A barbecue place is only as successful as its saucy foodstuffs, and the hot and mild meats at Jones Original Barbeque have been winning affections for more than 20 years. The family business still makes full use of the original sauce recipe devised by the Jones family patriarch, William U. Jones, Sr., and refined by his son, William U. Jones Jr. . With signature ribs and smoked brisket featured on Food Network's BBQ with Bobby Flay, the eatery 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 their signature barbecue sauce to slip into holiday stockings filled with coal and other grilling essentials.
Forget lengthy lists of hard-to-pronounce preservatives?each batch of Empire Ice Cream starts with a base that contains just four ingredients: eggs, evaporated cane juice, and cream and milk from Fresh Breeze Organic Dairy. From there, the ice cream makers simply fold in extra ingredients to make various flavors, relying on local providers like Hayton Farms, who supply the berries for the shop's raspberry and strawberry ice creams, or Stumptown Coffee, who delivers the ground espresso beans for Empire's coffee-flavored ice cream. There's even a unique bacon-flavored ice cream made with real pieces of local, natural bacon, as well as a s'mores ice cream loaded with house-made marshmallows and real vine-ripened graham crackers. Brownies and cinnamon rolls from Eat Local are also available in the shop, and sometimes make their way into decadent sundaes.
The chefs at BluWater Bistro elevate classic comfort food by working mainly with premium, largely local ingredients. Take, for instance, a BLT—reinterpreted with additions of Pacific Northwest king-salmon fillet and pesto mayo—or a burger ascending to gourmet status with layers of Tillamook cheddar spread over wagyu beef raised on pastures near the Snake River. BluWater Bistro's owners strive to match their chefs' quality and creativity by giving each waterfront location a refined yet cozy aesthetic, surrounding diners in large windows, fireplaces flanked by leather furniture, and flat-screen televisions that play more interesting shows when they sense lulls in conversation. The Green Lake establishment also extends to an outdoor patio. The kitchen staff continues sending out dishes from the full menu as late as 1 a.m. every night of the week and shows up early on the weekends to prepare brunch.
What began as a small counter selling sausages at Pike Place Market mushroomed into a meaty empire with Uli Lengenberg in the role of chief link master. The shop remains a popular spot in the Market, where diners looking for a little slice of Germany can order from the extensive lineup of brilliantly seasoned sausages. The varied selections cover a lot of territory, from Spanish chorizo, spicy Italian and German bratwurst to the exotic South African Boerewors, seasoned with generous amounts of coriander and red wine vinegar. The world tour continues with Louisiana hot links, English Bangers and Polish kielbasa, each available to take home and grill up yourself, or for on-the-spot snacking, topped with coarse grain mustard and curry ketchup. In this casual, snug space, the TV is often tuned to sports and it’s not unusual for new friendships to form over a perfect sausage and a beer.
When Jerrod Sessler was diagnosed with advanced-stage cancer in 1999, he found a link between his diet and his illness—and he sought the nutrients of organic produce to help him fight it. Sessler founded Freggies to offset the then-high prices and low availability of organic produce, and today, the company delivers Organic Trade Association–certified fruits and vegetables throughout the Seattle area. Participants can set up recurring deliveries of Freggies' latest harvest or create their own boxes from whatever produce is in season, from avocados, chard, and fennel, to coconuts, pears, and baby bok choy. Freggies also stocks dry goods such as dried fruit, citrus juice, and Natural Planet Organics dog food.
There was once a pair of friends who shared the same name. These friends—the Gregs—also shared the belief that even casual food should be fresh. So they put their heads together to found Zaw Artisan Pizza, where seasonal, organic, and locally sourced ingredients top carefully crafted take-and-bake pies. Diners can watch over the counter as pizza artistes decorate white, whole wheat, or gluten-free crusts with toppings such as free-range chicken breast, hearty spinach, and fresh artisan cheeses. Each pie leaves the shop unfrozen—as evidenced by the lack of freezers in all six stores—to be baked to a golden crisp inside the customer's oven or backyard iron forge. To further their commitment to quality, the Gregs strive to source local ingredients from neighborhood farmers' markets whenever possible, and craft each batch of dough with Bob's Red Mill flours.