Yes, it is possible to eat your way through Federal Way.
While there may be too many meals to taste in a single day, you can enjoy popular menu items from a dozen award-winning local restaurants, coffee shops and ice creameries with the guidance of the Mirror’s food tour.
Start your day with a stop at the B&R Espresso Bar drive-thru (32901 1st Ave. S.) for a locally-owned coffee treat. Their fan-favorites are the white chocolate Americano and the White Zombie, a white chocolate latte made with white coffee. You could also enjoy a slice of avocado toast, one of their newest menu items. Winner: Best Coffee Shop of Federal Way
A breakfast spot go-to is Federal Way’s Biscuits Cafe (35105 Enchanted Parkway South, Suite G104) where the portion sizes match the hype. Dive into an array of omelets, the breakfast tacos, or something more sweet, such as the pancakes and Belgian waffles. Just don’t forget to order one of the massive cinnamon rolls. Winner: Best Breakfast of Federal Way
For lunch, take a trip to East India Grill (31845 Gateway Center Blvd. S.) for a meal perfected by a vast reservoir of spices. While the chicken tikka masala is the Mirror’s staff pick, give your taste buds a treat with the rich flavors of the ginger chicken coconut entree, featuring roasted boneless chicken simmered in an onion tomato curry sauce with coconut milk, or the mango chicken curry, with roasted boneless chicken sautéed in fresh curry leaves and mustard seed simmered in tomato onion curry sauce with mango pieces. Winner: Best Indian Food of Federal Way
Another Federal Way favorite eatery is JP’s Tavern at 32925 1st Ave. S. JP’s Tavern has daily specials, such as $8 Angus burgers on Mondays, $2.50 taco Tuesdays and all-day Happy Hour on Sundays, along with a specialty Irish menu available the week of St. Patrick’s Day. Popular menu items at the restaurant and bar include the Philly cheesesteak, the Reuben sandwich or the Cobb salad — and you can never go wrong with their fish and chips. If you’re searching for spirits, try out the new signature creation JP’s Resilience Vodka, made in honor of the community’s resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. The tavern also has JP’s ales, including the Red Ale, the Mediocrity IPA and an Oatmeal Stout. Winner: Best Lunch of Federal Way
When dinner time comes around, head over to Jimmy Mac’s Roadhouse (34902 Pacific Highway South), a finalist in five Best of Federal Way categories, winner of Best Barbecue and first-time winner of Best Steakhouse this year. Up first, the fresh yeast rolls made daily with homemade whipped honey butter and a healthy dose of peanuts to snack on or toss to the floor. As an award-winning steakhouse, the restaurant’s ribeye steaks, cut fresh daily, and their selection of smoked meats are Federal Way’s finest. Most of their meals pair nicely with a glass of wine, or you can opt for a signature cocktail, such as the Texas Rose Margarita or Tropical Twister, a blend of rums and fruit juices. For those craving a local brew with their meal, ask for the Armadillo Amber Ale made by Hale’s Brewery. Winner: Best Barbecue and Best Steakhouse of Federal Way
If you’re looking for a sweet nightcap, head over to Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream (31653 Pacific Highway South, Suite A) to try out their Magnetic Mint creation, featuring mint and fudge flavored ice creams mixed with Andes Chocolate Mints and Oreos. If you want an adventure bite, try out the new Ube ice cream, a sweet purple yam flavor. Winner: Best Ice Cream of Federal Way
Though indoor dining is open at many locations, most of the last year has relied on ordering take-out options. This year, Panera Bread (2107 S. 320th St.) is the first-ever winner in the new Best Take-Out of Federal Way category. Winner: Best Take-Out of Federal Way