Mercer Island: anything good?
Is there any budget food place that's any good on Mercer Island?
Haven't found any pizza place much better than Domino's. I Love Pho was decent the first time, but sucked the second time. The two Thai places are nothing to write home about. Haven't tried Chinese yet, but heard they suck. Bennett's is way too pricey for what they give you. Even the Qdoba here is substandard... they're so stingy on portions compared to most other locations.
If there's any low-to-mid priced place that's reliably good on the Island, pls share!
I like Stopsky's Deli. In my blissful ignorance of "REAL" New York pastrami, I quite like theirs. YMMV (it does get mixed reviews here).
I had dinner the other night at the Village Inn, which had pretty decent pub food and some tasty house cocktails.
Recently moved to the island, so here are my thoughts.
Stopsky's is consistently disappointing. I love the bagels, and breakfast there was pretty good, but everything else has been pretty weak. They are trying to reinvent the Jewish deli, but you need your food to be at least as good as a cheap deli to do it. The pastrami was awful... The whitefish was like a tuna fish salad with cod... The pickles even tasted bad. I like the concept and the people there, so I'll keep trying them, but with lower expectations.
The new Pho place, Phobulous, was really good on my first try. Haven't tried I Luv Pho yet.
I like the north end sushi place, Sushi Joa, a lot better than the south end one.
The fish & chips place is pretty good, and The Islander does "bar & grill" food pretty well.
Mo's Pizza is good, but far better places are only 15 min away off island.
Seven Stars Chinese is better than your average Chinese place, but anything in Factoria is going to beat it.
Haven't been to the Roanoke Inn yet. Same for Bennett's although I've heard good things about both. Waiting to find a babysitter for those!
Overall, there isn't anything on the island worth traveling there for, but most places seem decent if you want to eat out. All of it is at "Island Prices" though, so cheap it ain't.
Best pretzels and pretzel rolls in the area on Thursdays and Fridays (maybe just Fridays). Solid wursts for lunch (and dinner?) on other days.
Thanks for the various suggestions! I should try Alpenland one of these days, although it may not be my type of food. I have actually tried Phobulous once and it was indeed good... then again I Love Pho was good the first time and sucked the second time. If this Sushi Joa place is not too expensive, then I should try it.
I didn't think much of Mo's Pizza. I actually heard Seven Stars is terrible. Fish and chips place... is it Freshy's? If so, I think the place is way overpriced. Their fish and chips are good, but a lot of their other prepared food isn't any good.