The Three Lions Pub
Locations: Redmond and Bothell
The Dish: Fish & Chips
Hours Of Happiness: Open Sunday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Redmond Ridge and Bothell locations open at 10 a.m. Sat./Sun.
There’s something warming and welcoming about tucking into a basket of fish and chips on a rainy day. A simple, comfort food classic, the beloved British fare fits nicely with the Northwest mood of gray skies. The Three Lions uses a light, traditional batter to cover fillets of flaky Atlantic cod, or get the combination basket with cod and salmon. The fried fish gets nested among thick-cut potato fries – “chips,” of course, in British slang. Make sure to take advantage of the must-have condiments, like a splash of malt vinegar and the savory “brown sauce,” and save the tartar dip for the fish. Paired with a pint of Old Speckled Hen on tap, that’s a proper meal.
Healthy Bonez / HB Beverage Company
The Drink: Dairy-free “milk” shakes
Hours Of Happiness: Open daily, Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Getting all those steps in per day? Check. Plenty of sleep every night? On it! Curbing that sweet tooth after two months of holiday desserts …? Er … OK, maybe not totally there yet. Fear not: You can enjoy a treat that doesn’t sabotage the hard work you’re putting in. Totem Lake’s Healthy Bonez’s menu of cold-pressed juice, shakes, and fruit bowls is dairy and gluten-free, focusing on the natural sweetness of their whole ingredients. More like a soft-serve ice cream than a typical smoothie, their shakes are made from 100 percent frozen fruit, no powders, additives or syrups; the natural texture of finely blended fruit provides the creaminess, minus the cream. Their PB&J shake is their most popular, a nutrient-rich indulgence.
Location: 456 Central Way, Kirkland
The Dish: Seasonal Tartine
Hours Of Happiness: Closed Sundays/Mondays, Open Tues.-Sat. 8 a.m-4 p.m., dinner 5 p.m.-close
Everything in French just sounds better, right? Tartine sounds so much lovelier than just saying, “I’d like an open-faced sandwich, please,” but it basically means the same thing. Snacking on a tartine and sipping a glass of wine or a freshly brewed espresso after a long day is the treat you deserve, and what better way to savor this “me time” than at the adorable Kirkland bistro, Little Brother? Its tartines are the perfect bite-sized snack that won’t spoil dinner — a thick slice of whole-wheat bread toasted in the wood-fire oven, topped with various combinations of sweet and savory ingredients, but take note of whatever’s in season. With springtime produce in season, take advantage of the best nature can offer.
Russell’s Garden Café & Wine Bar at Molbak’s
Location: 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville
The Drink: Northwest wines
Hours Of Happiness: Open Daily, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Grill hours 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Patio weather is upon us, and one of the best hidden-gem patios is right in the middle of busy Woodinville, nestled within a garden store. Russell’s Garden Café has a menu full of brunchy-lunchy items like soups, quiche, and sandwiches, as well as a wood-fired pizza oven. Like their jewel-box-sized indoor and outdoor seating areas, their wine menu is curated with care. The wines listed are on a chalkboard, which changes regularly, categorized by popular varietals with an emphasis on the local wines made not far from where you’re sitting. It’s small by design, not meant to overwhelm; they’re selections that pair nicely with food as well as a relaxed moment to yourself. If you’re taking a lunch al fresco or happen to be browsing garden supplies after work, you want to spend less time making a decision and more time unwinding for a spell.