Several eateries dish out the dense, meaty German fare one expects to find in a Bavarian village. You’ll get the real thing at Café Mozart (829 Front St., 509/548-0600, daily 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m.) including leberkäse, knackwurst, and kassler kottlets. Be sure to order the big Bavarian-style pretzels—quite unlike the standard shopping-mall variety—with your brew.
Right downstairs at the same address is the similar Andreas Keller (509/548-6000, 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m.).
King Ludwig’s Gasthaus (921 Front St., 509/548-6625, Sun.–Thurs. 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m.) features German and Hungarian dishes, along with more standard American faves.
Gustav’s (617 Hwy. 2, 509/548-4509, Sun.–Thurs. 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.) also serves Germanic fare but is best known for great hamburgers, including an Ortega Mexican burger.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition