Cafés and Diners
Start your day at Clarette’s Restaurant (15 S. Touchet, 509/529-3430, 6 a.m.–8 p.m. daily) for the best home-style breakfasts in Walla Walla. For lunch, try Merchants Ltd. (21 E. Main, 509/525-0900) is a great deli with a lunch buffet that includes homemade soups, fresh salads, and baked goods. Unfortunately, the staff lacks a certain warmth. Also of note for lunch is Cookie Tree Bakery & Café (23 S. Spokane, 509/522-4826, 6 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri.), with homemade breads and pastries. Blue Mountain Tavern and Casino (2025 E. Isaacs Ave., 509/525-9941) serves excellent sandwiches for lunch and shows big-screen TV sports at night. No kids are allowed here.
Although Walla Walla has all the standard fast-food eateries (out on Wilbur and Isaacs), you’d do far better visiting The Ice Burg (616 W. Birch, 509/529-1793, 11:30–10 p.m. Sun.–Thurs., 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m. Fri.–Sat.). This popular drive-in makes great hamburgers and wonderful banana shakes.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition