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The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival runs through April, with plenty of strong dining options in the area.
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Best Food Bets for Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Day-Trippers

Where to eat after taking in all the colorful flowers

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The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival runs through April, with plenty of strong dining options in the area.
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Skagit Valley’s annual rite of spring is back. A year after canceling the 2020 festivities due to the pandemic, the month-long Tulip Festival is open this April, with a few COVID-related changes, including advanced ticketing for Tulip Town and RoozenGaarde at reduced capacity. Those who want to take in the color-drenched fields of flowers may also want a good spot to eat, and the region’s dining options feature a terrific mix of classic Pacific Northwest small-town cafes, grills, pubs, and international cuisines. Here are some of the best places keeping the taste buds of tulip fans satisfied.

All places listed offer takeout, but a number of restaurants in Skagit County have resumed indoor and outdoor dining as well, with indoor capacity at 50 percent in phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in the area, please visit Skagit County’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

No place captures the hip novelty of tiny Edison better than Tweets (no relation to the social media platform). It serves coffee, baked goods (such as blood orange lemon tarts), and a changing menu of breakfast and lunch comfort food items, with ingredients painstakingly sourced. The cafe is open Saturday and Sunday for takeout only and doesn’t take credit cards.

Slough Food

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This Rome-influenced provisioner in Bow specializes in high-quality cheeses, cured meats, and wine. It’s a great place to get picnic supplies, especially when paired with the fresh-baked goods from Breadfarm next door. Open for takeout only.

Old Edison Inn

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This longtime roadhouse-style restaurant and bar in Bow specializes in fried oysters and a friendly, no-attitude attitude. It manages to flourish as a counterpoint to the unorthodox town that’s developed around it. Open for takeout and limited dine-in services.

The exterior of the Old Edison Inn, with an orange banner that says “Steaks and Cocktails,” and a large van parked out front
The Old Edison Inn has been a Bow mainstay for years.
Matthew Lombardi

Joy's Sedro Woolley Bakery

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Known for its decadent brunch items, this homey mom ‘n’ pop joint serves breakfast until 2 p.m. A quaint stop in downtown Sedro Woolley, Joy’s takes pride in its hearty food, friendly service and low-key atmosphere. The crunchy coconut pancakes and monstrous cinnamon rolls are both popular picks amongst newbies and regulars. Open for takeout and limited dine-in.

The exterior of Joy’s Bakery in Sedro-Woolley, Washington, with the business’s name inscribed on the window in ornate lettering, surrounded by sunflowers in a vase and a frilly curtain
Joy’s Bakery is a good spot for brunch in Sedro-Woolley.
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Railroad Pub and Pizza

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Run by the owners of nearby Train Wreck Bar & Grill in Burlington, this family-friendly stop serves classy pizzas baked in a wood-fired oven. A solid selection of beers and ciders, in addition to $8-dollar growler fills, makes this pub extra appealing. Open for takeout and limited indoor dining.

Two people (their faces aren’t shown) eat at a wood table; one holds a mason jar filled with beer, the other is eating a salad, and there’s a full pizza pie and between them covered in toppings.
Railroad Pub and Pizza has wood-fired pies.
Railroad Pub/Facebook

Sakura Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

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A solid sushi selection and hibachi-style dining experience greet diners at this Burlington destination, which is open for takeout and limited dine-in. A couple of additional perks include reasonable prices and a convenient location right off the highway for travelers. Known for generous portions, make sure to arrive hungry.

This modest Mount Vernon Mexican spot — with a branch in La Conner — is located in a residential neighborhood east of downtown, and has plenty to offer. Diners can get tacos and burritos, but the larger entrees — bacon-wrapped prawns, carne asada — are the most rewarding, best washed down with any of the potent margaritas. Open for takeout and limited dine-in.

Taste of India

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Started by a family from New Delhi, this North Indian restaurant in Mount Vernon serves up a variety of classic dishes, including coconut curry, biryani, and butter chicken. The prime River Walk location is also hard to beat. Open for takeout only with curbside pickup.

An empty table and chairs with place settings, salt and pepper shakers in the middle
Taste of India is located in the heart of Mount Vernon.
Taste of India [Official Photo]

Rachawadee Thai Cafe

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No place in Mount Vernon has more hole-in-the-wall allure than this former lunch counter serving super spicy Thai cuisine all day. The wide-ranging menu includes tom kah soup, phad woon sen, and a selection of excellent vegetable stir fries (those looking to adjust heat levels can skew toward the lower numbers). Open for takeout only with curbside pickup.

The counter at Rachawadee in Mount Vernon, Washington, with containers of spices in the foreground and shelves stocked with bottles of sauces and other sundries in the background
Rachawadee is a small cafe in Mount Vernon serving Thai cuisine.
Rachawadee/Facebook

Nell Thorn Restaurant and Pub

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Anyone who's more comfortable in khakis and a polo than jeans and a T-shirt will find their best dining options in La Conner, including this brunch and dinner spot. Nell Thorn grills meat and seafood (items include ribeye, seared duck breast, and halibut), and those who want some fresh air can sit on the patio overlooking the water. Open for takeout and limited onsite dining.

Tweets

No place captures the hip novelty of tiny Edison better than Tweets (no relation to the social media platform). It serves coffee, baked goods (such as blood orange lemon tarts), and a changing menu of breakfast and lunch comfort food items, with ingredients painstakingly sourced. The cafe is open Saturday and Sunday for takeout only and doesn’t take credit cards.

Slough Food

This Rome-influenced provisioner in Bow specializes in high-quality cheeses, cured meats, and wine. It’s a great place to get picnic supplies, especially when paired with the fresh-baked goods from Breadfarm next door. Open for takeout only.

Old Edison Inn

The exterior of the Old Edison Inn, with an orange banner that says “Steaks and Cocktails,” and a large van parked out front
The Old Edison Inn has been a Bow mainstay for years.
Matthew Lombardi

This longtime roadhouse-style restaurant and bar in Bow specializes in fried oysters and a friendly, no-attitude attitude. It manages to flourish as a counterpoint to the unorthodox town that’s developed around it. Open for takeout and limited dine-in services.

The exterior of the Old Edison Inn, with an orange banner that says “Steaks and Cocktails,” and a large van parked out front
The Old Edison Inn has been a Bow mainstay for years.
Matthew Lombardi

Joy's Sedro Woolley Bakery

The exterior of Joy’s Bakery in Sedro-Woolley, Washington, with the business’s name inscribed on the window in ornate lettering, surrounded by sunflowers in a vase and a frilly curtain
Joy’s Bakery is a good spot for brunch in Sedro-Woolley.
Joy’s Bakery/Facebook

Known for its decadent brunch items, this homey mom ‘n’ pop joint serves breakfast until 2 p.m. A quaint stop in downtown Sedro Woolley, Joy’s takes pride in its hearty food, friendly service and low-key atmosphere. The crunchy coconut pancakes and monstrous cinnamon rolls are both popular picks amongst newbies and regulars. Open for takeout and limited dine-in.

The exterior of Joy’s Bakery in Sedro-Woolley, Washington, with the business’s name inscribed on the window in ornate lettering, surrounded by sunflowers in a vase and a frilly curtain
Joy’s Bakery is a good spot for brunch in Sedro-Woolley.
Joy’s Bakery/Facebook

Railroad Pub and Pizza

Two people (their faces aren’t shown) eat at a wood table; one holds a mason jar filled with beer, the other is eating a salad, and there’s a full pizza pie and between them covered in toppings.
Railroad Pub and Pizza has wood-fired pies.
Railroad Pub/Facebook

Run by the owners of nearby Train Wreck Bar & Grill in Burlington, this family-friendly stop serves classy pizzas baked in a wood-fired oven. A solid selection of beers and ciders, in addition to $8-dollar growler fills, makes this pub extra appealing. Open for takeout and limited indoor dining.

Two people (their faces aren’t shown) eat at a wood table; one holds a mason jar filled with beer, the other is eating a salad, and there’s a full pizza pie and between them covered in toppings.
Railroad Pub and Pizza has wood-fired pies.
Railroad Pub/Facebook

Sakura Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

A solid sushi selection and hibachi-style dining experience greet diners at this Burlington destination, which is open for takeout and limited dine-in. A couple of additional perks include reasonable prices and a convenient location right off the highway for travelers. Known for generous portions, make sure to arrive hungry.

Coa

This modest Mount Vernon Mexican spot — with a branch in La Conner — is located in a residential neighborhood east of downtown, and has plenty to offer. Diners can get tacos and burritos, but the larger entrees — bacon-wrapped prawns, carne asada — are the most rewarding, best washed down with any of the potent margaritas. Open for takeout and limited dine-in.

Taste of India

An empty table and chairs with place settings, salt and pepper shakers in the middle
Taste of India is located in the heart of Mount Vernon.
Taste of India [Official Photo]

Started by a family from New Delhi, this North Indian restaurant in Mount Vernon serves up a variety of classic dishes, including coconut curry, biryani, and butter chicken. The prime River Walk location is also hard to beat. Open for takeout only with curbside pickup.

An empty table and chairs with place settings, salt and pepper shakers in the middle
Taste of India is located in the heart of Mount Vernon.
Taste of India [Official Photo]

Rachawadee Thai Cafe

The counter at Rachawadee in Mount Vernon, Washington, with containers of spices in the foreground and shelves stocked with bottles of sauces and other sundries in the background
Rachawadee is a small cafe in Mount Vernon serving Thai cuisine.
Rachawadee/Facebook

No place in Mount Vernon has more hole-in-the-wall allure than this former lunch counter serving super spicy Thai cuisine all day. The wide-ranging menu includes tom kah soup, phad woon sen, and a selection of excellent vegetable stir fries (those looking to adjust heat levels can skew toward the lower numbers). Open for takeout only with curbside pickup.

The counter at Rachawadee in Mount Vernon, Washington, with containers of spices in the foreground and shelves stocked with bottles of sauces and other sundries in the background
Rachawadee is a small cafe in Mount Vernon serving Thai cuisine.
Rachawadee/Facebook

Nell Thorn Restaurant and Pub

Anyone who's more comfortable in khakis and a polo than jeans and a T-shirt will find their best dining options in La Conner, including this brunch and dinner spot. Nell Thorn grills meat and seafood (items include ribeye, seared duck breast, and halibut), and those who want some fresh air can sit on the patio overlooking the water. Open for takeout and limited onsite dining.

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