The city of Seattle is speckled by pho joints, each one serving its own rendition of the beloved belly-warming noodle soup. However, Le's Phở Tái remains a cut above the competition with its commitment to using locally grown ingredients and creating flavorful broth. Chefs begin the process of preparing the beef stock more than 20 hours before the soup hits the table, setting beef bones and spices to boil in order to procure what reporters from Journal Magazine praised as "exceptional flavor". Once the broth is ready, the chefs add thin vermicelli noodles along with cuts of tender beef, fresh seafood, and crisp veggies. They serve the soup in massive bowls alongside plates of bean sprouts and jalapeno slices.
When chefs aren't cooking pho, their attention is absorbed in the preparation of other Vietnamese specialties—chewy spring rolls, tangy teriyaki dishes, and bahn mi sandwiches with barbecue meats and french bread. Servers carry these dishes out into the warm, casual dining room, along with glasses of sweet iced-milk coffee and refreshing coconut juice. The accommodating staffers encourage guests to call ahead to place food orders for faster service, particularly if they have to speed back home to make sure their cats don't start scratching the Bruce Willis statue they’ve been sculpting out of peanut butter.
Blue Saucer is loyally committed to serving only the finest Stumptown coffee, brewed to order in small French-pressed batches (starting at $1.60). Every week a different bean from the boutique coffee maker is featured for your sipping satisfaction, along with specialty drinks such as a house-mixed hot chocolate (starting at $2) and organic teas (starting at $1.60) for your steeping enjoyment.
The Maple Leaf coffee house offers a warm and toasty neighborhood atmosphere in which to sip your favored coffee drink, nosh on your favored sandwich, or ogle your favored coffee carafe. Splurge on the 10-drink punch card, and enjoy a marathon of its premium teas ($0.91+), lattes ($2.25+), chais ($2.25+), espressos ($1.25+), extras ($0.30+), or pour-it-yourself drip roasts ($0.91+). Or opt for a $20 credit for $10 towards anything in the store. In addition to the full espresso-bar offerings, Cloud City serves up a full menu of casual café fare, with filling breakfast bites, such as oatmeal ($3+) and breakfasty burritos ($2.25), alongside hand-held lunch fare, such as quiche ($3.75), fresh-made sandwiches ($3.50+), and salad sandwiches ($5.75). Your Groupon is also valid toward the purchase of any retail product. Spend a warm afternoon among Cloud City Coffee's free WiFi, cozy couches, and children's play area—at least, until its suave owner betrays you to the Empire and has you frozen in carbonite.
From its humble origins as a small, old-fashioned ice-cream parlor operating out of a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vermont, Ben and Jerry's now delights taste buds in locations across the U.S. and 25 countries. Their brand easily attracted customers??homemade ice cream churned from wholesome, high quality ingredients and blended into creative flavors. Some of their popular scoops include Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Chocolate Fudge Brownie.
Long waits and harsh lighting are just two inconveniences that can plague a standard trip to the post office. The process leaves little room for relaxation, let alone time to kick back and enjoy a freshly made latte. That's what Sip and Ship hopes to remedy. The family-owned business combines two different worlds—the post office and a coffee shop—into an operation that runs as smoothly as its coffee goes down.
The process is both friendly and simple: customers bring in items they need to send far away, such a piece of art, an old-fashioned letter, or a cursed monkey's paw. The Sip and Ship team wraps, packs, and ships it—all while customers wind down with organic, locally roasted drinks and homemade cookies and scones. In between all the sipping and shipping, customers can squeeze in some shopping, too; the store stocks its shelves with bottled wine, bath products, and even children's toys.
Kalia Indian Cuisine seamlessly blends delicious taste with healthy eating, preparing curries, tandoori meats, dahls, and housemade paneer with vegetable oils and without MSG. For those uninitiated with the Southeast Asian offerings, friendly servers can help diners navigate the extensive bill of fare or suggest Indian beers and wine pairings to match with vegetable biryanis and shrimp curries. Fluffy naan, which can be stuffed with chicken, onions, potatoes, and herbs, helps diners scoop up tender morsels of tandoor-cooked turkey, lamb, and chicken. Once per month, belly dancers visit both the Greenwood and Lynnwood locations, whirling and swirling as diners finish off meals with sweet gulab juman dumplings or mango lassi smoothies.