Mountain Loop Dining
Author: Shari Shephard | Photo: Jake Campbell
The Mountain Loop is one of the most remote and pristine drives in Washington, but that doesn’t mean you have to go hungry.
Here are seven food stops known for their service, character, and all-around deliciousness to travelers at the beginning or end of their Mountain Loop adventure.
Ice Cream from Bluebird Cafe in Arlington
1. Rhodes River Ranch in Arlington
A real cowboy’s ranch home to horses. Try anything from rib-eye to salmon to scampi. Reservations are required on certain days, so call ahead.
22016 Entsminger Road, Arlington, WA 98223 | (360) 474-8313
2. Hometown Bakery and Cafe in Darrington
Want some pizza with your coffee? Locals can’t get over the perfectly flaky crust served here.
1180 Cascade Street, Darrington, WA 98241 | (360) 436-9603
3. Mountain Loop Books and Coffee in Darrington
An information treasure trove, come browse while you nibble on a tasty breakfast sandwich and get a dose of small-town hospitality.
1085 Darrington Street, Darrington, WA 98241 | (360) 630-7673
4. Bluebird Cafe in Arlington
For a classic 50’s diner experience, stop at the Bluebird for a hearty breakfast of blueberry pancakes before embarking on that long hike. They’ve been feeding hungry travelers since 1958.
308 N. Olympic Avenue, Arlington, WA 98223 | (360) 435-2724
5. Mirkwood Public House in Arlington
Mirkwood prides itself on its tattoo house and on its all organic and free-range menu. Mostly vegetarian, any non-vegetarian items can be made so. Just ask.
117 Division Street, Arlington, WA 98223 | (360) 403-9020
6. Hanky Pies in Granite Falls
A veteran-owned eatery that serves breakfast all-day with Black Rifle coffee. Hanky Pie’s prides itself on being family-friendly. Locals know that their made-from-scratch pastries are on point every day.
106 Cascade Avenue,Granite Falls, Washington 98252 | (360) 691-9413
7. Barbecue Bucket in Granite Falls
With all meats smoked in-house, customers claim Barbecue Bucket has the best barbecue around. Come with an empty stomach.
402 E Stanley Street, Granite Falls, WA 98252 | (360) 691-1215