Toppenish’s strong Hispanic culture is evidenced in the plethora of Mexican restaurants, clothing stores, and Se Habla Español signs. Taqueria Mexicana (1051/2 S. Alder St., 509/865-7116) has the best south-of-the-border meals in town.
Also near Toppenish, the Yakama Nation Cultural Center (100 Spiel-yi Loop, 509/865-2800) has a popular restaurant with a large salad bar, salmon, buffalo, and fry bread. The Sunday brunch is very popular.
You’ll discover the best burgers around, along with floats, shakes, and cold drinks, at the old-fashioned soda fountain in Gibbons Pharmacy (117 S. Toppenish Ave., 509/865-2722).
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition