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Fresh Air and Food: Five Outdoor Lunch Spots

Fresh Air and Food: Five Outdoor Lunch Spots

If you're in the mood for lunch outside, lots of reliable choices at the marina spring to mind. Anthony's HomePort and Woodfire Grill, Lombardi's, Scuttlebutt and Bluewater Distilling are great, but there are lots of other fun options away from the marina to check out.

Sweet treat: L'Artisan French Bakery

11419 19th Ave SE # B103, Everett

From an unassuming strip mall parking lot, enter through a long hallway and find this inviting bakery space with floor-to-ceiling windows. Just beyond them is the outdoor seating area overlooking a beautiful walled wetland space below street level. Since you're at a bakery, you may as well indulge in the lunch special: sandwich or quiche with soft drink, juice or drip coffee, plus a pastry. You can even upgrade the pastry to a cake slice.

Healthy and fun: Cafe Zippy

1502 Rucker Ave, Everett

Surrounded by lovely houses in Northwest Everett, Cafe Zippy has something for everyone. Grab a PB&J for the kids and a Spicy Elvis (grilled PB&J with bananas and sriracha) for yourself. There's a great selection of salads, sandwiches and wraps, and the menu even has a raw vegan section. Wash it all down with espresso, beer or local wine.

Chow down: Señor California

4305 Rucker Ave, Everett

Sometimes you just want a big buffet lunch! Buffets are getting hard to find, and rarely have outdoor seating. Stop by Señor California Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for their all-you-can-eat buffet or try one of the lunch specials. Whatever you order, be sure to check out the salsa bar.

Cool and quiet: Sol Food

1405 Hewitt, Everett

Everett's best secret outdoor dining spot is at Sol Food, a pan-Latin restaurant boasting big portions and impressive decor. Definitely sit in the patio, it's a high-walled hideout in the back. This keeps the sun and noise to a minimum and really makes you feel it's like you've gone further than just downtown Everett.

Something new: Empty Shell

801 2nd Street, Mukilteo

By now you've probably been to Ivar's and Arnie's for romantic dinners or happy hours with a great view. Why not head a block north and try their new neighbor, Empty Shell? They opened a few months ago and have a menu full of imaginative choices like scallop mushrooms, lobster pot pie and even a surf and turf burger! The outdoor seating overlooks Park Avenue, so if you're not in a hurry to get back to work, order dessert to go and take it to Edgewater Beach.

There are a lot more spots to eat lunch outside in Everett and the surrounding area than we could list here. Keep exploring while the weather's perfect for lunch al fresco.

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