A number of restaurants and pubs dot the main roadways, while an abundance of options remain available within a 10-minute drive, either north or south along Highway 99, or in the town centers of Lynnwood and Edmonds. Local options include fast food restaurants, such as Jack in the Box, Burger King and McDonald's, as well as a wide range of international cuisine, including Mexican, Korean and Italian.
Bar Dojo serves pan-Asian with Northwest ingredients, including specialities such as the Dojo Burger, a locally sourced beef burger topped with peppers, cilantro aioli and a fried egg. The bar features Asian fruit inspired cocktails, such as the lychee infused "Red Lotus." Happy hour happens daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and late night, while on Saturday and Sunday, Dojo serves gourmet lunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Celtic Cowboy BBQ dishes up to-go barbecue from pulled pork sandwiches to handmade sausages and baby back ribs. The shop also caters events and sells smoked beef dog bones for your canine friends.
For the family, Family Fun Center and Bullwinkle's Restaurant houses
go-carts, bumper boats, batting cages and other games, along with a kid-friendly menu including pizza, burgers, fries and wings. Prices for attractions range from $3 to $7 per person, with package specials available.
Lynnwood offers a wide variety of options when you want to enjoy a night out with friends. If you are a fan of beer visit Big E Ales, people that visit all have one comment "great beer". The pub offers a beer garden and you can also get your usual bar food at Big E.
While the settlement dates back to the late 1800s, with the town of Edmonds being founded in 1890, the single-family-home subdivisions that dominate the area were mostly built from the 1960s to 1990s. The Edmonds South-Snohomish County Historical Society and Museum, located in downtown Edmonds, exhibits historical information on the settlement and growth of the area. The local arts scene also leans toward Edmonds, where a number of galleries and foundations cluster in the downtown area, and the Edmonds Arts Festival occurs annually over Father's Day Weekend. The Edmonds Center for the Arts also hosts regular events, including classical music, world music and theatre.
The primary roads in the neighborhood remain Highway 99, 212th Street Southwest and 196th Street Southwest. The city centers of Lynnwood and Edmonds can be easily reached via 196th Street, while nearby Interstate 5 connects drivers with the greater metro area, including downtown Seattle. Commuters can catch a number of Sound Transit routes to Seattle and Bellevue at the Lynnwood Transit Center, while Community Transit provides local bus service.
Parking in the neighborhood remains free, and most businesses have their own parking lots. Call a taxi company for a cab, as it is unlikely to find one passing by to hail. The residential streets are walker- and bicycle-friendly, while major streets, especially Highway 99, are not due to high traffic volume. The Interurban Trail, which runs parallel to Highway 99, provides a car-free route for bicyclists and joggers from Edmonds in the south to Everett in the north.
The cost of living rates about average for the Lynnwood-Edmonds area and below the cost of living in the city of Seattle. Rent for a one-bedroom
residence runs around $850 per month, which comes in around $400 less per month than in the city of Seattle. Bus commuters to downtown Seattle pay $2.50 each way on Sound Transit and $4.25 each way on Community Transit, while drivers pay about 10 percent more per gallon of gas than the national average. Meanwhile, a pint of beer at a local pub averages around $4, with micro brews priced about $6.
For golfers, the Lynnwood Municipain Golf Course provides a full 18-hole course at rates ranging from $24 to $34 per round, depending on the day of the week and start time. Next to the golf course, the play fields of Edmonds Community College remain available to the public when not reserved by the College, and the tree-lined grounds of the college afford a pleasant walk for students and local residents.
Pineridge Park hosts a number of walking trails through evergreen forests and along the shore of Goodhope Pond. Birdwatchers favor the ducks and other birds that call the park home, and dog-walkers and joggers make heavy use of the trails.
Lynndale Park likewise houses wooded trails, as well as play fields and a skate park. Throughout the summer, soccer, softball and tennis players congregate for league games. Play equipment satisfies the needs of youngsters, and an amphitheater hosts events and presentations throughout the summer, including Shakespeare in the Park performances.
Other smaller parks include Sierra Park, Seaview Park, Gold Park and Maplewood Park. Several school play fields and sports courts are also available outside of school hours.
Most shoppers travel a few miles east to the Alderwood Mall area of Lynnwood, home to virtually all goods and services. The mall itself contains an REI, Macy's, Nordstrom, AMC Theater, as well as numerous clothing retailers such as Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle and Forever 21. The Alderwood area also houses a broad selection of chain stores, including Best Buy, Target, and Barnes & Noble.
Nearby, a number of shops run along Highway 99 and 212th Street Southwest, although these are outnumbered by automobile dealerships. Grocery shoppers have a number of options, including Safeway, Trader Joe's, Albertsons and QFC. For more specialized grocery needs, 99 Ranch Market supplies Asian groceries, and Byblos Mediterranean Halal Arabi carries foods from the Middle East and the Mediterranean. During the summer months, you find local farm-fresh foods at the Lynnwood and Edmonds farmers' markets.
TC Span America specializes in custom screen printing, including t-shirts, sweatshirts and other athletic apparel. The store focuses on providing clothing to sports teams, businesses and other groups, but also works with you to design and print one-of-a-kind clothing for yourself or as a gift.
A number of bookstores cater to readers, including chain Half Price Books, Family Christian Books and Edmonds Bookshop. For the small, independent-bookstore experience, head to Spangler Book Exchange, located about ten minutes drive away in Edmonds, where you can find shelves packed with classics and all sorts of hard-to-find literature. This establishment also buys your gently-used books.