The Canyon River Grill has only been open less than a year, but has already established itself as one of the best restaurants in the Ellensburg-Yakima area (I include both since it's almost halfway down the Yakima River Canyon between the two cities). The food rarely disappoints, and there are really interesting appetizers, too, like the crab-shrimp "tater tots." I've had the fried chicken twice, and both times it was mouth-watering tender with a nice, light crust. Plus the sauteed kale on top of garlic mashers with sausage gravy was brilliant. Also, they have a great bar and outdoor patio. The bartender, Hannah, knows her stuff and they stock lots of local brews and spirits. And it's all fairly reasonably priced.