The Barn Inn and Restaurant (490 Wine Country Rd., 509/786-2121) on the west end of town is one of the best local restaurants for all-American steak and seafood platters; munch the great appetizers while watching sports on the big-screen TV. Another local favorite is The Blue Goose (306 7th St., 509/786-1774), which features a menu that includes prime rib, pastas, and seafood. Come here for breakfast omelettes.
More refined palates will prefer the comestibles at Picazo 717 (717 6th St., 509/786-1116, www.picazo717.com) an arty, modern tapas and wine bar that serves food that will make you want to sing. Try the daring shellfish cakes ($10) with shrimp, crab, and scallops drizzled with a poblano remoulade. Or bring a friend and order the paella for two ($34). The well-educated staff is ready to offer the perfect wine pairing from the jam-packed cellar.
The Prosser Farmers Market (509/786-3600, 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Sat. June–Sept.) takes place in the city park.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition