15 Must-Try Bites at Taste Washington

By Leslie Kelly  |  March 26, 2014
Credit: Leslie Kelly

It's easy to feel overwhelmed at Taste Washington. The two-day celebration of the state's ever-growing wine industry - with some Northwest beer and local spirits in the mix - is coming up this weekend. Hundreds of wineries will pour their finest and dozens of restaurants will serve samples of dishes designed to wow the thousands who show up to this popular event, now in its 17th year. The event fills a football field-size CenturyLink Field Event Center with great things to taste. To help you navigate, we've flagged a list of 15 dishes and assorted treats you should fight the masses to try.

Aqua by El Gaucho shucks Taylor Shellfish oysters, always an edible snapshot of the sea. Slurp them down with the deep selection of bivalve-friendly whites lined up nearby.

Anthony's remakes the BLT by wedging Alaskan Weathervane scallops in with the bacon and tomato.

Barking Frog serves sweet potato and lamb chorizo croquettes, finished in a red pepper rouille. Also on tap: gremolata-seared scallops and quinoa with marinated cucumbers, seasonal pickled vegetables, spiced mangos and salsa verde.

Manhattan rolls out its signature pork belly mac-n-cheese, topped with crispy chicarrones.

Local 360 serves a smoked mussels salad garnished with chickpeas grown on the Palouse in Eastern Washington.

Kaisho does an Asian version of chicken and waffles, infusing Thai spices onto the fried bird and kimchi into the waffle.

SkyCity at the Space Needle returns with its outstanding stinging nettles soup, this year served with crispy razor clams.

Urbane features house-made citrus gravlax on Saturday and syrah-braised Anderson Ranch lamb neck on Sunday.

Hollywood Tavern trots out its sticky sweet and smoky chicken wings, served with pickled celery and blue cheese on the side.

Von Trapp's showcases its house-made sausages, sauerkraut and pickled veggies.

On the sweet side, Hot Cakes dishes up a s'more sundae, Crisp Creperie will whirl an assortment of its boozy shakes and Cone & Steiner offers fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. 

Specialty chocolate makers Evolve Chocolate Truffles, Theo's and Carter's will be passing out samples.

General admission tickets are $80 for one day, $125 for both. VIP tickets, which include early entry and access to a special lounge area, are $145 for one day, $185 for both. They're available online, at area wine merchants and at the door.