Restaurants in Washington

$12 for $20 Worth of Wings and American Pub Food at Flamin' Joe's

Flamin' Joe's

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

Named Spokane's best chicken wings by KREM, 35 sauces complement array of burgers, wraps, and salads in family-friendly atmosphere

$19 for $30 Worth of Latin Soul Food at Soul

Soul

Proctor District

$30 $19

Chefs prepare Southern and Latin soul food dishes, such as fried chicken, mashed plantains, and pan-fried pork with garlic

$15 for $30 Worth of Upscale Northwest Comfort Food at Willem's On Main

Willem's On Main

Downtown Vancouver

$30 $15

Chef Paul Klitsie brings European cooking techniques to local flavors such as rockfish, Draper Valley chicken, or Mt. Shadow Meats pork loin

$18 for $30 Worth of Burgers, Shakes, and Mixed Drinks at Lunchbox Laboratory - Bellevue

Lunchbox Laboratory - Bellevue

Downtown Bellevue

$30 $18

(348)

Creative gourmet burgers, loaded tots, spiked milkshakes, and cocktails

Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner for Two at The Majestic Café (40% Off)

The Majestic Café

Everett

$30 $18

Family-friendly diner offers brunch, lunch, and dinner food such as eggs benedict, french toast, fried chicken, crab cakes, and steak

Indian Cuisine at Curry & Kabab Indian Restaurant (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Curry & Kabab Indian Restaurant

Kent

$30 $15

(33)

Traditional Indian cuisine, including garlic naan, chicken tandoori, goat biryani, and mango ice cream

$16 for $29 Worth of Mongolian Barbecue at Chang's Mongolian Grill

Chang's Mongolian Grill

Multiple Locations

$29 $16

(137)

Create your own custom barbecue bowl at the all-you-can-eat food bar, then watch the chef grill it up

$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for One Pastry and One Drink at Drip Exquisite Espresso ($27 Total Value)

Drip Exquisite Espresso

Spokane Valley

$9 $5

Sip on coffee, bubble tea, or lemonade while nibbling pastries after going through the drive-through or settling down at a picnic table

$12 for $20 Worth of Southern Takeout for Two from Serious Soul Cafe

Serious Soul Cafe

Federal Way

$20 $12

The soul-food eatery's menu encompasses southern classics such as chicken and waffles, seafood gumbo, and hush puppies

$10 for $20 Worth of Barbecue at Famous Dave's

Famous Dave's

Kennewick

$20 $10

Slow-cooked barbecue cooked for hours in live-wood smokers—plus some extra time on the grill for the award-winning ribs

Pizza, Pasta, and Grinders at Athens Pizza & Pasta (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Athens Pizza & Pasta

North Auburn

$10 $5

Award-winning pizzas are served alongside heaping plates of pasta, foot-long grinders, and salads

$15 for $25 Worth of Coffees, Teas, and Pastries at Cutters Point Coffee in Lakewood

Cutters Point Coffee

Lakewood

$25 $15

Handcrafted coffee paired with delicious pastries in drive-thru coffee house that prides itself on hospitality and attentive service

Organic, Sustainable, and Gluten-Free Food for Lunch or Dinner at Hugo's Restaurant (50% Off)

Hugo's Restaurant

Downtown Redmond

$30 $15

Pear bruschetta, grass-fed beef tenderloin, and organic veggies in dishes made without common allergens such as gluten, cow milk, or soy

$6 for $10 Worth of Vietnamese Cuisine for Dinner at Le's Phở Tái

Le's Phở Tái

Shoreline

$10 $6

(26)

Chefs simmer pho broth for more than 20 hours to procure impeccable flavor and craft bahn mi sandwiches with locally sourced ingredients

$2 Buys You a Coupon for 10% Off Your Total Bill at Ariana Authentic Afghan Cuisine

Ariana Authentic Afghan Cuisine

Moss Bay

$2 $2

For $2, receive a coupon for 10% off your total bill

Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner at The Shipwreck Cafe (50% Off). Two Options Available.

The Shipwreck Cafe

Olympia

$20 $10

Handcut rib steaks, biscuits and gravy, local oysters, and fish and chips served in a family-style restaurant

$12 for $24 Worth of Indian Food at Copper Pot Restaurant

Copper Pot Restaurant

Downtown Edmonds

$24 $12

(5)

Indian restaurant hews to traditional dishes such as chicken korma and modern trends, including vegan cuisine like Goa-style curry

$18 for $30 Worth of American Food at Bremerton Bar & Grill

Bremerton Bar & Grill

Bremerton

$30 $18

(149)

Family-friendly eatery serves American food such as burgers with bottomless fries, new york strip steak, and macaroni and cheese balls

$10 for $20 Worth of Pizza and Sandwiches at Sparks Firehouse Deli

Sparks Firehouse Deli

Puyallup

$20 $10

(41)

Chefs fire-roast dishes such as veggie sandwiches and wings, and create pizza like the Smoke House with chicken, bacon, and chipotle sauce

Organic, Fair-Trade Coffee Roasted In-House at Guse's Gourmet Coffee (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Guse's Gourmet Coffee

Downtown

$5 $2.50

Coffee shop use organic, fair-trade beans in their low-acidity blends using a custom, hand-made roaster

$12 for $20 Worth of Thai Cuisine at Bamboo Cuisine of Thailand

Bamboo Cuisine of Thailand

Lynnwood

$20 $12

Diners dig into hearty Thai dishes, such as pad thai, panang chicken curry, and spicy green beans rubbed with a chili paste

Food, Drinks, and Retail at The Den Coffee House & Cafe (Half Off)

The Den Coffee House & Cafe

Downtown - Riverfront - 190th

$5 $2.50

Loose-leaf teas, fruit smoothies, and drip coffees pair perfectly with gluten-free treats, hot paninis, or freshly baked cookies

$15 for $30 Worth of Pizza and Drinks at Bison Creek Pizza & Pub

Bison Creek Pizza & Pub

Burien

$30 $15

Amid the saloon ambiance of the historic Burien Theatre, enjoy gourmet pizzas, spaghetti with housemade meatballs, and pulled-pork grinders

$29 for Tequila Tasting for Two with Tequila Pours and Appetizers at Calle Tacos & Tequila (Up to 56% Off)

Calle Tacos & Tequila

Mount Vernon

$66 $29

Tacos stuffed with a choice of 12 fillings are among Mexican eatery's fare, as is 100% agave tequila, which fills glasses for flights

Pizza Meal for Two or Four with 14" Specialty Pizzas, Breadsticks, and More at Steph's Pizza (Up to 41% Off)

Steph's Pizza

University Place

$28.97 $18

(45)

Cooks make New York–style pies, such as the BBQ Chicken or Supreme, with house-made dough; bread sticks and cannolis accompany meals

Italian Cuisine for Dine-In or Carryout at Trattoria Amante (40% Off)

Trattoria Amante

Olde Town

$30 $18

Family eatery dishes out cuisine such as tortellini alfredo, chicken pesto pizzas, meatball parmesan subs, and greek salads

$21 for $40 Worth of Gourmet American Cuisine for Dinner at The Scotch and Vine

The Scotch and Vine

Marina District Des Moines

$40 $21

(116)

Artisan cheese plates, filet mignon, game burgers, and juicy sirloin paired with craft beers, scotches, and fine wines

Vietnamese and Asian Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Spring Kitchen (Up to 40% Off)

Spring Kitchen

Maple Valley

$20 $12

Eatery dishes out Asian cuisine such as pho with steak, grilled shrimp skewers, spring rolls, chicken teriyaki, and honey walnut prawns

$18 for $30 Worth of Award winning Burgers and Shakes at Lunchbox Laboratory - Gig Harbor

Lunchbox Laboratory - Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor

$30 $18

Chef re-imagines school-lunch classics, such as corn dogs with pepper mustardaise, duck and pork burgers, and Cinnamon Toast Crunk shakes

Tequila Flights and Appetizers for Two or Four at Calle Tacos Tequila (Up to 58% Off)

Calle Tacos Tequila - Snohomish

Snohomish

$66 $29

More than a dozen types of tacos, including habanero chicken and roasted grasshoppers, plus a wide range of 100%-agave tequila cocktails

$11 for 4 Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Café Fare at Snohomish Fitness Center ($20 Total Value)

Snohomish Fitness Center

Snohomish

$5 $2.75

Fitness center's café whips up healthy salads, wraps, and deli-style sandwiches, as well as fruit smoothies and coffee drinks

Prepared Foods at Butcher Shop Café (50% Off)

Butcher Shop Cafe

Kenmore

$20 $10

(50)

Prepared food and smoked meats, such as spare ribs, wagyu-beef tri tips, and pork chops

American Grill Food at The Lodge Sports Grille (Up to 43% Off). Two Options Available.

The Lodge Sports Grille

Multiple Locations

$30 $17

(150)

Half-pound handcrafted burgers, fish and chips, and aged steaks accompany more than 70 draught beers–all served in a rustic lodge setting

$11 for $20 Worth of Homestyle Diner Food and Greek Cuisine at Voula's Good Eats

Voula's Good Eats

East Terrace

$20 $11

(10)

Classic diner food and traditional Greek dishes served in a bright and airy eatery

$12 for Six-Visit Punch Card, Each Visit Good for $4 Worth of Coffee Drinks and Snacks at Coffee Revolution ($24 Value)

Coffee Revolution

Camas

$24 $12

Volunteer-run coffeeshop uses locally roasted coffee beans and gives proceeds back to the local community

$2 Buys You a Coupon for 20% Off Your Bill at 2 Brothers Deli

2 Brothers Deli

Poulsbo

$2 $2

For $2, receive a coupon for 20% off your bill

$5 Buys You a Coupon for 10% Off Meal at Indian Curry Palace

Indian Curry Palace

Tukwila

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 10% off meal

$11 for $20 Worth of Sushi and Japanese Cuisine at N'Joy Sushi

N'Joy Sushi

Mill Creek

$20 $11

(73)

Innovative sushi rolls topped with baked scallops or wrapped in spicy jalapeños

$8 for $16 Worth of Mediterranean and Greek Food at Gyros House Mediterranean Cuisine

Gyros House Mediterranean Cuisine- Covington

Covington

$16 $8

Authentic Mediterranean cuisine such as stuffed grape leaves, kababs, and fresh-baked baklava

Dinner at South Pacific Cafe & Lounge (Up to 60% Off)

South Pacific Cafe & Lounge

Battle Ground

$25 $10

(8)

Cocktails complement New York strip steak in Jagermeister cream sauce, Alaskan salmon, or burgers, wings, and other pub classics

Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

Professional improv actors invite diners to participate in an interactive whodunit as they enjoy a three-course meal

Mexican Lunch or Dinner at Frida's (50% Off)

Frida's

Anacortes

$25 $12.50

(75)

A brother-and-sister team from Mexico makes seasonal burritos, sautéed prawns, and enchiladas in an eatery that pays tribute to Frida Kahlo

$18 for $30 Worth of American Food at Lake Forest Bar & Grill

Lake Forest Bar & Grill

Lake Forest Park

$30 $18

(167)

Kalua pork super sliders and braised corned-beef Reubens served alongside hearty burgers, steaks, and fish and chips

$7 for $12 Worth of Pizza — Ferndale Pizza Co

Ferndale Pizza Co

Ferndale

$12 $7

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Mexican Food at Mazatlan (Up to 55% Off). Three Options Available.

Mazatlan

Multiple Locations

$15 $8

(111)

Slate of family recipes includes butterfly prawns in a tomato broth, carne asada, and T-bone ranchero

$2 Buys You a Coupon for 25% Off a Large or Family-Sized Pizza

Saucy Sisters Brick Oven Pizzeria

Vashon

$2 $2

For $2, receive a coupon for 25% off a large or family-sized pizza.

$60 for a Three-Course Chef's Tasting Menu for Two at That's Amore Italian Cafe ($60 Value)

That's Amore Italian Cafe

Seattle

$60 $60

(126)

Appetizers such as pear salad, artisanal cheeses and salume preface entrees of wild boar ragu and handmade Tortellone, followed by dessert

$11 for $20 Worth of Coffee Drinks at Brain Freeze Creamery

Brain Freeze Creamery

Spokane

$20 $11

Frothy coffee beverages served at a creamery that earned a spot on "Inlander's" Best of 2014 poll

$30 for $40 Worth of Japanese Izakaya Cuisine for Dinner at Miyabi Tacoma. Groupon Reservation Required.

Miyabi Tacoma

Tacoma

$40 $30

Small Japanese-tapas plates such as beef tongue stew, sushi rolls, bacon-wrapped oysters, Seattle Nabe, and yakitori

Upscale Food and Drinks at Main Event Sports Grill (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Main Event Sports Grill

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

(119)

Grab some quick buffalo chicken sliders during a business lunch or settle in during dinner with a beer and peanut-butter burger with bacon

Dinner or Lunch at Tokyo Steakhouse (Up to 42% Off). Three Options Available.

Tokyo Steak House

Downtown Bellevue

$60 $35

(89)

The chefs bring their Japanese-steakhouse culinary skills tableside to entertain diners with flaming onion volcanoes and knife juggling

$12 for $20 Worth of Thai Food — All rice Thai hut

All Rice Thai Hut

Everett

$20 $12

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Mediterranean Food and Drinks at Ishtar Greek & Mediterranean Cuisine (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Ishtar Greek & Mediterranean Cuisine

Downtown Kent

$14 $7

(46)

All-halal beef kabobs, chicken shawarma, gyros, and falafel

Gastropub Lunch or Dinner and Drinks for Two at Dog & Pony Alehouse and Grill (Up to 40% Off)

Dog & Pony Alehouse and Grill

Renton

$25 $15

(112)

Gastropub fare such as beer-battered fish 'n' chips, ceviche made with jumbo black tiger prawns, and southwest chicken philly sandwiches

Family-Size Pizza and Soda for Four or Punch Card for Five Ice-Cream Cones at Colbert Trading Co. (Up to 50% Off)

Colbert Trading Co.

Colbert

$20.55 $12

Groups of four sip sodas and share slices of cheesy pizza; punch cards let diners choose ice-cream flavors to build a two-scoop cone

Japanese Food for Dinner or Lunch at Tokyo Steakhouse (40% Off)

Tokyo Steakhouse

Federal Way

$50 $30

(239)

The chefs bring their Japanese-steakhouse culinary skills tableside to entertain diners with flaming onion volcanoes and knife juggling

Upscale American Cuisine at The Station Bistro in Auburn (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

The Station Bistro

Downtown

$20 $11

American café fare such as hearty four-egg omelets, beef dips on toasty french rolls, succulent steaks, and tender fish fillets

$13 for $25 Worth of Pub Food at The Schooner Pub and Galley

The Schooner Pub and Galley

Lakewood

$25 $13

(25)

Hearty plates of the deep fried Alaskan cod or the seafood platter at classic pub with three 8-foot diamond pool tables

Casual Italian Food at Pegasus Pizza & Pasta (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Pegasus Pizza & Pasta

Kirkland

$30 $18

(65)

Casual Italian eatery serves plates of fettuccine, spaghetti, and cannelloni, as well as pizzas with toppings such as shrimp and artichokes

$15 for $30 Worth of Italian Fare for Dinner at Girardi's Osteria

Girardi's Osteria Italiana

Edmonds

$30 $15

European-born chef follows family recipes to create almond-topped gnocchi, rigatoni with four-meat sauce, and grilled salmon with polenta

$2 for $4 Worth of Coffee at Bello Espresso

Bello Espresso

Lynnwood

$4 $2

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Café Food for Two, Three, or Four at Alexa's Café (50% Off)

Alexa's Cafe

Downtown Bothell

$20 $10

(128)

Chefs prepare eclectic dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, such as eggs benedict, skillet sliders, and street tacos

$13 for $20 Worth of Mexican Food at Arturo's Mexican Restaurant

Arturo's Mexican Restaurant

Marina District

$20 $13

(22)

Mexican favorites such as burritos and fajitas served in a brightly decorated restaurant with a dance floor and an outdoor patio

$11 for $20 Worth of Eclectic Pub Food at Drag Zone Sports Bar & Grill

Dragon Zone Sports Bar & Grill

Red Dragon Casino

$20 $11

(32)

The menu spans many cuisines, from spicy Chinese chicken dishes to comforting mac 'n' cheese and shredded pork tacos

$10.50 for Three Groupons, Each Good for a Sub, Drink, and Side at Big Town Hero ($22.50 Value)

Big Town Hero

Clackamas

$7.50 $3.50

Hero joint whips up delicious sandwiches, crafted with bread baked fresh in-store every morning

$6 for $10 Worth of Coffee — Side Coffee

Side Coffee

Silverdale

$10 $6

A European-style coffee shop brewing Italian, Turkish, French, and Java roasted coffee in the Kitsap Mall.

$2 Buys You a Coupon for 25% Off Your Bill at Friendz Cafe

Friendz Cafe

Riverton

$2 $2

For $2, receive a coupon for 25% off your total bill

Sushi for Two or Four at Wasabi Bay (Up to Half Off). Four Options Available.

Wasabi Bay

Mill Creek Plaza

$20 $11

(84)

Sushi selections such as shrimp tempura, eel, crab, and spicy scallop rolls

$18 for $30 Worth of Burgers, Shakes, and Mixed Drinks at Lunchbox Laboratory – South Lake Union

Lunchbox Laboratory – South Lake Union

South Lake Union

$30 $18

(690)

Award-winning gourmet burgers, spiked milkshakes, and cocktails served in laboratory beakers

Punch Card for 5 Coffee Drinks or 10 Pastries at The Service Station (Up to 58% Off)

The Service Station

Nevada / Lidgerwood

$24.45 $12.99

Coffee house that doubles as a concert venue serves up hot or iced espresso drinks, tea & an arrray of brownies, cookies, muffins & bars

Two or Four Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Coffee and Treats at Cutters Point Coffee (Up to 50% Off)

Cutters Point Coffee

North Central Tacoma

$10 $5.50

(11)

Handcrafted coffee paired with delicious pastries in coffee house that prides itself on hospitality and attentive service

$35 for a Tasting Plate and $50 Worth of Wine for Two at Vinotopia ($75 Value)

Vinotopia Restaurant & Winebar

Mill Plain 8

$75 $35

(32)

Premium wines from the eatery's selection, which won Wine Spectator Best Award of Excellence, pair with a chef's tasting plate

Thai Food at Chantanee Thai Restaurant & Bar (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Chantanee Thai Restaurant & Bar

Downtown Bellevue

$20 $12

(343)

Get your fill of curries, basil, seafood, and noodles while sitting back in a comfortable, engaging space

$13 for $24 Worth of Food at Acropolis Pizza and Pasta

Acropolis Pizza and Pasta

Everett

$24 $13

(40)

Greek-pizza, oven-baked grinders, and barbecue rib and spaghetti combos served in a friendly, casual atmosphere

$15 for Three Groupons Good for $10 Worth of Cheesesteaks at Philly Fever Restaurant and Bar ($30 Value)

Philly Fever Restaurant and Bar

Renton

$10 $5

Diners dig into hearty Philadelphia-style cheesesteaks, burgers, and hoagies

$6 for $10 Worth of Gourmet Sandwiches, Wraps, Soups, and Salads at Smacky's on Broadway

Smacky's On Broadway

Smacky's On Broadway

$10 $6

Chipotle-cheddar french dip, roast beef, and turkey sandwiches on fresh-baked bread

$5 Buys You a Coupon for 20% Off All Purchases For Two Full Months From The Purchase Date. at Gyro World

Gyro World

Inglewood-Finn Hill

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 20% off all purchases

$12 for $25 Worth of Contemporary Bistro Cuisine at Five Restaurant Bistro

FIVE Restaurant Bistro

Edmonds

$25 $12

(93)

Five uses local ingredients and South American flavors to add interest to bistro cuisine that’s earned praise from the Seattle Times

$11 for Five Groupons, Each Good for $4 Toward Drinks at Espresso Elegance Roasting Company ($20 Value)

Espresso Elegance Roasting Company

Picnic Point-North Lynnwood

$4 $2.20

Fresh, gourmet baked goods and hot breakfast and lunch items

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Mulleady’s Irish Pub: A User’s Guide

Gourmet Irish Pub Cuisine | Irish Whiskey Flights | Craft Cocktails | Stone Fireplace

A Taste

  • Small plate: Mac & Blue with orecchiette and fourme d’ambert cheese sauce
  • Sandwich: The Plan B burger with a fried egg, Beecher’s Flagship cheddar, bacon, and garlic aioli
  • Entree: The Traditional with ham, bacon, black pudding, Irish knocker, scone, grilled tomato, two eggs, grilled potatoes, and baked beans

To Drink: Alongside local draught beers from Washington and Oregon brewers such as Odin’s Gift, tenders pour out spirit flights, including the Cooley Distillery Collection with Greenore 8 year, Connemara 12 year, and Tyroconnel single-malt Irish whiskey. In the mixology department, artisans whip up potions such as Liam's Libation: Jameson, banana, spiced syrup, lemon, and bitters.

When to Go: * Saturday and Sunday during brunch, when they serve up boxty, a pancake of potatoes and scallions popular in the north Midlands.

Where to Sit: Grab a sturdy wooden table near the towering stacked-stone fireplace, or belly up to the bar on a cherry-stained stool to admire the dozens of Irish whiskeys and scotches.

While You Wait

  • Play a game of darts.
  • Explore both levels of the cavernous pub.

Inside Tip

  • Don’t be disappointed if your favorite dish from last time isn’t available on the menu when you visit next. Both the food menu and the drink menu change regularly to incorporate fresh ingredients and to give local psychics some business.

If You Can’t Make It, Try This:

If you don’t mind forgoing the food and hopping right into the revelry, head to Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Avenue NW), an Irish-style watering hole that marries exposed brick walls, chandeliers, and live music.

3055 21st Ave W
Seattle,
WA
US

When Spokane natives and Adelo’s Take-N-Bake Pizza owners Matt and Kim Howes decided to open their restaurant in 2008, they wanted to offer, in their own words, "great pizza at a great value." After four years and gaining a following in the community, Adelo’s Take-N-Bake Pizza continually strives to appease. Customers can construct their own pizzas, matching four types of crust, including their very own gluten-free, with six house-made sauces, hand-grated 100% whole-milk mozzarella, and more than 25 toppings. The gluten-free option came about when they discovered Kim’s gluten allergy, and, as a result, they knew they would have to adjust their approach to pizza. However, instead of simply declaring the pies off-limits, they spent their time in the kitchen tweaking recipes and researching alternative ingredients that would keep their slices both delicious and healthy. The result was a gluten-free dough derived from rice, potato, and tapioca flours that helped bring pizza back into the lives of celiac sufferers and earned the restaurant accreditation through the National Gluten Intolerance Group in 2011. Today, that dough forms the basis of their gluten-free specialty pies, which range from the pineapple-sprinkled Hawaiian and creamy garlic chicken to the jalapeno burn packed with peppers and spicy sausage. No matter what pie they choose, customers can also complete their meals with a six pack chosen from the shop's large selection of mix-and-match micro brews, which also include gluten-free beers from forward-thinking brewers such as Bard’s Tale Brewing Company.

2812 E 30th Ave
Spokane,
WA
US

Some think of raw-food diets as restrictive and bland, but with chef Francisco Hernandez pulling the strings in the kitchen, that's not the case. ?One look at AmeRAWcan Bistro?s menu is enough to convince anyone that raw doesn?t mean boring,? according to the News Tribune writer Rosemary Ponnekanti. ?Vegan burgers, sesame falafel, kelp noodles, kale chips and cheesecake are just some of the possibilities.? Raw cuisine this delectable requires preparation methods unfamiliar to some. Hernandez and his team soak seeds until they sprout, grind cashews for faux milk and cheese, and dehydrate grains for ?bread? that they use to create sandwiches or feed to health-conscious ducks in the park. They never heat any ingredient to more than 116 degrees, which preserves the full spectrum of vitamins and enzymes in each morsel.

While many of the restaurant's dishes mimic foods that are normally cooked, others are straightforward in their freshness; tomato-cucumber gazpacho, for instance, with chopped sweet peppers, basil, and mint. Smoothies and juice blends fresh-squeezed from granny smith apples, parsley, and beets wash raw bites down.

At a separate kitchen station, the chefs layer organic meats and cheeses onto organic, preservative-free bread baked by Essential Baking Company of Seattle, crafting hearty sandwiches that they serve on a set of plates designated for meat. Though the menu is healthy, patrons can find hints of decadence in the form of raw chocolate truffles, beer, and wine.

745 St Helens Ave
Tacoma,
WA
US

Chef Peter Gallin had just constructed a custom grill, and was stoking its first fire with applewood harvested from a nearby orchard, when the idea struck him—the name for his Northwest-centric restaurant: Applewood. Though Chef Gallin's restaurant foregrounds its Northwest heritage, it also incorporates recipes gleaned from a childhood spent living in the Asian Pacific Rim with his anthropologist and sociologist parents, as well as French cuisine, and influences from years spent in New Mexico. He incorporates these varied culinary styles while avoiding traditional dishes, instead mingling flavors such as chipotle, lime, ginger, and orange into new incarnations.

Though he favors elegant food presentation when furnishing platters of roasted duck and northwest fish, Gallin uses only regular, relatable ingredients, which make his dishes approachable for all palates and untraceable by detectives. He brews all of the restaurant's soups in-house, designing up to six unique soups each week. West Coast wines, microbrews, and desserts made in-house complement his international appetizers and main courses. The focus on simplicity extends to the restaurant's decor: framed photographs hang above potted plants on rustic side tables, and long communal tables stand next to floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto deep pine forest. Behind a hardwood bar, flanked by exposed brick walls, hangs the giant, hammered steel apple that serves as the restaurant's emblem.

2005 SE 192nd Ave
Camas,
WA
US

The inside of ViaVita Café & Wine Bar traces the timeline of a single day. Floor-to-ceiling windows cast morning light onto a display case of pastries and cheeses—an addendum to the counter that bears morning coffee orders. Nearby, granite-topped tables sit far enough apart to suggest an open, Parisian patio, but close enough together to support a cross-stream of chatter over lunchtime sandwiches. The day ends on the other side of a semicircular wine bar. There, walls wearing distressed paint encapsulate a rustic alcove, where hanging plants and Greco-Roman-style pottery evoke the dining room of a hillside villa.

The decor and seasonal menu at ViaVita Café & Wine Bar champion a European-flavored escape, where diners can stop at any time for a meal, a snack, or a glass of wine. From the crepes and omelets of brunch—served with duck-fat potatoes and chocolate-orange butter—to afternoon paninis and dinners of pan-seared Alaskan salmon, meals realized by imaginative chefs spark and fuel long conversations. Imported and domestic beers, as well as wines from small vineyards on multiple continents, complement the diverse bouquet of flavors and pair especially well with cheese and charcuterie boards. During special events, guitar music acts as a soothing soundtrack for bites, and sommelier seminars instruct patrons on how to age libations without sending them to PG-13 movies alone.

1032 106th Ave NE
Bellevue,
WA
US

While living on Molokai, Bobby and Diane Nakihei couldn’t throw a stone without hitting a plate-lunch special. The classic Hawaiian dish—two scoops of rice, one scoop of macaroni salad, and an entree—is served at practically every fast-food restaurant and food wagon across the island. When the couple moved from Hawaii to the Pacific Northwest, they began to long for the once-ubiquitous island cuisine. So Bobby traded the stuffy shirt and tie of a bookkeeping career for the patterned, button-down shirts of his homeland and opened Bobby's Hawaiian Style Restaurant, drawing transplanted islanders and locals alike to his plate-lunch specials, which often come wrapped in taro leaves and seaweed.

His cuisine earned the restaurant a spot on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and praise from Scott Gorman of the Herald, who extols it as “prepared and presented with a good deal of authenticity and style.” Revered dishes include Kahlua pig, which Chef Bobby cures with hawaiian sea salt, covers in banana leaves, and roasts for eight hours. The meticulous preparation extends to the rest of the menu, which spotlights the leaf-steamed pork of laulau and the sushi-esque spam musubi. In addition to the cuisine, owners Bobby and Diane showcase Hawaiian culture by offering hula lessons, presenting live Hawaiian music and recycling diners' lawn clippings into grass skirts.

1011 Hewitt Ave
Everett,
WA
US

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