With more than 700 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company’s product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
This naturalistic approach is fully realized in Jamba Juice's selection of smoothies. Made with 100% fruit juice, sherbet, and frozen yogurt, the frosty delights range from all-fruit smoothies such as peach perfection and strawberry whirl to more indulgent creamy treats, including peanut butter moo'd, an enticing blend of peanut butter, bananas, nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, and milk chocolate.
For those with heartier appetites, steel-cut oats steep in soymilk before being enhanced with toppings such as apples, cinnamon, and brown-sugar crumble. The lunch hour presents protein-packed mini wraps, toasted bistro sandwiches and California Flatbreads that pack only about 320–420 calories each.
In addition to serving up slices at four brick-and-mortar locations, Mad Pizza delivers its meat- and veggie-laden pies throughout Seattle. From store to store, the menu of each restaurant shares madness-themed entree names, such as the Mad pepperoni, the Maditerranean pizza—which hoists pesto, salami, and capers—and the Mad Scientist pizza, baked over a bunsen burner. They also prepare succulent Chicago–style italian beef sandwiches and meatball subs.
At Bison Creek Pizza & Pub, the past meets the present in both food and décor. Located inside the historic Burien Theatre, the pizzeria serves its gourmet pies from a modern kitchen, but it pours mixed drinks from the theater's original saloon-like bar. A stage has replaced the screen, and free live shows blare music across the expansive room regularly. Bison Creek's menu exemplifies the same juxtaposition of tradition and change, boasting specialty pizzas that it's served since opening in 1975, now with modern twists such as gluten-free crusts, soy cheese, and invisible slices.
Customers can build their own pizza, but the pub is known for its gourmet options such as the 6th Gear—a pizza piled high with chicken, bacon, and artichoke hearts simmering garlic cream sauce with onions and garlic. The menu has expanded as well. Grinder sandwiches filled with tender pulled pork or heaps of salami, bacon, and pepperoni come with a pile of fries, and the kitchen produces pasta dinners with homemade sauces such marinara, alfredo, or pesto cream.
Hey Paison! injects rich, Italian flavors into each of its hoagies, nabbing the top spot in Evening magazine’s 2008 and 2009 contests for best sandwich shop. The menu is rife with hot sandwiches such as the classic italian hoagie ($8.75)—made with salami, capicola, provolone, and peppers—and the eggplant parmesan ($7.50), which layers basil, mozzarella, and roasted peppers in a portable vegetarian feast. The philly cheesesteak ($8.50) comes topped with american or provolone cheese rocketed from Philadelphia with every order, and the hot capicola hoagie ($9.50) blends sharp provolone with tomatoes, peppers, and olive oil in a fiery antidote to standard lunch fare. Decorative walls strewn with Rat Pack prints and memorabilia contribute to Hey Paison!’s familial atmosphere and put diners at ease as they carbo-load before braving the pole-vault component of a job interview.
The Burien eatery boasts a menu of Old World authentic Italian fare inspired by the chef-owner’s southern Italian upbringing. Start with an order of the crispy carciofi fritti ($7), and dunk the deep-fried artichoke hearts into a flavor-filled bath of spicy aioli, or opt for the fresh pepata di vongole ($12), steamed intra-shell clams in a white-wine broth. Italian film buffs will analyze the dramatic depth of the eatery’s entree selections, noting the complementary selection of palate-pleasing pastas and protein-packed piatti alongside wood-fired pizzas and insalata. Split a Primo pizza ($16.50) with a co-diner, and savor the prosciutto and green-olive-enhanced flavor of the disc-shaped dinner, or hoard an order of the agnello al terrone ($21), a tender rosemary-seasoned lamb chop, for the post-modern prometheus you keep in the basement next to the unused flower pots.
Comfort your soul, the actuating cause of life and spicy meatballs, with today’s Groupon: $25 for $50 worth of fine Italian dining and drinks at Bistro Baffi in Burien. The European-style Italian eatery's fresh herbs, savory sauces, and gourmet dishes won Citysearch's Best Seattle Italian Food award in 2009.