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.
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.
Two-time winner of Best Sandwich Shop from CityVoter and KING 5's Best of Western Washington, Hey Paison! offers hungry tummies an assortment of comfort foods, authentic Italian favorites, and willpower-withering desserts. Like the ability to throat sing, the recipes at the foundation of the restaurant's menu have been passed down through generations, and they're brought to their full appetite-swelling potential by high-quality ingredients such as specially made bread and hand-rolled meatballs. Hunker down with a Philly cheesesteak ($8.25), or give meat the cold shoulder with an eggplant parmesan hoagie ($7.25). Pop's Italian porkettes pair thin-sliced roast pork with optional provolone and roasted peppers ($7.75–$9.50) while they scheme to borrow the car from Grand-Pop's chicken parmesan hoagie, which incorporates provolone, mozzarella, and sausage-tomato gravy ($8.95). Desserts include Tastykakes, cannolis ($4.50), and cheesecakes good enough to have earned a spot on Whole Foods Market's shelves ($3.50–$4.50 per slice).