Ken Giles is a Seattle son—he grew up in the neighborhoods of Greenwood and Phinney Ridge, he attended UW and rowed on the crew team, he went abroad as a member of the US Navy, and then he returned to the Greenwood and Phinney Ridge area to continue the pursuit of an enduring passion.
At the age of thirteen, Ken Giles began working in his uncle’s grocery, Erikson’s Market, on Greenwood. And in 1955, Ken Giles purchased his first grocery, a local location of the Independent Grocers Alliance, and he renamed the business Ken Giles IGA. Sixty-three years later, Ken Giles IGA is Ken’s Market, there is a second Ken’s Market in Queen Anne, and the Giles clan also owns and operates Marketime Foods in Fremont.
Buckeye Beans & Herbs is named for the place of the company’s inception, Buckeye, Washington, a small town on the Little Spokane River, just north of the city of Spokane itself and is a company that strives to “combine old-fashioned, homemade flavor with quick modern convenience.”
Bryant Corner breakfasts offer everything you could want, Swedish pancakes and Belgian waffles, house-made corned beef and hash, multiple breakfast burritos, scrambles, omelets, and of course, chicken fried steak, which we tried on our latest visit—the steak was breaded and fried perfectly, the gravy was rich and creamy without being greasy or overly heavy, chopped chives provided a fresh element to the dish, and the steak and eggs were accompanied by generous helpings of home fries and toast.
Whether you need a light-weight snack for your next camping or hiking trip or something to keep in your drawer at work for a quick, indulgent pick-me-up, Joe Chocolates has you covered, with the right flavor for everybody.
In our modern world of big-box stores and online giants, of national brands and viral marketing campaigns, it’s good to find small pockets of simple hometown wholesomeness and neighborliness still exist, even in one of the biggest brand cities of them all.
If you walked intoGreen Markets’ Sunset Hilllocation as late as early January, you might have seen on the wall to your left pictures of some of the trick-or-treaters who stopped by the shop this past Halloween. The many smiling faces are a cute reminder of how and for whom Green Markets of Ballard Seattle have operated for more than twenty years.
Georgetown Pantry Supply Wildflower Raw Honey is 100% raw, unfiltered honey from wildflowers produced on a honey farm right here in Washington, near Tacoma. It has a dark, warm color and a predictably thick, sticky consistency. By itself, this honey melts on the tongue. It is sweet but not cloying and has a deep, rich flavor with notes of brown sugar and bourbon.
When the bag is first opened and you take an exploratory whiff, it might feel as if the archetypal grandmother has opened a cookie factory and you are standing on the production floor—all the ingredients come together in a perfect aroma—particularly the vanilla, cinnamon, and coconut—perhaps more decadent than should be allowed of a super-food.
As their names suggest, lemon lavender shortbread is a classic-style shortbread dough with lavender flowers and lemon zest, chocolate raspberry is a deeply rich chocolate dough with chocolate chunks and dried raspberries, and Kitchen Sink is also a chocolate dough replete with hazelnuts, tart cherries, toasted coconut, oatmeal, and chocolate chips—everything but the kitchen sink!
And Full Tilt doesn’t draw the line at imaginative ice cream flavors and toppings. Full Tilt carries a full complement of eclectic sodas for ice cream floats, and—wait for it—for those parlor patrons of age, Full Tilt offers Tipsy Treats, floats made with your choice of beer, cider, or wine! Full Tilt also makes milkshakes and offers cold brew coffee to add a little zip to any float or shake.
Honest Biscuits was founded by Art Stone who was first introduced to the art of making biscuits by his grandmother. And since those lessons in the kitchen in North Carolina, Stone has brought his love of biscuits to Seattle, putting a premium on the freshest local ingredients and fresh new ideas for an old country favorite.