From hoppy craft brews to steamy spiced stews, there’s an authentic spread of local and global fares to savor in Kent. Meet community chefs who are bringing new tastes to the table. You’ll quickly see, and taste, why Kent is ranked one of the most diverse cities in the nation.
Enter by August 31, 2019 for the chance to win a trip for two to Kent. This edible escape includes hotel accommodations at Best Western Plus Plaza by the Green (located next to the future site of Half Lion Brewing) and a $200 Visa gift card for breakfast, lunch and dinner along the food trail of your choice!
1. Downtown Dining Trail
Park the car and let your taste buds guide you through Kent’s historic downtown.
- Afghan Cuisine: one of the only Afghan restaurants in the state; kababs topped with flavorful chutney is a popular main course.
- Airways Bistro & Beer Garden: Kent’s flagship brewery pours craft beers and cooks up far more than just bar food, including the Muffuletta Sandwich and Bacon & Fig Pizza.
- Dogwood Café & Lounge: industrial ambiance serving up American comfort food with a Spanish flare, including the local favorite empanadas.
- Sushi Kuine: traditional sushi spot with a relaxing vibe rivaling anything in Seattle, minus the crowds.
- Thai Chili: this family-owned gem serves traditional Thai dishes like Pad Kee Mao (Drunken Noodles) and Panang Curry.
Hungry for more?
Enjoy outdoor shopping at nearby Kent Station and catch concerts and live events at accesso ShoWare Center—home of the Seattle Thunderbirds hockey team.
2. Farm Fresh Trail
From spring rhubarb to summer berries and a bounty of pumpkins in the fall, there are boundless ways to enjoy the harvest in Kent.
- Asadero: a family-owned Sinaloan steakhouse serving USDA Prime beef and fresh house-made salsa. Did we mention it’s been featured by Food Network?
- Carpinito Brothers: grab locally-grown produce and plants at this nursery and garden center that has been family owned and operated in Kent for more than 50 years. (Seasonal Produce Market is open June-December.)
- Dogwood Café & Lounge: this indie restaurant prides itself on serving locally-sourced, fresh produce and other seasonal ingredients.
- Sidetrack Distillery on The Lazy River Farm: experience farm-to-bottle spirits at a working, sustainable 6-acre farm on the Green River.
- Wild Wheat Bakery: this airy corner café offers freshly baked bread and artisanal dishes including classic breakfasts, gourmet omelets and "Grandma Minnie’s Blintzes."
Hungry for more?
Pack a picnic and wander restored Mary Olson Farm for a dive into the region's farming history. Stop by a local market for fresh milk (also try Tony’s Organic Cold Brew Coffee + Chocolate Milk) from Smith Brothers Farm, sourced from Pacific Northwest dairy farms and pasteurized in Kent.
3. International Eats Trail
Immerse yourself in Kent’s global food scene—without big-city lines or prices.
- Asadero: Mexican steakhouse offering prime Sonoran beef, homemade tortillas and fire roasted and stone-ground salsas.
- Banyan Tree: authentic Thai restaurant serving favorites such as steamed spicy mussels, barbecue pork and drunken noodles.
- Maharaja Kent: butter chicken and okra masala are just a few of the genuine Indian staples on the menu.
- Punjab Sweets: local favorite serving authentic Indian desserts including Gulab Jamin and lemon burfi.
- Szechuan First Restaurant: Dandan noodles and spicy fried fish are some of the most popular items at this under-the-radar Chinese cuisine spot.
- Ubuntu Street Café: Project Feast refugee trainees bring diverse heritage to the menu at this nonprofit café. Unique bites include Iraqi potato salad and Ethiopian beef stew.
Hungry for more?
Explore Kent’s Great Wall Shopping Mall, home to 99 Ranch Market, the largest Asian grocer in the U.S. Add a visit to the “Hands of Unity” mural and Kaibara Park. Don’t miss Kent International Festival every May.
4. Kid-Friendly Kitchen Trail
From favorite kid-approved dishes to more adventurous bites, there are plenty of options to satisfy kiddos in Kent.
- Airways Bistro & Beer Garden: kid-friendly locale where the little ones can enjoy a ciabatta pizza or house-made mac and cheese. Waiting for your food is made easier by an outdoor courtyard complete with chalk and bubbles.
- Dick’s Drive-In: skip the trip to Seattle and get your burger fix at this long-time Puget Sound favorite. Smaller appetites will enjoy the classic cheeseburger and fries.
- Pie Lab: indie bakery blending traditional and unique flavors, kids will love the mini apple pies and mini raspberry cheesecakes.
- Saimin Says: traditional island dishes are on the menu at this Hawaiian spot. Kids will enjoy loco moco and Mickey Mouse pancakes.
- Sweet Themes Bakery: a must-visit sweet stop sure to please everyone’s palates. Classic sugar cookies and mini cheesecakes are a crowd pleaser.
Hungry for more?
Pie baking classes are offered at Pie Lab—fun for the whole family. Lake Meridian Park and Playground offers plenty of green spaces for your loved ones to roam. Don’t forget to stop at Kent Teaching & Toys while you’re in town!
5. Local Libations Trail
True to its agricultural roots, Kent is pouring handmade brews sure to please any palate.
- Airways Taproom & Brewery: Kent’s flagship brewery serving beers true to its aerospace theme (Pre-Flight Pilsner and Big Ol’ Jet Airliner IPA to name a few) in a casual, relaxing setting. (ages 21+)
- Ducleaux Cellars: take a trip to the wild side inside Kent’s signature boutique winery with a glass of the Anarchy Red or One Night Stand Rosé. Note: plan ahead, tastings are available by appointment only
- Half Lion Public House (COMING SOON): the second location of this South Sound brewery will open at Kent’s Riverbend Golf Course in summer 2019.
- Sidetrack Distillery: tucked away on a 6-acre farm and tasting room, Sidetrack pours signature fruit-forward liqueurs, including the flagship Nocino (Walnut) Liqueur.
- Soos Creek Wine Cellars: a small-batch production winery focused on making Washington reds since the 1980s. Note: plan ahead, tastings are available by appointment only
Hungry for more?
Designated drivers and imbibers may also enjoy tea tasting at Serenity Moon Tea, grabbing a pick-me-up at Dilettante Mocha Café, and hitting a bucket of balls at Riverbend Golf Course (next door to Half Lion Public House).
- May | Kent Downtown Wine Walk
- May | Kent International Festival
- June–September | Kent Farmers Market
- July | Kent Cornucopia Days
- September–October | Carpinito Bros. Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze
- Ongoing | Migrating Meals with Project Feast