game hen with wild rice pilaf and bundles of green beans and vanilla carrots is one exquisite highlight from a previous menu. Along with homemade bread and tantalising desserts, such as sweet summer peaches and cream angel food cake with freshly whipped cream, plus an excellent list of wines, diners can also expect exceptional service and breath-taking views of the Cascades at this gem.
Opened in 2012 by the Forchemer-Zucktriegel family, Fresh Burger Café is a cheerful diner located in a renovated century-old house that serves up mouth-watering burgers, sandwiches, and salads packed with international flavours. Diners can build their own burger, which includes a choice of all natural, hormone-free beef and American Kobe, gourmet veggie patty, buttermilk fried chicken breast, or wild Alaskan cod fillet, plus myriad toppings, or they can choose a signature Kobe burger. One juicy burger highlight is the mon ami burger, which is a Kobe patty topped with Gruyere cheese, caramelised onions, sautéed mushrooms and roasted garlic aioli. With several sides, such as fries and onion rings with delicious dipping sauces, tempting desserts, including thick milkshakes, and plenty of beverages, the entire family will take delight in this tasty establishment.
With an exterior that resembles a gingerbread house and sweet aromas wafting in the air, visitors will know they have entered The Gingerbread Factory. A staple in Leavenworth since 1989, this charming restaurant and bakery serves breakfast and lunch in addition to their tantalising baked goods. Highlights from the breakfast and lunch menus include a veggie quiche with cheese and fresh vegetables and the ‘Keller’ wrap, which consists of ham, cheddar and Swiss cheese, grilled onions, and Andreas Keller mustard wrapped in a tortilla. Large soft cookies, scones, and cinnamon rolls are just a few of their bakery selections, which are baked throughout the day to ensure freshness. Respecting the dietary needs of their patrons, they also offer gluten-free options.
Opened in 1989 by David Forchemer, Andreas Keller Restaurant is a friendly Bavarian-styled establishment with live music nightly and features authentic German cuisine. Staying within the family, it is now owned-and-operated by his daughter, Heidi. Many of the mouth-watering recipes come from Germany, and they are made with the highest quality of ingredients available. Some choice dishes to note include the Bavarian-style pretzel, kasespatzle, which is delicious homemade egg noodles with Emmental cheese and green onions and the favourite jaegerschnitzel schweizer art, a grilled pork cutlet topped with Swiss cheese and mushroom sauce. Leave some room for a piece of schwartzwalderkirschtorte, better known as black forest cherry chocolate cake, you will not be disappointed.
South is a delicious restaurant and bar serving modern Latin cuisine and creative Latin-inspired drinks in a lively atmosphere that includes live music on Friday nights. Featuring South American, Mexican, Cuban, and Caribbean flavours, South uses only the finest ingredients, including hormone and antibiotic free meat plus GMO-free corn tortillas. Diners have an extensive selection to choose from, including the most popular dish, carnitas, and the cubano burrito, which is a flour tortilla stuffed with holiday rice, fried banana, grilled onion, salsa, avocado sauce, and lettuce. The lunch and dinner menus also feature several vegetarian and vegan options plus five different salsas and homemade chips.
Restaurant, European, Fast Food, German, Gluten-free, Beer
München Haus, Leavenworth | Courtesy of München Haus
München Haus opened in 2000 as a little establishment selling fresh Kettle Korn on Saturdays. Fast-forward to 2014 and it’s a fun and relaxing place where people frequent to get a ‘taste of Germany‘ in the Pacific Northwest. With an outdoor courtyard and beer garden beautifully decorated with flowers, people can gather to feast on premium all natural sausages, from pork to veggie, apple-cider kraut, plus numerous selections of mustard. Beer lovers can sample a number of award-winning craft beers from the local Icicle Brewery Company plus German beers at the beer garden. With live music three days a week throughout the summer and a laid-back atmosphere, it’s a restaurant the entire family, including the four-legged members, will enjoy.
Blackbird Bistro is a modern coffee shop in the heart of Leavenworth. A warm-toned cosy atmosphere, which features an open dining space with exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, and tasty American fare that entices customers again and again. Interested in the sustainable movement, this café’s founders proudly use ingredients from local sources, including Caffe Umbria coffee from Seattle. Highlights from the menu include made-from-scratch biscuits and gravy and a zesty pulled pork barbecue sandwich, they also have gluten-free options and a soup and salad bar. With big picture windows and outdoor seating, diners will have stunning views of the tree covered mountains and Blackbird Island all the while savouring their meals.