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Aug 17, 2007 02:39 PM

What's the most common type of ethnic food on the Eastside?

By that I mean what's the highest concentration of ethnic food available on the Eastside - Indian? Mexican? Asian? - and in what community(ies)?

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  1. The Eastside of where? What city?

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    1. re: zataar

      The Eastside of the Puget Sound region - Bellevue, Redmond, Bothell, etc.

      1. re: SnackCakes

        The Eastside in general doesn't have a great deal of concentrated ethnic enclaves as compared to what you might find in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other larger cities with bigger immigrant populations. In general I would say the Eastside gems tend to be spread out rather than clustered together on a few blocks, which is different from the Ethiopian strips in the Central District or the Mexican/Central American neighborhoods in Burien and White center, for example. Of course, there could be hot spots I have not been fortunate enough to know about yet.

        Redmond (also Renton and Kent) seems to have a good number of Indian restaurants and groceries. The Japanese supermarket Uwajimaya is there, and while it is not as good as the Seattle branch, it attracts a diverse clientele.

        The crosscroads area of Bellevue has a number of ethnic groups represented, and in and near to the Crossroads mall complex you will find taquerias, mexican groceries, Russian delis, and a place serving Dosai and other Indian vegetarian items. In Lake Hills there is a "European" deli, an Iranian grocery, and a Korean supermarket.

        I have also seen several ethnic groceries, including a brazillian market, in the Totem Lake area of Kirkland.

        Speaking in raw census percentages, the largest minority group on the Eastside is still "Asian". I would say that this also makes for the most readily available ethnic food. This means Thai, Sichuanese, Japanese, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, Taiwanese, and other more Americanized, generic or pan-Asian takes on the many Asian cuisines (e.g. Teriyaki).

        For reccomended restaurants, see this post

    2. Bellevue seems to have an unusual number of Indian places. The best used to be Mayuri, but alas I think the ownership has changed. We went in about 3 months ago and they sat us at a dirty table with the water half gone out of one glass and the ice melted in both. When I brought it up, they wanted to argue that the table had been turned. We walked and haven't been back since.