Founder Jeff Ericson insists his staff only pours fairly traded Specialty Grade Arabica coffee beans. By roasting only USDA Certified organic beans, all grown in the shade to farmers' personal standards, the coffee guru and his company can promise a consistently less acidic cup of coffee. Roasts range between light to dark and espresso, and include varietals from Sumatra, Honduras, Peru, and Brazil. For anyone uninterested in lattes, mochas, or any drink crafted at the full espresso bar, the shop serves retro sodas, Frozen X-Plosion smoothies, soft-serve ice cream, and deli sandwiches prepared with Del Fox Custom Meats. Fresh bread and produce from Breadfarm and Klesick Family Farm, as well as gourmet chocolate truffles from Pirate's Chocolate, are also available. Guests can sip their drink of choice as their eyes peer out from the coffee shop windows, which showcase the landscape between Puget Sound and Livingston Bay's mountain views, beaches, and small dogs, probably.
At Lunchbox Laboratory - Gig Harbor, diners can sip a Tang-infused cocktail from a glowing beaker and tuck into the signature Dork burger?a thick patty of ground duck and pork that comes sandwiched between an organic kaiser bun. The inventive burger joint?which is decked out with retro tin lunch boxes?has grabbed the attention of the Food Network and Epicurious, and topped several best-of lists with its juicy burgers.
Chefs can top the super beef patties with any of the restaurant's dozens of toppings, which include brown sugar marsala onions, house-made barbecue sauce, and fried egg. If beef isn't your thing, vegetarian black bean burger, and lamb or churken (chicken and turkey) patties can do the job. There's nothing ordinary about the appetizers either, with options such as deep-fried pork rinds and egg rolls stuffed with buffalo chicken. And for dessert, cool off with a hand-dipped Nutella, banana creme pie milkshake, or the Cinnamon Toast Crunk shake livened up by a test tube of cinnamon whiskey.
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.
Boondockers 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 to perfection. In addition to a full lunch and dinner menu, 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.
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.