Just as founders Timothy and Katherine Sharpe depended on a healthy diet when their family faced major health scares, Chef Hugo Tapia crafts each dish at Graces 5 around the health of his diners. noodles It starts with an allergen-free kitchen exempt of gluten, cow's milk, soy, and peanuts. From there, the chef uses sustainable and line-caught ingredients from local farms and suppliers whenever possible to craft seasonal items such as slow-cooked Australian lamb shank and zucchini. Guests can fill out a food allergy profile so servers can directly match their allergies with appropriate dishes and alterations; the staff also accommodates visitors' diets by suggesting safe dishes and substitutions.
To wash down Chef Hugo's healthful bites, diners can choose from a menu of gluten-free beers along with organic, biodynamic, and sustainable wines. There are also numerous signature juices made on-site at the organic juice bar.
Runners sprint along the gravel and dirt paths that snake through Marymoor Park, picking up speed near the finish line for a shot at a higher finishing spot. This is the Big Backyard 5K Presented by Group Health, a non-profit health care system that serves residents of Washington and northern Idaho. Unlike most 5Ks or surgeons’ washing stations, the Big Backyard 5K allows dogs, even keeping four-legged participants in high spirits with water and goodies. Following the race, runners and walkers convene in the park for the awards ceremony and after-party complete with healthy, kid-friendly snacks and beverages. Proceeds from the 5K benefit King County Parks and its projects.
Not much has changed since Lovie Yancey opened the first Fatburger in 1952. Since then, the chain has expanded, but the food has stayed the same: 100% USDA lean beef burgers grilled to order and hand-scooped ice-cream shakes. Each restaurant stays true to Yancey's vision, even down to retro-influenced digs with jukeboxes blasting old school favorites designed to make listeners flash enthusiastic thumbs-up signs. Inside the kitchen, cooks stack burgers from 2.5-ounce burgers to 24-ounce triple burgers on toasted regular or gluten-free buns as fresh onions crisp inside fryers filled with cholesterol-free oil. Diners can also enjoy Fatburger’s signature chili made with a secret blend of herbs and spices or milkshakes topped with dollops of whipped cream that resemble fluffy, white clouds shaped like marshmallows.
Coho Cafe's two locations help their diners fight the weather—whatever that might be. In the winter, large rock fireplaces send heat bouncing off curved architecture and metal art while stomachs warm with Southwestern spices. In the summer, cool Pacific breezes fan guests on the outdoor patios while they sip cocktails and sink into cod tacos. But no matter what the temperature outside, there's an undeniable flair to the restaurant's Northwestern seafood. It's something viewers of KING 5's Evening Magazine have noticed too—they've lauded Coho for having the best New American cuisine in western Washington four times since 2008.
The cornerstone of these accolades is the kitchens' culinary restlessness. The executive chefs of both locations revamp the Fresh Sheets menu of weekly specials every two weeks to make use of seasonal ingredients and flavors. What results are bold plates such as pit-roasted salmon cooked over apple wood, and stir-fried coconut green curry with prawns and ginger-jasmine rice. Each bite pairs with a Northwestern wine as well—a fitting drink for any season.
The perfumes of curry spices permeate the air at Tandoori Fire Bar & Grill along with the lilting sounds of Indian music. Chef Alex, who according to the staff was named 1 of Seattle’s top 10 chefs by Seattle Times food critics, earned his chops in Greece before sharpening his Indian-fare skills in California, where he opened the original location of Tandoori Fire Bar & Grill in 2004. His menu includes classic Indian dishes such as curried mussels, as well as fusion plates of murg-bahar-battered calamari and tandoori-chicken-alfredo pasta.
Rust-red tiles lead the way into Nirvana Indian Cuisine's elongated dining room, which swirls with the zesty fragrances of authentic Indian fare. The friendly waitstaff carries hefty portions of tandoori meats, curries, and samosas to resting spots on black-clothed tables flanked by red chairs. Glasses of sweet or salty lassi add dimension to each table's spread of savory meals, most of which can be transformed into vegan entrees, and appetizers and bread keep stomachs from wailing the same annoying yet catchy pop melody.