Six Best Restaurants to Visit in Monroe

With a population over 17,000, it’s no surprise that the food scene in Monroe, WA has a few different cultural influences. Try one of these six restaurants for a fresh meal in a charming setting.

Sky River Bakery

While not typically thought of as a sit-down restaurant, this is such a great place for a morning pick-me-up that we had to mention it. Visit owners Andrew and Mary at this unassuming bakery and enjoy made-from-scratch muffins, coffee cakes, pies, cookies, scones, and much more. Wake up right with gourmet coffees, espresso, juices, and other drinks. Founded in 1987, this Old Town Monroe favorite is a great way to get a light delicious breakfast on the go.

Bella Balducci’s

If you’re craving a gyro or other authentic Greek classics, Bella Balducci’s is a must-visit. Enjoy fresh pasta and affordable dinners with hot hibiscus tea in the colder months. Bella Balducci’s classifies itself as Greek, Italian, Vegetarian, and Vegan, and from sliced lamb to crispy fries and healthy pastas, this place will satisfy picky families with diverse tastes.

Tuscano’s Italian Kitchen

This fun and affordable Italian restaurant offers a lunch menu with mouth-watering Italian sandwiches, and a dinner menu with everything from butter clams to brick-oven-fired pizzas to an eight-layer lasagna. This restaurant isn’t cheap, but offers frequent deals, like two for $29 dinner specials, which is always a hit with couples. Happy hour specials and several TV screens make this a favorite for local sports fans as well.


Found in a few different states, this family friendly Mexican grill and cantina is part of a small but well-respected chain of restaurants serving superior Mexican cuisine. This is no Tex-Mex fusion; the dishes here are true to the life and history of Mexico and made with many flavors and ingredients. That said, American favorites are available, like burgers and sandwiches, all treated with the same degree of respect and made with high quality ingredients. Ixtapa is great for a quick lunch or a full family dinner, and even offers catering for events.

Adam’s Northwest Bistro and Brewery

Only a truly talented and accomplished chef can put his or her name in a restaurant title, and Chef Adam puts an old world spin on every dish. The meats are cured, the cheese is homemade, there are French confit offerings, and he has even mastered the art of making his own homemade bacon over the course of ten years. On a cold winter night, nothing quite satisfies the taste buds like a meal at this Monroe hideaway.

Benjarong Thai Restaurant

Casual, affordable, low-key, but intensely flavorful, Benjarong is named after a traditional form of painted Thai porcelain. That fits with the subtle beauty of the restaurant’s decor. To match the glowing interior, the salads, noodles, hot soups and other Thai dishes are delicate, but filling and flavorful, so you’ll come away truly happy, rather than aching from a gluttonous, overly rich feast.

Pay them a visit, and you’re sure to become a regular at one of these top-rated Monroe eateries. Soon enough your friends and family will thank you for recommending these places to them!

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