Tastiest Trips in the Pacific Northwest


When all you want to do is get out of town and as far from your desk job as possible, weekend getaways are clutch. There’s nothing like the feeling of leaving the office early on a Friday and hittin’ the road. And if you’re anything like me, one of the best parts of skipping town is trying new restaurants, sampling local specialties, and searching for hidden eateries off the beaten path. For indulgence chasers, foodies, and anyone who appreciates a good old fashioned weekend road trip, try one of these Pacific Northwest destinations.


The Trip: 2.5 hours driving or 4 hours by Bolt Bus
Who should go: cosmopolitan taste-makers

Where to go:
- Brunch is worth the wait at the Library District’s Mediterranean-inspired Medina Café. Don’t skip the $3 lieg style waffle with White Chocolate Pistachio Rosewater for dessert. - Embrace the energy in Gastown at Tuc Craft Kitchen where menu items from Elk Carpaccio to Surf & Turf with miso cured tri-tip steak and tempura soft shell crab take inspiration from around the world.

- Enter the world of the 1960’s Tokyo Jazz café at Kissa Tanto in Chinatown for Croquettes with ginger and plum curry sauce and 24 hour slow-cooked Waygu with kimichi Calabrian chili and parmesan.


The Trip: 1.5 hours to Anacortes plus 1.5 hours by ferry
Who should go: farm-to-table aficionados

Where to go:
- The abandoned barn turned contemporary beach-side farmhouse, Pebble Cove Farm, is home to a bountiful garden for guests to harvest and cook their own food (photo above).

- Red Rabbit Farm hosts Farm to Table Dinners through Sept 24, 2017 featuring island raised beef and lamb, shellfish gathered from the shore, fresh picked produce from the farm’s garden, and handmade creams.

- Pick your own fresh catch at Buck Bay Shellfish Farm and enjoy at one of the picnic tables. From 11 – 6 pm daily and 12 – 5 on Sundays you can BYOB, learn to shuck, and leave with Dungeness crab for dinner.

- Small plates, fresh seafood and wood-fired pizza are the cornerstone of the Orcas Island’s Hogstone’s Wood Oven. It’s anticipated sister restaurant Ælder also promises multi-course meals with hyper-local ingredients.


The Trip: 3 hours driving and 3 hours by Bolt Bus
Who should go: kitschy brunch enthusiasts

What to eat:
- Known for their juicy fried chicken and waffles, Screen Door is arguably (see: Tasty n’ Sons) one of the first places to put Portland’s brunch scene on the map. They take reservations for parties of 6 or more but otherwise expect a wait. Put your name on the list then walk 20 minutes through the neighborhood to Stumptown Coffee Roasters on SE Belmont for a cup of Portland’s famous brew.

- The cozy digs of Broder is a European brunch experience for anyone looking for something differnt. Their Scandinavian fare includes Æbleskiver—fluffy Danish pancakes served with lemon curd and lingonberry jam and Pytt I Panna—Swedish Hash topped with baked eggs and pickled beets. Try it with the smoked trout.

- Pine State Biscuits for The Reggie—an egg over easy with braised greens doused with Texas Pete Hot Sauce on a flakey biscuit. Cured salmon belly with pesto, shallots, and Icelandic yogurt from Jacqueline. Baked Orange French Toast with fresh berries, candied orange, whipped butter and honey from The Observatory.

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The Trip: 1.5 hours driving or 2 hours by Bolt Bus
Who should go: laid-back oyster lovers


The Trip: 20 minutes to Fauntleroy plus 1 hour by ferry
Who should go: creative gourmands that love secret spots


The Trip: 6 hours driving or 1 hour flight
Who should go: outdoorsy food explorers

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