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Where to lunch in Kent?

cburnsi Oct 6, 2008 01:49 PM

I got to thinking that around where I work in Kent there are MANY office parks, most of these have some sort of food service establishment - does anyone know any that are special or especially good? I was hoping for good homemade soup, pho, something special sandwiches, texmex, indian, homemade pastry. Anything goes. For that matter I'll take any recommendations in Kent :)

Current go to spots in Kent:

Spiro's Greek
WildWheat - for sandwiches and sometimes breakfast
El Riconcito for tacos
Punjab Sweets
Mexico Lindo for smashed beans and rice
Alki Bakery
BBQ Pete's
Kent Commons (various, mostly chain restaurants)
Imperial Garden
Del Rey


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    maryh110 Jul 1, 2012 09:27 AM

    Have you tried Paolo on 104th SE & 240th? Not a great location but consistantly very good. And they have their own pastry chef... If you ever see the banana cream pie, go for it - and I don't even like BCP - but tasted it because it's my husband's fave..OMG. Also their Lemon Cheesecake is amazing. The pasta, the fish, the sauces... I feel the need for a short road trip!

    1. belleocchio Apr 16, 2012 01:52 PM

      Cave Man Kitchen in Kent is back to it's original recipes and is really kicking out some great smoke-roasted bbq. As far as sandwiches.. the salmon dip is renowned and the ham with the gingered fruit chutney is amazing, my fav. The french bread it is served on is fresh baked for them alone.. and it is perfection, toasted and crunchy crust that makes the sandwich beyond perfect.
      Definitely give them a try.. they are my new fav for lunch and take-out.

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      1. re: belleocchio
        jlhinwa Apr 24, 2012 08:45 PM

        Oh my gosh, this is the best news. I have been in mourning since they shut down. I grew up in Kent and the Cave Man hot polish sandwich was a staple of my youth. Will be headed down to check it out soon!

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        jklm Nov 5, 2009 05:33 AM

        I am fond of the pizza at Fondi's Pizzeria at Kent Station. Also, the new Kaiten Sushi Restaurant is worth checking out.

        1. soypower Oct 28, 2009 04:08 PM

          Right on the border of kent and renton is Saigon Palms. Ridiculously delicious vietnamese food. I especially love their banh xeo and really any of their grilled items.

          Saigon Palms
          101 SW 41st St
          Renton, WA 98057-4974
          (425) 251-5033

          On the Border
          7370 NE Cornell Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97124

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            cburnsi Oct 7, 2008 02:04 PM

            Thank you both for your reply. I'm not a big fan of Caveman (it was the only place to go for a while there), but I haven't tried the Salmon dip so maybe I'll give it a try. Isn't salmon dip a strange thing to have at a bbq place? :)

            I tried to make it to the Vietnamese deli but got sidetracked by a friend, I'm going to try it tomorrow. I love a good banh mi!

            Have you heard of a pho place in Kent called Cafe Pho Tic Tac?

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            1. re: cburnsi
              jamesbra Oct 9, 2008 12:04 AM

              I have to second - from the original post - Punjab Sweets (great authentic Indian Food) and one of the most quality bakeries and cafes in the Puget Sound - Wild Wheat Bakery and Cafe! Few people realize the extent they go to to make a lot of their own products. Great food.

              1. re: jamesbra
                eparsons Oct 24, 2009 02:27 PM

                Absolutely the best Pho I have had, perfect service from the owner 'Long' - very friendly. Cafe Pho Tic Tac on 104th in Kent.

                1. re: eparsons
                  equinoise Oct 26, 2009 04:36 PM

                  I like Szechuan First, especially for the twice-cooked fish. http://www.yelp.com/biz/szechuan-firs...

              2. re: cburnsi
                belleocchio Jul 9, 2012 10:24 PM

                you mentioned that a Salmon Dip is strange for a BBQ place.. and I guess it is. But I would urge you to try it, especially if you like salmon! the Cave Man Kitchen smoke-roasts it and it is brought in fresh by local NW fisherman. I was surprised and excited to see this last time I was in. Fresh salmon caught that day, being brought in on ice.. then off to the smoker. A beautiful Northwest thing!

                1. re: cburnsi
                  belleocchio Jul 9, 2012 10:29 PM

                  forgot to attach a photo! Salmon Dip at Cave Man Kitchen.

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                  HungWeiLo Oct 7, 2008 08:39 AM

                  In the same mall (Great Wall Mall) as Imperial Garden, there is a small shop next to the Filipino restaurant that's to the right of pho restaurant. They sell various Vietnamese deli foods (banh mi, goi cuon, etc.) I think they're just as good as Saigon Deli.

                  Also, down Central Ave north of the Willis St., there's a couple good Mexican joints.

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                    Leper Oct 7, 2008 06:19 AM

                    The Salmon Dip at Caveman Kitchen should be on your short list. Order a side of Dragonwheels to go with it.

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