Every day at more than 770 locations, Jamba Juice proves that good nutrition can be both convenient and delicious. Since the beginning, the company has based its philosophy on choosing whole fruits and all-natural ingredients over artificial flavorings and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial trans fats, and it makes additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
Although Jamba Juice is serious about using wholesome ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate. Whole fruits and veggies can be blended into an extensive menu of great-tasting smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. But Jamba Juice?s commitment to keeping healthy eating simple informs its solid-food options, too. Customers can kick-start their morning with a steaming bowl of slow-cooked, steel-cut oatmeal, or stay energized throughout the day with six varieties of Energy Bowls: nutrient-rich blends of whole fruit, Greek yogurt or soymilk, and an assortment of dry toppings and fresh fruits.
In addition to nourishing and energizing the human body, Jamba Juice fights childhood obesity by sponsoring Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative encourages fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active?which they can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.
After attending culinary school, Lebanon-born Moussa Elmoussa decided to open a restaurant using Mediterranean recipes borrowed from the mother of his half-Grecian wife. More than 20 years later, he continues to prepare a menu made with nutritious, healthy ingredients such as lemon juice, chopped cucumbers, and low-fat yogurt from dieting cows. Chefs at all three locations carve kosher lamb, chicken, and beef for gyros, stuff grape leaves with rice, and ladle out housemade tzatziki sauce. Among other awards, Gyros House was named The Commons' Retailer of the Month in 2010 and Best Spirit in 2004, and was a Renton Reporter Best of Renton 2014 finalist. The community-focused restaurant also participates actively in and cares about the community, and has contributed to charities, marathons, school nights, and more.
At Frankie's Pizza, Italian–style gourmet pies begin with house-made dough prepared daily, topped with fresh cheese and a colorful array of veggies and meats. Cooks sprinkle on cilantro and pile on unique ingredients including pepperoncini and mild italian link sausage, accented with sauces in flavors such as zesty pesto ranch. Frankie's Pizza caters to patrons' individual dietary needs with gluten-free crusts, and provides optional sunbeams for customers who photosynthesize.
Made-from-scratch recipes and fresh ingredients have been setting The Original Pancake House apart from its breakfast-spot competition since 1953. That's when its owners established an all-day empire committed to ingredients such as pure hard-wheat unbleached flour and butter made from fresh sweet cream.
Today, The Original Pancake House cooks across the country still construct scrambles and omelets from fresh Grade AA eggs. Powdered sugar lines the rims of oven-baked dutch baby pancakes, and granny-smith apples simmer in oven-baked pancakes (two of more than a dozen styles of pancake on the menu). Even the toppings are made in-house, including whipped cream, specialty syrups, and sauces. To complement these flavors, staff fill cups with fresh-squeezed orange and grapefruit juices and coffee blended specially to match the Original Pancake House's menu and upholstery. Although each location takes on the local charm of its surrounding city, all of them share in common a homey atmosphere that welcomes families with perks such as color-in place mats and kids' menus.
Name aside, The Original Pancake House isn't just a breakfast spot—in fact, it stays open for three meals a day, or six if you follow most doctors' advice to take a small pancake break every few hours. The savory side of the menu holds meat-and-egg combos and savory crepes stuffed with cheese and veggies.
Crafting notably delectable frozen treats in small batches, Marble Slab Creamery uses high-quality ingredients and makes all of its treats on-site to percolate palates with super-premium ice cream. Just like tax forms, chef-inspired concoctions are prepared on frozen marble slabs to ensure optimal freshness and easy customization. Steal today's deal for a creamy Valentine's heart cake and show love, allegiance, and the inverse relationship between ice cream and temperature with strawberry ice cream delicately dappled with a mix-in of candy, nuts, or fruit, longingly layered atop a sumptuous yellow or chocolate cake ($32.95 value).
The team behind Gino's Bistro keeps stomachs and hearts full at two locations. Whether visiting in Federal Way or Maple Valley, visitors who enter the restaurant find a romantic atmosphere, a list of painstakingly crafted cocktails, and a menu of upscale Italian cuisine. Besides gourmet pizzas and pastas, Gino's menu features steak and seafood dishes such as paella or scampi fresco, and even the appetizer menu offers a few deviations from tradition, including a popular drunken goat cheese starter. Every other Wednesday, live performers fill Gino's dining rooms with music, their melodies weaving between servers carrying bianco pizza pies and plates of pear ravioli. Meanwhile, in the lounge, couples and groups of friends exchange laughter as they share small plates and sip some of Gino's signature cocktails, which inject a little style into even everyday hangouts or low-key marriage proposals.