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How to Eat Your Way Through Cle Elum, WA

September 30th, 2019

Take in as much of Cle Elum's food scene as possible during your stay with these tasty tips on where to find memorable meals around town! There's truly something for every palate and visitors are never left with an empty belly. Find a list of all restaurants here to get started on your food tour through Cle Elum!


Blissful Breakfasts


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Fuel up with a big breakfast from one of the wonderful cafés around town before you head out to explore! You can't go wrong with the Cottage Café (pictured), which serves breakfast all day and features an in-house bakery. It is a favorite stop among travelers passing through town and offers a large, diverse menu. Other options include the Sunset Café or Pioneer Coffee Roasting Co, offering fresh, handcrafted coffee, pastries, and other quick breakfast items.


Light Lunches

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When you get a break between all of the fun activities you have planned for the day, grab lunch at the Red Arrow Drive-In (pictured), which has been serving up delicious burgers and milkshakes in Cle Elum for 65 years! Or, head to Gunnar's Bistro or Stella's for some healthy eating options including fresh salads and sandwiches. Whether you want a sit-down meal or something fast and easy, there are many other options around town for a delicious lunch so be sure to check out the full list of restaurants here.


Specialty Snacks



There are several specialty food stores around town that visitors just can't get enough of! Pick up some delicious cured and smoked meats from Glondo's Sausage Company or Owens Meats which both stock a wide selection of tasty snacks that are perfect for taking on the go. Using recipes brought from Italy and Croatia, the Glondo family has been making sausage and selling other items in Cle Elum since 1986. Owens, another favorite, has also provided top-quality meats to the area for over 125 years. In fact, it is thought that Owens Meats is the oldest continuously operated family business in Kittitas County and perhaps one of the oldest in Washington state. Try both of these shops out for yourself and grab a snack to take with you on your explorations through Cle Elum!


Delicious Dinners

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Fill up with a wonderful dinner at one of Cle Elum's best restaurants to kick off your fun-filled night out on the town. Spice up the night with authentic Mexican dishes from El Caporal, enjoy the friendly atmosphere at Beau's Pizza and Pasta, or treat yourself to an elegant meal out at Mama Vallone's (pictured). Regardless of where you go, you're sure to find friendly service and fantastic dishes in Cle Elum! Find a full list of Cle Elum's delicious restaurants here.


Delectable Desserts

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Craving something sweet? Cle Elum has some wonderful bakeries and restaurants stocked with treats that will make even the adults feel like a kid in a candy shop. Visit 509 Bake House for beautifully decorated custom cakes and cupcakes, or drop by for other fresh pastries baked daily! Another favorite in town is the Cle Elum Bakery, which has been in operation since 1906. They're known for their amazing doughnuts but also bake fresh French bread and other pastries that you're sure to love. For other sweet eats around Cle Elum, try out the bakery at Cottage Café or Sunset Café (pictured) for a selection of homemade pies and other goodies!


Divine Drinks

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Unwind with craft beer, locally made wine, or a creative cocktail in Cle Elum for the perfect end to your day! From friendly hometown bars like The Keg Cellar and Mike's Tavern to up-and-coming nano-breweries like Mule and Elk Brewing and Taneum Creek Brewing, there is no shortage of fun places to grab a pint with friends after a long day of adventuring through the area. Although the area mainly features beer and wine, the hand crafted cocktails at Orchard Restaurant (pictured) are definitely worth mentioning as well. Their past concoctions have included unique ingredients such as lavender, saffron and sage, so be sure to stop by and see what creative specials they are featuring during your stay! Cle Elum is also home to Swiftwater Cellars, a winery that offers premium wines made by internationally acclaimed winemakers and features stunning architectural design that makes for a truly unforgettable experience. Sip wine on the gorgeous patio and relax as you reflect on a successful day of exploring Cle Elum and enjoying some delicious food.





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