We always source our food as close to home as we can. This allows us to keep our carbon footprint low, and keep quality high. Behind the scenes we recycle all of our used cooking oil, compost all food waste, and take steps to ensure as much of our waste stream is diverted from the landfill as possible. In the future, we will strive to find more ways to reduce waste and keep our food local.
Cod & Halibut
All of our cod and halibut is provided by Trident Seafoods. Trident was founded in 1973 by fishermen who wanted to become their own bosses. Instead of relying on large corporations to buy their product and retail it, they decided to go into business for themselves, which provided fair wages for them and less control from buyers. To this day, they maintain that, "Trident fishermen on not dependent on us, we are dependent on them." They catch all of our cod and halibut in an ecologically responsible manner in the rich waters of Alaska, never forgetting that they must protect the resource for generations to come.
All of the spuds that are served in our restaurants are grown in Washington and Idaho, specifically Pasco, WA. We serve our fries with the skin on the potato to keep the original great tasting flavor, lightly seasoned with sea salt. Our supplier of fries, J. R. Simplot, is a pioneer in environmentally friendly processing techniques. For example, they are able to take waste trimmings and water from the cutting and cleaning process to generate new electricity to power their plant, and other buildings. Additionally, our fries are naturally gluten free, which makes them a tasty treat for those with special dietary needs.
Our oysters come straight to us from the cold, clear waters of Grays Harbor. The oysters are grown over the course of 2-3 years, before they are harvested and shucked by hand. Most of our oysters come from Lytle Seafoods, which was founded in 1983 by Mike and Kathy Lytle. We always looks for smaller and more delicate oysters, which we believe have the best texture and flavor. We then batter them in our original batter mix, originally concocted in 1935 by SPUD founder Jack Alger himself. Then we lightly bread the oysters in our golden breading mix and fry them to perfection.
One of our favorite treats, fried mushrooms all start at Ostrom's Farms in Olympia, Washington. Ostrom's has been family owned and operated since 1928. Growing mushrooms is a unique farming process, and requires rich soil. Ostrom's uses all organic materials to create the compost for growing mushrooms. The mushrooms are hand picked daily, and are immediately refrigerated and shipped to stores like ours. In fact, Ostrom's says it takes only two days to take a mushroom from the farm to the restaurant. Mushrooms are grown in the dark, and double in size every 24 hours until they are picked after 9 days. They leave very rich soil behind, which is an organic and sustainable way to fertilize future crops!
We use hundreds of gallons of relish every year as the most important ingredient in our tartar sauce. The unique combination of dill and sweet relish gives our tartar sauce its distinct crunch and a flavor that perfectly matches the fish and fries. All of our relish comes from the Gielow Pickles in the Skagit Valley, just north of Seattle. Pickles are an important rotational crop, which is an all natural way to keep fields healthy. Typically cucumbers from these crops are thrown away after being grown, however, resulting in a huge waste of resources. Today, Gielow saves this crop from being wasted, and brings a new revenue stream to support our small, local farmers.
Our daily products all come from Darigold. Founded as a cooperative for dairy farmers in 1918, Darigold continues to be owned by the farmers who work every day to bring the freshest product to supermarkets and SPUD alike. Darigold issues a Cooperative Social Responsibility Report yearly, which shows continuous improvement on their part in reducing their environmental footprint, and demonstrates their commitment to supporting their farmers and communities. In our delicious milkshakes and our kitchen, you will find only Darigold dairy goods. We are proud to support our local farmers through our store.
The t-shirts that our employees wear, which are also sold in stores to customers, are all created in Los Angeles by American Apparel. All steps of the manufacturing are done within a small area in California, which keeps jobs local and ensures the highest quality product. Their factory is the largest sewing facility in North America, and employs 4,500 skilled workers. They also employ the highest paid garment workers in the world, ensuring that they have a career, and not just a job. All of this, and American Apparel has earned a 100% score for their corporate equality rating. These are all reasons we wear our blue t-shirts with pride.