Sterling’s Restaurant has regular customers who come in every day, and who could blame them — the family-style, “polished casual” restaurant makes every sauce and soup from scratch.
“A good portion of our customers eat with us every day. Our staff even talk to our customers away from work. They’ve built that relationship. It’s really a family atmosphere,” said Saber Sterling, daughter of Jim Sterling, the owner. “For a lot of people, it’s their second home, their second kitchen.”
Jim Sterling opened the first Sterling’s in 1982 on George Washington Way in Richland. The iconic, midcentury art deco eatery has become a staple for locals and visitors alike. There’s also a Sterling’s on Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick, which opened in 2008. The Queensgate Drive location opened in 2012 in Richland.
Sterling’s has built a reputation for its breakfast menu, which features 18 specialty omelets and its signature Egg Sterling dishes, a take on Eggs Benedict.
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“It’s not your run-of-the-mill breakfast. We try to be creative. Everything is fresh and top of the line. You can tell the difference,” Saber Sterling said.
Customer favorites include an $18.99 hand-cut steak and lobster combo, the fresh salad bar and fettuccine alfredo made from scratch. They also have an in-house pie maker crafting freshly made favorites.
“It’s quality American-style dining,” she said.
The location on George Washington Way in Richland will be getting a much-needed makeover soon. They will be rebuilding the new restaurant in the lot behind the current one to be closer to the river. The iconic sign will be staying, Sterling said.