Located in the heart of Washington, Yakima is a wonderful place from which to explore the area’s numerous wineries. This fertile land is rich in fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products, all of which serve as inspiration for local chefs. Here is a look at some of the tastiest restaurants found in Yakima, Washington.
Located in historic downtown, 5 North is a sophisticated yet relaxed restaurant specializing in Pacific Northwest cuisine. Procuring the freshest ingredients from local sources, the culinary team creates gourmet dishes sure to tantalize a wide range of taste buds. Diners can try favorites such as lamb bolognese made with ground lamb, fresh fettuccine and green beans, or the Serrano ham-wrapped chicken served with potato gnocchi, green beans and wild mushrooms. A variety of house cocktails, wines and beers are available, with live music completing the charming atmosphere.
Part of Yakima’s culinary scene for several years, this colorful venue is very popular with locals seeking home-style Mexican dishes bursting with flavor. Visitors will find a host of options, from Mexican favorites to entrées featuring beef, chicken or seafood, plus at least six different salsas of varying degrees of spiciness. Enticing options include tacos filled with a choice of meat, which ranges from pork in a mild red sauce to grilled beef steak; the veggie burrito stuffed with rice, beans and several vegetables; and shrimp sautéed with garlic.
Situated in a historic building brimming with charm, Barrel House is a casual, welcoming restaurant featuring New American cuisine. The menu offers everything from soups and salads to sandwich melts and wraps. Notable highlights include the Mulligatawny soup, which is a delightful combination of curry, chicken, apple and rice, and the winemaker melt, with a burger patty, gorgonzola, red wine relish, lettuce and tomato. Barrel House also has a great selection of wines and microbrews, with an emphasis on those from the local area.
Focusing on French cuisine, Carousel is a beautiful, intimate bistro located in an old building, complete with exposed brick walls. Placing an emphasis on ingredients from local sources, the menu changes with the seasons to reflect the freshest products available. Guests will find French classics alongside other delectable entrées, all of which will suit a wide range of tastes from omnivores to vegetarians. Dishes to note include the coq au vin, chicken braised in a red-wine sauce and topped with mushrooms, and rabbit braised in a white wine-cream sauce. Between the cuisine and wonderful, friendly atmosphere, this is one must-try culinary gem.
Essencia Artisan Bakery is a cozy bakery offering breakfast, lunch plus an array of baked goods, both sweet and savory. The baking team at Essencia’s procures the best, seasonal ingredients from local purveyors, resulting in some tasty food. Guests can enjoy an espresso alongside an almond or chocolate croissant, cinnamon rolls or assorted scones for breakfast. As for lunch, they can choose between soups with mushroom bisque, or sandwiches, including ginger roast beef.
Opened in 1966, Gasperetti’s is a beloved, fine-dining restaurant serving hungry guests delectable Italian cuisine. Within a warm and inviting atmosphere, discerning diners can feast upon a host of dishes, made with the finest, locally sourced ingredients available. While there is an emphasis on meat and seafood dishes, vegetarian items are available as well. Gourmet choices to note are house-made crêpes stuffed with Dungeness crabmeat, baked and topped with tomato and béchamel sauces, or the filet mignon pepper steak with a cabernet sauce accompanied by whipped potatoes and broccolini spears. An award-winning wine list is also available.
A Yakima institution since 1948, the iconic Miner’s Drive-In is a must try, fast-casual restaurant for anyone visiting the area. Known for their huge, juicy burgers and thick milkshakes, the family-friendly restaurant uses local products and makes everything to order ensuring freshness. The menu is large with the most popular item being the eponymous Miner burger, with one or two patties. However, there are several other burgers, including a bacon burger, sandwiches, hotdogs, seafood and several complementary side dishes, such as tater tots and fries. In addition to creamy milkshakes, there is an array of other sweet offerings, including floats, sundaes, cones and more.
Bar, American, Vegetarian, Pub Grub, Beer, Wine, $$$
Second Street Grill is a great gathering spot for people wanting to savor American cuisine. Tucked inside a century-old building, the interior is contemporary yet casual, and features a lively environment perfect for a night out with friends. The pork tenderloin with apple-bacon butter served with a choice of potato and seasonal vegetables is a tempting choice for meat lovers, while vegetarians might enjoy the pasta primavera, pasta paired with a variety of vegetables, sautéed in garlic and olive oil, and topped with parmesan and feta. The full bar includes 24 taps and wines with an emphasis on those from the Pacific Northwest.
Located inside the White House Bed & Breakfast, the White House Café is a welcoming outfit serving breakfast and lunch every day. Within a light-filled quaint space, guests can savor breakfast delicacies, such as the breakfast delight, a scramble with ham and cheddar cheese, served with toast and fresh fruit. Lunch choices include sandwiches (try the turkey cranberry), soups and salads. Specialty drinks, desserts and daily specials are also available at this lovely café.
Zesta Cucina is a friendly restaurant specializing in mouthwatering Italian fare. Diners visiting this establishment will appreciate the relaxing environment, in addition to the cuisine. In order to highlight in-season produce, the culinary team creates a new menu each season, which also represents a different region of Italy, giving diners something new to try again and again. Delicious dishes include the fettuccine with parmesan cream; blackened ahi on a bed of coconut black ‘forbidden’ rice with a mustard-soy reduction and ginger and daikon sprouts; and chicken marsala with a marsala-mushroom sauce, garlic-whipped potatoes and wilted spinach.