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Travel Tips for Foodies in Washington: 7 Places to Visit for Food-Loving Travelers

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While Washington offers majestic outdoor adventures and the arts and music scene in the city of Seattle, it also offers culinary delights for food-loving travelers. Foodies visiting the state can find everything from laid-back local cuisine and hipster coffee shops to top-rated restaurants and fine wines. Travel tips include checking out restaurant reviews ahead of time and going off the beaten path for unique dining experiences.

Here are seven places to visit for food-loving travelers in Washington:

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1. Pike Place Market: This massive nine-acre market offers not only shopping and entertainment options but also numerous culinary delights for foodies. For example, Beecher's makes award-winning macaroni and cheese, and Uli's is famous for its sausages and curry ketchup. With more than 30 restaurants, bakeries, and take-out options, no foodie will walk away from Pike Place disappointed.

2. Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen: This restaurant is located in Walla Walla. According to Sunset Magazine, "This southeastern Washington town was once famous for wheat and sweet onions. These days, show up at Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen on a Friday night, and you’ll see it filled with young winemakers who produce some of the best Cabernets and Syrahs in the country."

3. Cupcake Royale: This sweet shop was founded in 2003 and was voted "Seattle's Best Cupcake." Not only will foodies appreciate the made from scratch-baked goods, the owners are "dedicated to the notion that a good business gives back to the community that supports them – it’s the virtuous circle of life." Traveler tip: Grab a cup of the house brand of Verite coffee to go with the cupcake for the ultimate sugar and caffeine rush.

4. SeaStar Restaurant: "Featuring an inspired seafood-centered menu including Pacific Northwest favorites and seasonal delicacies from around the world, Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar at Pan Pacific Seattle offers delicious and award-winning cuisine created by the highly-acclaimed Chef and owner John Howie." This restaurant won Best Seafood Restaurant in Seattle in both 2010 and 2011 as well as Wine Spectator's Best Award of Excellence.

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5. The Herbfarm: Located in Woodinville, the Herbfarm is a great food and wine experience. "With each visit to The Herbfarm, you'll delight in unique menus showcasing the exceptional foods and wines of the Pacific Northwest. Each nine-course dinner served with five or six matched wines, draws its inspiration from the rhythms of the seasons." Traveler tip: Plan for a lengthy mealtime involving wine tasting and group interaction as the chef shares herbs and lore.

6. The Bravehorse Tavern: This down home restaurant in Seattle offers everything from fried Willapa Bay Oysters Po'Boy sandwiches, potted chicken liver pate, and sirloin steak skewers to a mushroom and broccoli vegan burger, Sunday fried chicken dinners and boozy Bravehorse jell-0 shots. The house-made pretzels are a must-try and you can play shuffleboard with friends while you wait. Travel tip: This venue is for ages 21 and over only and requires a valid ID upon entry.

7. Casper Fry: Located in Spokane, this family restaurant was inspired by "a good and humble man with Southern roots." The menu includes everything from pan-seared sea scallops to buttermilk fried chicken and red wine braised pork shank. According to the owners, "We take our inspiration from the world around us. From Casper and a simpler time when American craftsmanship insured quality, and most foods were fresh, and grown locally."

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While Washington offers majestic outdoor adventures and the arts and music scene in the city of Seattle, it also offers culinary delights for food-loving travelers. Here are seven tips on where to go.
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