Is this the Best Food Truck in Washington?

Posted in Blog, Restaurant on Wednesday, May 29, 2024

El Fat Cat Grill Kennewick

Is this the Best Food Truck in Washington?

Mexican fusion. Asian curries. Shrimp-mango ceviche. Delicious burgers. For a tiny food truck, El Fat Cat Grill in Kennewick punches way above its weight – and just might be one of the most delicious and inventive dining experiences in the state.

Owner Felix Sanchez and his wife and business partner Jenny have won "Food Truck of the Year" in the Tri-Cities – 11 years in a row. Last year, they were named the "Best Burrito in Washington" by the editorial board at Yelp. The food options are eclectic, ranging from gigantic HabaYaki burritos (mixing habanero and teriyaki flavors) to Coco-Curry (coconut, chicken and vegetables stir fried in yellow curry) to seven custom salsas (make sure to try the pineapple salsa and the firecracker salsa). Felix and his team take pride in using local ingredients to create bold, inventive flavors.

"In Washington, we're known for cherries and apples," said Felix. "I live out in the country, so I'm surrounded by cherry and apple farms. As soon as harvest comes, it's like, 'let's go!'"

All their foods are made from scratch daily, and though they've never done any advertising, their reputation around the Tri-Cities means there are always lines. When the Washington Grown crew visited in Season 11, the specialty of the day was a pulled pork adobado torta, topped with a Bing cherry mole and a Granny Smith apple slaw made with local fruit.

"It's the perfect mix with the meat and the sweetness of the fruit," said one customer. "The smoky flavor from the pulled pork – I'd order two of these if I could."

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