Kent, Washington is a lovely city located between Tacoma and Seattle – a great spot from which to explore the surrounding metropolitan area, which is brimming with many adventures. A growing city, Kent is home to a thriving culinary scene packed full of global flavors. Here is a list of some of the best restaurants in Kent.
Artichoke Panini Courtesy of Airways Brewing Company
Founded in 2010, Airways Brewing Company has two locations in Kent; a brewery and tap room, along with a beer and bistro venue in the historic downtown. The tap room is a great place to relax with friends while enjoying various brews, such as the Sky Hag IPA, and light snacks. The bistro, on the other hand, features tasty cuisine that perfectly complements the brews offered. Something for everyone, notable options include the vegetarian sausage panini with arugula, white onion and various cheeses on ciabatta, the carne flatbread pizza, with tomato sauce, sausage, salami, bacon, red peppers, arugula, white onion and three cheeses, and for desert, the drunken-apple carrot cake. Guests will also find wine and cider on tap.
Established in 2005, Kona Kai Coffee is a wonderful coffee shop with a mission; to provide a range of skill sets, including culinary and barista training, along with customer service, to disadvantaged youth and adults. Within a light-filled, friendly environment, guests can enjoy a range of espresso drinks alongside sweet and savory items. In addition to baked goods, the cafe also serves a variety of made-to-order breakfast and lunch sandwiches, soups, salads and special entrées. The non-profit coffeehouse also hosts fun events throughout the year, including game nights.
Mama Stortini’s is a welcoming eatery with a casual environment. The menu features Italian cuisine along with some American dishes and seasonal specials, all made with high-quality ingredients procured from the Pacific Northwest. Open for lunch and dinner, flavorful highlights include ziti Bolognese and roasted Tuscan meatballs topped with garlic breadcrumbs, a cheeseburger topped with crispy smoky bacon, chive-horseradish havarti cheese, caramelized sweet onions and BBQ mayo, and creamy lemon-basil risotto. With both gluten-free options and children’s menus, it is a place that will satisfy many tastes.
Manraj Palace is a family-owned and operated restaurant specializing in aromatic Indian cuisine. A welcoming establishment, the venue presents guests with friendly service and an extensive menu, sure to delight many tastes from omnivores to vegetarians. A typical meal at Manraj Palace might begin with vegetable pakoras, vegetable fritters, followed by chicken saag – chicken cooked in a creamy spinach sauce – or mutter paneer, house-made cheese and green peas in a flavorful sauce, with some garlic naan on the side. Sweet treats are also available, such as the gulab jamun, fried-milk cheese balls in honey syrup.
Opened in 2009, the Olive Tree Mediterranean Restaurant, as the name suggests, offers guests a taste of authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Loved by locals for its delicious fare and comfortable environment, the eatery serves hungry diners flavorful dishes, and a wide range of customers will be happy with the selections. The roasted lamb dinner, with biryani rice, salad, hummus, potatoes and pita bread, or the falafel dinner are two popular options.
Founded in 2014, The Quarters is a lovely restaurant whose specialty is a blend of New Orleans and Midwest cuisines. Located in the historic downtown, the interior is spacious and comfortable with art-adorned walls, and a friendly atmosphere. Seeking out the freshest ingredients available, the culinary team creates everything from scratch, ensuring that dishes are packed full of flavor. Must-try entrées include the southern fried chicken, which includes two jumbo chicken wings marinated overnight with herbs and spices, fried-to-order and accompanied by Cajun tater tots, or grits and shrimp with cheddar, bacon, scallion and dill served with collard greens and yams. Desserts, including beignets and handcrafted libations are also available.
REDS Wine Bar is a lively venue serving wine, craft beer and an array of tasty treats. A fun place to spend an evening out with friends, the bar features regional and international bottles of wine alongside beer from local brewers. As for savory bites, there are many small plates, artisan cheeses and meats, and entrées – all of which complement the wines wonderfully. For lighter snacks, the white-truffle popcorn and the house-made roasted red pepper hummus served with corn tortilla chips or cucumber and carrots are two great choices. For something a bit more substantial, the creamy shrimp linguini in a garlic-wine sauce is one of the many highlights.
Founded by pastry chef Rylie Haack, RylieCakes is a 100% gluten-free bakery offering a host of sweet and savory snacks. Located inside the independently owned craft store, Makers’ Mercantile, this delightful bakery impresses visitors again and again with its variety of cookies, brownies, bars, pastries, cakes, cupcakes, muffins and breads. Tempting choices include triple-chocolate chip cookies, vegan coconut-lime bars, cheesecake and quinoa banana bread to name but a few. The savory side often includes the tasty caramelized onion and blue-cheese galette, the roasted red pepper and eggplant galette, and a vegan pad Thai with tofu, fresh snow peas and cilantro.
Named after the Hawaiian noodle soup, Saimin Says is a vibrant restaurant featuring Hawaiian delicacies. Giving their visitors a taste of the islands, this casual, friendly venue offers Hawaiian-style noodles, plate lunches, specialty dishes and more. Entrées that will remind diners of Hawaii include the Hawaiian saimin – kamaboko, char siu, green onions, Spam and boiled egg – or the kalua loco, comprised of rice, kalua pig, eggs and house-made gravy. While the menu leans heavily toward meat dishes, vegetarians will find a few options as well, including the veggie cake noodle.
Wild Wheat Bakery is an award-wining artisanal restaurant providing a delicious range of sweet and savory treats, along with espresso drinks. The culinary team not only makes everything from scratch daily but also roasts coffee on-site ensuring fresh, quality products. The sweet side of the operation churns out breads, pastries and desserts, while the savory side produces highlights such as eggs Florentine, bread topped with grilled prosciutto, sautéed spinach, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce accompanied by home fries, and the Wild Wheat vegetarian sandwich with pesto-marinated mozzarella, tomatoes and lettuce on kalamata olive bread.