Under red-and-white striped tents, handwritten signs beckon passersby over to wheeled carts filled with bundles of greens or smooth, symmetrical apples. At Newcastle Fruit & Produce’s open-air market, visitors survey a vast selection of seasonal, locally sourced fruit and vegetables that can include Bartlett pears, red-leaf lettuce, Yakima asparagus, and blueberries. Aside from assembling salad essentials, Newcastle’s team also stocks shrubs, perennials, and potted trees, and cuts pines for Christmas or anti-Arbor Day celebrations.
Started by Hawaii transplants Gertie Han and Karl Krautheim more than 50 years ago, Oh! Chocolate is now run by the couple?s two daughters, who uphold Gertie and Karl?s reputation for quality as they handcraft French?style chocolate morsels. USA Today named the neighborhood establishment one of Seattle's foremost chocolatiers for its ?old-fashioned? melt-in-your-mouth? creations, which include raspberry, cabernet, and mango-habanero truffles, as well as caramels with a sprinkle of sea salt harvested from one of the peninsula's naturally occurring saltshakers. Oh! Chocolate?s warm and inviting Madison Park location spreads cocoa-themed knowledge with a slate of classes in which small groups of students glean valuable information such as tempering methods and ideal placement atop a just-fluffed pillow.
Preparing fresh broth is a daily affair at I Luv Pho, where cooks whip up each steaming, fragrant bowl from fresh, all-natural ingredients. Into the light, aromatic soup go rice noodles and a choice of veggies or protein such as rare beef, shrimp, or fried tofu. From there, a plate of garnishes such as basil leaves, carrots, and bean sprouts, enables diners to flavor their soup however they like or to practice newly acquired floral-arranging skills. While pho is the restaurant's specialty, diners can also feast on a variety of Vietnamese specialties including rice dishes, egg noodle soup, and vermicelli bowls.
Decades ago, brothers Bob and Earl Green founded a business dealing in red meat and seafood on April Fools' Day. Later, on another fateful April 1, they passed the shop to Bob's son and daughter-in-law, and today, more than 50 years since its 1958 opening, B & E Meats and Seafood still cuts, smokes, and marinates prime carnivorous fare at three locations.
Beef raised in Washington and Oregon comes to B & E Meats in three variants: natural, traditional, and grass-fed on the grounds of Harlow Ranch. The staff preps T-bones and tenderloins alongside signature kalbi beef ribs, whose soy, ginger, garlic, and sesame-oil marinade evokes tropical barbecues. Such meticulous seasoning is par for the course—the staffers smoke their beef jerky for up to six hours with alder and cherry-wood chips to preserve rustic flavor, and they cover pork roasts in sea salt before wrapping them in banana leaves. Their smoked candy salmon also boasts a tantalizing mix of sweet and salty notes, and corned beef comes traditionally cured for St. Patrick's Day.
Freezer variety packs tempt those who can’t decide on one meal with 25–100 pounds of cuts and goodies, which include steaks, roasts, ground beef, and bacon. In the interest of convenience, the store provides cooking instructions for many of its popular dishes, as well as game-processing services that package meats by weight.
The chef and owner opened 4th Street Grill & Lounge to serve Vietnamese recipes she learned from her family. By fusing these dishes with American elements, she creates an accessible menu where East can meet West somewhere other than the prime meridian.
As the morning transitions into lunch and dinner, the kitchen stops churning out omelets and french toast in favor of crispy crab-and-prawn rolls and yakisoba noodles topped with teriyaki sauce. Bartenders pour glasses of wine and beer when they aren't mixing colorful cocktails and martinis.
Although roughly 1,000 different entrees can be sampled at Chang's Mongolian Grill, diners won't need to peruse a menu as thick as a phone book. Instead, you get to peruse the all-you-can-eat food bar and fill a bowl with your choice of meats, vegetables, and noodles. A helpful chart recommends tried-and-true combinations, but guests are free to experiment, mixing and matching sauces as they see fit.
For the final step, the chefs take each bowl and pour its contents onto a large, circular grill in the center of the open kitchen. They shuffle and slide each order around the magma-heated grill until every last morsel is evenly seared, then sweep everything onto a waiting plate. All you'll need to do is take it back to your table and enjoy the freshly grilled meal. Additional sides of soup, rice, or crepes are also available.