Best Places to Eat in the Palouse

Located on the most eastern tip of Washington, Pullman is home to about 30,000 residents in which a portion of them leaves each summer when WSU gets out. In fact, the only reason there are as many residents as there are is because WSU. It is the heart of this small town and it takes no time at all to learn that the locals are all die hard Cougs.

When we moved to Pullman, WA a year ago, we were apprehensive about what a small, college town would be like for two twenty somethings with no plans on returning to school or having kids any time soon. With the nearest city being an hour away and not much to do, we had plenty of time to discover the good eats within the area.

Whether you come to be a Coug, to start a job, or you’re just passing through, here are the places to eat!

Breakfast

Old European: This authentic Dutch restaurant is known for its delicious breakfast, but you can get lunch until 2pm. You can watch them make fresh squeezed OJ while you wait for your Aebelskivers, Dutch Babies and goulash. Great food and customer service! For two people, our bill typically runs between $20-$25.

Roost: This little coffee shop has the best vibe and is located in the bell tower off of Main Street. Enjoy your latte and homemade croissant out on the patio! If you’re needing a bit more to eat, they also make quiches, scones, and a lovely baked cinnamon oatmeal. ($)

The Breakfast Club: I’m cheating by adding this one because it is 15 minutes away from Pullman in Moscow, ID, but it needed to be on this list. This is hands down our favorite breakfast spot in the Palouse. It is so good, that we don’t mind the usual 30-45 minute wait every weekend. Dishes include the Ultimate Breakfast Burrito with Salsa Verde, homemade Vermont Maple granola, Poppy Lemon Seed Pancakes, and Huckleberry Zucchini French Toast. They have a lunch menu that looks great, but we loved the breakfast too much to branch out. ($) (Tip: Come on Saturday mornings during the summer when you can add your name to the wait-list and then browse the Saturday Market that is right outside the door.)

Lunch

Cougar Country: Burgers, fries, and shakes! This place is packed after games, but with great food and prices, it is easy to understand why. We only went a few times, but my go-to was a cheeseburger deluxe, small fry, and banana split cyclone. ($)

Sella’s: You can get a really yummy calzone and soup/salad here for $9 between 11am-3pm daily! They also serve  sandwiches, pasta, pizza, and dessert! Great place for kids of all ages as they provide coloring materials. ($)

Golden Terriyaki: Like most places in Pullman, this restaurant is owned by a local family. The food is delicious, authentic, perfectly priced and the portions are generous. We always had leftovers when we ate here! Our favorites included cream cheese wontons, Beef Hot Pot, and Szechuan Beef. ($-$$)

The Moscow Farmers Market:  Starting in May and ending in October, locals from around the region come to sell their fresh produce, meats, flowers, home furnishings, gifts, and artwork. It is so fun to grab a bite from the fresh food stands, browse the vendors tents, and buy the best cherries you’ll ever taste.We really enjoyed spending our Saturday mornings here! Tip: Bring cash just in case you find a vendor who doesn’t accept cards. ($)

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Happy Hour

Rico’s Pub: We love this cozy, cool bar located on Main Street. It was first opened in 1909 and you can feel the history as soon as you step-in. The vibe reminded me of the pubs in Boston making it a big win for me! Throughout the week they have Happy Hour, trivia night, live music, and open mic night. *Minors allowed in until 7pm* ($-$$)

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South Fork Public House: Home of the Cougar Gold Mac and Cheese! This place is never empty! They have an amazing daily Happy Hour from 2-5pm where you can enjoy $3 off all appetizers and $3 drinks. We love the lettuce wraps and scorpion tails!

Dinner

The Black Cypress: Hands down, one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to and Pullman is extremely lucky to claim it as it’s own. The fresh sweet rolls, lamb chops with tsatsiki and Carbonara surpassed the already high expectations I had for this place. We finished it with their toffee bread putting paired with homemade pistachio ice cream–simply mouthwatering. They have daily Happy Hour that I recommend for anyone wanting to experience the food without the high bill. ($$)

Foundry Kitchen and Cocktails: Owned by the same owners as Roost, Foundry is located right next door! It is a chic restaurant that is perfect for Happy Hour or a nice dinner. My favorite thing about coming here is the outdoor seating where you can keep warm by their fire pit. ($$)

Porch Light Pizza: This was the first place we ate at when we moved to Pullman! Good wood fired pizza made to order, salads, and beers on tap. A chicken caesar salad and a porch pizza were perfect two split between two! ($)

Downtown Moscow: After browsing the market, stop at one of the many restaurants down the main street. Whether you want wood fire pizza at Maialina, Fajitas at La Casa Lopez, or a great burger and beer at Tapped, you’ll leave very happy! ($$)

Dessert

Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe: A must! The homemade ice cream comes in flavors like Huckleberry Ripple, Cougar Tracks, and “Apple Cup” Crisp. Put that between a soft, oatmeal cookie and you have yourself a Grabber ($3). Strange name, but you’ll forget about that when you take your first bite. You can also find the famous Cougar Gold Cheese here. A tub of it will run you about $22, but you can sample some of the flavors. My only complaint is that the hours are not very convenient (9:30am-4:30pm M-F). The good news is that if you’re here for a WSU football game, they will open but only for a few special hours. You can check those times at the link above!


Sweet Mutiny: Cupcakes and cake pops are baked fresh daily with traditional and unique flavors! The gluten free cake pops are my favorite! If you’re wanting something cold, they have a froyo bar as well with fresh fruit toppings, sprinkles, brownie bites, etc. For less than $3.00 you can enjoy these tasty treats!

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Brownie with Chocolate Buttercream and Blueberry with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

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