Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream owner Jack Walsh and his family accept the first-place award for best ice cream. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream owner Jack Walsh and his family accept the first-place award for best ice cream. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

Mirror announces Best of Federal Way winners | Photos

Mirror’s annual event recognizes Federal Way’s finest food, people and more.

The Federal Way Mirror hosted its 21st annual Best of Federal Way awards ceremony on Wednesday evening at the Federal Way Community Center.

Winners were selected by readers, who voted on their favorite nominees in a range of categories.

During the event, the Mirror also announce their 2019 Citizen of the Year — Donna Clark.

For the past seven-plus years, Clark has been delivering flowers to about 20 residents at Avalon Care Center in Federal Way to brighten their rooms and their days.

Congratulations to the following winners:

FOOD

Asian

1ST PLACE

TOKYO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE

2ND Thai Bistro

3RD Jasmine Mongolian Grill

Barbecue

1ST PLACE

JIMMY MAC’S ROADHOUSE

2ND Billy McHale’s

3RD Pac Island Grill

Breakfast

1ST PLACE

BLACK BEAR DINER

2ND Poverty Bay Cafe

3RD Biscuits Cafe

Brunch

1ST PLACE

SALTY’S AT REDONDO

2ND Poverty Bay

3RD Federal Way Black Bear Diner

Buffet

1ST PLACE

SALTY’S AT REDONDO

2ND East India Grill

3RD Jasmine Mongolian Grill

Burgers

1ST PLACE

BURGER EXPRESS

2ND Stacks Burgers

3RD Red Robin

Coffee shop

1ST PLACE

POVERTY BAY CAFE

2ND Gravity Coffee

3RD Asensio Coffee

Deli/sandwich

1ST PLACE

PANERA BREAD

2ND Marlene’s Market & Deli

3RD Jimmy John’s

Family dining

1ST PLACE

THE ROCK WOOD FIRED PIZZA

2ND Black Bear Diner

3RD Jimmy Mac’s Roadhouse

Ice cream

1ST PLACE

SUB ZERO NITROGEN ICE CREAM

2ND Cold Stone Creamery

3RD Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

Indian

1ST PLACE

EAST INDIA GRILL

2ND Maharaj Cuisine of India

3RD Can Am Pizza

Lunch

1ST PLACE

SALTY’S AT REDONDO

2ND The Chopped Leaf

3RD Panera Bread

Mexican

1ST PLACE

PUERTO VALLARTA

2ND AZTECA

3RD Senor Taco

Pizza

1ST PLACE

THE ROCK WOOD FIRED PIZZA

2ND Mod Pizza

3RD Pizza Pizazz

Seafood

1ST PLACE

SALTY’S at REDONDO 2ND Ivar’s

3RD Red Lobster

Steakhouse

1ST PLACE

BLACK ANGUS

2ND Jimmy Mac’s Roadhouse

3RD Tokyo Japanese Steak House

LIVING

Bar/Nightclub

1ST PLACE

TIME OUT ALE HOUSE

2ND Billy McHale’s

3RD Scoreboard

Best city leader

1ST PLACE

SUSAN HONDA

2ND Dave Larson

3RD Jim Ferrell

Best police officer

1ST PLACE

ANDY HWANG

2ND Josh Haglan

3RD Thaddeus Hodge

Best firefighter

1ST PLACE

JEFF BELLINGHAUSEN

2ND Aaron Weeks

3RD Ryan Herrera

Community volunteer

1ST PLACE

CHERYL COLE-HURST

2ND Shelley Pauls

3RD Betty Taylor

Educational facility

1ST PLACE

CHRISTIAN FAITH SCHOOL

2ND Highline College

3RD Federal Way Community Center

Venue

1ST PLACE

FEDERAL WAY COMMUNITY CENTER

2ND FW Performing Arts and Event Center

3RD Christian Faith Center

Kids activities

1ST PLACE

FEDERAL WAY COMMUNITY CENTER

2ND Wild Waves Theme & Water Park

3RD Pattison’s West

Local arts group

1ST PLACE

CENTERSTAGE THEATRE

2ND Rosebud Children’s Theatre Conservatory

3RD Federal Way Symphony

Local charity/non-profit

1ST PLACE

MULTI-SERVICE CENTER

2ND Christian Faith Center

3RD FUSION

Teacher/elementary

1ST PLACE

ELSA AGUILAR, CHRISTIAN FAITH SCHOOL

2ND Chris Andrews, Mirror Lake Elementary

3RD Arlene Blauser, Sherwood Forest Elementary

Teacher/middle school

1ST PLACE

DEE CANTELLAY, CHRISTIAN FAITH SCHOOL

2ND Rachel Johnston, Christian Faith School

3RD Chrissie Bianchi, Christian Faith School

Teacher/high school

1ST PLACE

ANGELINA PHILIP, CHRISTIAN FAITH SCHOOL

2ND Helena Cho, Christian Faith School

3RD Sam Hunt, Decatur High School

Tourist attraction

1ST PLACE

DASH POINT STATE PARK

2ND Wild Waves Theme & Water Park

3RD Abbe Vineyard & Winery

Service

Adult in-home care

1ST PLACE

COMFORT KEEPERS

2ND Visiting Angels

3RD Life Care Center of Federal Way

Bank

1ST PLACE

COLUMBIA BANK

2ND HomeStreet Bank

3RD Chase Bank

Barber shop

1ST PLACE

GREAT CLIPS

2ND Sport Clips

3RD Twin Lakes Hair Salon

Bartender

1ST PLACE

TAWNA GOGOLIN, SALTY’S AT REDONDO

2ND Dainis Svarcs, Abbe Vineyard & Winery

3RD Jen Rosentrater, Time Out Ale House

Chiropractor

1ST PLACE

LIFE & HEALTH CHIROPRACTIC & MASSAGE CENTRE

2ND Ball Chiropractic

3RD Wolf Chiropractic

Credit union

1ST PLACE

BECU

2ND Qualstar Credit Union

3RD Red Canoe Credit Union

Day center

1ST PLACE

BROOKLAKE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

2ND Christian Faith School Early Education

3RD St Luke’s Lutheran Church Daycare

Dentist

1ST PLACE

DR. DAN SHOOP

2ND Dr. Mo Mahoutchi

3RD Dr. Stacy Kanda

Financial advisor

1ST PLACE

DAN ALTMAYER

2ND Barney Hartley

3RD Wyman & Associates

Fitness facility

1ST PLACE

ILOVEKICKBOXING

2ND Temple Fitness

3RD Federal Way Community Center

Funeral services

1ST PLACE

FUNERAL ALTERNATIVES

2ND Bonney Watson

3RD Yahn & Sons

Hair salon

1ST PLACE

SALON PARENTE

2ND The Hair Lounge

3RD 8th Day Spa

3RD Twin Lakes Hair Salon

Health care clinic

1ST PLACE

VIRGINIA MASON

2ND St Francis Hospital and Medical Center

3RD Seattle Children’s Hospital in Federal Way

Health care professional

1ST PLACE

DR. KIERAS, VIRGINIA MASON

2ND Michelle Chaney, R.N.

3RD Dr. Dan Shelton

Insurance agent

1ST PLACE

CHAD ERWIN, ALLSTATE

2ND Jack Stanford, Stanford Insurance

3RD Brady Nelson, State Farm

Massage/day spa

1ST PLACE

LIFE & HEALTH CHIROPRACTIC & MASSAGE CENTRE

2ND 8th Day Spa

3RD Massage Envy

Mortgage agent

1ST PLACE

JODI LANGLEY, CMG FINANCIAL

2ND Jennifer Buckholz, CMG Financial

3RD BECU

Nail Salon

1ST PLACE

8TH DAY SPA

2ND Nail Gallery & Spa

3RD Nails Tek

Real estate agent

1ST PLACE

CARI FRANKLIN

2ND Lori DeVore

3RD Sarah Asay

Residential painter

1ST PLACE

FIVE STAR PAINTING

2ND Gonzales Painting

3RD Steve Brown

Senior living facility

1ST PLACE

VILLAGE GREEN RETIREMENT

2ND Brookdale Foundation House

3RD Mill Ridge Village

Tutor

1ST PLACE

SYLVAN LEARNING

2ND Kumon Math and Reading Center of Federal Way

3RD Multi-Service Center

Veterinarian

1ST PLACE

TWIN LAKES VETERINARY HOSPITAL

2ND Cascade Veterinary Hospital

3RD Sacajawea Healthcare For Pets

Waiter

1ST PLACE

ERIN KEELEY, SALTY’S AT REDONDO

2ND Dustin Vistante, Puerto Vallarta

3RD Tristan Gamble, Salty’s at Redondo

Shopping

Auto deal

1ST PLACE

JIM’S DETAIL SHOP

2ND Car Toys

3RD Pro Touch Auto Interiors

Auto repair shop

1ST PLACE

SPARKS CAR CARE

2ND Eagle Tire and Automotive

3RD Northshore RV & Auto

Doggie daycare/groomers

1ST PLACE

THE SOGGY DOGGY

2ND Biscuits

3RD Big Dog Little Dog

Gift store

1ST PLACE

BRANCHES GARDEN CENTER

2ND Amy’s Hallmark

3RD Buds & Blooms

Jewelry store

1ST PLACE

JEFFERY’S JEWELRY DESIGN STUDIO

2ND Federal Way Custom Jewelers

3RD Fred Meyer Jewelers

Nursery & Garden

1ST PLACE

BRANCHES GARDEN CENTER

2ND Edgewood Nursery

3RD Fred Meyer Garden Center

Pet store

1ST PLACE

MUD BAY

2ND PetSmart

3RD Petco

Tire store

1ST PLACE

LES SCHWAB #378

2ND Eagle Tire & Automotive

3RD Discount Tire

Deputy Mayor Susan Honda was recognized as the best city leader. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

Deputy Mayor Susan Honda was recognized as the best city leader. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

Capt. Jeff Bellinghausen, community affairs officer for South King Fire & Rescue, won best firefighter. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

Capt. Jeff Bellinghausen, community affairs officer for South King Fire & Rescue, won best firefighter. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

A Five Star Painting representative receives the first-place award for best residential painter. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

A Five Star Painting representative receives the first-place award for best residential painter. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

Village Green Retirement representatives accept the first-place award for best senior living facility. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

Village Green Retirement representatives accept the first-place award for best senior living facility. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

East India Grill representatives win a first-place award for best India food. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

East India Grill representatives win a first-place award for best India food. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

Funeral Alternatives representatives win best funeral services. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

Funeral Alternatives representatives win best funeral services. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

Eddie Howard (second from right), who leads the Credible Messengers program in Federal Way, won Story of the Year for his work with at-risk youth.

Eddie Howard (second from right), who leads the Credible Messengers program in Federal Way, won Story of the Year for his work with at-risk youth.

(Left to right) Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce CEO Becca Martin, Abbe Winery sommelier Dainis Svarcs, chamber membership and community relations manager Rachel Porter, Mirror reporter Haley Donwerth, Mirror sales representative Linda Staples and community volunteer Janice Seibenaler make a toast to Federal Way’s finest. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

(Left to right) Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce CEO Becca Martin, Abbe Winery sommelier Dainis Svarcs, chamber membership and community relations manager Rachel Porter, Mirror reporter Haley Donwerth, Mirror sales representative Linda Staples and community volunteer Janice Seibenaler make a toast to Federal Way’s finest. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

Attendees enjoy Mexican cuisine from Azteca. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

Attendees enjoy Mexican cuisine from Azteca. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

Sub Zero dishes up tasty ice cream. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

Sub Zero dishes up tasty ice cream. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

Attendees enjoy food and festivities during the event. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

Attendees enjoy food and festivities during the event. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

Attendees mingle and check out more than 20 vendors during the event. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

Attendees mingle and check out more than 20 vendors during the event. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

A group of winners pose for a photograph at the end of the event. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

A group of winners pose for a photograph at the end of the event. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

A group of winners pose for a photograph at the end of the event. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

A group of winners pose for a photograph at the end of the event. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

A group of winners pose for a photograph at the end of the event. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

A group of winners pose for a photograph at the end of the event. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

A group of winners pose for a photograph at the end of the event. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

A group of winners pose for a photograph at the end of the event. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

A group of winners pose for a photograph at the end of the event. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

A group of winners pose for a photograph at the end of the event. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

A group of winners pose for a photograph at the end of the event. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

A group of winners pose for a photograph at the end of the event. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

A group of winners pose for a photograph at the end of the event. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

A group of winners pose for a photograph at the end of the event. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

A group of winners pose for a photograph at the end of the event. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

A group of winners pose for a photograph at the end of the event. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

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