If time and money deter your wanderlust this year, head to Snohomish County to enjoy food from across the globe. Authentic restaurants serving delicious food from Africa, Asia, and the Americas are a foodie’s dream. Leave the passport at home and visit Snohomish County for a delicious adventure that won’t require you to cash in those airline miles.
Hadiani African Restaurant
22003 66th Avenue W, Mountlake Terrace
Monday – Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday – Sunday: 12 – 9 p.m.
A true gem of the Mountlake Terrace community, Hadiani African Restaurant serves West African cuisine in the heart of Snohomish County. This family-run restaurant concept was born after observing the lack of African food options in the Seattle area. Now diners can enjoy a wide variety of West African flavors and traditional dishes in a colorful, family-friendly environment.
Perfectly seasoned skewers of shrimp and plantains or mustard-marinated chicken and lamb served with caramelized onions and drizzled with Hadiani’s special sauce are dished up next to white rice. Try the fufu, which is boiled and mashed root vegetables rolled into balls and served with peanut butter sauce for a hearty dinner on a chilly night. If you have a sweet tooth, the Hadiani shakes in delicious flavors such as mango, pineapple, or strawberry are not to be missed. Refreshing drinks such as Kirri, made from baobab fruit, or Ginger, made with ginger and citrus, will perfectly accompany your meal.
22001 Hwy 99, Edmonds
Sunday – Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Happy Lemon in Edmonds is a snacker’s dream. Open late at night, it is the perfect place to grab a midnight snack or fulfill cravings at any time of the day. Established in 2006 in Taiwan, Happy Lemon is now a successful company with over 2,000 locations worldwide. Specializing in bubble tea, diners can customize their drinks with many teas and toppings, including rock salt cheese, aloe vera, red bean, and lychee jelly. For sweet lovers, try the bubble waffle served with a variety of toppings. If your cravings are more salt-leaning, a Korean Changchun Rice Hotdog covered in toppings such as sweet potato ramen and sprinkled with sugar is sure to satisfy.
22618 Hwy 99, Edmonds
Monday: 12 – 2 p.m. and 5 – 8 p.m.
Wednesday – Friday: 12 – 2 p.m. and 5 – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday: 12 – 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday: 12 – 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 – 8 p.m.
Established in Edmonds in 2000, this family-run Japanese restaurant has passed down the art of Japanese cooking from generation to generation. Dishes such as sushi nigiri, sushi rolls, teriyaki, and fresh green tea delight Snohomish County diners. Watching the chefs roll perfectly sliced sushi pre-dinner is a delightful experience. The calming atmosphere of Sushi Moto is also perfect for those dining in a group. The backroom, equipped with a large table and private atmosphere, can be reserved beforehand, making it the ideal spot for friend or family gatherings.
14007 Hwy 99 Suite B, Lynnwood
Monday: 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday – Sunday: 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Pupuseria Suchitoto, a Salvadorean restaurant in Lynnwood, serves up pupusas, the national dish of El Salvador, along with many other traditional dishes of Central America. Pupusas are a thick flatbread made from rice or corn, then grilled and stuffed with a variety of savory fillings such as beans, cheese, seasoned meats, and loroco, an edible flower native to Central America. Pupusas are served alongside delicious tomato salsa and curtido, a pickled cabbage salad.
Although pupusas are the main attraction, Pupuseria Suchito serves up lots more tasty dishes, including soups, entrees, and delicious pastries. Try the Atol de Elote, a warm sweet drink made from corn and seasoned with cinnamon, to top off your meal. The family named their restaurant after the beautiful historic town in their native country of El Salvador, Suchitoto. Suchitoto, in the native language of Nahuatl, means hummingbird. A meal at Pupuseria Suchitoto will take you to the sunny landscapes and friendly faces of El Salvador.
1101 1st Street, Snohomish
Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
With its colorful festive interior and bright outdoor patio overlooking the Snohomish River, Todo Mexico will make you feel like you are dining in sunny Mexico. Enjoy all your favorite Mexican dishes, but be sure not to forget the house margarita rimmed with Tajin, a chili lime seasoning. Afterward, enjoy a walk around charming downtown Snohomish or stroll the riverwalk located directly under the restaurant balcony.
From across the globe, Snohomish County has options for the international food lover in all of us. If travel plans are out of the budget this year, try a delicious option closer to home in Snohomish County.