5 Destination Dining Picks

May Kitchen + Bar, Vashon Island

May Kitchen + Bar — Som Thum
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This hidden gem is worth the ferry ride. Everything is traditional, authentic, and downright delicious. From phad thai garnished tableside, to less-popular entrées like yum pla trout (a whole trout deep-fried lying on top of a crispy fresh salad), you will want to lick all the plates. Don’t do it.

Alderbrook Resort & Spa, Union

Dinner with a view of the sparkling Hood Canal is a great start, but the food here takes this culinary adventure to another level. The seasonally driven “shore to table” food will keep your taste buds guessing. The long and beautiful wine list will have you curious. And the food will have you reaching for your phone to take pictures — it is always so pretty. Don’t miss the Grand Marnier prawns to start.

Los Hernandez Tamales, Union Gap

These Yakima Valley tamales are legendary, and if you happen to be driving past Union Gap, youd better time the trip so you can get your hands on this amazing goodness. And don’t tell us you don’t like tamales, because you’ll fall in love with these. You can buy them hot (to eat right away), cold (to cook at home later), and frozen (to enjoy for several months and share). Stock up, and try the seasonal asparagus and pepper jack cheese tamales now. There are two Yakima Valley locations.

Taylor Shellfish Farms, Bow

Sure, you can get the goodness in Bellevue and Seattle, but the trip to Bow is a nice drive, and it just feels authentic when you are slurping oysters at the Samish Oyster Bar and Shellfish Market by the water. Have a picnic, and savor your Sunday cares away.

Summit House, Crystal Mountain

Summit House, Crystal Mountain — Smoked PNW Charcuterie Board
Photo by Kate Orum


This food adventure requires a car and a breathtaking gondola ride to the top of the mountain. Everything tastes amazing almost 7,000 feet

up. They have meals for the whole family, and when the patio is open, it is a dog-friendly “paw”tio. Also, Summit House often hosts special winemaker and brewmaster dinners for the 21-and-over crowd looking for an exclusive dining experience in the clouds.

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