Serving fresh and speedy pizza across America since 1959, Little Caesars has grown into a huge, international carryout phenomenon. Pizzas featuring fresh dough are made to order in large ($8.99 for up to three toppings) and large deep dish ($9.99), mimicking the spectrum of sizes seen on nature's pizza trees. Toppings range from classic pepperoni and sausage to canadian bacon and pineapple. Return as the conquering hero of your family and save your twins the trouble of hunting down bipedal mastodons by picking up one of Little Caesars HOT-N-READY pies ($5.55). The large-sized HOT-N-READY pizzas are available in pepperoni or cheese, and can be picked up any time without the need to order ahead. Fans of three-dimensional eats can try the Italian cheese bread ($4.99) or chicken wings ($5.99 for 8).
For more than 10 years, the owners of Royal India Restaurant have enriched diners' taste buds with exotic sauces and potent curries. At both their Kirkland and Lynwood locations, cooks simmer prawns, lamb, and other proteins in curries sweetened by mango or pomegranate, bake marinated meats in a clay tandoor oven, and infuse housemade yogurt with cucumbers to make cooling raita sauce. Vegetarians can nosh on entrees such as chana saag—a dish of creamy spinach, garbanzo beans, and housemade paneer cheese—and sop up sauces with garlic-stuffed naan. As an added convenience, patrons can order online or from their local telegraph office or opt for evening delivery from the Kirkland location.
In the kitchen of Romeo's, Thanasi prepares Italian and Greek dishes. As the hot grinders, bubbling pasta dishes, and flavorful pizzas sail out to the dining room, they join a two-decades-long history of dishes devoured in the intimate dining room. Here, guests also feast on baked lasagna, stuffed grape leaves, and veal parmesan, their eyes wandering to the restaurant's murals, the gleaming black bar, or the feta-topped pizza at an adjacent table.
Portofino Pizza & Pasta sates sauce-craving hungers with homemade pizza dough and artful concoctions of elegant ingredients. The fresh Italian menu lures taste buds toward shores filled with caprese salad, a scintillating blend of mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, and olive oil ($8.75). Pasta bowls stare enviously at decorative eagle-painted plates with idle lives while carrying hearty entrees, including gnocchi, Italian potato dumplings baked with prosciutto and fresh basil in gorgonzola sauce ($12.95). Meanwhile, DJs spin the latest pizza discs, flavoring the air with combinations such as roasted garlic, spinach, grilled chicken, and mozzarella ($17 for a medium) or the meat lovers’ special, featuring pepperoni, canadian bacon, oregano, mozzerella cheese, and the Italian trifecta of salami, sausage, and pancetta ($18.95 for a medium). Portofino Pizza & Pasta offers outdoor seating for scenery-seeking diners and those involved in a staring contest with the sun.
Sassafras, sarsaparilla, and vanilla: above all, these are the flavors celebrated by The Root Beer Store, which is chock-full of root beers from around the country. Owner Corey Anderson grew up making root beer with his dad, generating his admiration for root-beer culture. Anderson was featured on King 5 for his passion for the soft drink, which manifests in his selection of more than 100 types from craft root-beer makers. From Hawaii to Maine to Australia, the creativity of each brewer shines in the collection, which customers browse with visions of ice cubes and ice cream to accompany them. The staff is on hand to help home brewers make their own soda with root-beer kits, extracts from different brewers, and the lyrics to the chant sung to the root-beer lord before starting each batch.
If the tongue-in-cheek staff bios, the colorful mission statement, or the laugh-filled video of its Bellevue store is any indication, Seattle Coffee Gear is run by happy folks. And why wouldn't it be? With two retail locations and a wealth of bright, accessibly written online resources, the company clearly loves coffee and has plenty of energy with which to share that passion. Should they choose, shoppers visiting the stores encounter interactive experiences. They can test over 80 espresso and coffee machine models, learn how to whip up the perfect latte, or put a leash around whatever floating cloud of frothed milk that they want to take home. The stores' new and refurbished gear ranges from simple electric kettles to restaurant-grade, multi-cup espresso machines. An on-staff team of technicians also maintains and repairs the machines that java fans bring in.