A week or so ago I had a lunch with a girl friend at Swilly’s, one of Pullman’s nicer restaurants. Swilly’s was actually the only nice restaurant here when I moved here two and a half years ago, and it still holds its own against its newer competitors.
Swilly’s decor is sunny and warm, with real art and exposed brick. The front patio is a wonderful place for lunch in the summer. The bar is small but perfect for a mini-date (that is, a glass of wine squeezed in between the end of work and the close of daycare). It is not a happy hour type bar, so only go with one or two people.
I have always had excellent food here. The soups are very good (my favorites are the roasted tomato and the shrimp bisque served only on Fridays), as are the sandwiches (I have had the Black Bean Burger, the Grilled Cheese, and the Roast Turkey), and the desserts (they have a few different huge cookie bar type things that are fantastic). I have only had dinner here once or twice, and the only thing I recall was the Sage-Chipotle Pork Tenderloin, which was very good. If you sit at the bar, the bartender will help you make some good wine selections, and will let you taste before you order.
Lunch items are around $10, and dinner items are around $25. The service is usually quite good, but can be spotty (but not so much so that I don’t keep going back.)
200 NE Kamiaken St ·
Pullman, WA 99163