Bellevue Local Table

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



  • The Event Lab now open at Lunchbox Laboratory

    by Geri Massengale | Aug 20, 2014

    Bring your closest friends, round up your work team or celebrate a family tradition at Lunchbox Laboratory's private dining space called The Event Lab. It is located adjacent to the Bellevue restaurant in the 989 Elements Building located at 989 112th Avenue NE.

    The new space is ten feet from the restaurant's main entrance and seats 60 people with capacity for 73 if the event is a cocktail style party.

    The 1000 square foot room is adorned with the same eclectic decorations as the restaurant and features three old school video games, a dance floor and offers a full bar with ten seats and features premium and top shelf liquor.

    “We are happy to customize a bar menu for a private event,” said General Manager Mike Mercer. “We also have two rotating taps that can accommodate special requests with proper notice.”

    The space also features two 50 inch plasma televisions with plans to add additional TV’s and a larger big screen. Wifi, audio and video capabilities as well as a wireless HD transmitter for easy PC to TV presentations are available.

    This customizable space is fitting for almost any event from birthdays to corporate events and everything in between.

    Banquet menus can be customized including slider versions of Lunchbox Laboratory’s most popular burgers as well as appetizers, shakes and desserts.

    “We wanted to provide a private entertainment space for our guests that captures the unique and awesome energy of the Lunchbox brand!” said Mercer.

    To reserve The Event Lab contact eventlab@lunchboxlaboratory.com or call 425-505-2676

    Lunchbox Laboratory has three locations; Seattle, Bellevue and Gig Harbor and are open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner, 11am to 11pm and also offer happy hour twice daily.

    The Bellevue Lunchbox Laboratory opened in February of 2012. www.lunchboxlaboratory.com

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  • Congratulations to the DINE TO WIN grand prize winners!

    by Geri Massengale | Aug 08, 2014


    This summer, Downtown Bellevue was a hub for summer fun and dining in the sun! When visitors dined at select Downtown Bellevue restaurants they dined to win. Patrons only had to spend $10 at any of the participating restaurants in July for a chance to win one of the three grand prizes or weekly $50 gift card drawings.

    Congratulations to the following DINE TO WIN Grand Prize Winners!

    Pauline H. - Winner of round-trip airline tickets to New Orleans, courtesy of Alaska Airlines, plus hotel accommodations courtesy of the Marriott!

    Linda L. won - A two-night stay for two at Campbell’s Resort including dinner for two at Campbell’s Pub & Veranda!

    Tim R. won - Winner of $1,000 in dining gift cards to the DINE TO WIN participating restaurants!


    DINE TO WIN restaurants: 

    520 Bar and Grill

    Basil’s Kitchen at the Hilton Bellevue Hotel

    Black Bottle Postern

    Cypress Lounge and Wine Bar

    El Gaucho Bellevue

    John Howie Steak

    Lot No. 3

    Lunchbox Laboratory

    Monsoon East

    Palomino Rustico

    PEARL Bar and Dining

    Pogacha Restaurant

    Purple Café and Wine Bar

    Scotty Browns

    Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar

    Suite Restaurant/Lounge

    Tap House Grill

    Wild Ginger

     

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  • New to Downtown Bellevue: 99 Park opens Monday, Aug. 11

    by Geri Massengale | Aug 07, 2014
    99 Park Downtown Bellevue
    Rendering of 99 Park in Downtown Bellevue

    Downtown Bellevue has a diverse and authentic dining scene and will soon add another gem to the mix. 99 Park is set to open near Bellevue Downtown Park on Monday, Aug. 11. The restaurant and bar will offer an elegant dining room and patio with views of the park as well as a contemporary Northwest menu for dinner and weekend brunch.

    Located at the intersection of NE 1st St. and 102nd Ave. NE, 99 Park will serve as a link between Old Bellevue’s Main Street and the city’s rapidly-growing downtown core. 99 Park will open at 4 p.m. Monday-Friday for dinner, and at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday for brunch. Happy hour will be offered daily from 4 to 6 p.m. and a late-night menu will be served Thursday-Saturday until 1 a.m. Menus will follow the seasons and be presented predominantly via small and entrée-sized plates that can be shared or enjoyed on their own.

    “We’re so thrilled to be opening,” said general manager Charles Veitch. “We hope people find our restaurant a great place to spend time, not only this summer on our terrific patio, but for many years to come.”

    An all-star team has been tapped to design the restaurant, run the kitchen and head up the bar and dining room (full bios available upon request). Executive Chef Quinton Stewart spent time on the line in several notable Seattle kitchens, including Tilth, Spur and the Coterie Room (where he served as sous chef). He also spent two years in New York at various culinary hot spots like Graydon Carter’s Waverly Inn & Garden and the Scandinavian brasserie, ACME.

    “The area’s great product will serve as the primary driver of our menus,” said Stewart. “The food we’re serving is essentially contemporary American, with lots of global cuisines serving as influence, including Japanese, Mexican, Scandinavian and French. We think the increasingly diverse population on the Eastside will be excited about what we’re doing.”

    Sample opening menu items are as follows (full menus available upon request):

    Brunch
    • House-made donuts w/ jam (small)
    • Nash’s Organics red wheat waffle with foie gras butter and maple syrup (large)—also available gluten free
    • Cured salmon or Dungeness crab benedict w/ heirloom tomato hollandaise (large)
    • Pork Belly with soft polenta, pickled ramps and slow-cooked egg (large)

    Dinner
    • Chilled green pea soup w/ English peas and whey granita (small)
    • Miso-cured arctic char w/ summer squash, capers and squash blossoms (small)
    • Pleasant View Farm duck breast w/ morels, huckleberries and farro (large)
    • Dry-aged, grass-fed beef burger with grilled sweet onions, heirloom tomato, Beecher’s Flagship and smoked aioli (large)

    Late night
    • Razor clam w/ uni, rhubarb, sorrel and green garlic vinaigrette
    • Sweet corn fritters with smoked ramp butter
    • Manila clams with Belgian frites, tori shoyu and oyster aioli (add lardons $3)
    • Selection of Washington cheeses with accompaniments

    The restaurant will also offer a $65, 5-course fixed price menu during dinner with optional wine pairings for an additional $40.

    Veitch will oversee the dining room and bar as general manager. Prior to helping open 99 Park, he served on the opening team at Daniel Humm and Will Guidara’s James Beard award-winning NoMad Hotel bar. And before his year at The NoMad Bar, Veitch served as bar manager at Ballard’s Bastille.

    “Two things that people will notice immediately are the patio and the open format dining room,” said Veitch. “The dining room is set up so everyone can see everyone else—from the hosts, to the cooks, to the bartenders and of course the guests. And when the telescoping doors are open, the space merges seamlessly onto the patio, which is the only one of its kind overlooking Bellevue Downtown Park.”

    For drinks, the bar will serve a full range of classic and craft cocktails, along with rotating taps of local beers, wines and ciders. The wine list will showcase an eclectic mix of sparkling, white, red and rosé from around the world.

    The restaurant was designed by David Balian of Balian Architects, an LA firm that has carried out an impressive portfolio of residential, commercial and institutional projects. The firm has also designed a number of hotels but never a restaurant. 99 Park is its first.

    “Our big focuses included making sure the guest arrival experience is striking, and creating a sense of seamlessness between the dining room and the patio,” said Balian. “We were really surprised this site had been underutilized for so many years because it sits on a fantastic spot in the heart of the city.”

    All the tables at 99 Park were designed and built by the relatively new Seattle furniture company Plank & Grain. Opened at the beginning of the year, the SoDo-based furniture manufacturer specializes in building tables made with reclaimed old-growth lumber from the Northwest. Each table at 99 Park will be slightly different in terms of grain and color. Plank & Grain built 20 tables total for the restaurant.

    “The aim in opening 99 Park is to offer a variety of dining experiences,” added Stewart. “The team envisions the restaurant as a place where people can come for a terrific brunch, a drink and a light meal after work, or a big dinner to celebrate one of life’s milestones.”

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  • Chef John Howie supports buildOn movement with specialty cocktail

    by Geri Massengale | Aug 04, 2014

    John Howie Restaurant Cocktails Bellevue Local Table

    Left: John Howie Steak's "Sparkling Swedish Elixir." Right: Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar's “Nepal Cooler”


    John Howie restaurants will benefit the buildOn movement with specialty cocktails all through August. For each cocktail purchased, one dollar will be donated to buildOn and contribute to the construction of a school in Nepal. The mission of buildOn is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education.

    “BuildOn is a great organization helping to improve the lives of children all over the world,” says Proprietor and Chef John Howie. “We are thrilled to be able to help buildOn in the construction of a new school in Nepal!”

    The money raised through John Howie Restaurants will help fund a trip to Nepal organized by buildOn in March 2015. The donation will contribute to construction materials for a school the organization will be building with the help of Spencer Smith (Steven D. Smith Builders) and his wife, Yasmin. After the group leaves Nepal, buildOn will work with local NGOs and villagers to complete the school. The group also ensures that the school is staffed with teachers, has necessary curriculum, and monitors the school going forward.

    “We can’t think of a better partner than John Howie Restaurants, due to their dedication to philanthropy,” commented Yasmin and Spencer Smith of buildOn. “We are thankful for the generous support.”

    John Howie Restaurants feature the following cocktails benefitting buildOn: 

    Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar in Bellevue
    “Nepal Cooler” with Fris vodka, raspberry pucker, house made sour, a splash of sprite with a berry sugar rim on the rocks, served in a chimney glass. 

    John Howie Steak
    “Sparkling Swedish Elixir” with Absolut Citron vodka, simple syrup, grenadine, mint, lemon juice, and club soda. 

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  • Last round: Congratulations to these $50 DINE TO WIN gift card winners!

    by Geri Massengale | Jul 30, 2014


    Time flies when you’re having fun! We are at the end of DINE TO WIN, but don’t worry. DINE TO WIN restaurants are still around to offer the finest cuisine in town! These lucky winners get to continue experiencing the downtown dining scene with a $50 gift card to a DINE TO WIN restaurant! Congratulations!

     Winners for the week of July 21:

    Jessica B. winner of $50 gift card to El Gaucho
    Frank W. winner of $50 gift card to Wild Ginger
    Jane D. winner of $50 gift card to Lot No. 3
    Laura K. of $50 gift card to Cypress Lounge and Wine Bar

    Bellevue Local Table and 18 Downtown Bellevue restaurants invite you to dine out during the entire month of July for the chance to win one of three amazing grand prizes:

    Trip for two to New Orleans 
    Round-trip tickets for two to New Orleans
    courtesy of Alaska Airlines, plus hotel at the New Orleans Marriott 

    Lake Chelan Trip for Two
    A two-night stay for two at Campbell’s Resort
    including dinner at Campbell’s Pub & Veranda

    Dinner for Two for a Year
    $1,000 in dining cards to the DINE TO WIN

    Participating Dine to Win Restaurants:

    520 Bar and Grill

    Basil’s Kitchen at the Hilton Bellevue Hotel

    Black Bottle Postern

    Cypress Lounge and Wine Bar

    El Gaucho Bellevue

    John Howie Steak

    Lot No. 3

    Lunchbox Laboratory

    Monsoon East

    Palomino Rustico

    PEARL Bar and Dining

    Pogacha Restaurant

    Purple Café and Wine Bar

    Scotty Browns

    Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar

    Suite Restaurant/Lounge

    Tap House Grill

    Wild Ginger

     

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