Forks, Port Angeles eateries set the table with Twilight-inspired food
By Paige Dickerson, Peninsula Daily News
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Taking a page or two from Stephenie Meyer's vampire novels set in Forks — which began with the book, Twilight — restaurant owners across the North Olympic Peninsula want to make mouths water while pleasing fans.
None will tell all their secrets though, keeping details of their recipes to themselves.
Fans have been gobbling up the tasty treat named in honor of Bella Swan, the main mortal character in the vampire books by Stephenie Meyer set in Forks.
The burger includes a hamburger bun, a patty (both vegetarian and beef patties are available), pineapple — a little sweetness to match Bella's personality — and, of course, Sully's secret sauce.
The sauce also has a sweet taste to it, said Bruce Guckenberg, owner of Sully's, who won't release the recipe.
The Bella Burger is so popular that the restaurant uses at least an economy-sized can of pineapple a day.
"They love to take pictures by our sign, and they just keep on coming — maybe about 50 a day or so."
It includes Bellasagna, Ed's Bread and Swan's Salad.
The Bellasagna is packed with beef, Italian sausage, romano cheese, parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, and mozzarella cheese and homemade tomato sauce.
"The sauce and the lasagna are both made completely from scratch," said Mary Raben, owner.
"It's the family's secret recipe," she adding, saying, that her maiden name is Montelenone.
Ed's Bread is garlic bread, and the Swan's Salad is a trip through the salad bar.
"It is really quite amazing. It has become this amazing phenomenon," Raben said.
The treat, available only in the Forks Subway, includes chicken, ham, bacon and marinara sauce.
The sandwich was developed for last year's Stephenie Meyer Day — which will be held on Bella's birthday on Sept. 13 again this year — and has stayed on the menu ever since.
The Mushroom Ravioli that Bella orders on her first date with Edward Cullen — in which he reveals the details of a day in the life of a vampire — now is available at the restaurant for $18 a plate.
"We had so many people request it that we added it to the menu," said Neil Conklin, proprietor of the restaurant.
"We have people every night requesting it."
Meyer, who selected the restaurant long-distance via Google.com as the place for the characters' date, stops by sometimes when she is in town, Conklin said.
"The last time Stephenie was here, the young women who were fans in the restaurant were trembling," he said.
"But she is really down-to-earth and good natured."
Reporter Paige Dickerson can be reached at 360-417-3535 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last modified: July 31. 2008 9:00PM