A platoon of self-serve yogurt dispensers gleams along the walls of Lachelle’s Frozen Yogurt, each waiting to dispatch a different velvety flavor into the shop’s giant pink cups. Swirls come in both traditional varieties—Dutch chocolate, alpine vanilla—and unique flavors, such as hawaiian pineapple and Mounds. To complement the mountains of yogurt, Lachelle's offers a selection of toppings that, like the Indy Five Million, is seemingly endless, comprising more than 100 treats from fresh fruit to hot apple-pie filling.
When the instructors at Design Metals School aren’t crafting alloy masterpieces—such as the intricate rail that encircles the pendulum at the University of Alaska’s library—around the country, they impart the skills of their trade to groups of torch-wielding students. The teachers pull from 25 years of experience in metal fabrication for their classes, demonstrating and critiquing pupils’ techniques for welding, cold bending, and making cool showers of sparks.
Thoreau might have lasted longer than two years in the woods if he’d been within walking distance of Lapellah, a restaurant that draws strongly on the deep-woods vibe of the Pacific Northwest, with dark wood furnishings, comfy booths, warm brick walls, and plenty of roaring fire—Lapellah features a wood-oven stove and a flaming grill. The elemental atmosphere of wood and flames is reflected in the name: Lapellah comes from the trading language used by natives of the region and means “roast.” And like any good citizen of the woods, Lapellah endeavors to minimize its footprints in the soil. The restaurant works with area farmers to obtain sustainable, local ingredients and recycles or composts 80% of its waste. This locally owned, do-gooder restaurant also gives back to the community, donating turkey dinners over the holidays.
Old Town Burger & Breakfast serves up hearty, 100% certified Angus hamburg from two south Washington eateries. Carnivorous connoisseurs may choose the house burger, a quarter-pound of Angus beef capped with a fresh egg, country-cut bacon, American cheese, house sauce, onion, pickles, tomato, and crisp lettuce, all tucked between doughy bedsheets. Or they can opt to tackle the swiss-and-mushroom burger, a quarter-pound of Angus beef blanketed in swiss cheese and topped with pickles, sautéed mushrooms, crisp lettuce, onion, and tomato, piled sky-high on a bun. Guests may dine in or take entrees, both of which come with a side of french fries and a 16 oz. soft drink, to go for noshing in a local park or steam shovel.
After relocating from Hawaii's Oahu island to the Pacific Northwest, the Carpio family opened Da ~ Kine's Cafe to help reconcile their cravings for homeland Hawaiian fare with their newly acquired taste for traditional American eats. The tropical restaurant menu features island cuisine such as Kalua pig, Katsu chicken, and banana pancakes next to more classic stateside fare such as salads, sandwiches, burgers, and deep-fried baseball. The paninis menu offers the Malibu, a turkey and cranberry sauce option, as well as the Makaha topped with Black Forest ham and Oregon's tillamook cheddar. Like all the best sacrifices to Pele, dinners include Kalbi ribs and coconut shrimp and come served with a Hawaiian roll, coconut butter, salad, rice, and a traditional coconut-milk-based Hawaiian dessert called Haupia.
Tropical décor transports patrons to a warmer climate as proprietor Patrick's menu of internationally influenced authentic Hawaiian dishes floods diners' belly-oceans. Send taste buds on a trans-Pacific flight with a pupu of Maui Wowie onion rings ($6.99) before diving finger- or fork-first into tasty entrees. Those preferring handheld fare can sink teeth into a Kalua pork sandwich ($9.29) or relish the mouthwatering layers of the Loco Loco Moco, a homemade burger topped with grilled onions, two sunny-side-up eggs, and rich brown gravy ($9.99).