The culinary team at The Office Bar & Grill pairs a stock of well drinks and tap and bottled beers with gourmet American-style pub food. Their eclectic menu includes spinach and artichoke dip with homemade pita chips, a chicken breast and pineapple burger drizzled with homemade teriyaki sauce, and fried-cheesecake bites topped with sweet raspberry sauce. While a jukebox spins customers’ favorite tunes, six high-definition flat-screen televisions keep patrons abreast of the latest sports scores. The Office Bar & Grill also entices clientele with a spacious outdoor courtyard and an arcade with sports-themed games such as Golden Tee, Silver Strike Bowling, and Extreme Referee Coin Toss!.
Enjoy a menu stacked with comforting American favorites in Varsity Grill's spacious and modern setting. Tickle taste buds with a sampling of the Varsity nachos ($9.99)—a beautiful mess of crunchy tortilla chips enraptured in a melty mass of pepper-jack and cheddar cheeses, fresh tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole, and green onions and topped off with your choice of chicken or beef—before marching onward to the Varsity BLTA ($9.99), an upgraded BLT featuring Varsity's specialty applewood-smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado between the buttery cumulus clouds of a freshly baked croissant. The Desert Heat burger ($9.99) places a flame-broiled half-pound hunk of meat in a coating of barbecue sauce, bacon, jalapenos, and pepper-jack cheese and, like a desert mirage, will disappear quickly between your ravenous chompers. Omnivores may want to try the Buffalo chicken salad ($10.99) covered in blue cheese crumbles, tortilla chips, and blue cheese dressing, and herbivores can find solace in the veggie sandwich ($8.99), which plays the creamy textures of avocado, cucumber, sprouts, hummus, swiss cheese, and cream cheese against sharp notes of red onion, lettuce, and tomato.
On the quiet, Monday-night streets of Puyallup, no one inside Ricky J’s Restaurant and Lounge seems to care that it’s a school night. The lights in the warm pub burn brightly, as local musicians jaunt onto the stage to enthusiastic applause. Servers raise their voices to be heard over the twang of guitar and the terrified screams of the drums, taking orders for pizzas and pitchers of beer. Between decimating plates of nachos or cheering at the end of the band’s set, guests engage in a little friendly competition at the pool tables. This is the scene of the pub’s open mic night—the first of many weekly events on a schedule flush with karaoke, bingo, and trivia.
As guests squabble over trivia answers or dance to DJ-spun tunes in the dining room, chefs are bustling through the kitchen. They top freshly made burgers with grill-blacked bacon and juicy pineapple slices, and dress pizzas with homemade sauce and creative toppings such as barbeque pulled pork and tortilla strips. The chefs are creative even with their side dishes, frying onion rings in homemade beer batter and painting portraits of tater tots dressed as Napoleon. In the mornings, the chefs turn their attention to breakfast items, including cheesy omelets, overstuffed burritos, and pancakes with banana, strawberry, and whipped cream.
Though it's walking distance from both Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field, The Hawk's Nest makes the decision between facing the crowds at the stadium and staying indoors to watch the game with a beer and a burger a challenging one. The Seahawks, Sounders, and Mariners mecca, though lined with team paraphernalia and TVs displaying NFL Sunday Ticket, serves a more upscale spread than you might find at other sports bars. Chefs charbroil Misty Isle natural beef burgers with unique ingredients such as brie, peanut butter, and pineapple, and plate gourmet entrees of steamed clams and portabello goat-cheese sandwiches. Even the beer list is elevated—local microbrews and a rotating IPA populate the taps, though sports fans can always order up a bucket of Bud, Coors, or Miller bottles to accompany hollered insults at the TV's tiny referees. The bar is also a proud advocate for Ronald McDonald House and the Mittens For The Masses charity.
If Ballard Loft feels somewhat reminiscent of a renovated machine shop, well, that’s because it used to be an actual machine shop. Remnants of the building’s former occupation live on in several forms. A garage door opens to an outdoor patio alongside Ballard Avenue, and a retired jib hangs from the ceiling after a career spent hoisting heavy equipment and slumbering mechanics skyward.
Amidst this working man’s vibe, diners sit down to a substantial menu that includes sliders, wings, sandwiches, and a rotating menu of fresh food specials. The hearty meals are fitting for an area such as Salmon Bay, with its storied history of logging mills and maritime industry. But today, inside the Loft, those same meals are far more likely to fuel rounds of shuffleboard, pool, or darts or friendly competition during Tuesday night trivia.
NYP Restaurant & Bar's culinary masterminds concoct cuisine ranging from hand-tossed pizzas slathered with homemade sauce to gourmet Angus burgers grilled to customer specifications. Working in tandem with bartenders, the chefs complement each tomato-topped pie or pasta dish with craft cocktails and 20 different signature martinis such as the Tsunami––a surge of coconut rum, vodka, peach schnapps, blue curacao, pineapple juice, and mist. They also serve local craft beers. For some mealtime entertainment, TVs located in the bar and in the restaurant show local sports teams such as the Seahawks and Sounders.