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Jun 20, 2010 01:52 PM

Eastern Washington road food

I will be travelling from Ellensburg up to the Banks lake/Grand Coulee Dam area later in the summer, was wondering if anyone knew about any great taco joints or other good road food on that route? Will be driving north up through Ephrata, Soap Lake, Coulee CIty, etc. There must be some good Mexican food up there somewhere.

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  1. A couple of years ago I found a decent Mexican grocery in Quincy on 281 just south of the junction with 28. I think there was taqueria nearby, but since it wasn't lunch time I didn't pay much attention.

    1. I think La Presa is open again in Electric City.

      1. Lots of taco trucks along there. And the the grocery in Quincy, mentioned already. Most of the restaurants are more tex-mex (and not road food anyway). My sister tells me there is a killer new Mexican restaurant in Ephrata, which I am dying to try.

        For the most part, that area suffers a lack of good food.

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        1. re: dani_k

          It's months later, but thought I would post what I found for others... keeping our eyes peeled on the road north to Banks lake, in Ephrata we spotted a little taqueira on the west side of the main drag near the middle of town -- Taqueria Rka, 1105 Basin Street Southwest, Ephrata, WA 98823, (509) 754-1089. ‎ Terrific and cheap real Mexican food. The lengua, carnitas tacos, and tamales were very good and the gal behind the counter was super nice. There is a small eating area with about 7 tables, they probably do a ton of take-out business. It was very quiet when we were there in the middle of the afternoon. This might be the only decent road food in the area, definitely worth a stop.

          1. re: lordkoos

            This is probably not perfectly on topic, but I read about a place in south eastern Washington that does a land-office business in--get this!--asparagus tamales. Apparently people line up around the block for them in season, which would be right about now.

            1. re: Neecies

              Neecies: the place you reference is called Los Hernandes in Union Gap (south of Yakima). Their asparagus tamales are incredibly delicious and should be coming into season soon, if the warming trends continue.