Cafés and Diners
One of the top-10 most visited drive-ins in the country, Miner’s Drive-In (2415 S. 1st St., 509/457-8194, 8:30 a.m.–4 a.m. daily) is a Yakima institution. The loyal customers line up for the flying-saucer sized burgers and golden onion rings. Miner’s also serves a book-length list of milk shake flavors. Freshness is the key here—you’ll see the phrase “Nothing is cooked until you order it!” plastered on signs in the store.
Looking for just the cure for a wine-induced hangover? Head to the local greasy spoon, Mel’s Diner (314 N. 1st St., 509/248-5382, open 24 hours) and get yourself a big ol’ breakfast with a fresh cup or three of coffee served up by waitresses who’ll call you “hon.”
Also of note is Jack’s Sports Bar (432 S. 48th Ave., 509/966-4340), a fun place with burgers, sandwiches, and a big-screen TV, open till 1:45 a.m. on the weekends.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition