Almost every dish at Sparks Firehouse Deli feels the heat of the flames as it cooks. The house chefs are firm believers in the flavor-enhancing properties of fire-roasting dishes, whether they are sandwiches, wings, or sides like macaroni and cheese. The flames melt swiss cheese onto the house-cooked corned beef of the All Hands Reuben, and bring out the sweetness of vegetables in the All The Bells and Whistles veggie sandwich. Sparks Firehouse Deli specializes in creating custom pizzas and pizza by the slice as well, using an array of ingredients, including six types of meat, five sauces, and their signature chipotle sauce. Chefs also make pizzas for take-and-bake service, offering a more satisfying at-home option than lighting a pepperoni-scented candle.
Black Bear Frozen Yogurt & Espresso's menu offers treats and beverages to satisfy any sweets craving. Yogurts are made from high-count active yogurt cultures obtained from one of Portland's locally operated creameries. These simple ingredients are transformed into a rotating spectrum of frozen yogurt flavors, including simple blends like french vanilla or egg nog to specialty flavors such as s'mores or snowflakes, which is best dispensed directly onto a stuck-out tongue.
Chilly treats can be paired with hot espresso drinks featuring the fresh flavor of locally roasted beans. Beans are acquired through Family Direct trading, which pays fair wages to coffee farmers and their families in South America and Africa for the best-grown coffee from their fields.
Made-from-scratch recipes and fresh ingredients have been setting The Original Pancake House apart from its breakfast-spot competition since 1953. That's when its owners established an all-day empire committed to ingredients such as pure hard-wheat unbleached flour and butter made from fresh sweet cream.
Today, The Original Pancake House cooks across the country still construct scrambles and omelets from fresh Grade AA eggs. Powdered sugar lines the rims of oven-baked dutch baby pancakes, and granny-smith apples simmer in oven-baked pancakes (two of more than a dozen styles of pancake on the menu). Even the toppings are made in-house, including whipped cream, specialty syrups, and sauces. To complement these flavors, staff fill cups with fresh-squeezed orange and grapefruit juices and coffee blended specially to match the Original Pancake House's menu and upholstery. Although each location takes on the local charm of its surrounding city, all of them share in common a homey atmosphere that welcomes families with perks such as color-in place mats and kids' menus.
Name aside, The Original Pancake House isn't just a breakfast spot?in fact, it stays open for three meals a day, or six if you follow most doctors' advice to take a small pancake break every few hours. The savory side of the menu holds meat-and-egg combos and savory crepes stuffed with cheese and veggies.
Beneath the softly glowing paper lanterns above the sushi bar, chefs at Happy Teriyaki #4 are hand rolling maki destined for individual plates. But it's the signature sauce, fresh vegetables, and charcoal-broiled meats in their teriyaki dishes that are their claim to fame: the restaurant earned the title of Best Teriyaki in Evening Magazine and KING 5's Best of Western Washington awards in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
The owners' pride in their work is not only evidenced by their artful and flavorful culinary creations but also by the restaurant's inviting ambiance. Colorful Japanese screens add a touch of authentic flair to the dining room, where high-backed, private booths prevent fellow guests from copying homework. Beyond praising the "fast, tasty and affordable" food, Jennifer Johnson of the Weekly Volcano commended the staff for "service [that] has not only been efficient and swift but pleasantly provided."
A lifelong resident of Sumner, Sabrina McNall pined for the day when she could set up her own business in her beloved hometown. When a local café suddenly went out of business, McNall saw her chance to fill the void with simple yet satisfying deli sandwiches and hearty diner breakfasts of eggs, bacon, and hash browns. The gamble paid off, leading an EnumclawPatch reviewer to rave about Sabrina's Lunch in A Box’s no-frills menu laden with meaty sandwiches; she describes the roast beef and cheddar's horseradish sauce as "slightly tangy … [and] layered between real cheddar cheese and medium rare delectable beef slices." The chili dog comes with an all-beef hot dog and is topped with Sabrina's homemade chili with cheddar cheese, and bagels make a cameo on the breakfast menu, ensnaring tasty layers of ham, egg, and cheese.
HG Bistro blends casual and upscale in its atmosphere as well as its food—in the kitchen, chefs use local ingredients to create a menu that draws from European and American influences. They grill 8-ounce sirloins, 10-ounce flat irons, and 16-ounce rib eyes, often serving them with toppings such as dungeness crab, brandy mushrooms, and tiny beef hats. They also infuse mac 'n' cheese with crab, pair ahi tuna with wasabi, and dress pasta with smoked-sage sauce or Sicilian-style meatballs. To help diners wash down their meals, servers mix cocktails and pour more than 80 international wines.