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Feb 18, 2014 04:17 PM

Recommendations in the Eastside area?

Looking for some good places for coffee, snacks, and takeout. So far I've gone to

Issaquah Coffee Company
Mercury Coffee Company
Coffee at the Mud Puddle
Caffe Ladro
The French Bakery
Top Pot Doughnuts
Gyro 2 Go
12 Ave Cafe

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  1. Try Urban Coffee Lounge in Kirkland. They serve Stumptown Coffee which is a lot better than S*Bucks swill.

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      1. re: Jerioldio

        How did you like Mercury? I've been tempted to try it.

        1. re: firecracker

          You might want to retitle the post "Eastside coffee shop recommendations." You're missing a ton about the the Eastside--authentic Mexican, Seastar, Cafe Juanita, etc.

          That said, I'll second Urban Coffee Lounge in Kirkland. I generally don't go to coffee shops but I met a friend there recently. He's a coffee expert--he micro-roasts and sells ( so he knows good coffee. He thinks UCL is the best on the Eastside.

          And they should retitle UCL "Suburban Coffee Lounge," but that's a complaint for a different recipient :)

            1. re: firecracker

              Amusingly, I went to both. My friend told me to meet him at the 116th location. I took that to mean the one at Slater 116th, he meant the one at Juanita Village. While the latter is at 118th, Juanita Village is at 116th. Apparently my friend didn't realize there are two locations.

              I drank coffee at the 116th location. Double Americano of some Ethiopian blend. I don't remember what I had exactly.

              1. re: apardoe

                By the way, it's not Eastside, but my friend claims that Milstead is the best coffee in the Seattle area:

                When my friend was developing his product he took it to every roaster in the area for cupping so he's tried a ton of coffee with a number of roasters.

          1. re: firecracker

            I liked them, but I'm not getting the same kind of drink from each place (drip coffee here, espresso shots there, mocha over there, latte over here, etc.), so it's somewhat difficult to compare places.

      2. Caffe Rococo in downtown Kirkland is pretty good too.

        1. Something different I would suggest The British Pantry.

          1. My favorite doughnut places are Frost in Mill Creek and Henry's in Monroe.

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            1. re: marcyfitz

              i wouldn't consider cities in Snohomish County to be within the "eastside area."

              1. re: Gizmo56

                Monroe might be a bit out of area, but on Open Table, one of the Seattle Eastside areas is Bothell/Mill Creek.

                1. re: marcyfitz

                  Ok, but that is probably because Mill Creek restaurant owners would throw a fit if they were dropped into the "everywhere else" in Western Washington category. Mill Creek has a border with Everett for goodness sakes, Snohomish County is not the east side of the lake.

                  The original poster can correct me if I am wrong, but I think the OP, along with the bulk of the general population, would consider the east side to be that group of communities that is reached by driving due east from Seattle on I-90 or 520, east of the eastern shores of Lake Washington until one reaches the Cascade foothills. That area includes Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Factoria, Newcastle, Issaquah and Sammamish. Driving north on 405, once you pass all the way through Kirkland and begin to round that big curve into South Snohomish County, you end up driving due west, and the Bothell-Everett Highway that leads up to Mill Creek is the very last exit before you are back at I-5 and Lynnwood.

                  My family lived for some years in the 1990's in North Creek, which is the unincorporated part of the county just south of Mill Creek. My in-laws have lived in Mill Creek for over thirty years. We never thought of ourselves as east siders when we lived up there, and I never met anyone there who spoke of Mill Creek as being an east side town.

                  If someone in Bellevue gets hungry for a donut I don't think they'll drive all the way north to Mill Creek to get one. If you are in Mill Creek and have a medical emergency, the ambulance will take you to a hospital in Everett, not Bellevue.

                  Bothell is at least a part of King County, but it is a special case, as it also is a very long drive from the center of the east side. I tend to think of Bothell and Kenmore simply as northern King County suburbs of metropolitan Seattle.

                  That's my general definition of the east side, anyway. You can define it any way you like.

                  1. re: Gizmo56

                    Agreed. I've lived in Mill Creek, and no one recognizes it as not being a suburb of Everett. Calling it Eastside is more than a bit of a stretch.

                    Bellevue to Mill Creek is 20 mi. Heading southbound 20 mi would land you in Kent, but no one tries to incorporate Kent into the "Eastside".

                    1. re: HungWeiLo

                      Yes. I occasionally see Renton grouped into the Eastside basket on websites, and to be fair Renton does sit on the southeast shore of Lake Washington, but I'm sure most of us think of Renton as a "south" location more than as an eastside town.

                      1. re: Gizmo56

                        No less an authority than Verizon, (whom I consider second only in accuracy to the US Postal Service) who used to publish a big thick book called a Phone Book that has listings of telephone numbers in it as a reference source for those who want to look them up, lists in its Eastside edition the communities of Woodinville, Bothell, Kenmore, Mill Creek and, yes, Renton, and goes all the way East to Snoqualmie Pass.

                        The Eastside apparently includes all those communities on the East Side of Lake Washington.

                        I now consider the matter settled.

                        1. re: acgold7

                          I think that the original organization of phone books tended to based on the area codes. There is little doubt that the geographical range of the 425 area code became crazy, stretching in a "gerrymandered" mess from Maple Valley at the southern edge of King County to Mill Creek all the way up north in Snohomish County.

                          Jerioldio can let us know if Snoqualmie Pass and Snohomish County are places within range when the urge strikes for coffee and snacks, or if a more limited set of communities was the idea of the original question.

                          Mill Creek is far, far NORTH of any side of Lake Washington. Alberta is also "east" of Lake Washington, but it is not part of the Eastside, as Puget Sound folks commonly think of it.

                          Jerioldio can let us know if Snoqualmie Pass, Renton and Snohomish County are in the range of where to get a cup of coffee and a snack when the urge strikes, or if a somewhat more limited set of communities was in mind for the original question.

                          1. re: Gizmo56

                            Sorry, as I said the matter is settled and no further debate will be permitted. ;-)

                            Alberta is not listed in this book and is thus not part of the East Side. The same is true of Moscow. How ridiculous do you want to make this?

                            1. re: acgold7

                              :) There is actually a page on Wikipedia:

                              In their telling, there is no "formal definition" but "The Northshore cities of Kenmore, Bothell, and Woodinville may be considered part of the Eastside, as each city contains portions that are east of the lake and south of its northernmost tip. Similarly, on the southeast tip of Lake Washington, Renton may also be included."

                              The idea that even the most expansive definitions must still be towns which are "east of the lake and south of its northernmost tip" works for me, and that excludes Mill Creek, by many miles.

                                1. re: acgold7

                                  Actually, I'll venture that you're only an Eastside city if you're touching the east side of Lake Washington :) So sure, Renton is in but Redmond is out. Once you cross over that 405 corridor you're really almost in Idaho.

                                  1. re: apardoe

                                    Exactly. Just like Mill Creek is really Canada.

            2. The French Bakery at Bella Bottega is best avoided. There are literally better pastries and coffee at the QFC next door.