One of four restaurants in the Neighborhood Grills restaurant group, Lake Forest Bar & Grill emits a warm, welcoming vibe that’s hard to ignore. Part of its charm boils down to its hearty grill food. Items such as bacon and blue-cheese burgers, honey-jalapeño barbecue-pork sandwiches, and 12-ounce steaks are washed down by fresh-squeezed margaritas and plenty of beer. And while the food is no doubt comforting, it’s the grill’s atmosphere that cements its reputation as a neighborhood spot. Soft lighting blankets the casual interior, where convivial chitchat mingles with cheers from the bar as customers root for the Seahawks to beat the 49ers. And when the weather permits, patrons can move the party to the outdoor patio, surrounded by towering trees and the warmth of a center fire-pit fueled by a friendly dragon.
Great Harvest specializes in baking tasty delicacies and healthy, homemade breads ($4.50–$8.50 per loaf) that are high in fiber, free of preservatives, and crafted with freshly milled flour every day. The bread selection changes each day of the week according to a monthly schedule; previous offerings include golden honey wheat and Dakota bread. Gluten-free and high-protein breads are available in a variety of flavors, including gluten-free cinnamon-chip bread. For carb connoisseurs that prefer breaded delights that are easily juggled, Great Harvest bakes scones, muffins, cookies, cinnamon rolls, and bars.
Named Best Gift/Book Store in the Bothell Reporter's Best of Northshore 2010 Readers' Choice Awards, Ostroms Drug & Gift has presented patrons with greeting cards, novelty gifts, and pharmaceuticals for half a century. Owned and operated by three generations of the Ramsey family, the store has amassed a loyal staff, with each employee averaging 10 years. In addition to greeting their customers with a friendly face and an enthusiastic chest bump during regular business hours, the staff's community-minded pharmacists make emergency house calls.
The story of Brown's Coffee Café begins in Europe during World War II, where the wartime experiences of Virgil Brown, owner Neal Brown's father, motivated him to seek a peaceful, provincial life. In the 1960s, Virgil moved the family to the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia in search of this tranquil existence. But although the Brown clan found life on their 400-acre dairy farm fulfilling, the hard economic realities of dairy farming drove the family back to urban living.
Years later, when happenstance flung Neal into the world of coffee, his days on the farm filled him with sympathy for coffee farmers who harvested beans for menial wages, out of sight and out of mind for the coffee drinkers abroad enjoying the fruits of their labors. Neal therefore resolved that his shop would use only fair-trade beans that were free of chemicals and pesticides and capable of providing an honest wage to hard-working farmers. Eventually, like a popcorn kernel under an interrogation lamp, the café expanded, and it now includes a menu of chorizo burritos, cuban pulled-pork sandwiches, and other fare that represents the traditions of numerous nations, just as Neal's story does.