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Sep 26, 2006 11:04 PM

Seattle area - Eastside

Clearly Seattle has a plethora of fantastic restaurants but I'm looking for a list of places to eat on the eastside. A recent transplant, I work and am in temp housing on the eastside. As much as I'd like to, I can't brave the bridge on the weekdays to eat in Seattle. So, any suggestions for good meals in and around Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Issaquah, etc? I've already been to Cafe Juanita, which was excellent but looking for more - any and all kinds from NW seafood to Indian; and all price ranges. thanks!

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  1. We're in Seattle, but when we're on the Eastside we LOVE Seastar (in an office building, but once you're inside you wouldn't know). Food & wine has consistently been good, and you can really vary the price by just doing appetizers/small plates rather than entrees--plus then you get to try more!

    My boss is Indian (from Punjab) and he likes Preet's Indian in Redmond--authentic Punjabi food.

    Welcome to Seattle, I hope you're enjoying it!

    1. Noodle Boat on Gilman in Issaquah. Could be the best Thai in the whole Seattle area.

      Bamiyan Afghani Restaurant, again on Gilman in Issaquah. great Afghan and Iranian food.

      Sushiman can be very good, but sometimes I think they are too expensive for what you get.

      I also 2nd Seastar in Bellevue.

      Third Floor Fish Cafe in Kirkland

      Cheap eats (Mexican) Casa D's Taqueria on Bellevue Way

      You want a great Steak and you don't want to go to a national chain? Jak's on Front Street in Issaquah (there are 2 in Seattle as well)

      I also like Biz on Main in Bellevue.

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      1. re: janedoe67

        What is everyone ordering at Noodle boat? I've been a few times and was never that impressed- I must be missing something....

        Second, third and forth votes for Porcella, Chantanee, and Seastar.

        Warning: Pagliacci is local, and held in somewhat high esteem for pizza. Worth checking out if you're in Seattle, but the Bellevue Square location could just as well be a chucky cheese.

      2. Shanghai Garden also has a restaurant on Front Street in Issaquah. Noodle Boat is another of my favorite stops in Issaquah on Gilman.

        1. Udupi Palace at 15600 N.E. Eighth St in Bellevue. This is a South Indian place specializing in dosas. A south-Indian-American co-worker refers to it as "that snack place."

          Sichuanese Cuisine at 15005 NE 24TH St in Redmond. I think this is one of the best Sichuan places in the Seattle area (7 Stars being the other). Go for dinner, not lunch.

          I second Noodle Boat - some of the best Thia food I have had in the States. Weird hours, though.

          Preets has great appetizers, but I found the curries average.

          I live in Seattle but make a point to get to these places when I can - they are worth the drive.

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          1. re: NickZ

            NickZ is on point re: Preet's. Went last night. I appreciate the sleek, minimalist presentation and communal vibe, which cleverly improvises in a somewhat odd intererior (I'm guessing the place used to be a medical lab). I loved the samosa chaat, and I suspect the other appetizers are strong, but I found the dahlak paneer bland, and the mahlai kofta gravy thin. I want to try mysore masala.

          2. Some that haven't been mentioned yet and are some of our favorites:

            Chantanee in Bellevue (Thai)

            Pump House on NE 8th in Bellevue (behind Whole Foods) for excellent burgers, wings and bar food

            Flo on NE 12th and 106th (??) for (sushi/Japanese)

            Shamiana near Houghton Plaza in Kirkland, (Indian)

            Calabria off Lake Street in Kirkland (Italian)

            Cafe Ori off of Northup Way in Bellevue (Chinese)

            Tosoni's off of Northup Way in Bellevue--across the street form Cafe Ori, really (Traditional?...I don't know what category they really fit into, but they have the best tiramisu)