Eat Local’s chefs create locally-sourced meals from scratch, and teach cooking students how to do the same. Every item on the menu is handmade using Northwest grass-fed meats, free-range chickens, and organic or sustainably-grown local produce. The staff places food items in biodegradable packaging or reusable glass containers, and, for cooked meals, freezes them to maintain flavor and quality. Eat Local Frozen Meals can be bought in-store or packed in dry ice and shipped to individual doorsteps or rabbit holes. Those jonesing to make their own edibles can enroll in classes that guide the creation of pasta, pies, and even marshmallows.
Since its founding in 1998, The Australian Pie Company has equipped Seattle eaters with Australian products and piping-hot pastry pies stuffed with hearty ingredients. 2, 5, and 9 inch pies satisfies hungers and occasions of all sizes, with many beef and chicken varieties, some with vegetables others with cheese inside each pie. The Australian Pie Company also stocks its shelves with national products such as Vegemite, Arnott's biscuits, and Billy Tea, valuable when channeling one?s muse to pen a spec script for a Crocodile Dundee sequel. The pie company caters parties and anti-cake conventions with 2-inch pies by the dozen).
About the Owners
Maria didn’t think she’d inherited her Italian father’s talent for cooking until her 40s, when she met Nikos. Nikos grew up amongst olive groves in Greece before taking off for the US, where he knew he could fulfill his dreams of opening a restaurant and raising a family. Those dreams certainly came true—he met Maria, married her, inspired her to tap into her cooking abilities, and opened Arcadia. Together, they serve a truly eclectic menu that celebrates both of their cultural heritages.
When to Go: dinnertime. The restaurant is only open from 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m..
Saganaki: refers to any Greek dish cooked in a small frying pan with the same name. The most popular variant of saganaki features fresh cheese—often kasseri or kefalograviera—fried with lemon juice.
Skordalia: a Greek spread made from potato, garlic, lemon, and olive oil.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Get a new look before dinner at Salon in the Park (17651 1st Avenue S, Normandy Park)
After: Grab a drink and hit the pool table at the delightfully divey Bz’s Sports Bar and Grill (17730 Ambaum Blvd S, Burien, WA)
It is a rare occurrence to spot someone sitting still at BZ's Sports Bar. The dimly lit neighborhood joint exudes energy as friends shoot pool along the three tables and play darts in between clinking glasses of frosty brews or crisp cocktails. Others compete in games of shuffleboard or hunch over pinball machines, illuminated in glimmering arcade lights and neon beer signs. Competitors gather at the bar for occasionally scheduled shuffleboard and pool tournaments, playing for fun prizes and a chance to stroke the mustache of the handsomest bartender. To sustain this lively activity, the bar's chefs whip up a hearty menu of handmade burgers, fried seafood, and plump chicken wings.
Black Zia Cantina offers an eclectic mix of Mexican-inspired dishes, American bar eats, and cold drinks to wash it all down. During lunch and dinner, the bar comes alive with the sounds of clinking martini glasses and sizzling fryers cooking up sopapillas stuffed with beans and grilled steak. As the night wears on, musicians and comedians take the stage, and bartenders keep glasses brimming with specialty margaritas. But early-ish birds can get their fix, too. Every Saturday and Sunday morning, the chefs whip up brunch dishes such as huevos rancheros and taco omelets.
Inside Marlena's Mediterranean Kitchen, Persian rugs hang from yellow and cherry-red walls, and lamps splash soft lighting across colorful pieces of Turkish artwork. In that spirit, the menu is populated with traditional Istanbul dishes, particularly mezes: a selection of small, finger-friendly plates, such as feta on tomato slices and stuffed wine grape leaves. Guests can also order an array of savory entrees, including kebabs loaded with tender pieces of marinated chicken, lamb, beef, or fish.