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Recommendations in the Eastside area?

Jerioldio Feb 18, 2014 04:17 PM

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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    espressoiloveyou Mar 9, 2014 05:41 PM

    Cafe Cesura in Bellevue is excellent for lattes. They use stumptown coffee.

    Din Tai Fung for a snack of dumplings and drink at the bar. I've also gotten takeout from there. If you want recs for the menu, let me know.

    I think the Main Street area of Bellevue is preferable for coffee and snacks. Belle Pastry is over there which is leaps and bounds better than The French Bakery.

    I also love the Jewish Deli on Main.. Goldberg's Famous Deli. I wouldn't go there for eggs and pancakes, however they have awesome sandwiches, salads, soups and bagels with lox.

    Blazing Bagels is really good. I love their bacon horseradish cream cheese.

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    1. re: espressoiloveyou
      apardoe Mar 11, 2014 08:23 PM

      Goldberg's Famous Deli is in Factoria Mall. Been there once, no reason to dismiss it or recommend it. My friend from Long Island loves it.

      The one on Main St. is Gilbert's. I went there once as well. The man who owns it is an ass. It took us over an hour to get our food. He went to the table next to ours--where four nubile college-age women were sitting--to apologize profusely and offer them a free meal. He did no such thing for us. I have not returned since. In fact, I was discussing with someone recently that Bellevue had no decent breakfast options and I didn't even think of Gilbert's.

      The man is an ass. For that, I don't care how good his food is. Once he grows up and acts his age he might get me back as a customer.

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      HungWeiLo Feb 25, 2014 09:26 AM

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

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        marcyfitz Feb 24, 2014 02:08 PM

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

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        1. re: marcyfitz
          Gizmo56 Feb 25, 2014 12:00 PM

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

          1. re: Gizmo56
            marcyfitz Feb 26, 2014 03:40 PM

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

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              Gizmo56 Feb 26, 2014 05:29 PM

              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
                HungWeiLo Feb 27, 2014 09:21 AM

                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
                  Gizmo56 Feb 27, 2014 09:28 AM

                  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
                    acgold7 Feb 27, 2014 10:37 AM

                    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
                      Gizmo56 Feb 27, 2014 10:50 AM

                      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
                        acgold7 Feb 27, 2014 10:55 AM

                        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
                          Gizmo56 Feb 27, 2014 10:58 AM

                          :) There is actually a page on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastside...

                          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: Gizmo56
                            acgold7 Feb 27, 2014 01:03 PM

                            Well there you go ;-)

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                              apardoe Feb 27, 2014 09:50 PM

                              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
                                acgold7 Feb 28, 2014 10:43 AM

                                Exactly. Just like Mill Creek is really Canada.

        2. dave_c Feb 21, 2014 10:05 AM

          Something different I would suggest The British Pantry.

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            slabbit Feb 20, 2014 03:40 PM

            Caffe Rococo in downtown Kirkland is pretty good too.

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              firecracker Feb 19, 2014 11:29 AM

              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: firecracker
                Jerioldio Feb 19, 2014 02:24 PM

                Thanks, I'll check them out.

                1. re: Jerioldio
                  firecracker Feb 19, 2014 08:35 PM

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

                  1. re: firecracker
                    apardoe Feb 20, 2014 07:06 AM

                    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 (Cremazen.com) 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: apardoe
                      firecracker Feb 20, 2014 06:56 PM

                      Which UCL did you go to?

                      1. re: firecracker
                        apardoe Feb 21, 2014 06:43 AM

                        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
                          apardoe Feb 21, 2014 06:49 AM

                          By the way, it's not Eastside, but my friend claims that Milstead is the best coffee in the Seattle area: http://www.milsteadandco.com/

                          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.

                    2. re: firecracker
                      Jerioldio Feb 23, 2014 08:42 AM

                      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.

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