The Unique Tastes of Ellensburg

Ellensburg offers up a variety of different restaurants that allows even the biggest of foodies to enjoy a new, unique meal each time out. With rare menus and unforgettable atmospheres, a food tour of Ellensburg should be something to experience safely next time you are in the Burg. Here are some of the top choices if you are looking for an exclusive Ellensburg experience.

The Mule

Where Friends Gather. That is the slogan for The Mule, and it is one that all should follow. This is a great place to go with friends for some amazing food and drink and a nice environment. Located in the Elmira Building, The Mules menu is as special as the building, giving it a top-tier dining atmosphere. The Mule offers some restaurant favorites such as chicken wings, a variety of salads, and a plethora of burgers. They also have some unique items such as poutine, a charcuterie board, shepherd’s pie, and crispy ravioli. The Mule is also a cocktail bar, so along with these food options with character, you can share a Flight of The Mule, a sample of any of their mule recipes! With Happy Hour offered Tuesday to Saturday from 3PM – 5PM, you can experience even more of the menu.

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The Red Pickle

The Red Pickle started off as a food truck, trying to gain some recognition. Now, they have their own restaurant and bar that is a great gathering spot for friends and families. The Red Pickle offers some of the most unique food in Ellensburg such as Wasabi fries, salmon fish and chips, Gauchito (A burger marinated in a chimichurri sauce), and Shuko aka Messy (Guatemalan style hot dog). With these authentically delicious items, you are sure to be able to taste something you have never tried before! Along with these hot food items, The Red Pickle offers a variety of cocktails, both signatures and classics. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, The Red Pickle is sure to give you a food experience you will never forget.


The Early Bird

Looking for a breakfast/brunch spot to enjoy some great food and an amazing outdoor dining area? The Early Bird is the place for you! With classic breakfast items such as biscuits and gravy, a variety of waffles, and a breakfast burrito, you’ll be able to find something you’re familiar with. However, if you’re looking to be a little more adventurous more breakfast or brunch, The Early Bird has some more unique dining options. The Early Burger, Benny Bowl, Cali Bowl, Pork Green Chili, and Red Beans and Rice are a few of the more unique, delicious options that The Early Bird offers. Combine this with their beautiful outdoor dining area and The Early Bird may become a weekend favorite for your early morning eating!

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The Pearl

Located right in the heart of Ellensburg is The Pearl Bar and Grill. It started off as just a dream for former bartender Blake Collins, and now his dream is a reality. Accompanied by executive chef Lacy Bender, these two are determined to give customers a dining experience that will stay in their minds forever. The Pearl does just that by offering some of the most unique menu items in town. To start off the night, you can get appetizers such as crab and shrimp tater tots, pork belly cracklins, or gorgonzola stuffed dates. For entrees, you can decide from plates such as sun-dried tomato salmon, Ellensburg blue steak, or a variety of different sandwiches and burgers with their own unique twist. Fit any of these with one of their many specialty drinks, and you are bound a dining experience by one of Ellensburg best.


Oyama Sushi and Steakhouse

Don’t know if you want surf or turf? Why not have both! At Oyama Sushi and Steakhouse, you can enjoy high quality meats from both the land and sea. Fit with hibachi grill tables, a sushi bar, or just regular tables, you can have a different dining experience each time you step in. With many traditional Japanese appetizers such as tempura and gyoza, you can enjoy some traditional Japanese cuisine. As you move onto the main course, you can decide between sushi, the hibachi grill, teriyaki, noodles, fried rice, and other options. With this many options it may be hard to choose just one! The hibachi grill is a favorite as you can choose from classics such as chicken or New York steak. They also offer some more high end options such as filet mignon, lobster, scallops, and salmon.

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Cornerstone Pie

Pizza is a favorite of many people, so Cornerstone Pie may be a perfect match for you! Cornerstone Pie combines the freshness of their ingredients with their fire roasted oven to make some of the best pizza around with a unique, fired twist. With diverse pies you may have never tried before such as Carolina Pulled Pork, Salmon Caper, and Hot Honey, there will be a pizza that you have surely not tasted and is waiting for you to love! The menu doesn’t stop at pizza – Cornerstone Pie offers some great appetizers such as Bruschetta and Spicy Adobo Wings. They offer a variety of different food, and serve local brews at their relaxing bar for those looking to cool off with a pint of Ellensburg’s favorites.

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