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Jan 14, 2011 11:42 AM

Renton - any ideas?

Will be in Renton for about a week, Tues-Mon visiting my mom.

Anything good in the area? I am pretty unfamiliar with the Seattle area in general so even if I have to travel a bit, would appreciate any suggestions. Hole in the wall breakfast spots, great sandwiches, nice dinner spots, etc.

I will eat anything/everything but would like to try foods that are unique to the area. Coming from Brooklyn.

Sorry for giving such a broad scope - I figure I'll have time to try a lot of stuff.


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  1. In Renton, I like Naan N Curry (a pakistani/indian place), and Pabla (a Punjabi vegetarian joint, with a good sweet shop/grocery attached). There is a dim sum house in the Renton highlands that is well-liked, Tea Palace. There are likely some gems that haven't been dug yet, and I have a certain Mexican butcher serving tacos al pastor and a Guatemalan bakery on my list. That being said, you will find that Renton is mostly full of fast-food chains, unremarkable teriyaki, thai, and pho shops and insipid "family mexican restaurants."

    On the whole, much better and more numerous options for what you are seeking are not far away in Seattle's southern half, or even Bellevue's downtown. Check related threads.

    Naan N Curry
    709 S 3rd St, Renton, WA 98057

    Tea Palace Restaurant
    2828 Sunset, Renton, WA 98055

    1. For a great breakfast or lunch drive to Columbia City to Geraldine's. It's on Rainier Ave which you can take right out of downtown Renton. If you are indeed partial to a curry, take the time to drive to Bellevue-- (about 20 miles) and sample the lunch buffet at Taj Palace. It's the best I ever found and I've tried most. If you want some Chinese food also take the drive to Bellevue and sample the Honey Walnut prawns and dry fried string beans at The Bamboo Garden. I live in Renton and often DRIVE to eat out! I hope your visit with Mom works out well.

      Bamboo Garden
      202 106th Pl NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

      1. CH, Seattle's International District is not that far away. Dishes you won't find in Brooklyn include the Szechuan Crab at Seven Stars Pepper restaurant. This dish is crazy good. Also recommended are Tamarind Tree, Green Leaf and Hing Loon. Near Renton on the East Valley Highway is Imperial Garden which offers excellent dim sum. (If you have dinner, order seafood from the menu--especially shrimp.) I strongly suggest visiting the upstairs bar at Maximillien's at the Market and order the mussels. (They are fresh every day from nearby Whidbey Island.) A dish work seeking out are the "hot wing" Frog's legs at Quinns. Very tasty For breakfast, I suggest you get to Pike Place Market early (i.e. 7:00 a.m.) and eat at Lowell's; then watch the market come to life as vendors arrive. At LOLA, Tom's Big Breakfast is something you won't find back home--guaranteed. For Saturday, have the biscuits and gravy at Emmer & Rye--like nothing you have experienced. (Saturdays only) And if you are a die-hard Chowhound, hit the menu at Long's Provincial and remember just what the soul of Chowhound is all about. Enjoy your visit!

        Pike Place Market
        1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

        Tamarind Tree
        1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

        Hing Loon Restaurant
        628 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98104

        1. I am from Brooklyn too and live in Renton(Highlands).

          Please bring Brooklyn,NY pizza,Bagels and Coney Island Knishes.....which most people
          here in Seattle area don't even know about.

          Totally agree with equinoise....

          and as far as breakfast goes,you'd be hard pressed to beat a Brooklyn,NY Greek Diner
          for their delicious Corned Beef Hash/eggs,etc.....

          Good luck on your food quest.

          I'd be interested in hearing about where you went/ate/comments...etc...

          1. When we visited nearly 2 years ago we enjoyed the salmon tacos & shrimp tacos at Newport Bay, which is in nearby Tukwila.