Alpac Market & Pizza treats guests to hearty meals of pizzeria cuisine, serving up savory pies forged from fresh dough, cheese, and homemade sauce. Chefs roll out tasty pizzas topped with pepperoni and ham, ground beef and jalapeño peppers, and mushrooms and olives. In addition to chowing down on delicious pizzas, guests can devour toasty calzones and spicy chicken wings. Oven-toasted french-roll Subcontractor sandwiches are filled with bubbly mozzarella and savory meats and are named for construction-industry terms, such as Framing, Demolition, and Who Dropped the Wrecking Ball on My Car?
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.
Athens Pizza & Pasta is still going strong after 34 years. In 2013, its pizza was voted Best Pizza by readers of the Auburn Reporter. And although the praise for the eatery's pies are warranted?whether it's the Athens Special with three types of meat or the Spartan Special with feta cheese and black olives?the kitchen staff doesn't only toss together pizzas. They also make foot-long grinders, baked pastas, and hearty salads. In fact, the menu also includes barbecue chicken, spareribs, and other BBQ offerings.
Garlic Jim's menu was handcrafted with nothing more than a dream and an incredible reserve of pizza-making expertise. Open an order with some gourmet chicken wings, available in barbecue, garlic, and hot, before moving on to pizza territory. Put an end to eating Legos by piecing together a custom pie. Choose from the hand-thrown thick, garlic thin, or gluten-free crusts, slathered in one of seven sauces (from classic red to zesty chipotle pesto), and then slap on any of 15 standard and 11 gourmet toppings (14-inch large pizzas start at $11.99, extra-large $14.99; each additional topping for a large is $1.50). To achieve customization without the stress of having to choose, turn to one of the pre-determined specialties. Meat-maul hunger with the Hercules (salami, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, beef, spicy Italian sausage, and bacon; $18.99 for large, $21.99 for extra-large), or discover the secret of pizza-temperature fusion in your head with Jim's bacon-cheeseburger pizza (beef, bacon, red onions, tomatoes, mozzarella, and cheddar; $18.99 for large, $21.99 for extra-large).
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.
Whether you stop in for a lingering lunch with a promising first date or a decadent dinner with a debonair art thief, the Ravenous board of fare will keep your hunger-crazed stomach from punching you in the lung. Mid-day munches run the gauntlet of salads, sandwiches, pizzas, calzones, and pastas. The spicy Cajun-shrimp calzone ($9.50), hearty meatloaf sandwich ($8.50), and sesame-chicken salad ($9.50) are all guaranteed routine breakers. For an elegant evening, start with an order of spicy clams and mussels ($12) or focaccia and caramelized onions ($10) before moving on to a red-and-white-sauced Broadway pizza ($17) loaded with chicken, artichoke hearts, mozzarella, and tomatoes. Ravenous's pan-seared rib-eye steak ($24), served with Mediterranean mashed potatoes and drizzled with a mushroom-merlot demi-glace and crumbled blue cheese, will satisfy diners famished after a day of slow-motion car washing over the neighbor's objections, while the smoked-salmon tortellini ($19.50) swims upstream through a decadent walnut and blue-cheese cream sauce.