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The 10 Best Restaurants In Mount Vernon, Washington

The 10 Best Restaurants In Mount Vernon, Washington
Located in Skagit County, Mount Vernon is a charming small city known for its historic downtown, which hosts the famous annual Tulip Festival Street Fair. The area also features many restaurants offering delectable fare, produced using the region’s best ingredients. Here we’ve put together a list of the 10 best dining establishments found throughout Mount Vernon, Washington.
Tulips in Mount Vernon © Wendy Cutler/Flickr

Calico Cupboard Café & Bakery

Bakery, Cafe, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
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Established in 1981, with Mount Vernon getting its own cafe in 1996, Calico Cupboard Café & Bakery is a beloved establishment serving a host of baked goods and comfort cuisine seven days a week. Procuring the freshest, all-natural ingredients, Calico’s team makes everything from scratch, ensuring top quality products that will delight anyone. The breakfast and lunch menus offer a great selection of dishes from omelets to pancakes and sandwiches, and have vegetarian and gluten free options as well. As for tempting baked goods, guests will find a variety of breads, pies, cakes, cookies and croissants, all of which can be enjoyed in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
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Calle Tacos & Tequila

Restaurant, Mexican
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Founded in 2011, Calle Tacos and Tequila is a vibrant neighborhood favorite specializing in authentic Mexican. Offering a variety of appetizers along with entrées, this restaurant’s specialty is tacos, which come in many mouthwatering and bold flavors. The caramel asada tacos and the chorizada with chorizo, steak, and pineapple are just a few of the tasty options you can sink your teeth into. Specialty varieties are also available, such as the fish tacos made with Alaskan cod and paired with beans, rice, poblano crema sauce, and grilled mango pico de gallo. Over 60 varieties of tequila are also available.
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COA Mexican Eatery

Restaurant, Mexican, Vegetarian, $$$
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A charming establishment, COA Mexican Eatery is another friendly, neighborhood restaurant featuring Mexican cuisine. Open daily, the restaurant’s colorful interior is a great place to sample meat, vegetarian, and gluten-free dishes exploding with flavors. Delectable options include pollo en mole, the bacon prawns, and the burrito stuffed with grilled veggies and accompanied by beans, rice, grilled mango pico de gallo, pimento crema, and mole sauce. Tempting beverages, including the seasonal fruit margarita, are on offer as well.
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Empire Ale House

Located in Old Town, Empire Ale House draws customers with its great craft beer selection, tasty fare, and laid-back atmosphere. Within a great interior space, complete with exposed brick and wooden accents, guests can sample one of 19 rotating taps alongside delicious dishes. Start out with some coconut shrimp with sweet Thai chile on a bed of greens, followed by the eponymous Empire burger topped with stout onions, mushrooms, and cheddar or the garden vegetable penne pasta with pesto for a satisfying meal. There are also daily specials along with a daily happy hour that takes place from 3 t0 6 p.m.

Empire Ale House, 314 W. Gates St., Mount Vernon, WA, USA, +1 360 336 9944

Garden Café

Nestled inside a greenhouse on the grounds of Skagit Valley Gardens, the Garden Café is a charming venue serving traditional American lunches. Established in 1998, this cafe features a lovely rustic space in which to enjoy a great assortment of sandwiches, soups, and salads, plus daily specials. Enticing options include the BLTO, or bacon, lettuce, tomato, and onion sandwich with mayo on toasted deli bread, the sweet potato sandwich, and the honey barbecue meatloaf sandwich with melted cheeses. Open Tuesday through Sunday, the restaurant also offers formal tea — reservations must be made 24 hours in advance.

Garden Café, 18923 Peter Johnson Rd., Mount Vernon, WA, USA, +1 360 848 9189

Il Granaio

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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South First Street in Mount Vernon
South First Street in Mount Vernon | © Joe Mabel/WikiCommons
Owned by Chef Alberto Candivi, a native of Italy, Il Granaio offers authentic Italian cuisine within a welcoming environment. Tucked inside the Old Town Grainery Building, the restaurant is a great place to celebrate any occasion, from a night out with family and friends to a more intimate gathering. Procuring the freshest ingredients available, the culinary team creates a host of delicious fare for everyone from seafood lovers to vegetarians. Highlights include the fettuccine del granaio, which combines house-made fettuccine with chicken, broccoli, and mushrooms in a creamy white wine sauce, and the agnello in agrodolce, or lamb braised in balsamic vinaigrette. Tantalizing desserts as well as an array of alcoholic beverages are also found on the menu.
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South First Street in Mount Vernon © Joe Mabel/WikiCommons

Pacioni's

Pizzeria, Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Located in the historic downtown area, Pacioni’s is another Italian locale offering a variety of dishes, including award-winning pizza – it was voted the best pizzeria in Skagit Valley. The vegetariano, topped with roasted red bell peppers, sweet onions, toasted walnuts, and rosemary – and the lemon chicken, with olive oil, chicken, garlic, spinach, lemon, and mozzarella, are two must-try pizzas.
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Rachawadee Thai Cuisine

Cafe, Restaurant, Thai, $$$
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Another restaurant located in Old Town Mount Vernon, Rachawadee Thai Cuisine is a friendly establishment serving authentic Thai fare. Using the freshest ingredients available, the chef creates a host of appetizing choices, including the popular spring rolls with a special house-made plum sauce, the panang curry with coconut milk, bell peppers, and lime leaves, and the Rachawadee delight – lightly fried tofu paired with mixed veggies and sweet basil.
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Rexville Grocery

Cafe, Deli, Grocery Store, American, Swedish
Nestled inside a renovated, historic country store, Rexville Grocery is more than just a grocery store. An establishment brimming with charm, the store also features a cafe that serves delicious breakfasts and brunch on weekends along with a deli that offers a great selection of tasty items perfect for a picnic. For weekend breakfast, try the local favorite, Swedish pancakes, which are thin pancakes rolled with local lingonberries and whipped cream. Enticing options from the deli include the Rex special sandwich with turkey, local cranberry preserves, mayo, tomato, and lettuce, and the meatloaf sandwich with melted cheese.
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Umi Teriyaki

Umi Teriyaki specializes in Japanese cuisine. Highlights of the menu here include the beef or tofu teriyaki served with rice and salad or vegetables, the bento box, which includes chicken teriyaki along with rice, salad, a California roll, and gyoza or an eggroll, and the chicken curry bowl with potatoes, onions, carrots, and peas.

Umi Teriyaki, 2323 E. Section St., Mount Vernon, WA, USA, +1 360 848 8470