There are so many amazing restaurants in Washington State, with new ones constantly opening. With so many options, it can be difficult to decide where to go, so we’ve done the work for you! Here are three restaurants that you absolutely need to try this spring.
Skagit Landing is a locally-owned and operated farm-to-fork restaurant and catering company that celebrates the “bounty of the county” on every plate. If you were to search “Farm-to-Table” cuisine in the dictionary, Skagit Landing is what you would find. You can actually see the fields and farms which provide many of the fresh ingredients showcased on Skagit Landing’s menu from its Port of Skagit location.
Located an hour north of Seattle in the Skagit Valley, Skagit Landing provides a unique dining experience that can’t be found anywhere else in the PNW. The food is fresh, seasonal, and comforting, the drinks are fun and refreshing, and the best part is that you can watch the planes take off and touch down at the Port of Skagit Airport while enjoying your meal.
Led by Executive Chef Josie Urbick, the current menu features pasta from Bellingham Pasta Co., meats from Preservation Meat Collective, veggies from Puget Sound Food Hub, ice cream from Lopez Island, pies and bagels from Whidbey Island Pies, and goat cheese from the Lost Peacock Creamery. “I feel that it’s my responsibility to support local farmers and cultivate the same sensibilities within our community all year round,” said Chef Urbick.
You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but we highly recommend the Pancetta and Mushroom Pasta, the Steak Grinder, and the Honey Garlic Cauliflower Bites (I dream of these cauliflower bites). Pair it all with the delicious Pear Cassis Mule, or one of the many local beers, wines, and libations that Skagit Landing has to offer.
Skagit Landing is located at 15426 Airport Drive in Burlington. They are open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11am to 3pm, Thursday through Saturday from 11am to 8pm, and Sundays from 11am to 5pm. Skagit Landing has a breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu, as well as happy hour from 3pm to 5pm daily. For more information, visit www.skagitlanding.com or check them out on Instagram.
Arleana’s is an elevated French and Caribbean-inspired restaurant that is set to open on April 8th in downtown Kirkland. Arleana’s is located in the luxury Parque building and is designed with a vibrant, inviting, colorful, and elegant aesthetic. The restaurant features purple and turquoise tile symbolic of the tropics with a large horseshoe shaped bar, and a prominent mural of legendary chef and civil rights activist, Leah Chase –the Queen of Creole Cuisine.
Newly appointed Restaurant Executive Chef James Gibney is bringing a new imagination to soul food paired with the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Arleana’s will offer a robust cocktail menu featuring a Sister Nancy that will transport you to the Caribbean, alongside a twist on the classic Manhattan and the ultra-refreshing Quincy. Dishes will be locally sourced, with an emphasis on seafood. Guests can expect a fun, whimsical, and fresh menu with entrees such as salmon tartar, cauliflower chowder, sturgeon, and bouillabaisse.
“When the opportunity to open this restaurant came along, we couldn’t pass it up,” said Theo Martin. “Island Soul and its generous community has given me the wings to follow my dreams and create a legacy for my mother. It is important to me as a Black business owner that I not only create and build, but to also expand and grow. We have so much gratitude and excitement for what is to come and look forward to feeding our new community in Kirkland.”
Arleana’s Restaurant is located at 312 Central Way in Kirkland, and is open Monday to Thursday from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, Friday from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 12:00 am and Sunday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. The space offers 67 seats for dining and 16 additional seats at the bar. There is also a rooftop deck and stone wine cellar located in the building that can be reserved and catered for private dining and events. For more information, visit www.arleanasrestaurant.com or follow them on Instagram.
Rasai in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood is known for its modern Indian cuisine, elevated flavor profile, and focus on sustainability. The team at Rasai is thrilled to debut a new fun-dining, multi-course tasting menu concept. Guests are invited to experience a five course or seven course seasonal menu featuring local, sustainable ingredients and prepared with an eye towards innovation. This new menu features Neo-Indian cuisine and unique European plating techniques.
“This is the first modernist Indian concept that’s utterly tasting menu driven where our guests will partake in a sensory experience with reinterpreted Indian dishes with an openness towards global techniques and influences from our fun-dining Indian cuisines” says Jeet Singh, creative and concept director for Rasai. “Our passion for elevating our concept comes from sourcing seasonal ingredients that you wouldn’t traditionally associate with Desi Indian flavors, all while using a modernist touch. Modern Indian cuisine has gained much wider recognition and popularity throughout the world, and we felt that Seattle is the best place to showcase the representation of this progressive style of Indian cuisine.”
Menu highlights include playful, innovative takes on ceviche, pulled short rib or chicken tikka tacos, halibut moilee, and dessert options that include a palate refreshing mukh-was with popcorn truffle, popping candies, fennel, anise, mint, and rock sugar.
The five-course tasting menu ($75 per person) is available throughout the week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays while the seven-course option ($90 per person) is available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Rasai is located 473 N 36th Street in Seattle. For more information, you may visit their website or their Instagram.