One of the three cities that make up the Tri-Cities area in southeastern Washington, Pasco is a small city located in the state’s wine country. Here we take a look at some of the tasty finds in Pasco, Washington.
Opened in 2014 by Igor and Aliona Kutsiy, the eponymous Aliona’s Euro-Bake is a European-style bakery specializing in sweet and savory treats. A warm, inviting atmosphere greets guests who are looking to enjoy a range of food. These are all made from scratch using only the freshest ingredients available. Savory options include highlights such as the piroshky, which is a savory roll stuffed with chicken and pork or spinach and cheese, stuffed cabbage rolls, and borscht. As for something sweet and tantalizing, éclairs, French macarons with flavors like lemon, Nutella pistachio, and caramel, medovik or honey cake, and cupcakes are just a few of the delicious desserts often found.
Established in 2012, Baan Khun Ya features an array of Thai cuisine that is sure to satisfy many tastes. Within a welcoming environment, diners will be presented with a menu offering everything from appetizers to curry to noodles to soup to entrées and more. There’s always something available for meat and seafood lovers and vegetarians. Some tasty offerings include the basil tofu, which combines stir-fried tofu with basil, bell pepper, jalapeño, bamboo shoots, green beans, and onion and the pad prik khing, which is a choice of protein stir-fried with green beans, red bell pepper, and onion in a curry paste and chef’s sauce. Open every day, this venue also offers dessert, including Thai black rice pudding.
Family-owned and operated since 1996, Country Mercantile is a charming and spacious store featuring seasonal fruits and vegetables, gourmet foods from the Pacific Northwest, homemade chocolate and fudge, plus a large selection of candy. The business also has a deli serving a selection of gourmet sandwiches, wraps, soups, desserts, and more. Filled with numerous ingredients, the sandwiches are large — nobody will leave hungry. They are bursting with flavors with something to appeal to everyone from meat lovers to vegetarians. There is even a Pumpkin Patch Festival in October making it a great place to take the entire family. Country Mercantile is open every day.
Established in 2001 by Isidro Ortiz, a native of Michoacan, Mexico, Fiesta Mexican Restaurant delights customers with its zesty cuisine. Procuring the freshest ingredients available, the culinary team creates flavorful dishes that everyone will enjoy. Within a lively environment, guests can savor a host of Mexican delicacies featuring chicken, pork, steak, and seafood. Must-try dishes include chicken mole with flavors of peanuts, chili, and other Mexican ingredients served with rice and beans and the alme jas del rancho, which is fresh pork chorizo sautéed with manilla clams, scallops, white wine, butter, and cilantro. Open daily, this restaurant also offers several libations.
Serving lunch and dinner every day, Love Curry is a friendly spot specializing in Indian and Pakistani cuisine. Delicious aromas fill the air enticing guests to sit down, relax, and savor all the deliciousness found on the menu. Dishes will appeal to meat and fish lovers plus vegetarians. The vegetarian pakora with spinach, cauliflower, potatoes, and Indian cheese marinated with chickpea flour and spices makes a great start to any meal. As for main dishes, the goat curry masala with garlic, ginger, onion, tomatoes, and spices and the malai kofta, which are grated Indian cheese potatoes, cashews, and raisin balls, are two excellent choices. Complement the meal with sides, such as naan or rice, and a mango lassi.
A family-owned and operated establishment, Gordon Estate is a lovely winery that produces a variety of red and white wines. They also have a wine bar where wine aficionados can do some tastings and foodies can savor an array of food that will suit many tastes. From sharable plates to salads to flatbreads to entrées to sweet treats, the menu is brimming with fresh flavors with highlights being dates with chorizo, smoked bacon, goat cheese, and berry sauce, lamb sliders with cherry relish, chèvre aioli, and arugula, and the caprese flatbread with tomato, mozzarella, pesto, and balsamic reduction. The wine bar is open daily.
Voted ‘People’s Choice Winner for Best Breakfast in the Tri-Cities,’ Magill’s Restaurant and Catering is a locally owned restaurant serving all-day breakfast plus lunch and dinner daily. Opened in 2008 and located in a historic, alpine-style building, this family-friendly eatery procures the freshest ingredients, which includes organics and local varieties when possible, for its dishes. For breakfast, the cinnamon roll French toast sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and served with warm cream cheese icing is one tasty option. Meanwhile the lunch and dinner crowd can enjoy the Magill’s super garlic grilled cheese with cheddar, jack, Swiss, Cougar Gold Cheese sauce on garlic sourdough. Many other entrées, burgers, sandwiches, and macaroni and cheese — 10 varieties — are also offered.
Established in 2011, Rocco’s Pizza is a laid-back pizzeria delighting customers with its savory deliciousness. With a menu of meat, seafood, chicken, and vegetarian pizzas along with sandwiches, appetizers, and salads, this is a great place to bring the entire family as there is something for every taste. Must-try specialty pizzas include the three alarm topped with sausage, onions, tomatoes, jalapeños, linguicia, pepper jack, and mozzarella. There’s also the pesto with pesto sauce, garlic, tomatoes, olives, onions, feta, mushrooms, and spinach. Another good choice is the down under, with shrimp, oysters, mushrooms, onions, and olives. Diners may visit any day of the week to try these and more.
Specializing in authentic Mexican delights, Taqueria El Sazón attracts hungry diners with its bold flavors every day. Gearing towards meat eaters, the menu is brimming with flavorful options featuring a variety of meats from steak to spicy pork to marinated pork to chicken to cabeza and much more. Any of these meats can be found in the enchiladas, burritos, and tacos. Enchiladas are a great option and come in three varieties: regular, which is topped with melted cheeses, cabbage, and tomato, Mexicana with pasilla red salsa and Mexican cheese, and verdes with tomatillo sauce and cheese. Other entrées, such as arroz con pollo and carne asada, along with a children’s menu are also available.
With two locations in Pasco, Viera’s Bakery tantalizes the tastebuds of customers repeatedly with its selection of baked goods and other delicious items. Open seven days a week from early morning to late night, this Mexican bakery creates a large variety of sweet treats that are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Some of the sweet deliciousness include 1000 layers caramel or vanilla, bear claws, empanadas with Bavarian cream or strawberry and apple, banana bread, muffins, cinnamon rolls, and donuts. They also offer savory choices, including breads, deli sandwiches, and savory croissants in ham and cheese or jalapeño and cheese varieties.