El Mirador Restaurant: Pretty Good Value for the Amount of Food
With an amazing set of tile work and other color inside this place, this place definitely puts on a Mexican show. The customers, perhaps 50% or more of whom I heard speaking Spanish, seem to like it here as well, so perhaps it isn't just show. It seems to be an extremely popular place.
I found the food (vegetarian burrito for $10) to be a reasonably good deal for the price.
Taj Palace: Just Ordinary "Indian" Food
To call generic food from the subcontinent of India, "Indian", is to call Albanian food, European Food! food from one particular region of India, usually cooked by people from another region and in many cases from another country, is presented to the european and american palates as Indian Food: usually tasteless, with mild flavours hiding the rich cuisine of that big and varied country
One such example is Taj Palace in Yakima. I was invited there for dinner, the menu was not appetizing at all and I was not enthusiastic about selecting a dish. The wine list was two white and two red table wines.. what about the respect to Washington State which grows such fantastic wines.. At least in Australia we could bring our own wine, so that we dont have to depend upon the bad taste of the owners of an establishment to provide us with something to tipple..
Favorite Dish: There is nothing favourite from this restaurant. since i wont be going back there, even if i get a chance to go back to Yakima.. the garlic nan was soggy and without garlic taste; looked like a ready made nan heated up; the eggplant curry was mild and without any delicate flavours; the palak was just mediocre. i thought fondly of the student days in london when we could order the very same dishes and savour the intricate flavours of the subcontinent.. In london, mos of the "Indian" restaurants were owned or operated by Bangladeshis from Silhet district. as you can see, in the USA it is very very rare for an establishment to advertise Pakistani Restaurant or Bangladeshi restaurant.. they all hide under the generic Indian .. the waitresses were local girls who were ignorant of the food and wine among many other things. but that didnt matter since the service was good. there were people eating there but i was far more interested in talking to the person who had brought me here.
all in all a disappointing experience
Pasta 901: a very ordinary Restaurant
To call this an Italian establishment would be an insult to the Italian people and their palates. Ordinary place serving very ordinary food.
Favorite Dish: I had a half selection of Oriental Pasta and the other half of Vegetables with a nice slice of foccacia.
Felt very sleepy afterwards, something in the manufacture of the Pasta I am certain..
Mexican American Restaurant: mexican restaurant at greyhound bus station
at least they are honest, they call it mexican american food rather than calling it mexican. and the location is unfortunate in that there is the connotation of greyhound bus passengers.. usa is thought of as glamourous and glorious outside the country, to the first time visitors i recommend a short or long greyhound bus journey and they will see the real america.. the poor, the downtrodden and the depressed and unwashed and homeless
Favorite Dish: the mexican lady who owns this place has been in Yakima for years and speaks very good english eventhough i preferrred to speak spanish to her. she endeared herself to me by asking me whether i wanted homemade tortillas which i did not eat.
sopes de pollo
taco de carne asada
my sister friend who lives here had a taco enchilada plate, the usual greesy stuff you get at mexican american restaurants. i told her not to eat more than half of the stuff if she is interested in her health
bagel shop: give this a miss
The appearance of the girls behind the counter did not give any confidence about the quality of the coffee and in fact it was one of the worst capuccinos. and their attitudes were impossible to match, with no service to attest to it.. and not their fault, the bagels were a doughy constitution which must have had at least 500 calories, so one couldnt really enjoy more than a piece of it..
NEW THAI Restaurant: Reasonable Thai Food
The ambience was generic. the decor downright out of Walmart ideas on decorations.
the service was good and unintrusive. it was nice to see lots of families eating together. total absence of asians, hopefully the chef is not mexican ( as it happened to be at a thai restaurant in LIncoln, Nebraska)
Favorite Dish: Pad Thai Goong
Shrimp in hot sauce
Aubergines with chicken in chili paste
a nice bottle of hogue syrah
The Soda Fountain at the Yakima Valley Museum: 1950s style ice cream parlor
A cute place to go for a chili dog and milk shake. Don't you just love it when they make the shake in one of the authentic steel mixing containers - and then after they pour the shake into a glass, they give you the entire container to enjoy? This authentic Soda Fountain is an annex at the Yakima Valley Museum.
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Tequila's: Classic Mexicana
Hearty Mex-american food here, fresh and well-prepared. My friends Dmitri and Bettony had their wedding rehearsal dinner here. Their seafood dishes are really excellent - some of the best Mexican I've ever had.
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Deli De Pasta: Deli De Pasta
Wonderful little restaurant. Very cozy and romantic, food is outstanding. I ALWAYS have to eat here whenever I go back to Yakima. Can't say enough good things about it!!!
Favorite Dish: Smoked salmon ravioli with basil-cream sauce.
Mai Wings. It's jsut a little...
Mai Wings. It's jsut a little place on Yakima Ave and the owner and waitress run the place. Sue is her name.
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Favorite Dish: Triple Crown and shrip and whatever. You well be shocked how good this food is in such a small offbeat spot.
Mel's Diner: Classic Americana
A Genuine piece of Americana - not a "faux nostalgia diner" but the authentic thing. The kind of place where the waitress is named "Lou" and she calls you "honey".
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