Coho Cafe's two locations help their diners fight the weather—whatever that might be. In the winter, large rock fireplaces send heat bouncing off curved architecture and metal art while stomachs warm with Southwestern spices. In the summer, cool Pacific breezes fan guests on the outdoor patios while they sip cocktails and sink into cod tacos. But no matter what the temperature outside, there's an undeniable flair to the restaurant's Northwestern seafood. It's something viewers of KING 5's Evening Magazine have noticed too—they've lauded Coho for having the best New American cuisine in western Washington four times since 2008.
The cornerstone of these accolades is the kitchens' culinary restlessness. The executive chefs of both locations revamp the Fresh Sheets menu of weekly specials every two weeks to make use of seasonal ingredients and flavors. What results are bold plates such as pit-roasted salmon cooked over apple wood, and stir-fried coconut green curry with prawns and ginger-jasmine rice. Each bite pairs with a Northwestern wine as well—a fitting drink for any season.
The culinary artisans at Pacific Coast pair high-quality ingredients with freshly made sweet and savory recipes. The café menu boasts breakfast all day, serving three-egg omelets with bacon or sausage and toast ($7.95) alongside build-your-own sandwiches, allowing picky eaters to festoon their own comestibles from a range of doughy breads, piquant cheeses, and approval-seeking meats ($7.95). Plop down with a quick indulgence from Pacific Coast’s selection of breads and fresh pastries, and pair a gourmet cupcake ($2.00), specialty brownie ($3.50), or lemon-raspberry muffin ($2.50) with an organic, fair-trade cup of Caffe Vita cappuccino. Pacific Coast’s warm red walls and plush booth seating create an ideal atmosphere for solo relaxation, chatting with groups of friends, or quietly counting down the hours until Earth’s much-anticipated polar switch.
Just as founders Timothy and Katherine Sharpe depended on a healthy diet when their family faced major health scares, Chef Hugo Tapia crafts each dish at Graces 5 around the health of his diners. noodles It starts with an allergen-free kitchen exempt of gluten, cow's milk, soy, and peanuts. From there, the chef uses sustainable and line-caught ingredients from local farms and suppliers whenever possible to craft seasonal items such as slow-cooked Australian lamb shank and zucchini. Guests can fill out a food allergy profile so servers can directly match their allergies with appropriate dishes and alterations; the staff also accommodates visitors' diets by suggesting safe dishes and substitutions.
To wash down Chef Hugo's healthful bites, diners can choose from a menu of gluten-free beers along with organic, biodynamic, and sustainable wines. There are also numerous signature juices made on-site at the organic juice bar.
While inanimate objects with the power of flight often terrify the muffin-eating masses, aerodynamic aprons are known for their compassionate cuddling and fantastical ribbon dancing. Flying Apron Bakery freshly prepares delicious edibles for the consumption and digestion of all. High-quality organic products, from whole-grain, wheatless flours to non-hydrogenated oils, are creatively employed to compose an overflowing menu of thoroughly vegan, gluten-free, and wheat-free goods. Morning fare includes carrot muffins sweetened with pure fruit juice ($3.25) and sticky pecan cinnamon rolls inspired by organic brown-rice flour and garbanzo-bean flour ($4.25), while cookie jars swell with Macaroon Mountains ($2.45) and pumpkin cookies full of dried apricots, walnuts, and stevia ($1.95).
Stepping into Kringles Bakery feels a little like stepping back into time. In a quaint, yellow house that's surrounded by a white picket fence, the bakery welcomes guests to revisit the tastes and smells of their childhood. The freshly baked breads and pastries are made using recipes that date back up to six generations, ensuring each blueberry sour cream kringle and cranberry orange scone tastes as good as it always has. Even the coffee has history: to craft drinks such as the house specialty Cat's Meow mocha, the staff turn to Caffe D'arte, a local company that uses a wood-fired roaster that dates back to 1949.
Although it can't grant the power of flight or x-ray vision, açaí is still considered something of a super food. The fruit comes directly from the Brazilian rainforest and delivers loads of antioxidants, healthy omegas, and fiber to anyone who consumes it or sticks it into their ears. At Kitanda, açaí is just one of the many organic ingredients featured in a menu of healthy eats. The family-owned shop specializes in a wide range Brazilian snacks and drinks, including gluten-free breads and gourmet coffee brewed from 100-percent Brazilian beans.