Washington’s most ethnically diverse city sizzles with tasty, authentic fare. A thriving farming community for decades, Kent has grown to become the sixth-largest city in the state, but maintains a hometown feel. This rich history and diversity are reflected in the gastronomic experiences local chefs and producers are cooking up.
Find a Trail That’s Right for You
With nearly 20 stops along the Kent Food Trails, there’s a trail to please every palate. Sample the city’s many flavors, from small batch spirits to authentic international dishes. Choose from the Downtown Dining Trail, Kid-Friendly Kitchen Trail, Farm Fresh Trail, International Eats Trail and Local Libations Trail—or turn a weekend into a food-cation and try them all!
Let your taste buds guide you through Kent’s historic downtown. Park and walk for a flavorful chutney at one of the only Afghan restaurants in the state. Take a short stroll to find empanadas, Thai food and sushi. Shopping at Kent Station is within arm’s reach.
From favorite kid-approved dishes to more adventurous bites, there are options for all ages. For added entertainment, head to Sweet Themes Bakery to pick up a DIY cookie box to go! From dinosaurs to mermaids, there’s fun in every kit.
Do locally sourced ingredients perk you up? Carpinito Brothers offers farm-fresh produce and Wild Wheat Bakery serves up hearty breakfasts. There are boundless ways to enjoy the harvest in Kent.
Without big-city lines or prices, it’s easy to immerse yourself in Kent’s global food scene. Visit the Ubuntu Street Café where refugee trainees bring their cultural dishes to the menu. Newest offering: Family meals to-go. Kent’s Great Wall Shopping Mall is home to 99 Ranch Market, the largest Asian grocer in the U.S.
Staying true to its agricultural roots, Kent is pouring locally made brews including the coveted Jumbo Juice, a hazy IPA from Airways Brewing. If you like your drinks on the sweeter side, sip on the award-winning, fruit-forward liqueurs at Sidetrack Distillery.
Make Kent Your Basecamp
Trek to the mountains, ferry to an island, take in a bevy of regional attractions—all from the comforts of Kent. Located just 35 minutes from Seattle and less than three hours from Portland, affordable and family-friendly accommodations put you within easy reach of all the fun.
Hungry for more? Start planning your food-inspired trip at TasteKent.com. Many restaurants have covered outdoor seating and are serving inside and out, but it’s a good idea to call ahead.