Jet City Pizzas start from the crust-up. Cooks press dough made from micro beer batter into the bottom of pans, or hand-toss buttermilk discs into shape. A gluten-free formula accommodates dietary needs, and a Seattle-style thin crust gains its trademark flatness by resting under an entire edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Next come the toppings, ranging from the Jumbo Jet's traditional mixture of meats, onions, and peppers, to such creative entries as the Gyro, a melange of tzatziki sauce, gyro meat, red onions, and Roma tomatoes. And if pizzas aren't enough on their own, there are plenty of sides, available, including cheesy garlic bread, saucy wings, and meatball grinders.
Stavros Restaurant's menu quells roaring appetites with a medley of colorful Mediterranean eats served up from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Morning couples or two-man bands can awaken sleepy taste buds with splashes of orange juice while incisors acquaint themselves with the breakfast gyro's pita castle walls, which contain a royal cast of seasoned beef, onions, tomatoes, and golden eggs. Lunch dishes out a collection of meat, veggie, and falafel gyros for the picking, each covered with lettuce, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce. A blend of veggies such as cucumbers and olives swirl together to create the small greek salad, and a beverage of choice ensures no diner goes without a soda to spew out when a worthy joke is told.
When the family behind What the Pho! came to the Puget Sound area as political refugees in the mid-1970s, they couldn’t bring much from their native Vietnam. But they would always have their time-tested Vietnamese recipes. Hoping to share them with American diners, they created What the Pho!, offering dozens of varied pho selections alongside other traditional Vietnamese dishes, including charbroiled pork over vermicelli noodles and black tiger prawns atop steamed rice. Although at this point, What the Pho! locations can be found throughout Washington—much like backpacking squirrels—each spot boasts a clean, modern dining space; fast service; and of course, plenty of pho.
WineStyles' nationwide family of stores grew out of a backyard barbecue, where friends sampled bottles of wine without looking at the label and found that the tastiest were not always the most expensive or the best advertised. Rather than arranging merchandise by varietal, region, or number of appearances on Frasier, the boutique demystifies the bottle-buying process by classifying wines into one of eight flavor categories and describing aroma details and food pairings on individual notecards. More than 100 styles are available for less than $25, and staff members can special order more obscure wines by the case or bottle to accommodate any palate.
Radiant blue light glows through towering tequila bottles lining the bar at Blue Tequila as servers unveil an array of authentic Mexican dishes. Copiloted feast flights take off with appetizers such as beef bits or deluxe nachos piled high with fresh guacamole, sliced tomatoes, melted cheese, and a meaty base of chicken, beef, or picadillo. Tablemates then strap in for substantially portioned entrees, ranging from steaming steak fajitas to the vegetarian-friendly black bean quesadilla. After forks and knives clink victoriously against empty plates, diners qualify for one shareable serving of deep-fried ice cream, banana wraps, or Paradise chimichangas, providing sweetness only previously attainable by wrestling a pixy stick to the ground.