Woo someone special with the house specialty crepes at the candlelit Mission Street Bistro & Wine Bar (202 N Mission St., 509/665-2406, www.missionstreetbistro.com, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Sun.). These tantalizing creations are enough to put a food lover into a reverie, served with a wide array of fillings and paired with any number of local wines from Mission’s amply stocked cellar.
At The Wine Bin (10 a.m.–7 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., closed Sun.) next door, Mission’s proprietors sell the necessary ingredients for continuing a romantic evening at home: over 400 different wines, artisan cheeses, fine chocolates, and elegant stemware.
Visconti’s Italian Restaurant (1737 N. Wenatchee, 509/662-5013, 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 5–10 p.m. Sat.–Sun.) serves quite good Northern Italian food in a white-linen setting. Prices are fairly reasonable. Another Italian eatery in East Wenatchee is Garlini’s Italian Restaurant (810 Valley Mall Pkwy. E, 509/884-1707, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 4–9 p.m. Sat.–Sun.).
Get authentic Mexican meals at El Abuelo (601 S. Mission, 509/662-7331, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. daily) or a couple of blocks away at La Fuente’s (816 S. Mission, 509/664-1910, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. daily). Another option is to stop by one of the taco trucks arrayed around town for affordable and meaty tacos.
Wok-About Grill (110 N. Wenatchee Ave., 509/662-1154, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Mon.–Sat. in summer, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Mon.–Thurs., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri.–Sat. in winter, closed Sun.) has a Mongolian barbecue with a big grill in the center of the room and quick service. This is a great place to fill your belly on a budget.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition