You don’t have to go far to taste the spices of the Far East, the flavors of the Mediterranean, or the specialties of Central America. Wenatchee has a variety of diverse cuisines to choose from, celebrating the many cultures present in the valley.
Whatever you’re craving, you can find an authentic international meal in every corner of downtown Wenatchee. Here’s a quick guide on how to let your taste buds’ jet across the globe while staying in the city:
Start in Asia for Friday’s meals. There’s nothing like treating yourself to a vegetable samosa or some delicious chicken tikka masala after a long week! Try India House Authentic Cuisine for lunch. India House is full of unique and flavorful Indian dishes, from classic favorites to more adventurous options. Don’t forget the garlic naan.
Travel South to The Thai Restaurant and grab a handcrafted cocktail (try the Lychee Cosmo or Thai Basil Lemon Drop) inspired by fresh Asian ingredients for Happy Hour. This Bangkok-style spot serves the classics – tom yum soup, fresh spring rolls, Panang curry. They even serve Pad Thai chicken wings!
If you haven’t gotten your Thai craving satisfied yet, make your way to Om Cooking for more. Owned by Narisara, nicknamed “Om”, from Thailand, Om Cooking draws inspiration from Thailand, Vietnam and Laos adding her own personal twist.
On Saturday, make your way to Eastern Europe for lunch at Inna’s Cuisine. This charming old-school style restaurant brings together dishes and flavors from Greece, Italy, Russia, and Ukraine. Inna is a Ukraine native who creates menu items from scratch – think beef stroganoff, cabbage rolls, red borscht and pierogis. They also have seven types of Russian beer and six types of Russian vodka.
Don’t fill up because Shakti’s is next. This rustic Northern Italian joint has an eclectic wine list, garden patio dining, a full bar and cocktail lounge with signature martinis.
Or cross the Atlantic for Happy Hour drinks and appetizers at South in Pybus Public Market. The lively atmosphere calls for a Caipirinha, a Brazilian cocktail with muddled lime & sugar and Boca Loca Cachaça. The team at South is always on the search for distinct regional recipes from Cuba, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico.
Continuing with Latin fare, move on to El Agave Mexican restaurant for dinner. Check out the flavorful menu with classics like chicken mole, steak fajitas and chipotle enchiladas. Top off your meal with a Cadillac margarita or an Estrella Jalisco.
Hop on over the Pacific Ocean for classic sushi rolls at Iwa Sushi & Grill for lunch on Sunday. With an inventive Japanese menu, you’ll find specialties like the locally-inspired Colchuck roll – tempura-fried softshell crab, pickled daikon radish and cucumber inside, topped with white tuna, avocado, green tobiko and eel sauce. Yum!
Take a “wok” on the wild side by finishing off your weekend with dinner at Wok About Mongolian Grill. Here you’ll find homemade sauces, hand-cut vegetables and fire smoked ribs with sweet, smokey barbecue sauce. The concept of the restaurant, by owner Shon Smith, is based on the stir-fry style tradition of centuries-old Mongolian hunting parties and warriors.
If you’re not full yet – there are plenty more restaurants to check out Visit Wenatchee.org. Wenatchee’s got the world at its fingertips and tastebuds.