At Peking Wok, supple meats and veggies sink into Mandarin- and Szechuan-style sauces crafted from scratch each day. Diners populate the dining room for lunch, dinner, or a family-style grazing session, complete with soups and appetizers such as pot stickers, egg rolls, and fried shrimp and lobster chips. Portions of aromatic barbecue pork, sweet and sour chicken, and honey-walnut shrimp arrive at tables weighed down by full wine glasses and manner-less elbows, or tucked inside to-go boxes for carry-out or delivery.
Papa John's has been popping out perfectly personalized pies 'round the clock for more than 25 years—fleshing out its lineup of specialty pizzas with a munificent menu featuring an array of classic and complex versions. Traditionalists of Italian fare can indulge in the spicy italian with pepperoni, sausage, and invisible Da Vinci-shaped meat (a $16.99 value for a large), and more progressive pie enthusiasts may select the hawaiian barbecue-chicken pizza––a vacation-inducing amalgamation of grilled chicken, barbecue sauce, hickory-smoked bacon, onions, and pineapple (a $16.99 value). Choose to indulge a creative culinary streak by designing a large Create Your Own pizza, selecting up to five toppings from an arsenal of dough accessories, including ham, banana peppers, and artichoke hearts (up to a $20.94 value). Like a bangin’ club or especially bangin’ fireplace store, Papa John's stays open late, making it an opportune eatery for impromptu pajama jams and uncontrollable sleep-feasting.
With an extensive menu of island-inspired eats, the eatery blissfully deserts feasters on an island of inspired cuisine. Start with an order of Spam musubi and enjoy the canned delicacy swaddled in a nori wrap with egg and rice ($4.95) or go for an order of Shanghai-style lumpia, a Pac Island family recipe of pork, shrimp, and vegetables in an eggroll-esque package ($5.50). Dinner at the eatery offers an abundant bounty of nourishment, with everything from noodles, rice, and burgers to their 13 barbecue combination platters. The loli chicken and Kalua pork, whose delectable pairing of barbecue chicken and slow-smoked pulled pork sautéed with cabbage ($10.49) was crowned best entree in the 2007 Taste of Tacoma festival, while the teriyaki-marinated kalbi short ribs ($10.95) was top entree in 2006. Most platters are served with two scoops of rice and either macaroni salad or island slaw. Salute sweet teeth with a tropical-fruit smoothie ($4.50), slice of pineapple upside-down cake ($3.75), or slice of molten-chocolate "luv-a-lava" cake ($5.95).
Every patty of antibiotic-free, never-frozen ground chuck is a blank canvas at Stacks. After sampling multitude of other burgers, the beef connoisseurs at Stacks decided to start from scratch to reinvent the burger. From there they founded a unique eatery, where guests can build a custom burger by selecting white or wheat bread (or, if they'd like, a lettuce wrap in lieu of bread) and adding sauces and toppings. The topping selection includes everything from classics like lettuce tomato, and onions, to mushrooms, Stacks sauce and jalapeños. To accompany these freshly cut burgers, Stacks's menu also features hand-cut fries made from Washington State potatoes as well as milkshakes made with 100% hand-crafted ice cream that are so indulgent they're blended with cookies, candy, or yacht debris.
With its black-and-white tiled floors and gleaming tables, Stacks fully embraces the Americana-tinged spirit of a classic burger stand. At the same time, the restaurant features a handful of modern touches, such as a sound system that plays internet radio with contemporary music and five flat-screen televisions that hover above the front counter, an ideal option for watching the game.
Afghan Cuisine & Banquet Hall's chefs make a mean kabuli pulao. In the words of Seattle Weekly food writer Hanna Raskin, the dish—which consists of broth-boiled basmati rice, shredded carrots, raisins, and a juicy lamb shank—"makes you want to eat nothing but lamb forevermore."
Lamb is just one of the meats that chefs skewer onto kabobs at Afghan Cuisine & Banquet Hall. Others include marinated chicken and meatballs seasoned with curry, ensuring that they leave an easily trackable, bright-yellow trail when they roll away. Family recipes dictate the careful creation of main dishes as well as their saucy compliments, such as garlic-yogurt and cilantro chutney, which diners can sop up with fluffy naan. They can sample authentic Afghan drinks, too, in the form of Afghan tea or dogh, a cucumber-yogurt drink.
It's nice watching someone else make dinner for a change—especially when the meal prep becomes a full-on show. At Tokyo Steakhouse, chefs bring their culinary skills tableside to entertain diners with flaming onion volcanoes and knife juggling. They can hand-wrap cucumber, green onion, and masago into spicy-tuna sushi rolls, and grill steak, chicken, and fresh vegetables for teppanyaki dishes. Accompany your meal with a specialty cocktail such as the Banzai, which is a mixture of tropical fruit juices, rum, and a splash of almond, and finish the meal on a sweet note with mochi ice cream.