Warm wood paneling, cozy booths, and red vinyl and stainless steel stools at the counter pay homage to the roadhouse past of The Windmill (1501 N. Wenatchee Ave., 509/665-9529, www.thewindmillrestaurant.com, 5–9 p.m. daily). The bootleg liquor and crazy times of the early 1930s are long gone, however, replaced by Wenatchee’s nicest steakhouse. Thick, juicy cuts of beef are accompanied by home-cooked sides prepared from scratch.
Leave a few bites on your dinner plate to justify one of the rich dessert pies. In the summer, the signature berry cream cheese pie is not to be missed. The restaurant’s name comes from the twirling windmill built into this lovely brick-and-shingle building.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition