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.

 

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.

 

 

 

The Stanwood Hotel and Saloon

The old Stanwood Hotel and Saloon in Stanwood Washington is a fascinating old structure with quite the history behind it. Not only is there “normal” history, but there is an amazing amount of “paranormal” history to this building as well.

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We stopped at the Saloon for a bite of lunch. There were a few locals at the bar. The food was good and reasonably priced. The bartender/manager shared some ghost stories with us as she related the results of paranormal investigations that have occurred at the building.

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This is a nice slice of history in this old logging town. Unfortunately the local museum was closed when we were there. We may catch it someday.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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.