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
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
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