Black Angus won first place for Best Steakhouse in the Mirror’s annual Best of Federal Way contest. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

Black Angus won first place for Best Steakhouse in the Mirror’s annual Best of Federal Way contest. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

Recognizing the best of Federal Way

Mirror recognizes winners of annual Best of Federal Way contest.

Every year, the Mirror highlights and honors the Best of Federal Way with our annual contest.

Our readers vote for the winners in nearly 60 categories, including the best restaurants, real estate agents and the top volunteers, service providers and leaders in our city.

This year was unprecedented.

Nearly 20,000 people voted from Nov. 15, 2019 through Jan. 31, 2020 and we tallied the winners.

We had a record number across many categories who tied amongst first, second and third place. This says a lot about the greatness in Federal Way when there is more than one finalist in several categories.

In this year’s contest there were also nearly 20 businesses and people who joined our inaugural Five-Year Club, which recognizes those who have won the Best of Federal Way for five consecutive years.

And this year also proves that big heroes can come in the smallest forms, as we recognize our youngest Citizen of the Year to date.

Every month throughout the year leading up to the announcement of our Best of Federal Way results in March, the Mirror recognizes a Citizen of the Month.

This year we had the opportunity to feature stories about exemplary residents in the community who go above and beyond.

The Mirror voted on these stellar residents and selected our Citizen of the Year — 5-year-old Ariana Graham. She helps her family promote Down syndrome awareness and acceptance by placing signs around Federal Way.

Other fun facts about this year’s contest:

• 68% of voters are female;

• The biggest age categories of voters was 33-42 and 43-52;

• The most popular zip code was 98023.

• Over 400 participants signed up for our daily and weekly newsletter at FederalWayMirror.com.

Thank you to everyone who voted in this year’s Best of Federal Way contest.

We encourage you to help us honor all of our winners by frequenting their businesses, utilizing their services and saying thank you to all who help make Federal Way an extraordinary city.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Food Asian 1 Pac Island Grill & BBQ

Food Asian 2 Thai Bistro

Food Asian 3 Jasmine

Food Asian 3 Pho Fusion & Grill

Food Barbecue 1 Jimmy Mac’s Roadhouse

Food Barbecue 2 L & L Hawaiian Barbeque

Food Barbecue 3 Billy McHale’s

Food Breakfast 1 Poverty Bay Coffee Company

Food Breakfast 2 Biscuits Cafe

Food Breakfast 3 Black Bear Diner

Food Buffet 1 East India Grill

Food Buffet 2 Salty’s at Redondo

Food Buffet 3 Mika Japanese Buffet

Food Burgers 1 Burger Express

Food Burgers 2 JP’s Tavern

Food Burgers 3 Red Robin

Food Coffee Shop 1 Poverty Bay Coffee Co

Food Coffee Shop 2 B&R Espresso

Food Coffee Shop 3 Gravity

Food Deli/Sandwich 1 Panera Bread

Food Deli/Sandwich 1 Marlene’s Market & Deli

Food Deli/Sandwich 2 Joe’s Deli

Food Deli/Sandwich 2 Poverty Bay Coffee Company

Food Family Dining 1 The Rock Wood Fired Kitchen

Food Family Dining 2 Mama Stortini’s

Food Family Dining 3 Black Bear Diner

Food Family Dining 3 Jimmy Mac’s Roadhouse

Food Family Dining 3 Vince’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Food Ice Cream 1 Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream

Food Ice Cream 2 Cold Stone Creamery

Food Ice Cream 3 Menchie’s

Food Indian 1 East India Grill

Food Indian 2 Maharaj Cuisine of India

Food Indian 3 Can Am Pizza

Food Italian 1 Vince’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Food Italian 2 Mama Stortini’s

Food Italian 3 Olive Garden

Food Italian 3 Verrazanos Italian Restaurant

Food Lunch 1 JP’s Tavern

Food Lunch 2 Burger Express

Food Lunch 3 Chick Fil A

Food Lunch 3 East India Grill

Food Mexican 1 Puerto Vallarta

Food Mexican 2 Azteca

Food Mexican 3 Senor Taco

Food Pizza 1 The Rock Wood Fired Kitchen

Food Pizza 2 Mod Pizza

Food Pizza 3 Pizza Pizazz

Food Salad 1 Chopped Leaf

Food Salad 2 Panera Bread

Food Salad 3 Marlene’s Market & Deli

Food Seafood 1 Salty’s at Redondo

Food Seafood 2 Ivar’s

Food Seafood 3 Red Lobster

Food Steakhouse 1 Black Angus

Food Steakhouse 2 Tokyo Japanese Steak House

Food Steakhouse 3 Jimmy Mac’s Roadhouse

Living Bar/Nightclub 1 JP’s Tavern

Living Bar/Nightclub 2 Billy McHale’s

Living Bar/Nightclub 3 Mama Stortini’s

Living Bar/Nightclub 3 Time Out Ale House

Living Best City Leader 1 Susan Honda

Living Best City Leader 2 Rebecca Martin

Living Best City Leader 3 Dave Larson

Living Best Cop 1 Josh Haglan

Living Best Cop 2 Andy Hwang

Living Best Cop 3 Dave Prince

Living Best Firefighter 1 Gordon Goodsell

Living Best Firefighter 2 Jeff Bellinghausen

Living Best Firefighter 3 Dan Peterson

Living Community Volunteer 1 Cheryl Cole-Hurst

Living Community Volunteer 2 Betty Taylor

Living Community Volunteer 3 Shelley Pauls

Living Educational Facility 1 Pacific Christian Academy

Living Educational Facility 2 Federal Way Community Center

Living Educational Facility 3 Highline College

Living Event Venue 1 Federal Way Performing Arts & Event Center (PAEC)

Living Event Venue 2 Knutzen Family Theatre

Living Event Venue 3 Abbe Vineyard & Winery

Living Event Venue 3 Federal Way Community Center

Living Kids Activities 1 Federal Way Community Center

Living Kids Activities 2 Wild Waves

Living Kids Activities 3 Highline Mast Aquarium

Living Local Arts Group 1 Centerstage Theatre

Living Local Arts Group 2 Rosebud Children’s Theatre Conservatory

Living Local Arts Group 3 Federal Way Chorale

Living Local Charity/Non-Profit 1 Multi-Service Center

Living Local Charity/Non-Profit 2 F.U.S.I.O.N

Living Local Charity/Non-Profit 3 Federal Way Rotary

Living Teacher / Elementary 1 Kiersten Stimets (Pacific Christian Academy)

Living Teacher / Elementary 2 Kimberly Buchanan

Living Teacher / Elementary 3 Elsa Aguilar

Living Teacher / High School 1 Helena Cho (Pacific Christian Academy)

Living Teacher / High School 2 Toru Garofalo

Living Teacher / High School 3 Angelina Philip

Living Teacher / Middle School 1 Rachel Johnston (Pacific Christian Academy)

Living Teacher / Middle School 2 Dee Cantellay

Living Teacher / Middle School 3 Bob Morse

Service Adult in-home care 1 Comfort Keepers

Service Adult in-home care 2 Home Well Senior Care

Service Adult in-home care 3 Dependable Staffing Agency

Service Bank 1 Columbia Bank

Service Bank 2 HomeStreet Bank

Service Bank 3 Umpqua Bank

Service Barber Shop 1 Great Clips

Service Barber Shop 2 Salon Parente

Service Barber Shop 3 Gent’s Fine Grooming for Men

Service Barber Shop 3 Sport Clips

Service Chiropractor 1 Life & Health Chiropractic & Massage Centre

Service Chiropractor 2 Wolf Chiropractic & Massage

Service Chiropractor 3 Dr Phillip Spencer

Service Credit Union 1 BECU

Service Credit Union 2 Red Canoe Credit Union

Service Credit Union 3 Qualstar Credit Union

Service Day Care 1 Brooklake Childcare and Learning

Service Day Care 2 FW Community Center

Service Day Care 3 KinderCare

Service Dentist 1 Dr Stacy Kanda

Service Dentist 2 Dr Ken Brossel

Service Dentist 3 Dr Mark Nordlie

Service Dentist 3 Dr Douglas Sheets

Service Dentist 3 Dr. Dan Shoop

Service Financial Advisor 1 Dan Altmayer

Service Financial Advisor 2 Doug Legg

Service Financial Advisor 3 Barney Hartley

Service Fitness Facility/Location 1 iLoveKickboxing

Service Fitness Facility/Location 2 Federal Way Community Center

Service Fitness Facility/Location 3 Federal Way Jazzercise

Service Funeral Services 1 Funeral Alternatives

Service Funeral Services 2 Yahn & Sons

Service Funeral Services 3 Bonney Watson

Service Health Care Clinic 1 St Francis Hospital and Medical Center

Service Health Care Clinic 2 Virginia Mason

Service Health Care Clinic 3 Seattle Children’s Hospital in Federal Way

Service Insurance Agent 1 Jack Stanford / Stanford Insurance

Service Insurance Agent 2 Chad Erwin / Allstate

Service Insurance Agent 3 Brady Nelson / State Farm

Service Massage 1 Life & Health Chiropractic & Massage Centre

Service Massage 2 LaVida Massage of Federal Way

Service Massage 3 Toni Johnson @ You’re Wellness Massage

Service Mortgage Agent Company 1 BECU

Service Mortgage Agent Company 2 Greg Ocken/Movement Mortgage

Service Mortgage Agent Company 3 “Jodi Longley, CMG Financial”

Service Painting 1 Five Star Painting

Service Painting 2 Derek flavel

Service Painting 3 Studeman

Service Real Estate Agent 1 Cari Franklin

Service Real Estate Agent 2 Sarah Asay

Service Real Estate Agent 3 Vickie Chynoweth

Service Senior Living Facility 1 Village Green Retirement

Service Senior Living Facility 2 Mill Ridge Village

Service Senior Living Facility 3 Brookdale Federal Way

Service Tutor 1 Kumon Math and Reading Center of Federal Way

Service Tutor 2 Treehouse Learning Center

Service Tutor 3 Sylvan Learning

Service Veterinarian 1 Sacajawea Healthcare For Pets

Service Veterinarian 2 Twin Lakes Veterinary Hospital

Service Veterinarian 3 “Crestwood Animal Hospital, L.L.C.”

Service Waitperson/Location 1 Delaney Record/Star Lake Inn

Service Waitperson/Location 2 Dustin/Puerato Vallarta Twin Lakes

Service Waitperson/Location 3 Daniel Greer/ Hitching Post Saloon

Shopping Auto Detail 1 Jim’s Detail Shop

Shopping Auto Detail 2 Brown Bear Car Wash

Shopping Auto Detail 3 Car Toys

Shopping Auto Repair Shop 1 Eagle Tire and Automotive

Shopping Auto Repair Shop 2 Les Schwab Tire Center

Shopping Auto Repair Shop 3 Northshore RV & Auto Repair

Shopping Auto Repair Shop 3 Sparks Car Care

Shopping Doggie Daycare/Groomers 1 Biscuits

Shopping Doggie Daycare/Groomers 2 The Soggy Doggy

Shopping Doggie Daycare/Groomers 3 Bath Brush & Beyond

Shopping Gift Store 1 Branches Garden Center

Shopping Gift Store 2 Amy’s Hallmark

Shopping Gift Store 3 Virginia Mason Federal Way Medical Center

Shopping Jewelry Store 1 Jeffery’s Jewelry Design Studio

Shopping Jewelry Store 2 Federal Way Custom Jewelers

Shopping Jewelry Store 3 Fred Meyer Jewelers

Shopping Nursery & Garden 1 Branches Garden Center

Shopping Nursery & Garden 2 Edgewood Nursery

Shopping Nursery & Garden 3 Lowe’s

Shopping Pet Store 1 Mud Bay

Shopping Pet Store 2 PetSmart

Shopping Pet Store 3 The Soggy Doggy

Shopping Tire Store 1 Eagle Tire & Automotive

Shopping Tire Store 2 Les Schwab Tire Center

Shopping Tire Store 3 Discount Tire


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Branches Garden Center won first place for Best Gift Shop and first place for Best Nursery & Garden Center. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

Branches Garden Center won first place for Best Gift Shop and first place for Best Nursery & Garden Center. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

Centerstage Theatre won first place for best Local Arts Group. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

Centerstage Theatre won first place for best Local Arts Group. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

Columbia Bank won first place for Best Bank. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

Columbia Bank won first place for Best Bank. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

Comfort Keepers won first place for Best Adult In-Home Care. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

Comfort Keepers won first place for Best Adult In-Home Care. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

Five Star Painting won first place for Best Residential Painter. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

Five Star Painting won first place for Best Residential Painter. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

Federal Way Community Center was recognized with a first place award for Best Kids’ Activities. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

Federal Way Community Center was recognized with a first place award for Best Kids’ Activities. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

The community voted South King Fire and Rescue’s Gordon Goodsell as Federal Way’s Best Firefighter. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

The community voted South King Fire and Rescue’s Gordon Goodsell as Federal Way’s Best Firefighter. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

Great Clips won first place for Best Barber Shop. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

Great Clips won first place for Best Barber Shop. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

iLoveKickboxing won first place for Best Fitness Facility/Location in Federal Way. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

iLoveKickboxing won first place for Best Fitness Facility/Location in Federal Way. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

Jeffrey’s Jewelry Design Studio won first place for Best Jewelry Store in Federal Way. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

Jeffrey’s Jewelry Design Studio won first place for Best Jewelry Store in Federal Way. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

Jim’s Detail won first place for Best Auto Detail. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

Jim’s Detail won first place for Best Auto Detail. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

JP’s Tavern won first place awards for Best Lunch and Best Bar/Nightclub. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

JP’s Tavern won first place awards for Best Lunch and Best Bar/Nightclub. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

Marlene’s Market placed first for Best Deli/Sandwich. Spencer Pruitt/staff photo

Marlene’s Market placed first for Best Deli/Sandwich. Spencer Pruitt/staff photo

Multi-Service Center was recognized with a first place award for best Local Charity/Non-Profit. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

Multi-Service Center was recognized with a first place award for best Local Charity/Non-Profit. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

Pac Island Grill & BBQ won first place for Best Asian Food. Spencer Pruitt/staff photo

Pac Island Grill & BBQ won first place for Best Asian Food. Spencer Pruitt/staff photo

Pacific Christian Academy won first place for Best Educational Facility. Spencer Pruitt/staff photo

Pacific Christian Academy won first place for Best Educational Facility. Spencer Pruitt/staff photo

The Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center won first place for Best Event Venue. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

The Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center won first place for Best Event Venue. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

Panera Bread won first place for Best Deli/Sandwich. Courtesy photo

Panera Bread won first place for Best Deli/Sandwich. Courtesy photo

Poverty Bay Cafe won first place for Best Breakfast. Spencer Pruitt/staff photo

Poverty Bay Cafe won first place for Best Breakfast. Spencer Pruitt/staff photo

Sacajawea Healthcare for Pets won first place for Best Veterinarian. Spencer Pruitt/staff photo

Sacajawea Healthcare for Pets won first place for Best Veterinarian. Spencer Pruitt/staff photo

Jack Stanford of Stanford Insurance won first place for Best Insurance Agent. Spencer Pruitt/staff photo

Jack Stanford of Stanford Insurance won first place for Best Insurance Agent. Spencer Pruitt/staff photo

Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream won first place for Best Ice Cream. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream won first place for Best Ice Cream. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

Village Green Retirement place first for Best Senior Living Facility. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

Village Green Retirement place first for Best Senior Living Facility. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

Jimmy Mac’s Roadhouse won first place for Best Barbecue. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

Jimmy Mac’s Roadhouse won first place for Best Barbecue. Cindy Ducich/staff photo

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