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Breaking the Diet-Where to Eat???

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In May I will be competing in my first Figure competition. In order to compete I must be on a restrictive/limited diet and workout regiment. Post-Competition, I want to celebrate with a AMAZING meal. The show is in Bellevue but I don't mind a drive. I will be done Friday night, so a good place for a Friday and/or Saturday dinner.

What I am looking for: I love ethnic food, Ethiopian, Middle Eastern, Thai, Vietnamese, Sichuan etc. I also have a feeling that there is a good possibility I will be craving a big meaty, cheesy burger. Ideas? I love Asian noodles, dumplings, all things cheesy and meaty

Here are some places I have come across as possibilities:
-Quinns
-Mediterranean Kitchen
-Bamboo Garden
-Lunchbox Laboratory
-Altaye
-La Isla

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  1. The burger at Quinn's is really outstanding, and there are lots of fun small plates on the menu that you could share and enjoy some different flavors, if you have a little group.

    Since you are open to Asian, and since will already be on the east side, you might also think about the really excellent Thai food at Noodle Boat in Issaquah.

    Better yet, Noodle Boat on Friday and Quinn's on Saturday.

    Good luck in the competition!

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    1. re: Gizmo56

      Yeah Quinn's is up on my list, because of the burger, the beer, and the marrow...Also read about Mike's Noodle House, thoughts?

      1. re: Rachael5000

        Quinn's burger....mmmm... and the bacon popcorn for your appetizer :)

    2. If you're already in bellevue and like Asian food, I'd recommend Spiced or Szechuan Chef, the latter being a much more pleasant place to spend time. Facing East is also good.

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      1. re: dagoose

        I have heard good and bad things about both Spiced and Szechuan Chef, are the better than Bamboo Garden? I LOVE spicy and Asian so those + Quinn's are topping my list...so far

      2. Monsoon is really good, more upscale Vietnamese with a nice wine list. I have only been to their original Cap Hill location, but they do have a restaurant in Bellevue too.

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        1. re: babette feasts

          I am looking at more mid range then upscale, there will be 5 maybe 6 of us, so somewhere that would work for that size would be good too. Thanks!

          1. re: Rachael5000

            I guess I meant "upscale" in relation to other Vietnamese restaurants like more causal places in the International district. Monsoon isn't really fine dining, but yeah, if you are all on a budget you might be better off at Quinns, or Tamarind Tree or Green Leaf if you decide on Vietnamese.

        2. I love going to Tamarind Tree with a large group; it's a much more satisfying experience that way.

          Quinns and Bamboo Garden are also both great choices.