Nuestra Mesa fills a sumptuous menu with fresh ingredients, including meat from local farms, wild-caught fish, and organic ingredients whenever possible. Whether lunching or dinnering, starters such as a salad of seasonal greens dotted with dried cherries, pepitas, queso fresco, and Serrano vinaigrette ($4 for side, $8 for entree) or fresh chips and guacamole ($3) are ideal for teasing tongues before the main mouth event. Bask in culinary comfort as fresh corn tortillas wrap up grilled chili-rubbed chicken tacos ($3) and slow-roasted pork-belly tacos ($3.50), and tender torta de tinga, a mix of slow-cooked pork shoulder, frijoles charros, and queso fresco, snuggles into a hearty bread bed ($5.50).
Chef Peter Gallin had just constructed a custom grill, and was stoking its first fire with applewood harvested from a nearby orchard, when the idea struck him—the name for his Northwest-centric restaurant: Applewood. Though Chef Gallin's restaurant foregrounds its Northwest heritage, it also incorporates recipes gleaned from a childhood spent living in the Asian Pacific Rim with his anthropologist and sociologist parents, as well as French cuisine, and influences from years spent in New Mexico. He incorporates these varied culinary styles while avoiding traditional dishes, instead mingling flavors such as chipotle, lime, ginger, and orange into new incarnations.
Though he favors elegant food presentation when furnishing platters of roasted duck and northwest fish, Gallin uses only regular, relatable ingredients, which make his dishes approachable for all palates and untraceable by detectives. He brews all of the restaurant's soups in-house, designing up to six unique soups each week. West Coast wines, microbrews, and desserts made in-house complement his international appetizers and main courses. The focus on simplicity extends to the restaurant's decor: framed photographs hang above potted plants on rustic side tables, and long communal tables stand next to floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto deep pine forest. Behind a hardwood bar, flanked by exposed brick walls, hangs the giant, hammered steel apple that serves as the restaurant's emblem.
Today’s Groupon answers the age-old question of whether or not pizza is square or 360 degrees. For $13, you get $30 worth of divine-crafted, artisan pizza and hand-selected brews at 360 Pizzeria, located in Vancouver, Washington. Paddle, propel, and cross the river for an experience no pizza lover can sanely ignore. Pizza Problems sold an unprecedented 300 copies in 1981, and was even briefly adapted into a Saturday morning animated series, although fans objected to Pepperoni’s portrayal as a softheaded comic foil. Activavision Studios recently announced plans for a 30th anniversary relaunch of the Pizza Problems franchise, a mature-rated gore fest featuring the sultry voice talents of David Hyde Pierce.
Roots owner and chef Brad Root uses seasonal, natural ingredients to prepare tongue-tapping dishes in an upscale dining environment. Split into three courses, the dinner menu harnesses locally harvested farm products to create deceptively simple dishes. Dive into the first course with Dungeness crab and avocado ($11) topped with vermouth vinaigrette, and then spear a baby-spinach salad with egg, bacon, and cider vinaigrette ($6.95). Main courses inducing mouth-clapping include chicken breast ($16.95) with Yukon Gold potato gnocchi and artichokes, a top-sirloin burger ($11.95) with grilled onions and hand-cut fries, and halibut fish and chips ($14.95) with coleslaw. Roots' lunch menu offers tinier tastes of many of the dinner menu's selections, with crispy fried oysters ($10.95) and a local baby-shrimp salad ($11) summoning sustenance from the world-weary waters of the Pacific. At lunch or at dinner, guests can satisfy grape-teeth with a choice from Roots' impressive list of local and California wines, or sip cocktails from the full bar.
A hardworking family of taste-makers fashion delicious meals of Italian fare from cherished recipes and fresh ingredients. Each menu item speaks to the restaurant’s commitment to handmade, one-of-a-kind dishes. Hot and cold deli sandwiches are clutched between the kitchen’s freshly baked bread, and pastas and pizzas arrive dressed with sauce made each day from Mama Carlino’s original secret recipe and dashes of nostalgia extract. Fresh, handpicked veggies burst with color atop generously portioned pies, and spicy pepperoni and italian sausage plant hearty deposits in cheesy slices.
Originally opened as the Top Hat Drive-In in 1953, Sonic has grown into a burger-franchise mecca that today operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic specializes in made-to-order American classics—including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and marshmallow Ford Thunderbolts—which customers order and receive without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast, as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades.
Sonic’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top five fast-food restaurants in three categories: Best Value Menu, Best Milk Shake, and Best Drive-Thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through their program Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.