App Release: Unique Eats of the Northwest

Unique Eats of the Northwest

“I’m having a girl!” the text came in yesterday from my best friend.

I couldn’t be happier for her. THERE IS A TINY HUMAN INSIDE MY BEST FRIEND. What could be more exciting than that? Nothing. But this is my blog, not hers, so that’s not my story. Instead, here’s the second most interesting thing going on in my world.

I’ve been gestating a little something myself for the last nine months: a tiny, electronic baby. If I were texting my friends about it, the message would say: “I’m having an app!”

I’m not texting, though. Even just saying out loud, “My app is releasing today” feels ridiculous. Who has an app? I just keep envisioning the scene from 30 Rock where Angie (Tracy’s wife) tells everyone “My single, ‘My Single is Dropping, is dropping.”

And yet, from this day forward, if you need to find a huckleberry shake in Government Camp, Oregon; a place to eat a taco in Victoria, British Columbia; or maybe some Kenyan food with killer hot sauce here in Seattle, there’s an app for that.

Unique Eats of the Northwest covers from Salem, Oregon in the south up to Whistler, BC, and details 45 restaurants that are serving unique, exceptional food. Some are unique for location, boasting the best Peking duck outside of China, others for attitude, turning Seinfeld’s ‘Soup Nazi’ into reality. One restaurant qualifies as unique because it’s invented a new burger style (involving the deep fryer), and others for simply preparing the best bites of heat-kissed sushi or brick-oven Turkish bread you’ve ever tasted.

The map will show you what’s near by (and you can set it to alert you when you’re near something good or a place that you’ve marked as a favorite), give you directions, and business information. Each restaurant is not only hand-picked by me, but has a description of why I loved it and some photos to offer a taste of what you’re in for.

You can download the app here. It’s only $1.99, and contains at least $2.03 worth of information, so it’s a steal. I’m sorry to say that at the moment it’s only for iOS, but hopefully Android will be coming soon.

Friends don’t let friends eat bad food, so download the app, send it to all your amigos, rate it in the app store, and help me spread the word about amazing food in the Pacific Northwest that is off the beaten path—both literally and figuratively.


  1. Can you tell us about the in app purchases that the App Store mentions for your app?

    • Hi Pat,
      Great question. You’ll get all the content from my app–no extra purchases. The company that developed the app, Know What, offers a whole series of apps (you’ll find my fellow Seattleite and food blogger, Herbivoracious in there with one on local vegetarian hot spots) that are guides of what to see, eat, and do, all buy various local experts. The in-app purchases you can make would be to buy another one. But you certainly don’t have to–you’ll get all the info from me with the original purchase!