As the demand for local produce continues to grow, The Chocolate Box has taken the next step and emphasized local confections. The storefront’s shelves feature products from a Who’s Who of Seattle chocolatiers and winemakers, including milk chocolate from Fran’s, vegan chocolate from Theo, sugar-free chocolate from Spokandy, and boutique wines from the northwest wine region. The staff wants customers to feel as informed as possible about the products they purchase, so they schedule informative events such as truffle-making workshops, hot-chocolate tastings, and wine-and-chocolate experiences in the city.
Since 1922, the red-brick Hartman Chevrolet garage has lain hidden within the lush foliage of the Cascade Foothills, serenaded by the flow of Silver Creek. More than 80 years later, after the building had fallen into disrepair, longtime admirer Manny Rodrigues enlisted the help of a team of local architects to renovate the former auto shop into Creekside Grill. Today, the sound of the rushing creek plays off the canted roof of the expansive deck, and sunlight pours into the dining room through towering windows. The restaurant's menu reflects this sense of making the old new. Throughout the week, servers bear plates of fish and chips made with wild Pacific sea bass, broiled and caramelized hickory-smoked ribs, or tomato gorgonzola soup, and bartenders send frozen specialty cocktails, local wines, and martinis to the tables that sit creek-side in the cozy grotto lounge. Meanwhile, a specialty kids menu designed by Ms. Oregon 2011 Moniqa Keisling appeases young palettes with chicken strips, spaghetti, and french fries that make a fetching addition to any tiara. Throughout the year, the restaurant hosts live events, including live music, poetry readings, and fashion shows.
The historic building in which Mac’s Place stands survived two legendary fires, in both 1885 and 1934, yet inside the fires still rage, cooking pizzas, burgers, and po’ boys made from scratch with local ingredients. Nightly specials add variety to the stalwart helpings of homemade macaroni and cheese, and every morning cooks prepare batches of soup as fresh as the eruptions from Yellowstone’s clam-chowder geysers. To add to the inviting atmosphere, heaters make the outdoor patio available year-round, and local musicians play live performances on most Saturday nights.
For 60 years, Wooden Nickel Pub & Eatery has served up hearty eats in a wood-paneled bar with games, live music, and the familiar ambience of a hometown hangout. The pub's cooks smoke, cure, and brine meats in-house, sandwiching them within breads baked on-site. In addition to slow-smoked prime rib, German sausages, and sizzling fried chicken, they simmer pots of jambalaya or shrimp and grits. Diners can find the same savory, homestyle food at a second location in Sublimity.