Dan and Janell Fullen founded DJ's Barbecue to spread their smoked ribs, sauce-slathered meat sandwiches, and housemade specialty sauces to the local community. As Washington natives, the Fullens have their own way of imbuing their ribs, meats, and sandwiches with Northwestern panache, such as marinating them in the rarefied air atop the Space Needle. They use their 25 years of experience in the restaurant-management industry to smoke 3/4-pound baby back ribs or fulfill carryout orders of pulled pork and beef brisket by the pound.
Jet City Pizzas start from the crust-up. Cooks press dough made from micro beer batter into the bottom of pans, or hand-toss buttermilk discs into shape. A gluten-free formula accommodates dietary needs, and a Seattle-style thin crust gains its trademark flatness by resting under an entire edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Next come the toppings, ranging from the Jumbo Jet's traditional mixture of meats, onions, and peppers, to such creative entries as the Gyro, a melange of tzatziki sauce, gyro meat, red onions, and Roma tomatoes. And if pizzas aren't enough on their own, there are plenty of sides, available, including cheesy garlic bread, saucy wings, and meatball grinders.
Attic Secrets cafe & tea has lived up to its name by being a hidden gem in the Marysville area since 1991. But when current owners Rick and Happi Favro, took over in 1998, word got out about the quaint teashop, attracting not only interested tea drinkers but also the attention of_Evening Magazine_, who presented the tearoom with the Best Tea House 2010 award. And the duo continues to attract curious guests and seasoned sippers by offering more than 30 loose tea options, from decaffeinated black and fruity herbals to specialty Rooibos flavors. These cups of brewed leaves can be enjoy from within two tearooms or the Lady Haley dining room, each elegantly decorated in soft pale hues and English countryside décor.
Attic's team also instills elegance into their lunch menu, which includes a cold waldorf sandwich, a French roll layered with hot ham and melted Swiss, and a wide variety of salads. Non-tea drinkers can also quench palates with a cup of velvet coffee, Italian soda, and flavored lemonade. Along with tea, seasonal events and a monthly Craft and Chat session keep guests entertained, in addition to the year-round gift shop.
Pasta pomodoro, mushroom and swiss burgers, chicken tikka masala—the menu at Islander's Restaurant & Bar plays tribute to cuisines across the globe. At two locations, diners can enjoy island-inspired creations, such as hawaiian grinders layered with canadian bacon and pineapple, alongside Italian feasts of more than a dozen kinds of pastas and create-your-own pizzas. Chefs at the Auburn location master the cuisine of South Asia, infusing aromatic Indian spices into biryani, chicken curry, and vegetarian saag paneer. Weekend mornings bring breakfast to both locations—chefs drown biscuits and chicken-fried steak in country-sausage gravy and stack buttermilk pancakes into realistic depictions of the Roman Coliseum.
Boondocker’s Restaurant was a Snohomish County favorite for decades, thanks to its classic burgers, fries, and milk shakes. So after buying the restaurant, the Bala family made sure to continue serving juicy burgers and old-fashioned ice-cream shakes while also giving the menu a new twist—a sidebar of carefully curated Indian and Pakistani fare.
Originally from India, the Bala family flavors favorite recipes with vibrant spices, yielding savory curries, kebabs, and samosas cooked in a clay oven. Sweet and savory breakfast fare can be enjoyed with mimosas until 2 p.m., when the champagne flutes turn back into plastic sippy cups till the next morning.