It can be chilly in Washington during January, but there are plenty of “soup”er options for a cup or bowl in Yakima. Check out the offerings at Famous Burger and Teriyaki Sandwich, located at 401 W Lincoln Ave. Pho soup is available only on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays but is well worth the wait. Try the special, jumbo shrimp, beef, chicken or tofu varieties. Extra sides of proteins or noodles is also an option.

Essencia Artisan Bakery at 4 N 3rd St. is famous for their soups and sandwiches as well as decadent pastries and desserts. Open at 7 a.m., you’ll want to arrive early to see what soups are available (they change daily!). Plenty of vegetarian options are available, and it’s impossible to resist the homemade desserts and pastries from buttery croissants to cupcakes galore.

Spooning is a Must

The White House at 3602 Kern Rd in Yakima is an upscale breakfast and lunch dining pick with a cozy, intimate ambiance. There’s a different soup featured daily, always served with a brioche bun. Local, seasonal ingredients are highlighted, and the soup pairs wonderfully with one of the hearty sandwiches like the Turkey Cranberry with whipped cream cheese or The Works with ham, turkey and roast beef with horseradish and Havarti cheese.

Pho King Crab, located at 1601 E Washington Ave #104 in nearby Union Gap, is another popular pho destination. Choose your protein, add extra noodles, or go all-veg. The portions are generous, and you can always get takeaway to enjoy your soup to go.

Where will you find the perfect bowl?



Whether you’re looking for an intimate way to ring in the New Year or a raucous good time, Yakima has you covered with plenty of party options. The Olde Letterpress Museum hosts an annual festival earlier in the day. From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., enjoy light appetizers, refreshments and more at this free event. The 1940s letterpress is a hands-on experience to get you in the holiday spirit.

Get Air is another option, located at 1015 E. Lincoln Avenue, where you can bounce until 12:30 a.m. for just $25. Entry includes water, a pizza slice, glow light gear and jump socks. Contact Get Air directly for tickets, and hurry. These passes sell out fast.

Ringing in 2018

Book a table at Russillo’s in downtown (32 N Front Street #102) and take advantage of live music, fantastic dishes and drink specials. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. and go until midnight. If you want to dance your way into 2018, this is the place to do it.

USA Dance Yakima is also hosting their annual party at 101 N. 65th Avenue from 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. For the 21+ crowd, enjoy live music, champagne toasts and dessert. There’s also wine and beer options at the no-host bar. Tickets start at $40 for non-members.





Nothing is cozier than a winter in wine country. Don’t miss these three major lighted events, including the Sunnyside Festival of Trees on December 1. Head to 1521 S. 1st Street from 6-9 p.m. to support a local cancer charity at the lit-up Sunnyside Community Center. Enjoy decorated trees, appetizers and live music. There’s also the Kids Lighted Christmas Parade on the 1st at 6:30 p.m., located on South 6th in Sunnyside, with lit battery-powered wagons and cars.

The Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade in downtown on December 2 has been one of the most popular parades in the area since 1989. It starts at 6:30 p.m. with over 50 lit farm machines. It’s voted one of the top lit parades in the U.S., so grab a mug of hot cocoa and don’t miss out on this annual gathering.

Season’s Greetings

Christmas Trees on the Farm, located on Billy’s Berry Farm, takes place Thanksgiving through December 9. Head to 3647 N. County Line in Grandview and see which of the decked-out trees is the most impressive. Ornaments, gifts, decorations and a hayride carol with a vanilla sugar doughnut is a family tradition for many.

The Santa Claus Trolley on S. 3rd and Pine Street, in downtown Yakima, can’t be missed. It takes place the first two weekends of December and features Santa traveling by trolley instead of train. Hop on for a trolley spin of your own and tell Santa what’s on your wish list.


This town, built on vineyards and wineries, is also known for tasty Thanksgiving dinners. If you prefer to dine out on the big day, visitors to Yakima have plenty of options. Mel’s Diner is a classic in downtown, opened in 1982 and famous for the incredible holiday menu. The classic American diner usually serves burgers, shakes and fries worthy of your drool, but on Thanksgiving you’ll find the classic menu on hand.

Other dining options include the local Shari’s and Apple Tree, and Legends Casino dishes up their famed Thanksgiving buffet spread. Carved meats including turkey, smoked ham and prime rib are right next to the Bistro Bar with soups, salads and a selection of breads. Your favorite sides, plus decadent desserts including cobblers and pies, make this a tasty pick for Thanksgiving.

The Day After

Don’t get too stuffed on Thursday, because starting on Black Friday the wineries and vineyards go all out. Thanksgiving weekend is a biggie for locals with the Wine Country Thanksgiving. Most wineries are open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the three days following Thanksgiving and offer seasonal specials including food and wine pairings with holiday twists.

It’s one of the biggest events in the Valley, and there are too many events to make it to all of them. Start plotting your itinerary now, perhaps with a dabble of Black Friday shopping, and discover some new wines that make perfect holiday gifts.

Where will your long weekend begin?



Can you Catch the Crush? Now’s your chance on October 14 – 15 at Wine Yakima Valley where a bevy of wineries celebrate the harvest season at this annual event. Every winery has its own festivities from grape stomps to crush activities, live music, wine tasting (of course) and free-run juice. Get a premium pass and you’ll enjoy VIP benefits reserved just for pass-holders during this epic weekend. It’s just $30 when purchased online.

This time of year, you’ll need a jacket and good walking shoes to triumph in Yakima wine country. Keep in mind that wineries always run out of glasses. Keep yours from your first stop, or bring one. A designated driver and identification is required. Some wineries waive tasting fees for premium pass holders, so make sure to check out the details as you plan your itinerary.

Who’s Pouring?

In the Yakima Area, check out AntoLin Cellars, Treveri Cellars, Owen Roe and many more. Zillah Area wineries include Cultura Wine, Dineen Family Vineyards and Agate Field. Agate is retiring, which means fantastic pricing on retirement deals—get ready to stock up!

There’s also Sunnyside/Grandivew/Prosser area wineries including 14 Hands, Co Dinn Cellars, Thurston Wolfe Winery and Chinook Wines. Head to the Red Mountain area for Chandler Reach Vineyards, Cooper Wine Company and Purple Star Winery. Get your pass online now and save!


Treat Dad to a feast fit for a king at the local Bob’s Burgers and Brew where burgers (and a lot more) are done right. Enjoy a special dining experience with fast, friendly service and full flavors you’ll never forget. Only the best ingredients are used, and there are over 20 burgers on the menu along with the tender hand-picked cod dishes. Grab a sandwich, grilled on a French roll, and don’t forget about the luxury salads sure to satisfy even the biggest appetites.

Bob’s is also open for breakfast as well as a massive Sunday brunch. Available to cater to parties of all sizes, choose from the fire-side room or a banquet hall. Whether Dad wants an eggs benedict and French toast or the biggest deluxe burger in town, Bob’s is the place to be with beer on top, handcrafted cocktails and a pub with plasma televisions.

What’s on the Menu?

Burgers are king here, starting with the Western BBQ Burger with six ounces of beef topped with American cheese and smothered in Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce. Try the Guacamole Bacon Burger with Hormel smokehouse bacon, pepper jack cheese and house sauce. The Hawaiian Ham and Pineapple Burger is a sweet surprise, with Swiss cheese, savory sauce and grilled pineapple rings.

Here for Sunday brunch? Don’t miss out on the all-you-can-eat buffet with the ultimate omelet station as the star! From flapjacks to house potatoes, hash browns to scratch biscuits, it’s the ultimate meal for the dad in your life. (Plus, the Bloody Marys are famous!)



Although the Pacific Northwest is well-known for sustainable fare and locally-sourced ingredients, sometimes you need authentic Indian cuisine to pair with that perfect regional wine. Taj Palace is Yakima’s premier Indian restaurant, known for having traditional curries and tandoori dishes as well as an impressive lunch buffet.

It’s recommended you make a reservation for dinner because, as Yakima’s only Indian restaurant, tables can fill up quickly. Specials fuse classical dishes with Washington favorites, like the Wild Salmon dish that is marinated with Indian herbs and spices and served with a house salad.

Spicing Up Your Getaway

Tandoori options fresh from the clay oven are popular, like the Tandoory Murg featuring a full chicken leg quarter marinated in a creamy yogurt and offset with vinegar and spices before being served to your table on a sizzler. Also try the Rack of Lamb and numerous naan specials, like the sweet Kabuli Naan with cashews, raisins and cherries.

Save room for dessert, like Rasmali, a delicious food consisting of homemade cheese patties swimming in an almond-sweetened cream. Coconut and mango ice cream are also sweet ways to cool off this summer!



Big, juicy, homemade comfort food at its finest. In Yakima, you’ll find a plethora of burger destinations, starting with Bob’s Burgers and Brew. Pairing your favorite sandwich with craft cocktails and beers, this local chain is a favorite hangout. Try the Ranch Burger with smokehouse bacon and American cheese, the Hawaiian Ham and Pineapple for a touch of sweetness, or the Bleu Cheese with an addictive special sauce.

Miner’s Drive-In is a touch of nostalgia with a drive-through window that’s been slinging burgers since 1948. Jumbo patties and shakes are staples, and it’s where you’ll get traditional burgers done right. Double down with the patties, choose your toppings, and always leave room for one of their famed monster shakes.

Burger Up!

Try Famous Burger and Teriyaki Sandwich for some American-Asian fusion. It’s a no-frills establishment with counter service, best known for their namesake burger. However, there’s a variety of other burger and sandwich options, some featuring sweet and sour sauce while others put chicken as the star.

Burger Ranch is a local favorite, known for their from-scratch offerings and the freshest ingredients around. Here, you’ll find classic burger concoctions, but you can also customize your burger to suit your whims. It’s a great choice for a quick and delicious bite.



Book your table now at Carousel, the only French restaurant in Yakima and always a popular choice this time of year. Established in 2003, authentic French cuisine is the specialty here, featuring original recipes from the French chef and owner. The bistro is elegant, tucked into the Historical District with romantic ambiance and a welcome refuge.

Open for brunch and dinner, with a bistro always available, you can start Valentine’s Day with apple-cinnamon stuffed French toast or lemon ricotta pancakes for something sweet. Get the potato pancakes for brunch, or go savory with a French omelet or quiche du jour. A lamb burger, pulled and smoked chicken sandwich, or croissants with a side of crème brûlée are always in season.

Dinner Out

The Bloody Mary Bar is the focal point of brunch, but at dinner, it’s all about the appetizers like escargot, a boar plate with foie gras, frog legs and an artisanal cheese plate. That sets you up for traditional French onion soup with baguette, chicken braised in red wine, rack of lamb, rabbit or duck entrees.

For dessert, try the chocolate mousse, pumpkin-spice bread pudding, cherries jubilee or house made brittle trio. A chocolate martini, Irish coffee or Spanish coffee are also favorite ways to end this decadent meal.


If you really want to wow Dad this Father’s Day, book a reservation at one of Yakima’s top ranked steakhouses. Black Angus features holiday specials like the fire-grilled fresh artichoke, jumbo shrimp cocktail, wagon wheel sample platter and, of course, your favorite cuts from filet mignon to New York strip. Their peanut butter cup pie, sky high mud pie and chocolate chip cowboy cookie are just a few of the delights on their separate dessert menu.


Kyoto Sushi and Steakhouse gives you the best of both worlds if you can’t decide between great steak and Asian flavors. With a massive lunch and dinner menu, it can be hard to decide! Do you want to start with miso soup or fried scallops? The hibachi dinner special offers filet mignon, lobster, scallops and more while dessert ranges from fried banana ice cream to chocolate lava cake.

Big Steaks!

Creekside West Bar and Grille is a local staple where Thai chicken nachos, bacon gorgonzola fries, killer clams,  and steak burgers are sure to please. Try the blue buckle BBQ burger, battered steak fries, or their famous mac and cheese.

George’s Steakhouse is a little known, best kept secret where the locals flock for fresh ingredients, locally sourced cuts, and some killer secret recipes! Where will you book this Father’s Day?