Snohomish County is a perfect pit-stop for visitors looking to get the most out of America’s Pacific north-west. Along with the beautiful scenery of the Cascade Mountains and Puget Sound, old historic buildings, and ample boutique shops, Snohomish County is home to many great restaurants. Here’s our guide to the top ten in the area.
Cafe, Restaurant, North American, $$$
Flavorsome options of note are the homemade cinnamon roll French toast, pulled pork tater tot hash and eggs etc.
Maltby Cafe serves Snohomish County’s award-winning breakfast, but the restaurant is most famous for its giant cinnamon rolls made fresh every day. Located in the lower part of a schoolhouse built in 1937, Maltby Cafe is owned by three women with a passion for cooking. The cafe is known for its delicious homemade food with a distinct country flavor. Local residents love Maltby, and the small haunt quickly fills up with hungry customers on weekend mornings.
Hidden inside a strip mall, Pho Mimosa is the place to go for excellent curries, flavorful pho, and delicious noodle dishes. The portions are large and full of vibrant spices, especially the fragrant pho (word to the wise: the extra-large size portion of this dish is large enough to feed the whole family). Customize your pho with your favorite meat and veggies, and add extra noodles or meat if you prefer.
Enjoy a freshly baked treat at the Snohomish Pie Company. The Pie Company opened in 1996 and is still baking the same high-quality pies today. The pies are made fresh daily and served on a first-come, first-served basis, so come in early to guarantee a slice of your favorite. Ingredients for the pies are fresh and sourced locally. The apple crumb is a popular choice, but the Pie Company also sells cherry, pecan, key lime, and many other flavors. Stop in for a simple lunch with the Pie Company’s daily lunch special — half a sandwich, a cup of soup, and a slice of pie for $10.25.
Jake’s Café specializes in family-friendly dining experiences. Each meal is home-cooked with tried-and-tested country recipes. Order one of your favorite comfort food dishes inside the pleasant diner, but be sure to arrive early as the small restaurant fills up with locals very quickly. You will be treated to a hot, fresh cup of coffee upon arrival, true to the standard diner tradition.
Cafe, Diner, Restaurant, Seafood, North American, $$$
Chargrilled Oysters on the Grill
For the freshest seafood in the area, dine at Andy’s Fish House. Andy’s prepares locally caught fish fried, grilled, or smoked. Have your choice of fish in a Po’ Boy, on fish tacos, as fish and chips, and many more options. The setting is relaxing and open with a large patio overlooking the Snohomish River. Grab a cup of clam chowder and enjoy a peaceful meal here – you won’t be disappointed.
Roger’s River View Bistro has provided fine ‘farm-to-table dining’ in the Snohomish community for the past two years. Using locally sourced ingredients, every dish at Roger’s is fresh, full of flavor, and expertly prepared. The small, family-run business has a cozy indoor seating area as well as a large outdoor deck. Blankets are provided on every chair, and heaters are set up just in case the night turns chilly. Come to Roger’s for a high-quality, relaxing meal. Try the delicious chicken cordon blue or the pork Milanese.
Trails End Taphouse and Restaurant had humble beginnings as a beer and wine shop, but it quickly grew into the full-service restaurant and catering service that it is today. Now, Trails End features 28 taps as well as 100 types of bottled beers from all over the world. The restaurant is continuously looking for ways to upgrade and renovate to accommodate guests’ wishes. This is a favorite spot for locals searching for a cold beer and a good meal. Along with the excellent craft beer selection, Trails End serves panini sandwiches, steaks, wood-fired pizzas, and more.
The Blazing Onion is a restaurant and sports bar that serves creative gourmet burgers. The menu features 25 unique burgers including a meatloaf burger, buffalo burger, and a wild boar burger. Fresh produce is combined with homemade sauces, locally baked buns, and all-natural meats to craft these delicious creations. The chefs take inspiration from all around the world with burgers like a Thai peanut burger and a Bavarian pub burger. If you’re watching your waistline, substitute a turkey patty, chicken breast, or veggie patty for any burger.
The Hungry Pelican is another great local stop in Snohomish County. Located in a 1930s mechanic shop, the diner feels like a cross between a restaurant and an antique shop with its vintage decor. The simple cuisine is all made from scratch with careful attention to detail. Come to The Hungry Pelican for a leisurely lunch or call your order in to have it ready when you arrive.
Fred’s Rivertown Ale House is a no-frills pub established in the area in 1994. The menu is full of pub favorites and comfort food specialties like porter ale meatloaf, burgers, and sandwiches, but also provides a range of other options, like lobster bisque, fish tacos, and gumbo. The drinks menu is just as comprehensive, with plenty of beers, wines, and a large selection of single malt scotches to choose from.