Why did you decide to open a restaurant in Federal Way?


Pac Island Grill (2012 S. 320th St. Suite H)

Federal Way’s Pac Island Grill co-owner David Landon knows the power of great food and family. He recently answered questions about Pac Island Grill, a family owned restaurant since 2005 and one of Federal Way’s most delicious hidden gems.

Q: Why did you decide to open a restaurant in Federal Way?

A: “The dream was to have a place where we could share our comfort food style and the Aloha spirit that goes with it. Since we decided to put down roots and call Federal Way home, it made sense for the Pac Island Grill to be there too!

Q: What’s your favorite part of operating a restaurant / working at Federal Way?

A: “Being able to work with your family and (still) live the dream we started 16 years ago and it continues. Creating lasting bonds with so many of our guests over the years and the support of the community and repeat customers that keeps us through the good times and the tough times. It’s bringing back families and their children who played with crayons to celebrate their graduation from UW 15 years later! We look forward to welcoming new guests who will hopefully enjoy what we have created and will return as well. I also really enjoy the 8-10 minute ride to our home in Twin Lakes.

Q: What are your most popular menu items?

A: “Loli-Loli BBQ Chicken and Slow Smoked Kalua Pork are our two most popular main courses. Musubi Ahi Poke or Spam are also wonderful pu-pus, but I recommend (a great way to feed a crew) our Ohana sampler which includes family portions of Loli and Kalua as well as chicken Katsu, Gyoza, cooked rice. Steamed Island Coleslaw and Aunt Mama’s Mac Salad. Don’t forget to leave room for a slice of our Pineapple Upside Down Cake or Haupia Pie.

Pimienta (34029 Hoyt Road SW)

Opened in 2010, Pimienta Bar and Bistro is a fusion of Latin American and European cuisine located in Federal Way. Chef and owner Blanca Rodriguez was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and grew up with a passion for food that she learned from her mother.

Rodriguez said she opened Pimienta Bar and Bistro in Federal Way because she felt the city needed something fresh. Since its opening, Rodriguez has found the community very supportive, even throughout the pandemic.

Rodriguez’s favorite dish in the restaurant is scallops. Visitors will find a variety of options on the menu, including a unique take on tapas: Dinners Around the World, a four-course meal offered every third Wednesday and Thursday from January through October.

East India Grill (31845 Gateway Center Blvd S.)

Kabal Gill opened East India Grill, located in Federal Way, in July 2009. Gill chose Federal Way for its community and peaceful location.

The East India Grill menu is filled with authentic and tasty dishes created by Gill. East India Grill also doesn’t offer its daily lunch buffet, but their catering is still available.

East India Grill won the Federal Way Mirror Best of Federal Way award every year from 2016 to 2021.

Melody Boba House (31406 Pacific Highway S.)

If you are looking for a treat in Federal Way, Melody Boba House is a necessary trip. Melody Yujin Choe opened the Dessert Cafe in February 2019, and fans flocked for milk teas, smoothies, cakes, soda and other delicacies.

Q: What’s your favorite part of doing business at Federal Way?

A: “This city has a very diverse population and it is very rewarding to see people of different colors and ages enjoying our desserts.”

Q: Why did you decide to open a restaurant in Federal Way?

A: “I’ve grown up at Federal Way my whole life and just wanted to give back to my community by serving delicious desserts. ”

Q: What are your most popular menu items?

A: “Our crushed ice is a must and also bubble waffles with ice cream! ”

Co-owner David Landon presents dishes from Pac Island Grill. Courtesy photo

Melody Yujin Choe.  Courtesy photo

Melody Yujin Choe. Courtesy photo


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