I just ordered dinner because I don't feel like cooking tonight.

WHY I DON'T FEEL LIKE COOKING TONIGHT

I found myself wishing I could drive over to Chipotle and grab something to go but then I wistfully remembered: they closed up shop a couple of years ago. Ugh. Where have all the great restaurants of Yakima's past gone?

MY FACEBOOK MESSAGE TO THE WORLD

This sad, hangry feeling made me think about a message I wrote on my Facebook page a few weeks ago...

"I was sitting up here missing that Chipotle sofritas bowl. What business closed up recently that you still miss? RIP Chipotle." 

WHEN THEY REMINISCE OVER YOU...

It sometimes feels so exhausting and sad to think about all of the great food that has blessed us with its great tastes. There's the hot dog shop that served the tastiest bites and the friendliest of service. There's the Italian pasta shop that lived in West Valley for what seems now like minutes and now I can't even remember its name. They served the best Italian food I've had in decades and now they are gone forever.

Enough of my immense foodie memories, the rest of Yakima has their own tasty tales to tell. We are all in sorrow thinking about the way we were...the other restaurants that my friends brought up in the FB post above. So far, I've counted THIRTY of them.

THIRTY RESTAURANTS OF YAKIMA'S PAST THAT WE ALL MISS

  1. Royal Buffet
  2. Chipotle
  3. Coldstone Creamery
  4. Pita Pit
  5. Papa John's Pizza
  6. Godfather's Pizza
  7. Taco Del Mar
  8. IHOP
  9. Ahoy Fish & Chips
  10. Sizzler's
  11. Santiago's Gourmet Mexican Restaurant
  12. Pioneer Pies
  13. Burger Broiler
  14. Black Bear Frozen Yogurt
  15. Poochie's Hot Dogs
  16. Golden Kayland
  17. Artie's Bar
  18. Twisted Sisters Creations
  19. Las Margaritas
  20. Kemper's Burgers
  21. Casa Mia Italian Restaurant
  22. New Thai
  23. 901 Pasta
  24. Some Bagels
  25. Tequila's at Track 20
  26. Cafe Melange
  27. Gasperetti's Restaurant/G-Spot Bar
  28. 5th Avenue Deli
  29. Carousel French Cuisine
  30. Deli di Pasta