Hidden Places

Hidden places in the Tri-Cities worth checking out, in no particular order:

  1. The Local
    (you probably already know about this coffee shop). They not only excel at coffee, they make ridiculously good sandwiches, and the soup…. The soup is SO good!
  2. Zinful Panini and Wine Bar
    The food here is excellent, and the brick building in downtown Kennewick has tons of character. They don’t rush you – it’s a great place to hang out.
  3. Cheese Louise
    Wine, cheese, flatbreads, and they carry this unreal chocolate bar that includes maple, bacon (bacon!) and sea salt. So delicious.
  4. Wine and More
    Ok, I haven’t *technically* eaten here yet, but the shop is super cute, and the menu looked delicious.
  5. McKay’s Taphouse
    Located in the district of Richland, this place has great bar food (cheese fries, and the pizza from next door’s Pizza Pipeline is yummy, too), a very nice selection of regional brews, AND they have free wifi. It’s a great place to work.
  6. Bookwalter Winery
    Don’t tell anyone, but this is one of my favorite places to catch up on work on a Monday night. They have free wifi, great happy hour options, and a beautiful facility.
  7. Goose Ridge Winery
    They do not offer wifi, and I have spotty cell reception here, which are precisely two of the reasons I love going here to get away. Great wines, friendly staff, and you can pack your own picnic and eat outside (or inside) and take advantage of their ample seating. Also, they have bocce ball courts.
  8. SagePort Grille
    This is, in my opinion, hands down the best greasy-awesome breakfast in the Tri-Cities. But everyone else seems to feel that way, too, so prepare to wait a few minutes for a table. The biker-bar-like dive is right on the Columbia – so take a hike out to Bateman Island after your breakfast and enjoy the great Tri-Cities outdoors.
  9. Thomas O’Neil Cellars
    Located out near Horn Rapids, the food here is excellent. They also have live, outdoor music during the warmer months, and they are a great, relaxed place to hang out and catch up with friends. Beautiful sunsets, too.

These are just a tiny handful of my favorite places to frequent in the amazing, and underappreciated, Tri-Cities. What are your favorite places?

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  • Lou Galindo

    Thanks for this! Christian and I are always looking for different, non-chain places to eat, so we can add these to the list. I can also recommend Shrub Steppe Brewhouse (their brisket is SOOO good), Ice Harbor at the Marina (love their Sunday breakfast offerings), and Grill on Gage (have only been there once but it was really good).

  • Becca Lingley

    Oh, I’ve never eaten at Shrub Steppe Brewhouse, but we love BBQ. We’ll have to try it out! Ice Harbor and Grill on Gage are both good, too. We really enjoy local flavor whenever possible. Nothing against chains, but the heart of a city is in the local culture. Thanks for the ideas! 🙂