The Insider’s Guide to the Best Shopping & Dining in Mukilteo

Mukilteo is packed with shopping and dining destinations and we have your insider’s guide to some of the best. From gifts to breakfast to seafood, our residents know the top places to get the most bang for your buck.

Here is our guide to the 20 most recommended shopping and dining spots in Mukilteo:


SHOPPING

Beach Glass by K. Miller Interiors

  • Located at 619 4th St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 10:00am-4:00pm Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday-Monday

Need a unique gift? “One of my favorite places to shop in Mukilteo for special gift items is Beach Glass,” Jenny E shares. “Tucked away in a quaint courtyard and neighboring the popular Red Cup Cafe, this little shop is packed with unique items. BONUS, the owner (Krista) also offers specialized design services. Check it out!”

Proper Picnic

This summer, leave the picnicking to the pros at Proper Picnic. “Proper Picnic is based in Mukilteo,” shares Jen B. “Seems to be a very cool, niche business we should promote!!” Though mainly online, they do have physical locations that Jen hopes to check out soon. “I haven’t stopped by to see what they have. Field trip?”

Mukilteo Chocolate Company

  • Located at 407 Lincoln Ave. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday

If you need to satisfy your sweet tooth, stop by the Mukilteo Chocolate Company.  “Mukilteo Chocolate Co. [is] where you can find individually hand crafted fine European chocolate…oh so yummy,” shares Anne. “They also serve ice cream.” While you’re there, “say hi to Jan who owns and makes the chocolate!”

Mukilteo Farmers Market

  • Located at 609 Front St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 3:00pm-7:00pm Wednesday Only (June-September)

If you want fresh food and neighborhood togetherness, look no further than the Mukilteo Farmers Market. “ I love to go [to the] farmers market,” shares Janet B. “It’s my favorite place to shop,” and with talented local vendors and events that serve the community, it’s not hard to see why!

ACE Hardware

  • Located at 12680 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 8:00am-8:00pm

For your home improvement needs, both Janet and Jenny recommend Mukilteo’s ACE Hardware. “…If you have any improvement issues or just need quick help finding just about anything… every single employee at ACE can help you,” Jenny shares. “Sometimes their advice sends you out the door without purchasing a single thing (like using match sticks to tighten screw holes). Also, this is the absolute best place to get keys made—they ALWAYS work!!”


DINING

The Scotsman Bistro

  • Located at 11601 Harbour Pointe Blvd. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 3:00pm-10:00pm Monday; 11:00am-10:00pm Tuesday-Thursday; 11:00am-11:00pm Friday; 3:00pm-11:00pm Saturday; closed Sunday

If you find yourself in Harbour Pointe, check out The Scotsman Bistro.  “…In HP you can walk to the Scotsman,” shares Jenny. “On the weekends they bring in Scottish musicians. The owner is always there and loves to chat (with his thick Scottish accent) to all his patrons!” From the food to the scotch, it’s easy to see why this is a top Mukilteo dining destination.

The Sydney Bakery & Wine Bar

  • Located at 613 5th St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm Monday-Thursday & Saturday; 8:30am-8:00pm Friday; 8:30am-3:00pm Sunday

Wake up on the right side of the bed with breakfast at the Sydney Bakery & Wine Bar. Freshly baked cinnamon rolls and sticky buns, plus a cappuccino or coffee (highly recommended by Jenny!) are sure to give you the energy to jump start your day.

Red Cup Cafe

  • Located at 619 4th St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 7:00am-5:00pm

Another popular spot suggested by Jenny and Anne, Red Cup Cafe serves up delicious items and soothing views. “Make sure to walk over the delightful courtyard to get fresh coffee at Red Cup,” Anne shares. “They also serve lunch. It’s so relaxing to sit and sip coffee and look at the Olympics, and ferry sailings.”

Amici Bistro

  • Located at 8004 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 3:00pm-9:00pm Tuesday-Thursday; 3:00pm-10:00pm Friday; 5:00pm-10:00pm Saturday; 4:00pm-9:00pm Sunday; closed Monday

Known as the “best kept secret” of the North End, Amici Bistro is the place for local Italian cuisine. Homemade sausage, pizza dough, sauces, and more ensure that no matter why you’re there, you will have a delicious and memorable meal.

Mukilteo’s Speedway Cafe

  • Located at 11707 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 6:00am-3:00pm Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday

For the best breakfast in town, there’s no beating Mukilteo’s Speedway Cafe. Fresh variations on classic diner dishes and prompt service promise that you will leave feeling full and ready to start the day.

The Diamond Knot Brewery & Alehouse

  • Located at 621 Front St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 10:00am-1:00am Monday-Friday; 8:00am-1:00am Saturday-Sunday

Before hopping a ferry, grab some grub and beer at the Diamond Knot Brewery & Alehouse. “The flagship location of Diamond Knot brewery is right near the ferry terminal,” shares Brian H. “Great beer, food, and peanut shells on the floor!”

 

Thai Rama 3

  • Located at 12190 Village Center Pl. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm Monday-Thursday; 11:00am-10:00pm Friday; 4:00pm-9:30pm Saturday; 4:00pm-9:00pm Sunday

In the mood for some Thai? “After a round go to Thai Rama 3 for a drink and by far the best Thai food for miles,” shares Janet. They also offer takeout, so you can enjoy their extensive list of yummy dishes at home!

 

Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing

  • Located at 710 Front St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 10:00am-10:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 10:00am-11:00pm Friday-Saturday

When it comes to seafood, Jen recommends Ivar’s. “Love the walk up Ivar’s fish bar for quick fish and chips to take to the beach and watch the sunset over Whidbey Island,” she shares. Anne agrees, saying of both this spot and Arnies: “who can say no to the best seafood places in town?”

 

Arnies Restaurant & Bar

  • Located at 714 2nd St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 11:00am-10:00pm Monday-Thursday; 11:00am-11:00pm Friday-Saturday; 10:00am-10:00pm Sunday

The second destination suggested by Anne, Arnies Restaurant & Bar offers delicious local seafood and sweeping views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. “If we can’t decide on dinner, we always end up at Arnie’s,” Anne shares, solidifying it as a local go-to.

 

Sully’s Pizza & Calzones

  • Located at 403 Lincoln Ave. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 10:30am-9:00pm

If you’re near Red Cup and want some pizza, stop by Sully’s Pizza & Calzones. “From the same courtyard [as Red Cup], you can walk over to Sully’s Pizza where they serve gluten free and vegetarian pizza,” Anne shares. Named after former mayor Brian Sullivan, Sully’s is a Mukilteo staple.

 

Brooklyn Bros. Pizzeria

  • Located at 8326 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 11:00am-8:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 11:00am-9:00pm Friday-Saturday

Another pizzeria on Anne’s list is Brooklyn Bros. “Friday nights when we don’t feel like driving, it’s fun to walk down to get the best pizza in the area, Brooklyn Bros,” she notes. High quality ingredients, a perfectly-cooked crust, and intense flavors make these pies the best west of the Hudson.

 

The Mukilteo Lodge

  • Located at 7928 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 11:00am-12:00am Sunday-Wednesday; 11:00am-2:00am Thursday-Saturday

Calling all sports fans! The Mukilteo Lodge is a great place to “get a drink or watch a game,” according to Anne. With extensive draft beers, hearty dishes, and game happy hours, you can cheer your team onto victory in true American style.

 

Mukilteo Thai Restaurant

  • Located at 8410 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm Thursday; 11:00am-10:00pm Friday; 12:00pm-9:00pm Saturday-Sunday; closed Monday-Wednesday

For authentic Thai, nothing’s better than Mukilteo Thai. A wide array of curries, appetizers, and other specialties are made-to-order, so you will always have your meal prepared just the way you like. Anne’s menu suggestion? “My favorite is the Tiger Tearless.”

 

Cafe Soleil

  • Located at 9999 Harbour Pl. #105 Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 11:00am-1:45pm & 5:00pm-8:45pm Tuesday-Friday; 12:00pm-2:15pm & 5:00pm-8:45pm Saturday; 5:00pm-8:00pm Sunday; closed Monday

“[There are] so many great places to eat in Mukilteo,” Anne notes. But her “…new favorite is Café Soleil, [a] euro-Japanese kitchen and it is family owned. The food is great and the service is superb! I love to hang out with the chef and get [a] good recommendation for the day.” Her tip? “Have you ever had a green tea crème brulee for dessert? I had and it was delicious!”

 

John’s Grill

  • Located at 649 5th St. #100 Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 4:30pm-9:00pm Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday-Monday

“For a special celebration, I recommend John’s Grill in Old Town,” Anne shares. “Everything is delicious.” From steak to seafood, all dishes are flavorful and showcase the head chef’s culinary expertise. Anne’s top dish? “My favorite is the steak and grilled prawns.”

Posted on July 19, 2017 at 3:48 pm
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Your Go-To Guide For A Day at the Beach in Mukilteo

Nothing quite says summer like a fun and relaxing day at the beach! Luckily, we have Mukilteo’s go-to guide for getting the most out of a day in the sand. From ferries to festivals, we’ve got you covered!

Check out what our fellow residents recommend for a day at the beach in Mukilteo:

When it comes to beaches, Jenny E suggests staying local: “I happen to think one of the best beaches in Snohomish County is right in the MUK,” she shares. “Our beach features built-in fire pits, a fantastic beach side playground, a substantial shelter perfect for parties all year round, boat launch, lighthouse, plus ice cream and fish & chips within walking distance to the beach.” She even shares a special tip: “Bonus, if you’re a resident of Mukilteo you get a free parking pass to the beach park!”

Known as Lighthouse Park, this hangout destination is a local must-see. Here, according to Anne, “kids can play in the new playgrounds, make campfire on the beach…watch people get married by the beach on the Wedding Circle,” and so much more. She suggests that you “take the Lighthouse Tour, launch your boat and go for salmon fishing or crabbing.”

If you don’t have a boat of your own, you can follow Jenny’s suggestion and “hop on the ferry at sunset. It is a quick ride to Clinton and back.” While you’re on land, check out Clinton Beach. “Clinton also has a nice little beach with toys for those with little ones who choose this inexpensive adventure to do on any given day,” Jenny shares.

Fun in the sun can work up an appetite, so Jenny and Anne recommend three spots to satisfy any taste buds. “In the summer, I like to grab some fish & chips to go from Ivar’s,” Jenny shares. Anne seconds Ivar’s and includes Arnies, another great seafood destination. She also recommends topping off the day “with delicious ice cream at Diamond Knot (they have great food and beer too).” It’s a win-win for everyone!

Lighthouse Park is not only great for a beach day, but also hosts awesome community events. For example, Anne loves “the Farmer’s Market on Wednesday afternoons not just to get fresh produce, but also run into friends and neighbors. I bring my dog Molly to socialize and see her doggie friends too.”

She also highly recommends Mukilteo’s annual Lighthouse Festival. “Of course the summer highlight is the Lighthouse Festival with lots of activities and a grand fireworks on the water.” Janet B seconds this recommendation: “Don’t forget the lighthouse festival!!! The race, the food, the community parties and fireworks!!!!” No matter how you spend your beach day in Mukilteo, you are sure to make lasting memories.

Posted on July 14, 2017 at 4:18 pm
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Mukilteo

Welcome to Mukilteo! 

Known for its supportive, strong community and gorgeous waterfront location, Mukilteo is a destination for work, play, and fun! Brimming with excellent city amenities to take advantage of and several top-notch opportunities for outdoor adventure, Muktileo is ready to be explored. Whether you’re looking for a scenic, relaxing day at the beach, a day of shopping, or hoping to head out for a day of mountain biking, you can find it all in this city by the sea.

Mukilteo is also known for its aviation-focused museums, jobs, and events. Home to some excellent aviation museums, a Boeing manufacturing plant, tens of thousands of jobs in the aviation industry and more, Mukilteo is the ideal place to visit or live in whether you’re trying to inspire an interest in aviation, an aviation enthusiasts, or someone with a career in aviation. Mukilteo draws some of the world’s and regional high tech, aeronautic, medical, and innovative industry. That brings a cornucopia of brilliant minds to this community.

When it comes to real estate in Mukilteo, there’s something for everyone. Home to a diverse range of real estate, you can find everything from smaller starter homes to elaborate residences with impressive views of the Puget Sound.


Getting Out & About

“Who wouldn’t want to be from the MUK! The sticker says it all. Mukilteo is a quaint community that not many people know about and even fewer who know how to pronounce the name. I happen to think one of the best beaches in Snohomish county is right in the MUK. Our beach features built in fire pits, a fantastic beach side playground, a substantial shelter perfect for parties all year round, boat launch, lighthouse, plus ice cream and fish & chips within walking distance to the beach.” – Jenny E

“Love love love Big Gulch trail. One minute you’re in the middle of civilization and the next you’re far far away in a place that could be hundreds of miles away.  Just a small sign marks the trail head across from the fire department. I’ve spent many hours breathing, thinking, singing on that trail!!” –Janet B

There is also the garden club, historical society, orchestra and the landmark graveyard. Headstones tell the story of our founder’s lives and untimely deaths including the young from influenza and those that built and called Mukilteo “good camping spot” their permanent home.


Commuting from Mukilteo

Train, ferry, plane, bus, bike, what did I miss… oh, yes cars too. Located at the tip of I-5 & I-405 and also easily accessible to 99, commuters have a variety of routes to choose from to get just about anywhere. Mukilteo offers a myriad of options for commuting, including the ferry that runs between Mukilteo and Clinton on Whidbey Island. You can view the ferry schedule here!

The Sounder Commuter train stops in Mukilteo daily on its way to and from Seattle to Everett. Click here to view the Sounder Train morning and evening schedules for the Seattle to Everett commute.


Homes in Mukilteo

 “Mukilteo offers a very wide range of homes. From the most expensive and elaborate that enjoy unique spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains, Islands, and Puget Sound waters with its ever changing nautical and aquatic traffic. Mukilteo also offers many affordable carefree communities of well maintained condominiums. In between the most elaborate homes and lovely condos there is a choice of every price range and neighborhood in between. In other words there is a place for everyone on Mukilteo.” -Greg B

Posted on July 5, 2017 at 8:43 am
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16 Excellent Independent Businesses in Edmonds

The Edmonds area is filled with an exciting array of independent businesses to explore and support! From restaurants that serve up authentic and comforting fare to shops stocked with treasures you can’t find anywhere else, the businesses in Edmonds are made even stronger by the support of loyal customers and the warmth of the staff who grew up here.

Check out our list of 16 excellent independent businesses in Edmonds that are definitely worth a visit:


RESTAURANTS

Church Key Pub

Hours: 4:00p-11:00pm Monday-Thursday; 3:00pm-1:00am Friday; 12:00pm-1:00am Saturday; 12:00pm-11:00pm Sunday

Located at 109 4th Ave. N. Edmonds, WA 98020

If you’re looking for a relaxing night out with friends, the Church Key Pub has you covered. This bar features a selection of hearty, yet affordable sandwiches, flatbreads, entrees, and more, in addition to a rotating tap of up to 19 unique craft beers and a vibe that blends the flavors of an Irish pub with the familiar comfort of a local hangout.

Church Key Pub has the best food! This place is always packed—standing room only. Yes, the beer selection is grand but the gourmet grilled cheese sandwich, homemade chicken pot pie, salads and fresh pretzel with cheese are fantastic. I’ve never ordered something there I didn’t really like.” – Melody B

For a fun night that won’t break the bank, stop on into the Church Key Pub!


Salt & Iron

Salt & Iron

Hours: 11:00am-10:00pm Monday-Thursday; 11:00am-11:00pm Friday; 9:00am-11:00pm Saturday; 9:00am-10:00pm Sunday

Located at 321 Main St. (in Downtown Edmonds) Edmonds, WA 98020

With a bright and welcoming atmosphere in the heart of busy downtown Edmonds, Salt & Iron takes an elegant, yet laid-back approach to fresh American Northwest cuisine. “Salt & Iron has been a great addition to the downtown food scene. Their menu is fresh and offers a fun spot to celebrate a special occasion whether it is their yummy brunch on the weekend or a tasty dinner,” says Edmonds local, Lena M.

Speaking of brunch, according to Caitlyn J, “Salt and Iron is my go-to for brunch. The breakfast sandwiches and mimosas are my favorite!” If you want to experience what all the buzz is about, make a reservation at Salt & Iron!


Walnut Street Coffee

Walnut Street Coffee

Hours: 6:00am-6:00pm Monday-Friday; 7:00am-6:00pm Saturday-Sunday

Located at 410 Walnut St. Edmonds, WA 98020

Serving Edmonds since 2006, Walnut Street Coffee is definitely a local favorite. According to local Lena M, “Walnut Street Coffee brings the goods using locally roasted Vivace’ Coffee and they have the best quinoa burrito for a quick healthy breakfast option.” Ginna D agrees with and adds to Lena’s sentiment: “I love Walnut Street Coffee! Fantastic employees, delicious coffee and treats, wonderful atmosphere! I especially love their rotating featured artwork. Walnut street’s quinoa burrito is the absolute best!!”

With other treats sourced from local companies and a commitment to using only organic products, there is no question that Walnut Street Coffee is a true community staple that not only tastes good, but does good.


Epulo Bistro

Hours: 4:00pm-10:00pm Tuesday-Thursday & Sunday; 4:00pm-11:00pm Friday-Saturday; closed Monday

Located at 526 Main St. Edmonds, WA 98020

If you want a restaurant experience that makes you feel part of a family, look no further than Epulo Bistro. This quaint spot features a warm atmosphere and delicious European-inspired food prepared with only the freshest and finest local ingredients. If you’re not sure what to order first, Lena M has a suggestion: “Epulo Bistro hands down has the best appetizer in their burrata cheese with fresh handmade cheese, toast points and bright sliced cherry tomatoes tossed in olive oil and basil, yum!” Good food, good service, and a good community are what it is all about at Epulo Bistro.


Las Brisas

Las Brisas

Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 11:00am-10:00pm Friday-Saturday

Located at 201 5th Ave. S. Suite 101 Edmonds, WA 98020

If you’re in the mood for a little south-of-the-border flavor, you will want to check out La Brisas. This eatery blends traditional Mexican cooking, a sophisticated, modern style, and unmatched service to bring customers an unforgettable experience.

“Las Brisas is a must visit! My favorite item on their menu is the Macho Vegetarian Burrito (and don’t forget to get a fresh lime margarita as well!). Their fantastic location, decor, and menu make for a great place for anything from late night drinks to family dining,” says Ginna D. Stop in today and witness all that has made Las Brisas an Edmonds household name.


Evviva

Evviva Woodfired Pizza

Hours: 4:00pm-9:00pm Tuesday-Friday; 11:00am-9:00pm Saturday; 11:00am-8:00pm Sunday; closed Monday

Located at 178 Sunset Ave. South, Edmonds, WA 98020

For a taste of true, authentic Neapolitan pizza, Evviva Woodfired Pizza is the place to go. “Evviva Pizza is the closest to Italy you’re going to get!” says Andrea W. Indeed, this spot serves up pies featuring only the freshest organic/all-natural ingredients, prepared through the same method that pizzaiolos have been using for hundreds of years. With a unique simplicity and a beautiful location, Evviva Woodfired Pizza is your chance to travel back to the old world without ever leaving Edmonds.


Bar Dojo

Hours: 4:00pm-10:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 4:00pm-12:00am Friday-Saturday

Located at 8404 Bowdoin Way Edmonds, WA 98026

Treating the people of Edmonds to a melting pot of Asian comfort foods and Northwest ingredients, Bar Dojo is a local dining experience unlike any other. Their cocktails are handcrafted using Asian fruits and spices, their food is wild, organic, and sustainable, and their dining room brings all the modern warmth and comfort of Asia to your own backyard. Stop in today for a taste of all the flavors this neighborhood gem has to offer.


SHOPS

The Wooden Spoon Kitchen Shop

Hours: 10:00am-5:30pm Monday-Saturday; 12:00pm-4:00pm Sunday

Located at 104 5th Ave. S. Edmonds, WA 98020

An Edmonds landmark for over 40 years, “The Wooden Spoon is another long time family-run shop, with everything under the sun for your kitchen!” says Barbara C. This shop was one of the first kitchen shops in the Pacific Northwest and has since expanded to include seasonal items, decorative items, and other household treasures. With a loyal base of local customers and as a popular spot for tourists, the Wooden Spoon Kitchen Shop is an absolute must for anyone who loves to cook.


Comstock Jewelers

Comstock Jewelers

Hours: 10:00am-5:30pm Monday-Friday; 10:00am-5:00pm Saturday; closed Sunday

Located at 411 Main St. Edmonds, WA 98020

Started in 1978 in downtown Edmonds, Comstock Jewelers has quickly grown to become one of the most well-established and respected jewelers in Washington. How did they do it? As Barbara C explains: “Part of the charm of Edmonds is the many family owned & operated shops, like Comstock Jewelers. From father to son, and now to grandson, the secret ingredient to their loyal following is their excellent care, customer service and great selection and value.”

Indeed, their passionate staff have over 100 years of combined knowledge in the production and sale of fine jewelry, ensuring a quality buying experience every time. If you need a gift for that special someone, trust the team at Comstock to help you find your perfect match.


The Papery

The Papery

Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm Monday-Saturday; 12:00pm-4:00pm Sunday

Located at 410 Main St. Edmonds, WA 98020

It is already clear from this list that Edmonds has no shortage of unique local shops. From kitchen supplies to jewelry, there is no end to what you can find. Barbara C points out a couple other spots, noting that “Housewares and the Papery are also great shops—I guarantee you will leave with something you had to have!”

The customers seem to agree, as numerous Yelp reviews for the Papery rave about the locale’s fun selection of greeting cards, home accent items, trinkets, and stationery.


Zinc Art & Interiors

Zinc Art + Object

Hours: 12:00pm-5:00pm Wednesday; 11:00am-7:00pm Thursday-Friday; 10:00am-6:00pm Saturday; 11:00am-5:00pm Sunday; and by appointment

Located at 102 3rd Ave. South Suite B Edmonds, WA  98020

With an eclectic array of modern gifts, art, and furniture, Zinc Art + Object brings contemporary artistry to Edmonds. Paintings, sculptures, and other one-of-a-kind items invite you to view the world in a different way and appreciate the beauty of different creative perspectives. If you’re in the market for something truly unique that speaks to your soul, check out Zinc Art + Object.


Teri’s Toybox

Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm Monday-Saturday; 11:00am-4:00pm Sunday

Located at 420 Main St. Edmonds, WA 98020

Stumped on where to find a good birthday present for a kid? Well, Lena M says “Whenever I have to buy a birthday present for one of my kids to bring to a party, Teri’s Toybox is easy and offers fun, unique toys that don’t disappoint.” A local store for the past 30 years, Teri’s offers board games, costumes, back-to-school gear and more (Including pool gear for those upcoming summer months). Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, you will love the selections available at Teri’s Toybox.


Edmonds Bookshop

Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm Monday-Wednesday & Friday; 10:00am-8:00pm Thursday; 9:00am-5:00pm Saturday; 12:00pm-5:00pm Sunday

Located at 111 5th Ave. South Edmonds, WA 98020

Dedicated to “finding good homes for books since 1972,” Edmonds Bookshop is a one-stop shop for book lovers of all ages. From fiction to biography and picture books to young adult novels, this spot has something to pique every interest. With a frequent buyer bonus plan, gift wrapping services, special orders, and more, Edmonds Bookshop is all about serving the people of Edmonds with books they really want to read.


Arista Wine Cellars

Arista Wine Cellars

Hours: 10:00am-7:00pm Monday-Wednesday & Friday; 10:00am-8:00pm Thursday; 10:00am-5:00pm Saturday; 12:00pm-5:00pm Sunday

Located at 320 5th Ave. South Edmonds, WA 98020

If you’re looking for the perfect wine for a special occasion, Arista Wine Cellars is here to help. They have a wide selection of wines to choose from, both from Washington and around the world. With friendly service and 18 years of experience, the staff at Arista Wine Cellars is sure to pair you up with just the right wine for your needs.


Fabric of Life Boutique

Hours: 9:00am-6:00pm Tuesday-Saturday; 12:00pm-5:00pm Sunday; closed Monday

Located at 519 Main St. Edmonds, WA. 98020

If you want to find some truly unique items and support global fair trade artisans right here in Edmonds, Fabric of Life Boutique lets you do just that. This shop is run by volunteers and has been involved in numerous events over the years to raise support and awareness for important local and global issues. For one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, knick knacks, and household items that represent a cause for the greater good, look no further than Fabric of Life Boutique.


Edmonds Farmers Market

Dates & Hours: May 6-June 10, 9:00am-2:00pm (Garden Market); June 17-October 7, 9:00am-3:00pm (Summer Market)

Located at 5th and Bell in Downtown Edmonds (Garden Market) & Downtown Edmonds on 5th Street from Main at the fountain to Bell and east up Bell Street around Centennial Plaza (Summer Market)

Hosted by the Edmonds Museum, the Edmonds Garden and Summer Farmers Markets are a much-loved local pastime. “Edmonds farmers market is my favorite spring and summer activity,” says Caitlyn J. “They have beautiful flowers and hand made local jewelry that I usually can’t pass up!”

Both markets are open to all vendors with products handmade or “Home Grown in Washington,” which provides residents with a perfect opportunity to see what businesses are around to support, like Hunni Co. “Hunni Co is also a locally owned business that keeps Edmonds beekeepers in business with delicious local honey and the farmers market in the summer can’t be beat!” says Andrea W. If you want to experience all the history and diversity of Edmonds in one place, check out one of the Edmonds Farmers Markets this year.

Posted on March 30, 2017 at 3:28 pm
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7 Must-Visit Restaurants in Bothell (Plus Happy Hour Tips & Why Locals Love Each One!)

If you’re looking for a fun date night restaurant or just a laid-back spot to grab some delicious eats, Bothell has got you covered! Home to several dining establishments with mouthwatering menus and some excellent happy hours, Bothell has everything from sushi and Italian to pubs and American breakfasts.

Here are a few restaurants that come highly recommended by locals:

Bothell Alexa's Cafe

Alexa’s Cafe

Located at 10115 Main St. Bothell, WA

Nestled in a charming 1927-built brick building, Alexa’s Cafe is a neighborhood staple! “We love Alexa’s on main street!” shares Tonya T, and Jen B recommends the sweet spot for brunch.

Their extensive breakfast menu is filled with classics like breakfast sandwiches, “bennys,” pancakes and French toast, and scrambles, and their lunch menu is a mouthwatering selection of sandwiches, soups, salads, burgers, wraps, and much more.

Need catering for your event? Becky L recommends checking out Alexa’s catering options whether you’re catering a business lunch or a wedding rehearsal dinner.


Bothell Grazie RestaurantGrazie Ristorante

Located at 23207 Bothell-Everett Hwy Bothell, WA 98021

If you’re craving Italian, Jen B recommends heading to Grazie Ristorante for pizza, lasagna, cannelloni, and other Italian specialties.

“[Grazie’s serves] great dinners with an extensive wine list and happy hour with live music weekly!” recommends Becky L. Enjoy daily happy hours from opening to 6pm and take advantage of half-price appetizers, wine, beer, and drink specials. As Becky mentioned, Grazie also hosts live music, and you can view their schedule of events here.


Uncle Peteza’s Pizzeria

Located at 228th & Meridian

Located Safeway Plaza 24118 Bothell-Everett Hwy Bothell, WA 98012

“We LOVE Uncle Peteza’s Pizzeria!” shares Melissa Huddleston. “They have two locations—one on 228th and Meridian, and one in the Safeway Plaza off of 241st and Bothell Everett Hwy. Their crust is the best! They have deep dish, thin crust, and, wait for it – STUFFED CRUST! My favorite is the veggie pizza and Chris’ is the Meatsa. They also have cheesy bread, wings, oven baked sandwiches, pasta, calzones, and salads. Yum!!! Now I’m hungry!!”

Melissa’s right—Uncle Peteza’s Pizzeria’s incredible pizza selection is sure to make everyone in your dining party happy! They also have gluten-free pizza, soup, bottomless soda, and a convenient rewards program.


Sushi Hana

Located at 2020 Maltby Road Suite 2 Bothell, WA 98021

Sushi Hana, a conveyor belt sushi restaurant at Thrasher’s Corner, is one of our favorites. When you don’t want to cook and the kids are starving and you don’t want to wait to order at a sit-down restaurant, this speedy sushi joint is the ticket! Large booths for groups of 6 or bar stools at the belt offer lots of seating. Always great service and good quality sushi,” shares Jen B.

Sushi Hana is truly dedicated to quality—their conveyor belt-style sushi utilizes RFID technology to monitor the dishes on their conveyor belt, and no dish is allowed to be in circulation for more than 2 hours.

Sushi Hana serves up dozens of dishes, from classic nigiri to more unique sushi rolls. “In addition to traditional sushi, they have small plates of strawberries, green grapes, and Mochi ice cream for dessert! They also serve bottled sake, beer and wine,” shares Jen. We recommend taking a look at their menu here!


Bothell Three Lions PubThe Three Lions Pub

Located at 10111 Main Street Bothell WA, 98011

Lion’s Pub on main is always good for watching sports and enjoying beers and pub food,” advises Tonya T. And when Tonya says “pub food,” she really means it—Lion’s Pub serves up classic English pub dishes like classic fish & chips, Lancashire Pasty, sausage rolls, steak & mushroom pie, steak & kidney pie, bangers & mash, Shepherd’s Pie, and much more!

Plus, enjoy happy hours every weekday from 4-6pm and on weekends from 3-6pm. Take advantage of their deals on well drinks, wine, draft beer, and cider.


Amaro Bistro

Located at 18333 Bothell Way NE #105 Bothell, WA 98011

Becky L loves Amaro Bistro for their great meals, awesome happy hour, and the fact that it’s a great place to celebrate a special occasion. Brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, drinks and more are all served at this popular Italian bistro, and their extensive wine menu is truly impressive. Plus, Amaro is also family-friendly and has a special kid’s menu.

Enjoy daily happy hour deals from 3pm-6pm and 10pm to midnight, and take advantage of their lunch special of 2 courses for $16!


Preservation Kitchen

Located at 17121 Bothell Way NE Bothell WA 98011  

Preservation Kitchen offers an exquisite seasonal menu. They’re dedicated to supporting local businesses, and they use sustainable and organic ingredients whenever they can.

Tonya especially recommends their amazing polenta fries and their good wine selection, but menus change based on the season, so check out their website every now and then! We also highly recommend their happy hour. From 2-6pm daily, enjoy a large selection of appetizers, $7 cocktails, and discounts on beer and wine. See the complete happy hour menu here.


Bothell is packed with incredible places to eat, and we included a few other favorites below:

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Bothell

Bothell neighborhood

Welcome to Bothell!

Known for its excellent schools and treasured for being in a central location that’s close to attractions and amenities in the area, Bothell is a city of true convenience. Located just north of Kirkland and right next to wine country in Woodinville, Interstate 405 runs right through Bothell making it easy to get around the region.

Home to a long list of fabulous restaurants and some top-notch shopping, Bothell’s offerings ensure you don’t have to go far to find what you need. The same can be said for entertainment, fun weekend activities, and getaways—from parks and community activities to weekends in wine country or at McMenamins, Bothell is a hub of fun and play for people of all ages!

Bothell’s many premium amenities make it a desirable place to live, and it’s no surprise that the city is experiencing a great deal of new construction. From entry-level townhomes and ramblers to older homes with lots of land and luxury homes over $1 million, Bothell has a wide range of real estate to choose from.


Getting Out & About

Country Village

“Country Village is fun to wander around!” recommends local, Tonya T.

There are antique shops, boutiques of all kinds, a bead shop, fabric store, wedding dress shop, restaurants and cafes. Services include voice lessons, life coaching, a spa. Outside, the village looks a bit like the most charming bits of a farm, complete with chickens and ducks padding around the grounds.

Grazie Restaurant

 When it comes to dining in Bothell, local, Jen B has a long list of recommendations: “Grazie’s, Hana Sushi, Panera! [I recommend] Alexa’s for brunch and Jalisco’s or Passion Tequila for Mexican. Also, Beardslee Public House, which is John Howie’s first venture outside of Bellevue.”

Jen also loves shopping at the new PCC in Canyon Park:

“Gotta love the Anderson School (McMenamin’s). The salt water swimming pool is open air and like a hot spring in the winter; lots of dining options and family friendly pubs, outdoor seating with heaters; [they even have] a movie theater that serves beer.” – Sam A.

Bothell is also home to a branch of University of Washington. “[There are] good schools and college options in your backyard!” shares Becky L.


Commuting from Bothell

“[Bothell residents commute mainly by car], but you can bike into Seattle on the Burke Gilman and to Redmond on the Sammamish River Trail from downtown.” –  Tonya T.

“They are building the rest of the North Creek Trail that will meet up from Mill Creek to the Burke Gilman so biking may become even more popular!” – Melissa H.


 Homes in Bothell

What types of homes you can expect to find in Bothell? There’s lots of] new construction, and entry level townhomes, $1M+ homes, homes by national and local builders, split levels, ramblers, and big lots, too.

Home buyers can expect to find new construction and older homes with lots of land.

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5 Favorite Things About the Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion

Nestled between Terrace Park School and the Mountlake Terrace Off-Leash Dog Park, the Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion (5303 228th Street SW, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043) is an incredible multi-purpose facility packed with amenities to take advantage of! When asked what people in MLT like to do for fun, the Recreation Pavilion was at the top of the list.

“The MLT Pavilion offers great programs for all ages, including a great swimming program,” shares local, Shelly K. “My kids enjoyed the pre-school programs, before and after school Kids Krew and summer camps.”

This dynamic community center offers so many amenities to the MLT community, and we wanted to share a few of our favorite things about the community center that are not to be missed!

Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion

Photo courtesy of the Mountlake Terrace Recreation & Parks Facebook page

 

The multi-purpose swimming pool.

This warm-water pool not only is home to swimming lessons and a range of classes, but it also includes a lazy river with a current, spray toys, a beach-like entry leisure pool, a therapy pool, handicapped access, a sauna, and more. Plus, you can even rent out the pool for parties!

Kids programs, like preschool, before & after school care, and summer camps!

Keeping kids busy is easy with this community center in your city’s backyard! There are 3 preschool options for kids ages 3 to 5, each program providing a unique set of offerings. Kids Krew offers before and after school care for kids ages 5 to 12, and a huge variety of summer camps include themes like swimming, dance, basketball, tennis, and general youth camps.

The huge variety of fitness classes and sports leagues.

Whether you’re into something super upbeat (like Turbo kick or Zumba) or something a little more low-key (like yoga and Tai Chi), the recreation pavilion has a large selection to choose from. If playing on a team is more your style, adults can participate in basketball, racquetball, softball, volleyball, and racquetball sports. Sign up with a friend and meet your neighbors!

The MLT Recreation Pavilion is open 7 days a week.

Whether you want a workout before work or the kids need to burn off some energy on a rainy Sunday, the pavilion is open and waiting to be used! Hours include Monday – Thursday 6am – 9:30pm, Friday 6am – 7:15pm, Saturday 7am – 8pm, and Sunday 8:30am – 7pm.

Mountlake Terrace residents get a discount.

Whether you’re using the pool, buying a pass, or taking a class, all MLT residents receive a discount on using this facility. You can view all 2017 fees here.

Check out the complete Recreation Program Guide here!

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7 Breweries for Beer Lovers Just North of Seattle

You don’t have to drive all the way to Seattle for premium microbrews and cool glasses of crafts beers—just north of Seattle, our beer scene is brimming with local options that any craft connoisseur will appreciate. Whether you want to fill up a growler, go on a weekend beer tour, or just grab a pint with friends, these 7 breweries just north of Seattle in Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, Edmonds, and Kenmore all offer the perfect place to start!

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE

Diamond Knot Brewpub at MLT

  • Located at 5602 232nd Street SW Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am – 11pm, Friday 11am – Midnight, Saturday 8am – Midnight, Sunday 8am – 11pm

The Diamond Knot Brewpub is a local favorite. Started by Bob Maphet and Brian Sollenberger as a hobby, Diamond Knot Craft Brewing now makes over 600 barrels of beer every single month! Diamond Knot mainstays include their India Pale Ale, Industrial IPA, Blonde Ale, Pipe Down Brown Ale, Above Board Pale Ale, E.S.B. Steamer Glide Stout, Possession Porter, and Hefeweizen.

TIP: You can also grab breakfast, lunch or dinner here, plus they’re family- and dog-friendly!

Learn more about Diamond Knot here:


LYNNWOOD

Big E Ales

 

  • Located at 5030 208th St SW Suite A. Lynnwood, WA 98036
  • Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 1pm – 10pm, Friday & Saturday 11am – 10pm

Brewing since 1997, Big E Ales serves up hand-crafted ales alongside a full, mouthwatering menu of delicious appetizers and entrees. You can stop by for a refreshing beer with friends, or even book the Brew Room for events like wedding receptions and company parties.

TIP: Their blog is packed with interesting beer history!


EDMONDS

Salish Sea Brewing Company

  • Located at 518 Dayton St. #104 Edmonds, WA 98020
  • Hours: Monday – Wednesday 3pm – 9pm, Thursday 3pm – 10pm, Friday – Saturday 12pm – 11pm, Sunday Noon – 8pm

Home to a variety of carefully crafted brews, Salish Sea Brewing Company is a staple of the region. Beer lovers can choose from their Drop Anchor IPA, Salish IPA Dayton Street (3 SEAS) Session ISA, Driftwood Pale, Honey Golden, NW “Wildfire” Red, Expansion Amber, Kodiak Brown Porter, Prior Porter, Big Chocolate Love:  A Robust Porter, and the seasonal Blackfish Stout and Blizzzaak Winter Ale. In addition to grabbing an ice-cold brew, you can enjoy an evolving menu of sandwiches, soups, and appetizers.

TIP: Families are welcome, and dogs are allowed on the outside patio.


American Brewing Company

  • Located at 180 W. Dayton St. Warehouse 102 Edmonds, WA 98020
  • Hours: Monday – Thursday 3pm – 9pm, Friday 3 – 10pm, Saturday Noon – 10pm, Sunday Noon – 8pm

At American Brewing Company, craftsmanship and science are at the forefront of everything they do and create. Started in 2010 by Adam Frantz, American Brewing Company benefits from Adam’s years of practice and his worldwide travels that have influenced his craft beers. Their consistent offerings include an India Pale Ale, Pale Ale, Kolsch Ale, Stout, and a selection of seasonal and specialty beers.

TIP: These guys also brew 6 flavors of kombucha!


Gallagher’s Where-U-Brew

  • Located at 180 W. Dayton St. #105  EDMONDS, WA
  • Hours: Tuesday – Friday 2pm – 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm

Ready to DIY your own brew?! Gallaghers Where-U-Brew offers an amazing opportunity to create your very own craft beer! They provide you with everything you need to brew a batch of beer… and it only takes 2 hours! They’re guide you through the different types of brews you can create, help you select what you’re most interested in, and assign you to a professional brewing kettle with instructions on how to get started. Then, you set a date (usually 2 weeks later) for you to go in a bottle your beer! Learn more about the process here.

TIP: You can also brew ciders, root beer, and make your own wine at Gallagher’s!


KENMORE

Nine Yards Brewing

  • Located at 7324 NE 175th St., Suite A Kenmore, WA 98028
  • Hours: Monday – Thursday 2pm – 10pm, Friday 2pm – midnight, Saturday 11am – midnight, Sunday 11am-10pm

Located right off the Burke Gillman trail in Kenmore, Nine Yards is a popular local establishment. Stop by for hand-crafted brews, food trucks, pinball machines, Skee ball… this happening place has it all, and is great for group gatherings or parties.

TIP: This establishment is open to all ages!


Cairn Brewing

  • Located at 7204 NE 175th St. Bldg A, Kenmore, WA 98028
  • Hours: Wednesday and Thursday 4pm – 9pm, Friday 3pm – 10pm, Saturday 11:30am – 10pm, Sunday 11:30am – 6pm

Cairn Brewing is a hub for beer drinkers and beer brewers alike. Stop by to enjoy a pint of the many on-tap offerings, 5 of which are always served directly from the tank! (There will also often be a food truck parked outside for your convenience!) Or, for those who are interested in learning the craft straight from the masters, sign up for a homebrewing class! Learn about the beer-making process, and actually brew a batch in class.

TIP: The Cairn Brewing taproom is family- and dog-friendly!

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3 Places That Mountlake Terrace Dog Owners Need to Know About

Whether you’re looking for a city that welcomes you and your furry best friend, or you already live in the Mountlake Terrace area and want to start exploring, you’re in luck! The Mountlake Terrace area has some excellent dog parks and other amenities for dog owners and their canine companions to enjoy, all while getting some exercise and enjoying the outdoors!

If you’re a dog owner in Mountlake Terrace, here are 3 places you need to know about:

MLT Dog Park

Mountlake Terrace Off-Leash Dog Park

The Mountlake Terrace Off-Leash Dog Park is located just northeast of the MLT Recreation Pavilion. Offering just under an acre of space in the shaded woods of Terrace Creek Park, this fenced area is a haven for dogs!

“We love to take our dog Dash for walks and let him run off leash in the park!” shares Shelly Katzer. Dogs can run and play within the double-gate system, and owners are welcome to relax on benches (or run and play, too!). Learn more about the park and read rules for visiting the dog park here.


Marina Beach Off-Leash Park

While this park technically isn’t in Mountlake Terrace, it is in the neighboring city of Edmonds (498 Admiral Way Edmonds WA 98020) and well worth the short 10-20 minute drive from MLT. As part of the larger Marina Beach Park on the Edmonds waterfront, this park offers a long list of amenities in addition to the off-leash area. A loop trail, playground, restroom, picnic tables, barbecue area, and much more set the scene.

As for the dog park portion, furry friends can frolic in the sand, splash in the surf, and stretch their legs as they meet other dogs in the cool ocean breeze. Click here to learn more about this Edmonds off-leash area.


Pet Adventure Store

Photo courtesy of the Pet Adventure Facebook page

Pet Adventure Shop

Located in the Cedar Plaza Shopping Center (22803 44th Ave. West Suite E-5 Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043), Pet Adventure Shop is a must-visit destination for local pet owners! Established in 2010 and owned and operated by locals, Pet Adventure Shop stocks its shelves with a huge range of food and supplies. Even the pickiest of pets are bound to find something delicious here—check out a list of the brands of cat and dog foods Pet Adventure Shop carries here.

In addition to supplies for cats and dogs, they also carry an eclectic variety of products for other animals including hamsters, birds, bunnies, fish, chickens, and horses.

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Mountlake Terrace

Welcome to Mountlake Terrace!

Treasured by locals for its wonderful sense of community and its convenient location, Mountlake Terrace is a top choice for those looking to be part of an affordable, growing city! Located just north of Seattle along Interstate-5, this accessible community is brimming with a wide variety of amenities, from recreation and outdoor activities to great restaurants and entertainment options.

Mountlake Terrace offers its residents opportunities all year long to celebrate their community and meet their neighbors! Events like the Tour de Terrace, parades, carnivals, the tree lighting, and more welcome everyone to participate. Known for being a family- and dog-friendly city, Mountlake Terrace offers a wide range of choice when it comes to getting out and about. Parks (like the Mountlake Terrace Off-Leash Dog Park), restaurants (find a variety of cuisine including American, Mexican, Thai, Italian, barbecue, burgers and more!), shopping plazas, and community centers await exploration!

For those interested in moving to Mountlake Terrace, you can expect to find a variety of ramblers, split-levels and tri-levels, condominiums, and townhomes to choose from. The growing city is also beginning to see some new construction, offering even more opportunity for homebuyers looking for affordable real estate options!


Getting Out & About

 


Boasting a 100+ acre expanse, Lake Ballinger Park offers fishing, beach access, picnic tables, trails, gorgeous scenery, and protected wetland areas.

The Mountlake Terrace Off-Leash Dog Park, Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavillion, Terrace Creek Park “Candy Cane Park,” and Veterans Memorial Park are just a few of the many scenic outdoor retreats in Mountlake Terrace.

“QFC is convenient and walkable when I need last minute items!” shares Shelly Katzer.

Cedar Plaza (featuring Ace Hardware, QFC, Bartells, Starbucks, a pet store, a dry cleaners, and more) is one of REALTOR® Brian Hayter favorite places to shop in Mountlake Terrace. Las Espuelas Mexican Restaurant is also one of his favorite restaurants in the area, in addition to Time Out Greek, Red Onion Burger, Voulas Good Eats, Ringers Sports Bar, and Gabriels Fire. Additionally, Shelly Katzer recommends Big E’s Ale House, Diamond Knot, and Amorn Thai cuisine.


The Cinebarre Mountlake 8 Movie Theater in Mountlake Terrace offers residents with a convenient entertainment option right in their own neighborhood.


Commuting from Mountlake Terrace

 

“There is a great transit center used by tons of commuters on 236th St SW that provides easy access to Seattle. Light Rail is eventually going to be coming to Mountlake Terrace,” shares REALTOR® Brian Hayter.

The Mountlake Terrace Transit Center includes capacity for 1,000 cars and is served by Bus 511, Bus 512, and Bus 513. Mountlake Terrace will also open a light rail station 2023. 


Homes in Mountlake Terrace 

 

If you’re searching for a home in Mountlake Terrace, REALTOR® Brian Hayter shares that you can expect to find “Lots of ramblers (many cinder block), split levels/tri levels, condos/townhomes. We’re also starting to see a fair amount of new construction. There are lots of options!”


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