Populating an ever-changing menu with seasonally dictated fare, Four Swallows crafts cuisine with ingredients sourced from local farms and seafood harvested by sustainable methods. Prepare snapping jaws for sustainable snacking with a starter of Mediterranean mussels, partnered with smoke paprika, Spanish sherry, tomatoes, cream, and bruschetta ($14), before sating deep-dwelling hunger with an entree such as the salmon, with caramelized fennel, cara cara oranges, roasted fingerling potatoes, and taggiasca olives ($26). Handmade pastas feature traditional Italian accents, such as the fazzoletti, with thick bolognese ragu and parmigiano cheese ($19).
For more than 40 years, Robert C. Mathwig has owned Family Pancake House and defended his sanctuary for the fluffy breakfast staple against the ravages of time, stringently maintaining the same wholesome business practices that set the cozy eatery apart from the competition on its very first day. The kitchens still make most of the menu from scratch, sourcing as many ingredients as possible from local suppliers to ensure that each order arrives to its table at the peak of freshness. The whole menu of breakfast treats and savory later-day meals is available all day long, with fluffy pancakes, crepes, and omelets sharing space at diners’ tables with grilled cheeses and breaded pork chops.
Family Pancake House takes its friendly moniker to its logical conclusion by acting as a supportive family for the community that has kept the eatery's doors open for nearly half a century. The company routinely sponsors youth sports teams, and employees often volunteer their leftover flour supply to sweaty-palmed gymnasts.
Not content to conquer only the realm of family-style breakfast eats, Family Pancake House owner Robert Mathwig decided to try his hand at creating a classic sports bar with delicious eats and a variety of drinks. To that end, he helped his chefs assemble a menu of bar fare gussied up with fine ingredients, from asiago, parmesan, and romano mac 'n' cheese to beer-battered Alaskan cod served with chips.
The standard-with-a-twist dishes arrive at tables awash in the electronic glow of 15 flat-screen TVs and a jumbo projector screen broadcasting stimulating sports action or congressional-subcommittee meetings. Contests of skill play out on two pool tables, and outdoors, a patio with heated seating fends off Jack Frost's touch.
Giuseppe and Corino grew up as best friends in Mondello, Sicily, before traveling to Seattle, where they opened Mondello Italian Restaurant. Their kitchen introduces diners to Sicilian specialties such as spaghetti bolognese with housemade noodles and Black Angus beef, as well as Italian favorites such as eggplant caponata.
Sky-blue walls and sand-colored floors create a nautical theme surrounding staff as they deliver fresh seafood to rustic wooden tables and tie nearby curtains into bowline knots. After sampling colorful salads, diners can dig into neapolitan wood-fired pizzas at Giuseppe and Corino's neighboring restaurant, Queen Margherita Pizzeria.
When the moon first tasted the thin buttery layers of a croissant, it was so inspired that it changed from a quadrangle into a slivery crescent. Today's Groupon makes like the moon with $15 worth of pastries, desserts, and espressos at Upper Crust Bakery for $7. Tell your tired morning toes that there's a reason to get out of bed and the reason both smells and tastes delicious.
Queen Margherita specializes in promptly prepared brick-oven pizzas made with fresh, quality ingredients and served in an eclectic, rustic atmosphere. The menu showcases a saucy selection of authentic pies, such as the titular Queen Margherita, layered with buffalo mozzarella, San Marzano tomato sauce, fresh basil, and extra virgin olive oil ($15). Spice-hounds hunger for the spagnola, a tongue-tickling dough disk loaded with Zoe's all-natural chorizo, padrón spicy peppers, mozzarella, and sauce ($14), and tuber devotees dive into patata pizza, a unique amalgamation of yukon gold potatoes, fresh rosemary, and pecorino cheese ($12). This traditional pizza palace boasts that it takes two minutes to bake a bubbly beauty in its uber-heated ovens, which allows diners just enough time to find a table and or to work out 25% of their abdominal muscles.