Today we took about a 45-minute bus trip to eat at a restaurant recommended by several long-time area residents:
32805 Railroad Ave, Black Diamond, WA 98010
Black Diamond Bakery opened in 1902 to supply bread baked in a brick oven for the families of miners working in the Black Diamond coal mine. Since that time, the business has expanded to include a restaurant, a deli, a juice bar, an ice cream shop, a coffee shop, and a gift shop. The bakery offerings have also expanded to include all kinds of breads, cakes, pies, and pastries.
I decided to eat light so that I’d have room for dessert. I had a half a club sandwich with a cup of the soup of the day, clam chowder. All the sandwiches are made from bread baked fresh daily. I had mine on wheat, and it was delicious. My husband had chili, which he pronounced excellent. One of our tablemates had a breakfast item of eggs benedict served over turkey and avocado, with a huge serving of hash browns alongside. He said it was very good, even though he was too full to eat the potatoes. One woman had the curried chicken salad served with a thick slice of banana bread. The salad was so generous that she took some home. The pastrami and meatloaf sandwiches also received high praise.
And the desserts! I had marionberry pie, with a delicious, flaky crust. The servings here were also generous. Two people at our table shared a piece of coconut cream pie and both declared it delicious. (I did NOT share my pie!) Many people said they couldn’t eat dessert because their lunch items filled them up too much, but everyone who did order dessert said it was well worth the calories.
In the Best of Everything of Western Washington annual contest run by King 5, Seattle’s local NBC affiliate television station, Black Diamond Bakery and Restaurant won the category of best bakery in 2008 and was a finalist in 2010 and 2012.
Black Diamond Bakery and Restaurant get the following ratings on social media:
- 3.8 out of 5 stars on Google Reviews
- 3.5 out of 5 stars on Yelp
- 3.5 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor
- 3.8 out of 5 stars on Zomato
- 7.2 out of 10 stars on Foursquare
I did not hear one complaint on the bus ride home. Everyone seemed well satisfied, especially since our activities director did all the driving.