Edmonds Restaurant News: Tried and true favorites, plus a juicy idea for this Mother’s Day

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Gravity Bar owners Heather Devyani and Elyssa Boyd.

Take Mom out to a favorite spot or try out a brand-new experience, the Gravity Bar.

Gravity Bar recently opened at 610 5th Ave. S. Suite B, in Edmonds, just south of Hamburger Harry’s. Restaurant News had this spot on the radar for a while, was delighted to see it open and stopped in to sample the menu and speak with the staff.

Fresh-juiced fruits and veggies. I tried out a freshly squeezed juice combination of pineapple, cucumber and lime. Barista Jeff Kramer ran all of this through the centrifugal juicer, then poured the fresh liquid into a shaker with just a touch of ice to slight cool my drink. “We want to preserve the nutrients.” He poured and I sipped. Perfection!

I also ordered a bubble waffle, and staff member Sheridan suggested a “savory” option — a topping of smoked Gouda and brown mustard.  “Fold in half, and walk down the street.” Jeff’s suggestion rang true — a bubble waffle is the perfect portable feast.

I met with co-owner Heather Devyani, who assisted me on a purchase of a gift card. “This is perfect for my daughter-in-law,” I declared. (She’s at home most days with a four-month-old and an almost 3-year-old… need I say more?)

It’s all about the pineapple at Gravity Bar.

“The guys will be manning the Gravity Bar this Sunday – Mother’s Day,” Heather shared with a smile.

“How did this come about?” I asked. Co-owner and partner Elyssa Boyd also owns Edmonds’ Coneheads Organic Shave Ice. She and her partner and husband decided they needed an address, a physical location in Edmonds.

Heather says the idea for transitioning a shave ice mobile unit into a storefront came on vacation. “We were…brainstorming… what does Edmonds need?”

A pineapple express smoothie bowl.

Here’s the list: “Fresh juices, fresh smoothies and a fun food thing — the bubble waffles!” She smiled again– Heather has a great smile.

“Waffles — make them sweet or savory. It brought food into the menu and opened up space for paninis and other edibles so that people can come hang out, have a juice, a smoothie, or full meal,” she said. And while the Coneheads mobile unit is no more, organic shave ice is on the Gravity Bar menu.

Gravity Bar caprese sandwich.

Heather says the the place “was built from bare walls, from the bottom up. No plumbing … nothing but electrical.”

The entire decor is new. Their guys — husband and boyfriend — rolled up their sleeves and plied their skills and expertise to finish out the interior and fixtures. The result is a space for all ages.

Heather has her priorities. “We’re all about families. I needed to keep family as the number-one priority in my life.”

Games and a comfortable space at Gravity Bar.

Gravity Bar is a place where Mom, Dad and the kids can hang out together and visit — a comfortable space with kid-style games. It’s a nurturing place for teens, a safe environment to hang out but still be fun. There is a corn hole game on the outside patio, and arcade games will be added to provide a relaxed, fun, hangout place.

There’s alcohol for the adults — wine and beer — but that’s a very low-key element and not the main focus.

Hours will be a bit flexible as they find their way… They’ll be open longer in the summer when we have such amazing sunlight clear into the late evening hours. There’s a fire pit for gatherings during the winter.

The establishment has been open to host private parties, and offers a varied menu for events. See the Facebook page for examples.

They will be open on Mother’s Day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Regular hours are Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Other Mother’s Day options

From complimentary mimosas to prix-fixe menus for brunch, lunch or dinner, read on to find the perfect place to celebrate the mom in your life.

 

Cilantro lime shrimp salad at Barzille.

Bazille – Nordstrom Alderwood Mall: Refresh Mom’s palate with the new cilantro lime shrimp salad, or order old favorites, the full menu is available on Sunday, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Bistro 76 says “Make your Mother’s Day brunch reservations today!” Seating Times are 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. All-you-can -eat buffet brunch, $35 adults, $15 kids, plus $15 Endless Mimosas. Call 425-776-3616 to make reservations.

Chanterelle owner Brooke Baker shared their Mother’s Day options this year. “We will have the full breakfast menu from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. We won’t be taking reservations, but encourage groups of five or less to come on in.” Restaurant News has found this spot to be relaxing and cozy, even with grandbaby(s) in the group. Chanterelle’s eggs Benedict always satisfies — whichever versions we’ve tried.

FIVE Restaurant Bistro: Open extended hours to celebrate moms everywhere. Join them for a special Mother’s Day Brunch from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. or for dinner from 5-10 p.m. “This is the one day a year we do brunch and we do it well,” the restaurant said.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill – Alderwood: Treat Mom to a special brunch on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13. The restaurant is opening early at 9 a.m. on Sunday, and serving old favorites and new items, including avocado toast, eggs Benedict, sweet berry French toast, and a special grande bloody Mary.

Bold bloody Mary at Salt and Iron.

Salt & Iron: “Make this Mother’s Day special with delicious specials to celebrate the ladies we love,” the restaurant said. You can brunch on favorites like oyster Benedict or corned beef hash, or try out a new one — chicken fried duck confit. Choices to please any palette.

Scott’s Bar & Grill: Start Mom off with a classic bloody Mary with Tito’s handmade vodka, smoked celery salt, plus vanilla custard French toast if she’s into sweets, or crab and avocado Benedict if mom’s a savory type gal. Lots on the menu and sure to please everyone — your mom, too. Brunch offered Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Mother’s Day Brunch at 190 Sunset: From owner Tom Budinick: “Local musician Jake Bergevin will be jazzing the place up during this year’s delightful brunch buffet. Bring the wonderful mother in your life down to enjoy this awesome event…and don’t forget to make a reservation via the link below so you get a good table.”  www.opentable.com/r/190-sunset-reservations-edmonds?restref=270682

Event Registration open for Words & Wine

Words & Wine takes place on May 19 from noon to 5 p.m. at GroWashington in Everett. The event highlights best-selling Northwest authors, informative author talks, and features wine tasting with Port Gardner Bay Winery wines, along with handcrafted truffles from Forte Chocolates. The event is free to attend thanks to the Writers Cooperative of the Pacific NW, sponsor Petite2Queen, and event partners.

The event partners include local Northwest companies and organizations, including GroWashington, Port Gardner Bay Winery, and Forte Chocolates. Both Port Gardner Bay Winery and Forte Chocolates will be attending the event and offering their award-winning products.

What makes Words & Wine different from other events is the opportunity to meet and mingle with local authors, while savoring the pairings of words, wine and truffles.

Learn more and register here.

— 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.

 

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