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mochathedog97221 Aug 19, 2011 12:05 PM


My wife and I are in the area for the Susan G Komen 3 Day walking event which is centered around Redmond. Any suggestions for good places to eat dinner? We have eclectic tastes. I eat veggies and dairy, she loves Italian.
Many thanks, in advance.

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    DonJ Aug 19, 2011 12:26 PM

    Juanita Bay Cafe! The best.

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      PAO Aug 19, 2011 12:40 PM

      Cafe Juanita for high end Italian--one of the best restaurants in the Pacific Northwest. Trellis in the Heathman Hotel is nice--chef grows much of his own produce.

      Cafe Juanita
      Kirkland, WA, Kirkland, WA

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        mochathedog97221 Aug 19, 2011 03:01 PM

        Thanks for the suggestions. They look great.
        Please don't stop sending ideas.

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          ethereal Aug 19, 2011 03:06 PM

          Pomegranate Bistro. The menu is very eclectic (from duck l'orange to home made grilled cheese and tomato soup). They are open for brunch on the weekends too. Lisa Dupar makes all her own sausage patties etc., and she's not shy with flavor. It's in an odd location, but the interior is much more interesting that what you see from the street.

          Pomegranate Bistro
          18005 NE 68th St, Redmond, WA 98052

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            firecracker Aug 19, 2011 07:06 PM

            Tropea. It's in a strip mall, but the Italian food is terrific and the pastas (veggie) is as good as it comes.

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              firecracker Aug 19, 2011 07:07 PM

              Frankie's Pizza and Pasta in Redmond is also quite good, but of a very different calibre from Tropea (also in Redmond).

              Frankie's Pizza
              12902 19 Ave SE, Everett, WA 98201

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                k_hack Aug 20, 2011 11:38 AM

                Do you like Indian? Mehfil in Redmond is really really good.

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                  HungWeiLo Aug 21, 2011 09:07 AM

                  Tosoni would be very nice. Try their Mezzo Mezzo dish. Depending on the half inebriated pheasant-feather-wearing Austrian chef's mood, it will be dish with a combination of either pheasant, ostrich, venison, or filet mignon. Not sure why this place isn't mentioned more around here.

                  Cafe Juanita and Trellis are both very nice as well.

                  Izumi is excellent for Japanese.

                  For Indian, do Spice Route or Mayuri. In Kirkland, a lot of people seem to like Shamiana (not me personally)

                  Cafe Juanita
                  Kirkland, WA, Kirkland, WA

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

                  12539 116th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034

                  Tosoni's Restaurant
                  14320 NE 20th St Ste A, Bellevue, WA 98007

                  Spice Route
                  2241 148th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98007

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                  1. re: HungWeiLo
                    FoodDee Aug 21, 2011 11:18 AM

                    I find Tosoni to be stuck in the 70"s. At the prices they charge, I expect more than each dish having the same 2 sides. Service is sporadic depending on whether or not you are recognized and the last time we were there the chef was so busy talking to friends that he stopped cooking. It is certainly not on the level of Cafe Juanita or even Trellis.

                    Cafe Juanita
                    Kirkland, WA, Kirkland, WA

                    Tosoni's Restaurant
                    14320 NE 20th St Ste A, Bellevue, WA 98007

                    1. re: FoodDee
                      ethereal Aug 22, 2011 11:25 AM

                      We've always enjoyed Tosoni's. Consider it to be a bit of a blue-haired, old school Bellevue establishment, but definitely a local gem.

                      The (happy drunk) chef is as much a part of the landscape as the orated menu.

                      We are sporadic visitors, so we definitely are not recognized, but have always had attentive service from the wait staff. The food has also been predictably well prepared. Nothing earth shattering, but consistently well executed. And their tiramisu is beyond excellent.

                      But no, from location on, it's not on the level of Cafe Juanita or Trellis.

                      Cafe Juanita
                      Kirkland, WA, Kirkland, WA

                      Tosoni's Restaurant
                      14320 NE 20th St Ste A, Bellevue, WA 98007

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                    firecracker Aug 22, 2011 05:34 PM

                    So mocha - where did you and your wife end up eating?

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                    1. re: firecracker
                      mochathedog97221 Aug 23, 2011 02:16 PM

                      We aren't coming up until mid September, so I will have to get back to you.

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