Looking for food and drink options outside of downtown Seattle? Head 19 miles south to Kent, where you'll find a diverse selection of eateries and beverage producers. From craft beer and liqueurs, to a Mexican steakhouse and Asian and Eastern European snacks, here are several places to eat and drink in Kent, Washington.
See our full Kent, WA Road Trip Guide here.
Weekend Itinerary - Where We Went
1. Sip your way through Downtown Kent Wine Walk.
About once a quarter, Kent Downtown Partnership hosts a wine walk. Local winemakers take up residence inside storefronts and pour samples to attendees. To our surprise, many stops also included hearty snacks to compliment the wines being poured. Overall, this is a fantastic way to get to know some of the people who live and work in Kent while also sampling copious amounts of wine!
Featured partners of the Summer 2018 Wine Walk:
- Blackfish Spirits Distillery
- Michael Florentino Cellars
- Vino Aquino Winery
- Cloudlift Cellars
- Naches Heights Vineyard
- Davenport Cellars
- 2 Towns Ciderhouse
- Sidetrack Distillery
- Schilling Hard Cider
- Leony’s Cellars
2. Explore the Kent Farmers Market
Every Saturday, from June 2nd through September 29th, the Kent Farmers Market takes place in downtown Kent. Located at the city's new park, Town Square Plaza, you'll find vendors selling everything from fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables to arts and crafts. Be sure to pick up a bouquet of freshly arranged flowers and stop by the food trucks.
3. Wild Wheat Bakery
No town is complete without a traditional American diner. That is definitely the vibe of Wild Wheat Bakery, a breakfast and lunch spot in downtown Kent. This is where you start your day off with a hearty breakfast like Eggs Benedict or a Dungeness Crab and Asparagus Omelet with home fries. We were particularly enraptured with Grandma Minnie's Blintzes, pictured below.
Whether you choose to dine in or simply grab a coffee to go, pick up a slice of pie or pastry as well!
4. M Bakery and Deli
Located in a mini strip mall, M Bakery and Deli might appear unassuming from the outside. But step inside and you'll be treated to a menu of European treats. Piroshkis and baklavas are often freshly made and served hot for breakfast or a midday snack if they haven't already sold out. There are also lunch items on the menu such as a smoked pork wrap, gyro plate, and more.
5. Punjab Sweets
Most people are familiar with Indian dishes such as curries and naan. But how much do you know about Indian sweets and pastries? There's no better place to learn than Punjab Sweets. This family-run eatery in Kent has an impressive menu of sweets such as Khoya Burfi (milk fudge with pure cream), Kala Jamun (juicy donut hole pastry), and Khoya Gajrela (shredded carrots with milk and cream).
6. Asadero Sinaloa
If you haven't been to a Mexican steakhouse yet, Asadero Sinaloa is an experience you absolutely must have! Chef and owner David Orozco opened the very first Asadero Sinaloa in Kent in 2014. With a menu featuring the mesquite, high quality grilled meats found in Northern Mexico, the restaurant was an immediate hit. Currently, Asadero Sinaloa has two branches: one in Kent and another in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.
On the menu, you'll find only 100% USDA Prime Beef, plus American or Japanese Wagyu. During our meal, we were fans of to Tuetanos (fire roasted bone marrow with cotija cheese), Rajitas Poblanas (fire roasted poblano peppers with corn and cream sauce), and Vacio Akaushi (14oz Akaushi Wagyu, served on a sizzling hot stone).
7. Ubuntu Street Cafe by Project Feast
Operated by the non-profit Project Feast, Ubuntu Street Cafe offers a unique dining concept. The chefs in the kitchen are refugee and immigrant apprentices. They receive hands-on culinary job training at Ubuntu Street Cafe, while they offer traditional and cultural insights to the menu. The resulting dining experience is a diverse menu of international flavors. During our lunch, we particularly enjoyed the Ethiopian hummus and Yalanji (Syrian-style stuffed grape leaves).
8. Sidetrack Distillery
Certainly, the main attractions at Sidetrack Distillery here are the liqueurs, and there are many of them. Take the warm spiciness of the nocino (walnut) liqueur, the subtle citrus punch of yuzu liqueur, or the punchy plum eu de vie (sipping brandy). But there's more to this distillery than hearty spirits.
Here at Gemini Connect, it's no secret that we have a bit of an obsession with farms. Suffice to say we were delighted to learn that Sidetrack Distillery also has lots of agricultural land known as The Lazy River Farm. Currently, they grow a host of fruits on the land, many of which end up in their liqueurs and distilled spirits. The farm also serves as an event venue for rental; in particular, it seems like the perfect spot for a country-inspired wedding.
9. Airways Brewing Taproom
Like the idea of an airplane themed brewery? That's what you'll find at Airways Brewing Taproom. Tucked away on 212th in Kent, the taproom can seat over 140 guests, all while serving their unique brews. Airways brews four beers year-round, as well as some seasonal beers, and a number of experimental one-offs. The best way to try as many as possible is to order a flight and pick and choose your favorites.
Airways Brewing also operates The Bistro and Beer Garden in downtown Kent. It's a smaller venue, but it's open to all ages and features a 70-seat patio.
10. Banyan Tree Thai Restaurant
Thai food is a Seattle staple, so it's no wonder that one such restaurant in Kent is a standout option. Located in Kent Station, Banyan Tree is a modern Thai eatery. You'll find favorites such as pad thai, curry, tom yum, and Thai iced tea. However, there are some unique menu items as well such as the Tom Yum Fried Rice, and Pad Ped Fish (fried basa fillet with vegetables), and Kao Soi (curry noodles). There's also a full bar serving up a variety of cocktails including the house favorite, a lychee cosmo.
Over To You
There you have it! 7 places to eat and drink your way through Kent, Washington. Do you have any favorites to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below. In the meantime, if you found this post helpful, please share or pin it for later!