I love writing about the great food here in the Edmonds area. I recently found another reason to enjoy my job. I have been invited to be a judge for the “Taste Off”! I’ll be tasting the offerings from restaurants participating in The Taste of Edmonds. Yummy!
This year A Taste of Edmonds takes on the flavor of a Carnival! Always a great opportunity to taste local cuisine, this annual event starts next Friday, August 8th. see www.atasteofedmonds.com for all the details. Readers….Let’s compare notes. Let me know your favorites “Tastes” this year! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am grateful to hear from readers about food places off the beaten path. Amazing meals await your taste buds in locations just beyond our city’s borders.
PieZano’s Lynnwood location at 19925 68th Ave. W., caters to the appetites of hungry students and staff at Edmonds Community College. I graduated many moons ago but still enjoy the great thin crust style that is the signature of PieZano’s. Those folks rushing between classes will love that New York-style pizza can be ordered via email. A hot slice or a whole pie will be waiting by the time you pull in the drive-thru. I parked and went inside to investigate.
There were five regular menu pizzas and a “special one” displayed on the counter, ready to be heated up and sold “by the slice”. At least two of the options were vegetarian the day I visited. They have arugula, too, which is hard to find at these prices. A generous slice of pie costs about $3 and a full 18-inch XXL pizza starts at $17. I have to try calzones or the stromboli next time just to get more of that amazing crust. Hands-down favorite for my meat eater was the Thai Cashew Chicken.
Beer, wine and specialty coffee drinks, salads and ice cream are also available. Check their Facebook page for special deals; www.facebook.com/Piezanospizza
Royal India has recently opened a second location in Lynnwood, at 7531 196th St. S.W. (in the former Ezell’s space). Yours truly is glad to have their wonderful buffet a bit closer than a drive to Kirkland. Diners can taste many different dishes at the buffet or order their favorite entrees from the menu. Vegetarian options are plentiful. My favorites were the Saag Paneer and the Eggplant Bharta.
I like to give attention to the supporting players. The regular naan was fresh and like a plump pillow, the spinach variety was over the moon! The basmati rice was delicious — delicately flavored with clove and cumin. Mango pickles were just salty enough and other condiments like ratia were perfect toppings for the spicy fare. Hot chai is prepared traditionally and is sweetened just perfectly.
Royal India has live weekly entertainment and diners will enjoy the cozy, authentic Indian ambiance, including belly dancing, music by Amir Beso, and tabla and sitaar players. One can order techie style here too. Just go to royalindiacuisine.com and click on the icon for EAT I Order online. I laughed aloud when viewing the page to place an order. It said “Your Cart is Hungry”.
To have so many great options and so close at hand keeps me full of gratitude.
– By Kathy Passage
A specialty gourmet food broker for over 30 years, Kathy Passage has in-depth knowledge on food and the special qualities of ingredients used in the exquisite products she helped bring to market. Kathy brings this unique perspective from the “other side of the plate” to writing about the food and restaurant scene in Edmonds.