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awang429 Jul 23, 2011 09:50 AM

Family will be staying in Kirkland for a few days before finishing our trip downtown. Like most foodies, would like to visit someplace that is unique to the area and the Pacific Northwest. Is there anything nearby?

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    tsquare RE: awang429 Jul 23, 2011 12:20 PM

    Cafe Juanita is just up the road a bit. In Kirkland proper, Trellis Restaurant at the Heathman Hotel has a long time Seattle chef who has his own garden to cook from. I've only been to brunch and it was a while ago, but it was very good. Bin on the Lake has an amazing setting. They host a lot of event like weddings, so part of the view may be obstructed by big tents (this may have been an unusual occasion.) New is Le Grand Bistro Americain. Already a new chef? Lynn's Bistro is a small place, not a grand view, but has survived on food alone. There are quite a few spots that can fill your stomach for less and aren't too bad. I had some work over there a few years back and it was easier to eat something good than I would have guessed.

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    Cafe Juanita
    Kirkland, WA, Kirkland, WA

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      duvelusa RE: awang429 Jul 23, 2011 04:23 PM

      If you like Japanese food, Izumi in Totem Lake is good.
      http://www.izumikirkland.com/

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      Izumi
      12539 116th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034

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        firecracker RE: duvelusa Jul 23, 2011 08:38 PM

        Izumi without a doubt is terrific. Authentic food and the very freshest of sushi from master sushi chef, Shito-san.

        I've eaten at Le Grand Bistro twice now and it's quite good. Not Cafe Juanita good, but for the price it's very nice. Lynn's Bistro is Vietnam/French fusion and is very good. As tsquare says, the view isn't much, but food is realy terrific.

        Like tsquare, I've also enjoyed Trellis at happy hour for impeccably fresh produce, yummy sliders and creative salads (and drinks) at good prices.

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        Cafe Juanita
        Kirkland, WA, Kirkland, WA

        Izumi
        12539 116th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034

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          eat.rest.repeat RE: firecracker Jul 23, 2011 09:54 PM

          Cafe Juanita is head and shoulders above anything else in Kirkland. Izumi is great. I have been to Lynn's many times and love it - great brunch with fresh made croissants. Aside from the chef being Vietnamese, I would say it is pretty straight forward French food.

          I think that Cactus does some really fun and tasty stuff if only loosely Mexican/Southwest. Shamiana does a slightly upscale Indian/Pakistani menu well.

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          Cafe Juanita
          Kirkland, WA, Kirkland, WA

          Shamiana Restaurant
          10724 NE 68th St, Kirkland, WA 98033

          Izumi
          12539 116th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034

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        PAO RE: awang429 Jul 23, 2011 11:03 PM

        Cafe Juanita for wonderful Italian food. For Pacific Northwest, try Trellis in downtown Kirkland.

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        Cafe Juanita
        Kirkland, WA, Kirkland, WA

        1. gmm RE: awang429 Jul 23, 2011 11:48 PM

          Not necessarily Northwest, but The French Bakery across from the Heathman Hotel has wonderful pastries and coffee.

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