Bellevue Local Table

Bellevue Local Table - or “BLT" for short - is a blog featuring fresh insight on the Downtown Bellevue food scene.



  • Bellevue Brewing releases new Session IPA

    by Geri Massengale | Mar 25, 2015

    Bellevue's original brewery is adding a new Session IPA to its taproom beginning April 1. Bellevue Brewing Company (BBC) isn't kidding around with the release date nor the new beer. The session IPA will be a refreshing brew for spring hitting the scales at 4.7 percent alc/vol, 48 IBU (bitterness of the beer) and 12.3º Plato (density of the beer).

    BBC was founded in January 2010 and since then founders John Robertson and Scott Hansen have been building a community-based brewery and eatery where locals and visitors can experience great beer and food. They use the finest local ingredients for their beer and local fresh ingredients for their food. When it comes to food BBC uses classic methods of cooking-- they only have a small freezer and no microwave or a deep-fat fryer.

    The Session IPA is a draught-only beer with limited distribution through Columbia Distributors. The aroma is bright, like a sunny day, with hints of juicy Rainier cherries, fresh-cut mangos, and sweet spring blossoms.  On the palate, you’ll enjoy some bitter-sweet orange notes with the maltiness faintly echoing cookie dough.  The mouthfeel is best described as offering measurable body; whereas many SIPAs offer a slightly watery, scaled down Pale Ale experience. Make sure to stop by and try it for yourself!

    Cheers! 

    1820 130th Avenue NE  |  (425) 497-8686  |  www.bellevuebrewing.com
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  • Spring 2015 Urbanite: 99 Park's Quinton Stewart

    by Geri Massengale | Mar 16, 2015
    The Spring 2015 issue of Bellevue Downtown Magazine is out now! We caught up with 99 Park's Executive Chef, Quinton Stewart, on what he loves about living, working and playing in Downtown Bellevue. Check it out below and make sure to read the latest issue of Bellevue Downtown magazine here.

    Quinton StewartWhen Quinton Stewart landed the job as Executive Chef at 99 Park he knew he would be working long hours in order to get the restaurant up and running. “What little free time I had, I didn’t want to spend it sitting in traffic,” says Stewart. “Making the move to Downtown Bellevue was an easy decision and has really paid off for me.”

    Stewart enjoys living on Main Street where he has easy access to all of his day-to-day needs. He likes to keep his trips short by walking to the Bellevue Farmers Market during spring, summer and fall or taking a short drive to Uwajimaya for the freshest and most interesting ingredients for his own kitchen.

    When Stewart can sneak in a minute away from the restaurant he heads to Rudy’s Barber Shop for a trim. He says, “It’s great to have a place so close by that’s fast, reliable and takes walk-ins all the time.”

    The Bellevue Downtown Park is only a short jaunt from his home. “The Downtown Park is one of my favorite features of the city. I walk my dog there all the time,” he says. On his days off Stewart kicks back at Lot No. 3 with pal and Heavy Restaurant Group’s Bar Director, Chris Faber. “He makes really good cocktails,” Quinton says. “Chris is always trying something new and looking for feedback which is a lot of fun.” Imperial Spring Rolls at Monsoon East

    Stewart likes to support the businesses in Old Bellevue so it’s no surprise that he enjoys visiting Monsoon East. “The Crispy Imperial rolls or Drunken Chicken are the two dishes I crave the most,” he says. Due to working late nights at the restaurant Quinton’s breakfast is later in the day at Santouka Hokkaido Ramen on Bellevue Way.

    “Downtown Bellevue’s urban lifestyle is well suited for me,” says Stewart. “I can walk to work, there are daily amenities conveniently located nearby, I get to enjoy local cuisine or cook up some of my own. I just love the convenience of urban living.”

    Do you work and live in Downtown Bellevue? Do you know someone who does? Email inbox@bellevuedowntown.org to become our next Downtown Bellevue Urbanite!



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  • Heavy Restaurant Group's Chris Horn earns Washington Wine Award

    by Geri Massengale | Feb 25, 2015
    Heavy Restaurant Group is behind two of Bellevue's best restaurants and last month their restaurants and wine director were recognized at the Annual Washington State Wine Awards. Chris Horn, Heavy Restaurant Group's Wine Director, received the prestigious "Sommelier of the Year" award. Purple Cafe and Wine Bar received the "2015 Awards of Distinction" at all four of its locations. Congratulations Heavy Restaurant Group!

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  • Raise a toast to love in Downtown Bellevue

    by Geri Massengale | Feb 12, 2015

    Bellevue is truly a beautiful, romantic city—it’s all in the name! We know how much your love means to you so we bring to you Downtown Bellevue’s Valentine’s Day festivities. Downtown restaurants are offering the best so you can celebrate the best person in your life. From chocolate to champagne, luxurious dinners, spas and getaways, we have options that will make you fall in love all over again or for the first time ever! Read on to find out where you can celebrate love in one of Washington’s most beautiful cities!

    520 Bar and Grill

    Celebrate love all month at 520 Bar and Grill! Whether it’s promoting love for their team, guests or community, there’s plenty of good vibes to spread and more. Enjoy drink specials such as Love Potion #520, Hershey’s Kiss shots, the Gentleman and Dave Matthew’s Dream Tree “CRUSH” red blend.

    10146 Main Street | 425-450-0520

    Black Bottle Postern

    Here’s a match made in heaven: Recoop spa and Black Bottle Postern are teaming up to give you an ultimate Valentine’s Day date. Head over to Recoop which is right next door to Black Bottle Postern and enjoy a 60-minute Ultimoot Massage followed by a side-by-side Coop Pedicure with added paraffin to seal in the moisture. Before or after your spa retreat, head over to their neighbor Black Bottle for dinner - get 3 delicious share plates of your choice, 2 glasses of Veuve Clicquot champagne, and 1 dessert to share.

    919 Bellevue Way NE | 425-223-5143

    Basil’s Kitchen – Hilton Bellevue

    Make Valentine’s Day a getaway. Basil’s Kitchen is not only offering a Valentine’s Day menu that will impress your Valentine, but also overnight accommodation in their King Room. The Valentine’s Day menu includes smoked duck with peppercorn sauce, heart of romaine salad, a choice of petit filet mignon and crab cake, seabass and shrimp scampi or portabello mushroom napoleon with a choice of Chandron Brut or a special Lover’s Martini topped with Lover’s Chocolate Cake. Put this Valentine’s Day package on lock and reserve now.

    300 112th Avenue SE | 425-455-1300

    John Howie Steak

    Impress your date at John Howie Steak where a special Valentine’s Day menu is all set up for you! A Valentine’s Day preset menu is available in John Howie Steak’s chic lounge featuring entrees of filet mignon, Pacific Northwest King salmon, American wagyu sirloin or a USDA prime filet and American wagyu filet combination. Indulge your date with dessert and bubbles. Valentine’s Day at John Howie Steak is $78 per person not including tax and gratuity. This menu is only available in the lounge and no reservations are being taken.

    The Shops at The Bravern, 11111 NE 8th St #125 | 425-440-0880

    Lot No. 3

    Who says you should celebrate Valentine’s Day on just one day? Lot No. 3 is offering Valentine’s Day drinks and food specials this Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Need a last minute Valentine’s Day gift? Heavy Restaurant Group, the master mind behind Lot No. 3 and Purple Café and Wine Bar, started the Purple Wine Club. Get a membership for your loved ones For $75* (either monthly or quarterly) you will receive three wines chosen by Heavy Restaurants’ sommeliers. Each month you’ll receive an email with details about featured Director’s Flight and you’ll get to hear the story before you see the wines. They’ve selected special bottles for Valentine’s Day.

    Monsoon East

    Sibling Chefs and owners, Sophie and Eric Banh, have created six beautiful specials to offer alongside Monsoon East’s regular menu on Valentine’s Day. They look forward to hosting guests for an evening of refined Vietnamese food, and as always, they’ll be pouring wines from their award-winning wine list. Some Valentine’s Day specials to fall in love with are Saigon yellow curry soup, grilled Anderson Ranch lamb chops and chocolate Peruvian cake.

    10245 Main Street | 425-635-1112

    Palomino Rustico

    Fall in love all over again at Palomino Rustico! Palomino is offering a special Valentine’s Day menu including a delectable Death by Chocolate Martini. The rustic, intimate setting and Italian-inspired menu will definitely bring about sparks!

    610 Bellevue Way NE | 425-455-7600

    PEARL Bar and Dining

    Love is in the air at PEARL Bar and Dining! Chef Bradley is serving up romantic favorites like lobster, champagne and chocolate. PEARL’s intimate and stylish setting will certainly impress your Valentine. Valentine’s Day is all weekend at PEARL.

    Lincoln Square, 700 Bellevue Way NE #50 | 425-455-0181

    Purple Café and Wine Bar


    Purple is also offering Valentine’s Day drinks and food specials this Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Need a last minute Valentine’s Day gift? Heavy Restaurant Group, the master mind behind Lot No. 3 and Purple Café and Wine Bar, started the Purple Wine Club. Get a membership for your loved ones For $75* (either monthly or quarterly) you will receive three wines chosen by Heavy Restaurants’ sommeliers. Each month you’ll receive an email with details about featured Director’s Flight and you’ll get to hear the story before you see the wines. They’ve selected special bottles for Valentine’s Day.


    460 106th Ave NE

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  • Get LOUDER for Super Bowl XLIX in Downtown Bellevue

    by Geri Massengale | Jan 27, 2015

    Image from the Sports Bank.Net


    12s we are going to the Super Bowl— again! Words can’t describe our excitement but we hope to make the experience memorable with great food and great places to watch the big game with fellow 12s! So get off the couch and leave the frozen wings at home for movie night. This is the Super Bowl and your home team is playing!

    If you aren’t headed to Arizona, check out our list for places to watch #SB49 in Downtown Bellevue!

    520 Bar and Grill

    Fellow 12s gather at 520 Bar and Grill where good times, food and drinks are a-plenty! 520 will have their ongoing Hawks specials from the kitchen and Super Bowl Drink Specials all day. RSVP by emailing info@520barandgrill.com.

    10146 Main Street | 425-450-0520

    Cupcake Royale


    Even though Cupcake Royale is no longer in Downtown Bellevue you can order special Seahawks cupcakes online and pick them up at Pagliacci Pizza on 100th and Main! A sweet partnership and Super Bowl treat!

    Order online here.

    John Howie Steak

    12s Super Bowl Sunday is a big deal so it makes sense that your meal should be too! John Howie Steak is offering Super Bowl meal package, or the Ultimate Super Bowl Package which includes true Japanese Wagyu, lobster, ahi, black truffles, caviar, great wine and champagne! Orders can be made by calling John Howie Steak at 425-440-0880, and the last day to order is January 29, 2015. Chef Howie will donate 10% of all proceeds to “Strong Against Cancer” with Team Captain Russell Wilson, as they fight to cure childhood cancer through Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research.

    John Howie Steak Package (for four)

    Choose between four 13 oz. football cut USDA prime top sirloin steaks, or two 16 oz. American Wagyu sirloin steaks, both come with Chef Howie’s specific cooking instructions and his steak seasoning. In addition, enjoy a charcuterie & cheese platter, spicy cocktail shrimp with wasabi cocktail sauce, two jumbo five cheese twice baked potatoes, 8 oz. grilled asparagus, and four salted caramel chocolate tortes.

    The Shops at The Bravern, 11111 Northeast 8th Street #125 | 425-440-0880

    Lunchbox Laboratory

    Lunchbox Laboratory is infusing drinks and foods with Seahawks spirit. Literally. The Beast Mode shot is a shot of Skittles infused Vodka! Joining the ranks of the Beast Mode Shot is the (We’re going to) Arizona Ice Tea, the Hawk Bomb and plenty of 12th Man Pale Ale Cans. If you dine at Lunchbox get their Gacaho’s Totchos, tater tot natchos, for $1.12. Also for $1.12 is your first pint of craft beer and all Hawk special cocktails are $5. You can view the game in the bar or in the main dining area for those under 21.

    989 112th Avenue Northeast #105 | 425-505-2676

    McCormick & Schmick’s

    Cheer on the Seahawks while feasting on McCormick & Schmick's fresh seafood and succulent steaks! They will be showing the Super Bowl in their private dining room on an 8 x 6 foot HDMI screen as well as the bar. Enjoy Happy Hour Specials in both the private room and bar from 3 p.m. through the end of the game.

    Lincoln Square, 700 Bellevue Way Northeast #115 | 425-454-2606

    Parlor Bellevue

    Super Bowl party at Parlor Bellevue- and you don't have to bring chips and dip. Happy Hour all day plus 16 HD TVs to watch the game on, and you don't have to clean up. You could also win prizes and comedy tickets! Doors open at 11 a.m.

    Lincoln Square, 700 Bellevue Way Northeast #50 | 425-455-0181

    PEARL Bar and Dining

    Here is something to get loud about: $12 menu for 12s! Pearl is offering a Super Bowl meal of champions including Hawk Wings, LOB Dip and Beast Mode Nachos.

    Lincoln Square, 700 Bellevue Way Northeast #50 | 425-455-0181  

    Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar

    For Super Bowl Sunday have a super meal! 12s can choose between a Seastar package, or the Ultimate Super Bowl Package which includes true Japanese Wagyu, lobster, ahi, black truffles, caviar, great wine and champagne! Orders can be made by calling Seastar at 425-456-0010 and the last day to order is January 29, 2015. Chef Howie will donate 10% of all proceeds to “Strong Against Cancer” with Team Captain Russell Wilson, as they fight to cure childhood cancer through Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research.

    Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar Package (for four)
    Two dozen assorted sushi platter; maki & nigiri style, hot Dungeness crab dip, asiago-blue cheese stuffed red potatoes, Wagyu meatballs with demi glace, cedar plank salmon filets, four grain pilaf, grilled asparagus, and pineapple upside-down cheesecakes.

    205 108th Avenue Northeast | 425-456-0010

    Scotty Browns

    Get social while watching the game at Scotty Browns Socialhouse! Not only will you get to watch the game on several HD screens located around the restaurant, enjoy Super Bowl apps, pizza and $5 whiskey "You-Call- It's."

    958 111th Avenue Northeast | 425-449-8869

    Suite Restaurant/Lounge

    Suite Restaurant/Lounge is opening early at 12 p.m. for Super Bowl Sunday! There won't be a bad seat in the house as the game will be projected on a 180" HD Screen and 6 flat screen tvs. Enjoy Suite's classic food offerings and Super Bowl favorites at its Tailgaters Buffet until 3 p.m.! Call to reserve your spot.

    10500 Northeast 8th Street | 425-679-6951

    Tap House Grill

    The volume is set to LOUDER at Tap House Grill in Bellevue. Join your fellow 12s and cheer on the Seahawks with more than 160 beers to choose from, prizes and Seahawks drink specials! Raffle prizes include a snowboard, Seahawks Meat Smoker and more! Reservations strongly advised

    Bellevue Galleria, 550 106th Avenue Northeast | 425-467-1730

    Top Pot Doughnuts

    Start off your Blue Friday or Super Bowl morning right with Top Pot Doughnuts. You still have time to pre-order special Seahawks doughnuts! Call 425-457-7440 to place your order.

    10600 Northeast 9th Place | 425-457-7440

    Trophy Cupcakes

    Our NFC Champions deserve a Super Bowl trophy and so do you 12s! The 12th man Dozen is available to order online from Trophy Cupcakes. These 12th Man cupcakes are also in the shop every day through the Super Bowl.

    The Shops at The Bravern, 700 110th Avenue Northeast #260 | 425-361-0033

    More places to watch the Super Bowl:

    Bellevue Brewing Company
    Paddy Coyne's Bellevue
    Lucky Strike

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