Variety of Spice holds true to its name with a diverse library of gluten-free spice blends, sea salts, and other flavoring sundries, each made from local Washington ingredients that eschew MSG, preservatives, or artificial elements. Creative blends that include jalapeño chili, tomato horseradish, and garlic pepper grace meats with a flavorful coat or dive into sour cream to become a tempting dip for chips or entire faces.
With a palette of fresh local ingredients, The Islander's culinary team paints a menu of upscale dishes, carrying diners on a journey from the pubs of Middle America to the Great Plains and back to the coast. On the outdoor deck, stunning views of the Cascade Mountains and the town center keep guests grounded as fresh catches of wild salmon, prawn, and dungeness crab attempt to carry them out to sea. Indoors, flags of the world reminisce over the melting-pot nature of the menu, where half-pound burgers rolled in cracked peppercorn occupy the same space as prawn pasta and center-cut new york steaks with tempura shoestring onions. Ace barkeeps mix delectable specialty drinks, and pours of regional and international wines, microbrews, and rare European-style beers complement each dish. Frequent wine and beer tastings continue The Islander's flavor celebration, helping guests explore different pairings and fill their monthly friend-making quota. Sports aficionados, meanwhile, can get their fix by watching nightly games on the sports bar's eight high-definition televisions.
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.