Kyoto: A great Japanese steak house in Everett, WA

Chicken, steak, shrimp and veggies on the grill at the Kyoto

Chicken, steak, shrimp and veggies on the grill at the Kyoto

Last night Sher and I went to a Japanese Steak House named Kyoto in Everett, Washington. Our daughter and son-in-law and grandson were with us on this fun dining trip. The chef came to the table with the built in grill. Our chef was really a treat and he enjoyed taking to us as he cooked.

This place is stuck in the end of a strip mall building across the street from the big Everett Mall. It is worth seeking out. We would give this place a five star rating on both the service and the quaity of the meals.

 

The Table by Bellingham Pasta Co

We had a delicious dinner tonight at The Table by Bellingham Pasta Co. It was located next door to the Mount Baker Theater where we went to see the Northwest Ballet present “Dracula”. Maj had spaghetti with meatballs and marinara sauce, and I had spaghetti with marinara sauce. Their pasta is made on site daily and they use locally grown and produced items. It was so good, we both loved it and plan on eating there again before we head back to Indiana. We are giving them a 5 star rating. If you are in the Seattle area we highly recommend stopping by for lunch or dinner. There website is Bellingham Pasta.

Claim Jumper restaurant in Lynnwood, Washington

The Claim Jumper restaurant in Lynnwood, Washington proved to be a great dining experience. We had not been to this chain of restaurants before, and enjoyed a nice meal with our daughter and son-in-law.

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Delicious hot bread began our dining experience!

Delicious hot bread began our dining experience!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The atmosphere was rustic, as the name might imply. The decor was of a western mode, and the chandeliers were actually made of lights and deer antlers. The food was very good, and the selection on the menu was varied to provide selections for any appetite, including vegetarian. The Widow Maker burger was my choice. I’d say go for it when you dine here!

Prices were in the moderate range, but the quality of the food did make the meal worth the pricing. The service was good, the staff friendly, and we felt genuinely welcomed to the establishment. The restaurant is located at 18725 33rd Ave. W in Lynnwood.

 

 

 

We enjoyed the Oxford Saloon in Snohomish

This afternoon we took a break from exploring downtown Snohomish, Washington with a stop at the Oxford Saloon and Eatery. We were there at about 3:00 pm so we grabbed a couple of sodas and a basket of fries off the appetizer menu. This is a fun place to take a break from shopping and enjoy the old pictures and stuff on the walls.

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Oh, yea, the basket of fries was great: hand cut and piping hot.

A full plate!

IMG_0285_resizedToday Sher and I had a late lunch at the IXTAPA Mexican Restaurant in Stanwood Washington. My what a plate of food I ordered. I really enjoyed the meal. Sher liked hers too.

This restaurant offered great service. There was also a good free WiFi available. The setting was welcoming, and the atmosphere was comfortable. Pricing is moderate, about $15 a person.

This restaurant is one of several in the Seattle area. We would recommend dining at an IXTAPA to anyone.

 

 

 

 

Heavenly Fire Kitchens, makers of wood fired pizza

Will and Brian with a hand made masterpiece ready for the oven.

Will and Brian with a hand made masterpiece ready for the oven.

This afternoon Sher and I went to the Railroad Days Festival in Granite Falls, Washington. This festival is a yearly tradition in the town, and in addition to a fair style midway with rides and games one of the streets was filled with different vendors selling all kinds of wares.

One of the food concessions was a nifty pizza caterer. The name of the vendor was Heavenly Fire Kitchens, based out of Marysville. I spoke with Will, Brian, Sophi and Devin in the booth. Brian told me that they started the business in May of this year. The set up is really impressive, as there is a real wood fired pizza oven mounted on a trailer. The pizzas are hand made on the spot and baked right before your eyes.

 

 

Sophi and Brian in front of the oven. Look at all those boxes ready to be filled!

Sophi and Brian in front of the oven. Look at all those boxes ready to be filled!

Sher and I shared one of their cheese pizzas. The ones they were selling today were thin crust and hot out of the oven. The wait after order was not really a problem, as there were plenty of other booths to look at while we waited the 10 or so minutes. Check the Heavenly Fire Kitchen website for their next event. Or better yet, have them cater your own private party.

Brava’s Pizza & Pasta in Snohomish, WA

Sher found some great deals on restaurant dot com the other day. One was for Brava’s Pizza and Pasta in Snohomish, Washington. This place is in downtown Snohomish, and apparently used to be in Seattle. When we got there we were in time to cash in on the lunch special: half price on any pizza! Brava’s also has pasta, salads, gyros and other menu items.

The gal who took our order was very nice and brought our pizza right to the table. It was excellent! I devoured my half, Sher had a couple of pieces left for take home. The restaurant also had a very good connection to free WiFi, and there were outlets on one wall since I needed to plug in my laptop.

We highly recommend this place, and we will definitely be returning. Check out the menu at Brava’s website.

A favorite local eatery: Totem Restaurant

Our daughter and son-in-law suggested that we have breakfast at a local restaurant named Totem. This quaint family friendly diner has been operating since 1953. A local favorite, we showed up at 10:00 am Saturday morning to see a full parking lot.

Totem is located at 4410 Rucker Ave in Everett, WA

Totem is located at 4410 Rucker Ave in Everett, WA

Luckily we did get a table right away as soon after our arrival a waiting line formed. It soon became apparent why this place is a favorite of the locals. The food was about the best I have ever had for breakfast fare. The portion sizes were huge. Yes, huge! An order of potatoes O’Brien or hash browns were delivered on a large plate. The two pancakes I ordered were the biggest I have ever seen. One of the pancakes was easily equal to three pancakes at a Denny’s or Cracker Barrel. Thick cut bacon, extra large biscuits, stuffed omelets and fast service added to the great dining experience.

 

 

Check out the size of those pancakes!

Check out the size of those pancakes!

This is a family owned and operated business. Prices were a little high, with four full meals and coffee averaging around 10 bucks each. The meal was worth the price. Anyone in the Everett, Washington area needs to get to the Totem at least once. You will not leave hungry.