Foodies restaurant brings its fresh approach to land

Foodies’ mushroom and swiss burger with a side of fries and lemonade. The restaurant, 308 W. Kennewick Ave. in downtown, opened in mid-September.
Foodies’ mushroom and swiss burger with a side of fries and lemonade. The restaurant, 308 W. Kennewick Ave. in downtown, opened in mid-September. Tri-City Herald

An eatery long in the works for downtown Kennewick, and long needed by its owners to advance their goals, has opened its doors at last.

Foodies, 308 W. Kennewick Ave., welcomed its first customers in mid-September. It’s the newest iteration of Floating Foodies, the food-serving pontoon boat that owners Joanna and Terry Wilson have operated for the past three years on the Columbia River near R.F. McDougall’s in Richland.

“We wanted to be able to cater, and we need a commercial kitchen,” Joanna Wilson said. When the space in downtown Kennewick previously occupied by Paper Street Alehouse opened up, she said it suited their needs perfectly.

“We live in Kennewick, and we’ve always enjoyed downtown,” Joanna Wilson said. “It wasn’t too big or too small.”

The couple spent seven months working on the restaurant, slowed down at times by family matters as well as operating Floating Foodies until May. They thoroughly remodeled the space, installing high tables and stools along one wall, embellishing the bar and putting in a long lunch counter along the length of the large window looking out onto Kennewick Avenue.

The Wilsons also cut a notch into the wall separating the dining area and the kitchen. It provides a view of the staff working in the kitchen, which includes Terry, and allows them to interact with customers.

“It brings you into that world,” Joanna Wilson said.

The menu is classic American, with salads, burgers and sandwiches among the offerings. What Foodies does differently, Joanna Wilson said, was to make everything fresh, with the emphasis on “everything.”

“We process our own meat. We marinate our tri-tip for 48 hours minimum before we use it. Our pastrami is brined for at least a week,” she said. “If we’re out of something, it’s because it’s not ready.”

The restaurant will open for dinner service for the first time Oct. 1, but will stick with a single menu for the time being. A dinner specific menu could be available around the holidays, but Joanna Wilson said the aforementioned tri-tip and pastrami, along with Foodies’ Baja fish tacos, are among its signature dishes. And the average tab for an entree and a drink? About $15.

Hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. They are closed Sunday and Monday. You can reach Foodies by calling 591-0424

Food Truck Friday final days

There’s a new offering at Pasco’s Food Truck Fridays, and only five of the weekly events remain before Pasco Specialty Kitchen shuts it down for the season.

The Flying Pig Barbecue offers a number of barbecued items and side,s including chicken wings and it’s Mac ‘N Jack with Cougar Gold cheese. The business is a graduate of the specialty kitchen’s Mobile Vending University and is operated by Lloyd and Jennifer Foster.

The Fosters’ special for Food Truck Friday is a pulled pork sandwich and sweet tea for $4.95. Their specialty, however, is the Pig Mac, seasoned pull pork covered in coleslaw on a Mac ‘N Jack homeade waffle, for $8.

Food Truck Friday is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the farmers market in downtown Pasco at Fourth Avenue and Columbia Street.

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Ty Beaver: 509-582-1402; tbeaver@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @_tybeaver