Recently returned from a trip to the newly developing wine area in Central WA. Landed @ SeaTac & went straight to PikePlace Mkt., to find something to take with on the drive over the Cascades. Found great grilled to order sandwiches @ Beechers Handmade Cheese. Picked up some fresh locally made on-the-spot cheese as well as some of their delicious mac & cheese to go. Enjoyed it on the road. We stayed @ a place outside Quincy, CaveB Inn & Winery. The chef there has a cookbook in the Smithsonian focusing on Native American cooking, but the food was less than stellar. I purchased one of the cookbooks, and was surprised to see that not many of the recipes in the book were featured on the menu. Because of our disappointment, we only ate in the resturant one night and had a snack another night. One day we drove up to Lake Chelan to tour some wineries and has a delicious meal @ one of the wineries that included smoked ribs and smoked cedar plank salmon. Being from TX, I was a bit sceptical 'bout the ribs but they were very good. The best part of the meal was that it was outside underneath a great covered patio and the salmon and ribs were cooked on the grill right there and we enjoyed the pinot grigio that came off the vines 10 feet away from us. One interesting thing was that they served banana pudding. Not what I would have imagined in the great Pacific NW. The next day we had breakfast @ a great place that I discovered on Chowhound, called Anjou Bakery. The pastries were unbelievable, so good in fact, that we took the long way back to SEA a couple of days later, just so we could stop there again. Be sure to get some of the sea salt bread. The Anjou is located between Wenatchee and Leavenworth. In Wenatchee itself, we had dinner one night @ a place that had opened only two weeks prior,Smokeblossom. It is probably the best place in town. I had seen a posting that recommended Shakti's in Wenatchee, but while in town was told that Shakti's would be closing for good, soon, so we decided to skip it. The food @ Smokeblossom was innovative and 'big city', in terms of taste, use of ingredients and presentation. The servers were all excited about the new place and the service was excellent as a result. We were very pleasantly surprised.
Upon returning to SEA, we ate @ Earth & Ocean located in the W Hotel, downtown. The service was very attendant and accomodating. The wine list was very well defined and the food menu was precise in trying to fit both earth and ocean into the scheme. Great room. Oh yeah, the food just OK. The next day before leaving SEA, we drove over to Ballard, because we wanted to eat @ a place called Volterra in old downtown Ballard that I had read about. Unfortunately, they weren't open for lunch, so we chose a place a couple of streets over, that was located in an old firehouse. I actually think that it was called the Ballard Firehouse Brewpub and resturant. Apparently, it is part of a group of stores that are all over the SEA area. The food was good, the service pleasant and the ambience was kind of cool because of the firehouse thing.
Hope someone will find this post helpful. I really enjoyed my time in WA & look forward to my next visit.
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