Hermann Harris, owner of Cattin's Family Restaurant, manages to capture a little bit of everyone's childhood in his menu. Breakfast plates piled high with pancakes and eggs recall lazy Sunday mornings whereas hearty dinnertime entrees such as the popular chicken-fried steak or the Yankee-style pot roast bring to mind trips to grandma's house. Even Hermann's business model keeps kids as the focus: Monday through Wednesday ages 12 and younger eat for free and get a complimentary toy.
Yet grownups find Cattin's just as welcoming. Open 24 hours on most days, the diner makes a great spot for a late-night slice of homemade pie or a super-early cup of coffee at the counter. Sirloins and seafood also pin Cattin's as a hub for a dinner date or for the final showdown between surf and turf.
HG Bistro blends casual and upscale in its atmosphere as well as its food—in the kitchen, chefs use local ingredients to create a menu that draws from European and American influences. They grill 8-ounce sirloins, 10-ounce flat irons, and 16-ounce rib eyes, often serving them with toppings such as dungeness crab, brandy mushrooms, and tiny beef hats. They also infuse mac 'n' cheese with crab, pair ahi tuna with wasabi, and dress pasta with smoked-sage sauce or Sicilian-style meatballs. To help diners wash down their meals, servers mix cocktails and pour more than 80 international wines.
In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers'-market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,150 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options, such as the pepperoni pretzel and eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs, slicing it into bite-size nuggets, or using it to build historically accurate Austrian villages. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including frozen-lemonade desserts.
When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. Auntie Anne's also reaches out to the community through fundraising opportunities.
Showmanship meets scrumptiousness at Iron Chef Japanese Steak House, where chefs juggle cooking utensils and show off their chopping chops while they grill teppanyaki menu selections such as steak, chicken, and seafood. Scallops and lobster tails dock at the hibachi as pincers grasp chopsticks or silverware in anticipation of a seared seafood feast ($38.99). Succulent strips of new york steak ($22.99) sizzle interpretations of Broadway tunes, drawing cheers muffled by mouthfuls of salmon ($23.99) and sukiyaki steak ($18.99). Dinner opens with a prawn appetizer, hot tea, salad, and steamy bowl of soup. Entrees arrive shortly after with vegetables and steamed rice, and the meal concludes with a dessert and a contest to determine who can hold their palm to the grill for the longest.
A lifelong resident of Sumner, Sabrina McNall pined for the day when she could set up her own business in her beloved hometown. When a local café suddenly went out of business, McNall saw her chance to fill the void with simple yet satisfying deli sandwiches and hearty diner breakfasts of eggs, bacon, and hash browns. The gamble paid off, leading an EnumclawPatch reviewer to rave about Sabrina's Lunch in A Box’s no-frills menu laden with meaty sandwiches; she describes the roast beef and cheddar's horseradish sauce as "slightly tangy … [and] layered between real cheddar cheese and medium rare delectable beef slices." The chili dog comes with an all-beef hot dog and is topped with Sabrina's homemade chili with cheddar cheese, and bagels make a cameo on the breakfast menu, ensnaring tasty layers of ham, egg, and cheese.
Beneath the softly glowing paper lanterns above the sushi bar, chefs at Happy Teriyaki #4 are hand rolling maki destined for both individual plates and the all-you-can-eat sushi bar. But it's the signature sauce, fresh vegetables, and charcoal-broiled meats in their teriyaki dishes that are their claim to fame: the restaurant earned the title of Best Teriyaki in Evening Magazine and KING 5's Best of Western Washington awards in both 2011 and 2012.
The owners' pride in their work is not only evidenced by their artful and flavorful culinary creations but also by the restaurant's inviting ambiance. Colorful Japanese screens add a touch of authentic flair to the dining room, where high-backed, private booths prevent fellow guests from copying homework. Beyond praising the "fast, tasty and affordable" food, Jennifer Johnson of the Weekly Volcano commended the staff for "service [that] has not only been efficient and swift but pleasantly provided."
Great Harvest specializes in baking tasty delicacies and healthy, homemade breads ($4.50–$8.50 per loaf) that are high in fiber, free of preservatives, and crafted with freshly milled flour every day. The bread selection changes each day of the week according to a monthly schedule; previous offerings include golden honey wheat and Dakota bread. Gluten-free and high-protein breads are available in a variety of flavors, including gluten-free cinnamon-chip bread. For carb connoisseurs that prefer breaded delights that are easily juggled, Great Harvest bakes scones, muffins, cookies, cinnamon rolls, and bars.