At The Scotch and Vine, owners David and Jill Pritchard blend upscale, artisan American cuisine, fine wines and scotches, and local, seasonal cuisine. The staff pours libations from more than 210 single malts, blends, bourbons, and ryes, as well as from a wine list that earned an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. With that deep selection to work from, friendly, knowledgeable tenders help diners pair their dinners with the ideal wine, craft beer, or whiskey. In the kitchen, meanwhile, expert chefs sizzle hearty elk burgers, juicy sirloin steaks, tender seared chicken, and roasted beet salads. This cuisine helped Scotch and Vine earn a spot on King5 Best of Western Washington's 2013 list of the area's five Best New American restaurants.
The strains of Spanish guitar and live blues bands form a classy soundtrack to wine tastings or seminars on Scotch-crafting, while plates of fine cheese from regional farms complement the flavors of smoky spirits, frosty brews, and rich red wine. The bistro's cushy leather booths, accents, and soft lighting evoke the image of a grandfather's cozy study or a precocious 6-year old’s tree fort.
Shoot yourself in the mouth with the deliciously straight-arrow flavors of Archery Bistro's seasonal menu. Current starters of lamb lollipops (meatballs with mint syrup, $8) and locally harvested mussels and clams à la normande (prepared in apple brandy with fennel and garlic butter, $7) will keep hyperactive taste buds focused as you look over spring/summer entrees such as the grilled Angus flat-iron steak with truffle fries and demi glaze ($15). The wine list at Archery Bistro varies with the menus, but diners can choose from more than 15 wines for under $9 by the glass. Feel free to ask your server for their expert advice on the finest entree/vino pairings or just to help extricate your hoof from the bear trap on the floor that—like the canoe suspended from the ceiling and the archery bows lining the walls for convenient dinner swashbuckling—adds to the bistro's rustic ambience.
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.
Pallino serves up a menu of fresh, made-to-order Italian specialties in a casual setting inspired by family gatherings and leisurely bocce games. Antipasti such as roasted garlic and cheese flatbread ($5.95) prep palates for main dishes and help patrons evade amorous vampire kisses. Featuring braised beef and pork with Chianti-spiked tomato sauce and a whisper of cream, mama's meat sauce with rigatoni ($8.95) banishes any doubt about how mama used to get her little noodles to sleep through the night. Pizzas round out the menu with combinations including prosciutto and roasted fig ($6.95/$12.49) and Italian sausage and mushroom ($6.95/$12.49), and paninis ($4.75 for a half; $6.95 for a whole) come with a choice of warm chips or carrot sticks, which are less warm, but make up for it with their svelte figures and pretty faces. Decadent gelato is maneuvered into an array of desserts—it's squeezed between two cookies in gelato sliders ($5.95), topped with espresso and whipped cream in an affogato ($3.50), and bobbing in a soda float, flavored with a choice of syrup ($4.95). Most importantly, the friendly staff and quick service will allow you to make the most of a hearty dinner enjoyed in the clean dining room or as a speedy carryout order.
Since Frank Tonkin Sr. opened his first Taco Time in 1962, each location has hand-chopped its own vegetables and concocted pots of fresh-cooked pinto beans every morning. Try the classic beef crisp burrito ($2.79) or its meat-free cousin, the veggie soft taco ($4.69), with a side of spherical, seasoned Mexi-fries ($1.69 for a regular). Watch your figure through southwest chop-salad-colored glasses, with black bean and corn salsa, pico de gallo, and mixed veggies ($5.59). Or opt for a cup of white chicken chili, another of many healthy options at just 139 calories ($1.99).