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Recommendations for Walla Walla, WA

This summer, we did a road-trip from Seattle to Walla Walla and had a great time dining and wine tasting.  Below are some of my recommendations:

  • Breakfast / Brunch
    • Bacon and Eggs – This converted convenience store serves a serious breakfast focusing on its namesakes.  They also have great breakfast cocktails.
    • Maple Counter Café – Third generation restaurateurs serve a variety of pancakes and usual breakfast fare.  You’ll notice there are no lunch recommendations as after eating breakfast here, we were good until dinner.
  • Dinner
    • Whoop Dem Up Hollow Café – A 20-30 minute drive away in Waithsburg, WA this was an excellent choice for very reasonably priced “southern comfort food” and great service.
  • Wine
    • Airport – Walla Walla has what felt like a winery incubator in old hangers and barracks near their airport.  Wineries are close together (a short drive or a long walk) and often staffed by the proprietor.  Syzygy was one of my favorites.
    • Downtown – Downtown Walla Walla is packed with tasting rooms.  Of a half-dozen that we visited on a Saturday afternoon, all were good.  Charles Smith‘s modern rock vibe and fruit-forward reds are great.
  • Where to Stay
    • Marcus Whitman Hotel – A great location in the heart of Walla Walla.  Ask for a room in the “tower” section of the hotel (as opposed to the recently added Howard Johnson-style section of the hotel.)
  • On the way – It’s a long drive from Seattle to Walla Walla (and back)
    • Taqueria El Rinconsito in Yakima – Of all of the Mexican restaurants I have eaten at in Washington state, this came the closest to my memories of food when traveling in Mexico.
    • Anthony’s in Richland (Tri-Cities) – The Anthony’s in Tri-Cities has great fish, lower prices than its sibling Seattle locations, and a great view of a marina on the Columbia River
    • L’Ecole No. 41 Winery – At the side of the road between Tri-Cities and Walla Walla is the old school building that houses L’Ecole.  In the last few years, they have re-branded from their colorful labels with a crayon drawing of the school house and have built larger production facilities behind the school house, but the wine is still very good.
  • Skip It – Places I do NOT recommend
    • Whitehouse – Crawford Restaurant – This downtown restaurant had good food (but small portions), was over-priced, and service was terrible.

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