The picture of the main street above simply doesn't do this little jewel any justice whatsoever. The real key to a visit here is taking time to walk up and down and view the old buildings which have been converted to more modern industry, but still hold the framework of the past.
And once here, there is a great dining experience awaiting you, unless it's Sunday. The "Teriyaki Wok" is closed that day, but is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every other day. Just off the main street on Granite Avenue, this charming, clean and bright establishment offers a varied menu at VERY affordable prices!
Every time we've eaten there - now numbering four - we have tried something new and have never been disappointed. It's hard for me to decide now whether to go and do a reprise of what I have already enjoyed or be adventuresome... this time I tried the Tempura Shrimp and Jeyhu had theTeriyaki Chicken and Beef with vegetables. We were able to have tea and an appetizer and not spend more than $20.
We talked with the proprietor and his wife afterwards and learned that he came over to the United States in 1976 from Korea. They started the business after he had worked for many years for others closer to the cities south of here.
Why did he choose Granite Falls? "There wasn't any competition here," he said. Great answer!
The young lady on the right is their wonderful service provider - she takes orders, serves and cleans up and always has a big smile.
A steady stream of people were coming and going as we stayed to eat. Ordering out is a pretty popular option and the regulars seem to just call in and say "my usual," and come by and pick up their order hot off the line.
So if you are planning to drive the Mountain Loop Road, plan to make a stop in Granite Falls, whether for lunch or dinner (depending on the direction you choose), and you will be quite glad you did!
Oh, and plan to take some time to hike along the North Fork of the Stilisquamish River (seen below).