A barbecue place is only as successful as its saucy foodstuffs, and the hot and mild meats at Jones Barbeque have been winning affections for more than 20 years. With signature ribs and smoked brisket featured on Food Network's BBQ with Bobby Flay, Jones was voted Best BBQ for five years in row (2004–2008) by readers of Seattle Weekly. Beside bountiful rolls of paper towels, tables populate with chopped pork, brisket, and hot links in sandwiches and on platters with collard greens and mac 'n' cheese. After wrestling down sharable meat combination platters, patrons can snatch bottles of Jones' barbecue sauce to slip into holiday stockings filled with coal and other grilling essentials.
Padded black booths surround grills beneath gleaming hoods, which reflect the glow of sunset-orange walls as they sweep away rising warm air and spice-steeped aromas. On Palace Korean Bar & Grill's tabletop skillets, chefs sizzle menu items such as pearlescent curlicues of kimchi and cuts of seafood as well as bulgogi, spicy slices of brisket also known as Korean barbecue. During the all-you-can-eat special, silverware jangles endlessly like a knight looking for his car keys as diners tuck into bottomless helpings of marinated beef short ribs, tender marble brisket, spicy pork belly, and jumbo shrimp.
With an extensive menu of island-inspired eats, the eatery blissfully deserts feasters on an island of inspired cuisine. Start with an order of Spam musubi and enjoy the canned delicacy swaddled in a nori wrap with egg and rice ($4.95) or go for an order of Shanghai-style lumpia, a Pac Island family recipe of pork, shrimp, and vegetables in an eggroll-esque package ($5.50). Dinner at the eatery offers an abundant bounty of nourishment, with everything from noodles, rice, and burgers to their 13 barbecue combination platters. The loli chicken and Kalua pork, whose delectable pairing of barbecue chicken and slow-smoked pulled pork sautéed with cabbage ($10.49) was crowned best entree in the 2007 Taste of Tacoma festival, while the teriyaki-marinated kalbi short ribs ($10.95) was top entree in 2006. Most platters are served with two scoops of rice and either macaroni salad or island slaw. Salute sweet teeth with a tropical-fruit smoothie ($4.50), slice of pineapple upside-down cake ($3.75), or slice of molten-chocolate "luv-a-lava" cake ($5.95).
Guadalajara North attracts Mexican-food aficionados with friendly staff, a full bar with regular happy hours, and a West Seattle location with plenty of on-street parking. Although the menu hosts Americanized standards such as taco salad and chicken quesadillas, according to the Stranger, " it's their authentic Mexican dishes that are superb." The chili verde, for example, features morsels of pork loin cooked with a tomatillo sauce and seasoned with house spices. On a warm summer evening, the restaurant's outdoor deck is an ideal spot to sip a margarita or test out napkin parachutes on action figures.
"My paternal grandmother's kitchen was like a window into the world of food," head chef Paul Michael reflects on Frontier Room's website. A transplant from Louisiana, he draws much of his culinary inspiration from his Southern roots and his grandma's cooking—a melting pot of such culinary influences as Syrian, French-Louisianan, and African-American. Chef Michael crafts many of his recipes over the smoke of a wood barbecue pit, cooking beef brisket for up to 14 hours and barbecuing Northwest salmon with the same creole spices that the fish migrate every year to harvest.
These dishes are complemented by an extensive list of craft beers from the West Coast and around the world, from a Redhook coffee stout to an Allagash brew selected specifically to pair with barbecue. En route to the outdoor patio, the aromas of smoked meats waft through the Frontier Room's rustic interior, where hardwood tables sit under deer antlers and a bronze-relief cow amid such fixtures of Americana as a pile of chopped firewood reminiscent of Paul Bunyan's pencil shavings.