Most out-of-towners don’t usually see the downtown portion of Hoquiam until they are on their way back from the beach. But if you plan ahead, Hoquiam has some pretty notable spots that have the potential to make your day brighter. Check out these five, ultra-local hot-spots the next time you head that way:

Al’s Humdinger
You want a great hamburger with amazing “goop”? Gigantic milkshakes? Make-you-drool fry sauce? It’s all here. You don’t even have to wander far off the highway. The best thing is, it’s right across the street from a great park where the kids can run off their sugar-high. Just thinking about this place is making me crave a burger…

104 Lincoln Street

Grays Harbor Farmers Market
Eat lunch at the adjoining Deidra’s Deli and shop the broad selection of homemade gifts and farm-fresh items. The location is right off the highway and next to the riverfront walk. It’s a great place to stretch your legs and browse some of the local art.

1958 Riverside Ave

The Passport Cafe
You have never smelled fresh bread the way it smells here. Though there is a lot of seating, it gets busy around lunch time so be aware of the time and try to hit it a little early or a little late. This european inspired cafe sells sandwiches, breads, pizzas, and soups. It’s a little off the beaten path with poor signage, but when you see the crossfit gym, you know you’ve arrived. The restaurant is right beside it.

526 8th St

7th Street Theatre
This gem represents a chunk of history in the city of Hoquiam. The inside has wonderful vintage accents and showcases many local drama clubs and performances. One of the fun events this venue hosts are vintage movie nights! With some planning, you can help pack the old theatre out and enjoy one of many fun films while munching on fresh-popped corn.

313 7th St

8th Street Alehouse
Trivia nights, open mics, beer festivals, and amazing pub food? Yes please. This location wears the history on its walls. It can get loud in here, but the vibes are great! Take a seat at one of the booths near the back for privacy if you want, or sit near the front windows to be more social. The waitresses know what they’re doing, the beer is good, and the atmosphere is cozy and warm. In the summertime, sit outside for a little more romance.

207 8th Street