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!
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!
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.
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.
Shanghai Garden also has a restaurant on Front Street in Issaquah. Noodle Boat is another of my favorite stops in Issaquah on Gilman.
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.
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.
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)
There's a strip mall in Bellevue that's a foodie's paradise. Tenants include Malay Satay House (try their roti chanai and char kway teow), Mayuri (Indian street food and sweets) and Kabab Palace (or something like that) for good Pakistani food.
A few favorites of mine:
-Torero's Taqueria in Crossroads Mall (the best Mexican I've found around here. I especially enjoy the enchiladas)
-Tanpopo (also in Crossroads mall): Makes a really good chicken Yakisoba.
-Niko Teriyaki in Redmond (on Redmond Way, in the shopping center with the "Old" QFC.) probably not worth making a long trip just for it, but pretty good teriyaki if you're in the area.
Thanks for such a great list! We've tried a couple of them (Sea Star and Malay Satay Hut) and loved them so will start knocking down the rest of the list one by one. I'm feeling better about our chances for good food over here.
Wow, you have received some great recommendations here. I've been to about half of them and they are right on. One I would add is The Iris Grill at Gilman Village in Issaquah. And, whoever said Jak's for steaks kwows what they are talking about. Try the potatoe pancakes, you'll never go to Morton's again.
for take out or eat in casual, etc.: Porcella Market in old downtown bellevue. For Szechuan, you can NOT beat Szechuan Chef at 148th & Main in the strip mall where Kmart used to be. These are the folks who used to own Seven Stars Pepper in the ID, and the food is stellar.
Various taco trucks in the area also shine, particularly at 148th and 24th. For chowhound type diner goodies: Chace's Pancake Corral on Bellevue Way. Breakfast all day!
Another vote for SeaStar.
And my favourite sushi in the entire world is Rikki Rikki in downtown Kirkland. The crab tower and devil roll are dream-worthy.
One of our new favorite's in Issaquah is Su Casa. Hole in the wall Mexican restaurant. Family run, and never busy (which is worrisome). They make their own flour tortillas and offer carne guisada, a slow stewed beef that is tender and scruptious.
I do have to warn that they do not offer beer though, the major downside to this place.
Sit down, but as informal as sit down gets. The husband runs the table service and till. Another gentleman runs the kitchen. The mom and kids are often in there helping out or doing homework.
The restaurant used to be an Espresso Time coffee shop, it has maybe 10 tables. We've been 2x in the last week. YUM!
I lived in redmond for a few years. I had to have nikos spicy teriyaki chicken at least twice a week. I moved out of state and would pay any amount for that recipe.