| Dec 17, 2015
BDA Intern Jackie DeWald is going behind the scenes at some of our favorite Downtown Bellevue restaurants and businesses. Discover Downtown with Jackie where she finds the most interesting parts to see and experience!
In the midst of holiday shopping, trips to the ice rink and those nightly performances of Snowflake Lane you’re bound to get hungry. Dining options are abound in Downtown Bellevue —you need not look far from Bellevue Square or too far down the street from the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena presented by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card. To remedy hunger pangs and cravings at any time of day during the busy holiday season head over to 13 Coins’ newest location on Bellevue Way!
Upon walking into 13 Coins’ front doors I was transported back in time. From the row of leather captain’s chairs lining the bar looking into the exhibition kitchen, to the high back booths I cozied up in, it was easy to forget that it was 2015. The inspiration for the interior design was drawn from the 60s, when they opened their first location in Seattle. The layout in itself is inviting to all guests, whether you’re seeking a private dining event with family and friends or looking to enjoy live music (every Friday and Saturday) while indulging in a delicious meal, they have it all. Maybe if you’re lucky you’ll see a couple of your favorite Seahawks players taking a break from their busy schedules to grab a bite to eat (rumor has it).
It’s no secret the Eastside offers a variety of restaurants around every corner from Asian fusion to good ole’ American cuisine. This didn’t stop nor intimidate Al Moscatel one of partners of 13 Coins.
"Our customers have been asking for years for us to come across the bridge. Also, Bellevue needed a new restaurant that served 4 great meals. And of course, with the upcoming nightlife, we felt it was a perfect match for us." Moscatel says. Just in case you’re unsure ¾ he counts late night dining as the fourth ¾ as one should!
Four great meals is right, and at 13 Coins you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner any time of the day because they’re open 24/7! Whether you’re craving Eggs Benedict with a house-made hollandaise at midnight or their amazing Bucket of Clams cooked in a secret pesto sauce at 10 a.m. ¾ I recommend you ask for extra bread for the sauce— this round-the-clock restaurant lets you have it all on your own time.
As for me, I could not stop praising their take on an Italian-inspired dish, the chicken parmesan, given the nickname ‘The Believer’ on their menu. The breaded, pan-fried and mozzarella-smothered chicken breast is usually accompanied with a spread of marinara sauce when presented at other restaurants, but not at 13 Coins. They’ve taken this classic dish and added their own personal touch to it by laying it on a thin layer of delicious cream sauce ¾ cue the extra bread you ordered. It wouldn’t be an Italian dish without a bit of homemade spaghetti on the side, lightly tossed in herbs and butter.
13 Coins has happy hour Monday through Saturday 4 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. until last call, and Sundays 4 p.m. to last call. They are located at 900 Bellevue Way NE, Suite 100 (adjacent to the Hyatt Regency). Check out more about 13 Coins, their private dining, a full menu* and live music.
*Bellevue menu slightly differs from other locations