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Best Places to Take Mom on Mother’s Day in Yakima – Riggs’ Top Five.

Mom's in the House
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Mother’s Day is nice day to treat you mom, and all moms. Let them know they’re special. There was one year I got an ‘look of death’ because my wife, pregnant, with our first child, asked what we were doing for Mother’s Day and I, being a guy, said “Why, you’re not a mom, yet.” So, whether you’re showing appreciation to your mom, your grandma, your auntie who would take you in for a night or two when you were fighting with your parents or even your wife, or in my case, especially my wife, do something nice for Mother’s Day. Uusally my wife and I have habitually prepared something from scratch and invited them over, but if we’re going out, we have a few favorites spots in Yakima to take our moms. I’ve got my list and I’d love to share it with you. Here are the places I take my mom on Mother’s Day.

Waffles Caffe

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When I lived with my parents until the young age of 24 (that’s right, 24) a tradition my mom and I had was we’d go out to breakfast every Sunday. Our favorite breakfast place was Waffles Caffe. Known for their mammoth Belgian waffles including my favorite, the banana split waffle complete with bananas, strawberries, ice cream, whipped cream and everything else you’d find on a banana split. Anything on the menu comes to your table much bigger than you imagined or showcased in the menu. Definitely the number one breakfast place I’ll take my mom on mother’s day.

New Thai Restaurant

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Ever since they had their original location on 40th and Summitview, we’ve been semi-frequent customers of the New Thai restaurant. Hands down, the best Won-Ton soup I’ve ever had in my life. My mom and I would come here for the large portions that are meant to share with the table. I believe the idea is you order what you want for yourself and share with everyone else there. At least, that’s how we’ve always done it. Back to the won-ton soup, seriously, it comes in a punch bowl. My mom would never argue or throw a fit about coming to New Thai Restaurant – ever.

Olive Garden

Olive GardenNow, before I go on, I have to say this. I don’t care for Olive Garden. That’s right, I said it. I don’t care about Olive Garden. I think it’s a ‘girl’ thing. They love the unlimited salad. They love the bread sticks – which, by the way, you don’t want to know how long they’ve been sitting under a heat lamp; I honestly think Olive Garden is as much Italian as Taco Bell is Mexican. Sure, the foods good, but it’s not authentic. I’m sure our fellow Hispanic community says the same thing about El Porton and Mexican food (where as I love El Porton), but this list is about my mom, not me. She likes the casual, family-style atmosphere. My mom does like the food, will always order the pasta e fagioli and has never even tried the other soups. But, for my mom, if it’s Olive Garden that she wants, Olive Garden she’ll get, and I’ll be happy that I’m spending mother’s day with her.

Baskin Robbins

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I am a sucker for ice cream – always have been. You can ask most of the graduating class of 95 of Davis High School including most of the class of 94 and 93 if they’d like to go out of ice cream with me as my date location of choice. The closest ice cream place when I was growing up was the Baskin Robbins location on Nob Hill. Sure, they’re all great, but the Nob Hill location holds a special place in my soul. Everyone has their favorite. I’m all about the Margarita Ice, but that’s seasonal. My mom’s favorite? Peppermint with the crushed candy canes. Unfortunately, that’s seasonal, too. Thankfully with 31 flavors to choose from, My mom and and I can always enjoy a scoop or two or three of anything else, so long as we share the time together. Good thing about Baskin Robbins, their banana splits are you choose the ice cream and toppings. A good idea is daiquiri ice with strawberry topping for all three scoops.

Canyon Road

canyon road
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If time allows, do yourself a favor and take the canyon road between Yakima and Ellensburg. The highway between Yakima and Ellensburg has no scenery and is extremely boring. A bunch of desert hills that never ends. Since my mom is also legally blind, she’s also legally can’t drive so she never has the chance to get out of town very often. She’s too blind to drive, but not blind enough to take in the scenery. If you take the canyon road leaving Yakima it’ll dump you off right in to Ellensburg. Once you’re there, whatever, you can go to any restaurant – it’s the journey that makes it special. Beautiful scenery, if you’re into geology like I am there are tons of great geographical tones in the sides of the hills that tell a story. It may take an extra 10-15 minutes to get to Ellensburg but it’s 100% worth it to take the canyon road over taking I-82. Nothing like going on an old fashioned road trip, away from clanging forks, away from other people, just the two of you catching up until you get to where you’re going with an awesome landscape along the way. Kyle McLaughlin, who is from Yakima, speaks highly of the canyon road in this video below

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These, of course, are my mom’s favorites with myself. Perhaps you have your own? Of course you do. Where do you like to take your mom for Mother’s Day? Tell us below.

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