Bellevue Local Table

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

  • Holiday garage sale of wine and bubbles!

    by Geri Massengale | Nov 25, 2014
    Just in time for the holidays is a wine and bubbles sale you don't want to miss! Cast Iron Studios is hosting a Holiday Garage Sale of all Purple Cafe and Wine Bar wines, including sparkling wine. This season top off your holiday parties with bubbly or wrap up a bottle as a thoughtful gift!

    Join the Purple wine team noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29, to peruse a large selection of wine at "garage" sale prices. Cast Iron Studios is located on 1060 NE 4th Street.

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  • Downtown Restaurants are cooking for you this Thanksgiving!

    by Geri Massengale | Nov 17, 2014

    Big or small, traditional or new and eclectic, Thanksgiving is a holiday for giving thanks and spending it with loved ones. So what better way than to celebrate in downtown Bellevue where a variety of Bellevue’s premier restaurants are cooking up a grand Thanksgiving meal for you— with no clean-up included. Read on for ideas on where to celebrate Thanksgiving and a few holiday gift ideas!

    Basil’s Kitchen at the Hilton Bellevue

    Bring the whole family to Basil’s Kitchen at the Hilton Bellevue for a grand Thanksgiving Feast. Basil’s Kitchen is hosting a Thanksgiving brunch complete with a salad and seafood station, carving station with slow-roasted prime rib and turkey with traditional gravy, omelets made to order and a beautiful array of scrumptious desserts. To top off your Thanksgiving celebration local favorite musician, Mike Mansour, will play piano. For this Thanksgiving meal it’s $48 for adults and $24 for children.

    300 112th Ave SE | (425) 455-1300

    Paddy Coyne’s Irish Pub

    The Seahawks will take on the 49ers on Thanksgiving so spend time at Paddy Coyne’s where they have a Thanksgiving dinner and a space to watch the game! Thanksgiving meals will be served all day for $19.95.

    700 Bellevue Way NE | (425) 453-8080

    Palomino Rustico

    Bring the family to Palomino Rustico for rustic Mediterranean, Italian fare. The space is warm and inviting with a menu full of Palomino Rustico classics such as tomato-basil bruschetta, baked four cheese penne and Palomino tiramisu. The star of the Thanksgiving menu is the slow roasted Diestel Farms turkey dinner including apple sausage stuffing, garlic herb mashed potatoes, herb-roasted vegetables, fresh house-made cranberry relish, turkey gravy and a slice of freshly baked spiced pumpkin pie. Thanksgiving dinner will be served 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    610 Bellevue Way NE | (425) 455-7600

    Pearl Bar & Dining

    Spend Thanksgiving at one of Bellevue's most stylish restaurants. Pearl is offering a family-style four-course dinner from 1 to 8 p.m. Pearl’s menu is filled with everything from traditional Thanksgiving favorites like sage roasted turkey and gravy, to contemporary Northwest cuisine of Alaskan king salmon filet with cider butter sauce.

    700 Bellevue Way NE #50 | (425) 455-0181

    Ruth’s Chris Steak House

    Enjoy your favorites this Thanksgiving at Ruth’s Chris Steak House! Join the Ruth’s Chris family for a meal that will keep you wishing Thanksgiving was more than just once a year. Thanksgiving at Ruth’s includes gumbo, ceasar or steak salad, Turkey entrée with gravy, stuffing and cranberry relish with a choice of delicious classic sides. As a special treat, guests will receive Thanksgiving extras to take home and enjoy the next day. Thanksgiving at Ruth’s is $39.95 per adult and $12.95 for children.

    565 Bellevue Square | (425) 451-1550‎

    Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery

    Rock Bottom is closed on Thanksgiving but there’s something to do before and after! Rock Bottom is hosting a special tasting event on Wednesday, Nov. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Chef and brewer will collaborate on a unique food and beer pairing featuring Brewer Sara Luchi’s Cranberry White Ale and Chef Chris’ take on Grandma’s Turkey sandwich. But be warned, Grandma’s Turkey Sandwich should not be underestimated—it is jam-packed with all of your favorite Thanksgiving flavors. Thanksgiving will be made a day early!

    After Thanksgiving come back to Rock Bottom for an 80s Dance Party! Shake and dance those turkey pounds away with DJ Thump and enjoy happy hour from 11 p.m. to close. The party starts at 10 p.m.— make sure to arrive in your most tubular outfit!

    550 106th Ave NE #103 | (425) 462-9300

    Holiday restaurant gift Ideas:

    For the holidays, Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar and John Howie Steak have great holiday gift ideas. For the Chef Howie’s cookbook, Passion & Palate: Recipes for a Generous Table, Chef Howie’s cooking planks, salt rubs at John Howie Steak and herb rubs at Seastar, and finally - gift cards.

    If you have a beer lover in your life, ensure the hoppiest of holidays by getting them something from Tap House Grill. You can visit the restaurant in Downtown Bellevue or purchase online. Gifts range from t-shirts and gift cards to hydroflasks, growlers, and pint glasses.
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  • Seattle Restaurant Week comes to Bellevue!

    by Geri Massengale | Oct 19, 2014

    Get ready to take your taste buds on an exciting gastronomical journey. This is your chance to try several downtown Bellevue restaurants during Seattle Restaurant Week! SRW kicks off Sunday, Oct. 19 and will run through Thursday, Oct. 23, and then again on Sunday, Oct. 26, through Thursday, Oct. 30.

    More than 160 local restaurants are serving up three-course dinners for just $30 and many of them are offering two-course lunches for $15. Prices are per person and does not include drinks, tax or tips. Value menu is not available on Friday and Saturdays or Sunday brunch. 

    Read on to learn more about the downtown restaurants that are participating in Seattle Restaurant Week! 

    99 Park
    SRW special served during dinner 

    99 Park is the only restaurant bordering the Bellevue Downtown Park, but dining here is far from a picnic in the park. 99 Park is hip, chic and delivers a well-rounded menu featuring contemporary Pacific Northwest cuisine. If you love fine dining without the frills, you'll love 99 Park.  

    Lot No. 3* 

    SRW special served during lunch and dinner 

    If you're looking for bold cocktails and a contemporary menu filled with comfort food favorites, Lot No. 3 is just the place. Lot No. 3 carries an industrial theme throughout the restaurant making your dining experience as stylish as the dishes you are served. We recommend the Manhattan. 

    McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant
    SRW special served during lunch and dinner 

    You might have heard about McCormick & Schmick's because of its prevalence across the states. But McCormick's isn't your typical large chain restaurant. Each McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant’s menu is printed twice daily, featuring the signature “Fresh List” highlighting an impressive number of fresh seafood varieties, in addition to aged steaks, poultry, entrée salads and pasta. The restaurant is also committed to delivering local ingredients with a Pacific Northwest cuisine influence. 

    Monsoon East
    SRW special served during lunch and dinner 

    Traditional Vietnamese meets modern Pacific Northwest cuisine at Monsoon East. Other restaurants seek to deliver a contemporary Asian menu but often times leave traditions behind. Sibling owners Eric and Sophie Banh, however, are successful at creating beautiful dishes that not only uphold high standards in flavor but are also reminiscent of dishes they've had growing up. 

    Purple Café and Wine Bar*
    SRW special served during lunch and dinner 

    The place for wining and dining is Purple Cafe and Wine Bar. With no surprise, Purple is the winner of the Best Wine List for this year's and prior years' Haute Picks Awards. But you don't have to be a wine expert to choose a complementary wine to go with your meal. The lovely Purple staff will do that for you. They carry an extensive wine list that features more than 80 glass and 600 bottle selections crucially chosen by a Wine Director with a unique perspective. 

    Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar* 
    SRW special served during dinner 

    If you've only known sushi to come on a conveyor belt, think again. Seastar not only carries one of the most creative sushi menus but some of the freshest and most inventive seafood dishes around town. Seastar goes beyond seafood and serves exceptionally made dishes with unmatched service. 

    Suite Restaurant/Lounge*
    SRW special served during dinner

    Come into Suite where entertainment and delicious cuisine are in sync. You’ll find aerial dancers gracing the air at Suite as well as music to keep you and friends dancing. Along with an exciting and unique menu, you won’t want to start or end your evening anywhere else. 

    The Melting Pot 
    SRW special served during dinner 

    Bring a group of friends or make it a romantic evening with a special someone at the Melting Pot. With several delectable courses to dip into, you'll be spending quality time with food and people. Be ready to devote some time dining here because the Melting Pot makes sure you're comfortable in their cozy dining room and the fondue is hot. 

    Wild Ginger* 
    SRW special served during lunch and dinner 

    Take your taste buds on a journey through the Pacific Rim countries between India and Japan at Wild Ginger. Several years ago, owners, Rick and Ann Yoder traveled through Southeast Asia and through their experiences were inspired to open a restaurant modeled after their journey. Wild Ginger is a unique restaurant and a pillar for Asian cuisine in the Puget Sound region. Authenticity, innovation and exceptional Southeast Asian flavors are the driving forces for Wild Ginger cuisine. 

    * Denotes restaurants offering a vegetarian, vegan or gluten free option.

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  • Barrio in Bellevue returns Friday, Oct. 17!

    by Geri Massengale | Oct 06, 2014

    Barrio, a Heavy Restaurant Group restaurant pairing Mexican cuisine with craft cocktails, will host a pop-up dining event at Cast Iron Studios all day Friday, Oct. 17. This time diners can enjoy Barrio lunch in addition to happy hour and dinner.

    New and returning guests can look forward to a vibrant menu featuring a modern take on Mexican cuisine. The Barrio menu includes classics such as enchiladas, burritos, tacos and pozole with Barrio flare and the freshest seasonal ingredients around.

    Enjoy lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., happy hour from 3:30 to 6 p.m. and dinner from 6 p.m. to close. To reserve your spot call 206-838-3853.


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  • Chef John Howie and Craig Terrill team up for national Kick Hunger Challenge

    by Geri Massengale | Sep 26, 2014

    Chef John Howie and former Seahawk and musician Craig Terrill are teaming up again as the returning Seahawks representatives for this season’s Kick Hunger Challenge; an annual fundraising campaign that pits fans from all 32 NFL markets against each other for a friendly competition to raise money for food banks nationwide.

    The pair won the national competition last year by raising over $83,000 for Food Lifeline, Western Washington’s nonprofit food distribution center where $1 provides four nutritious meals to someone in need. All proceeds from Chef Howie and Terrill’s Kick Hunger Challenge campaign will be distributed through Food Lifeline again this year.

    “We have an opportunity to make a huge difference for the hungry,” commented Chef/Owner John Howie. “This year we hope to raise enough money to provide for over 300,000 meals for hungry people in Western Washington!”

    To raise money this year, Chef Howie will raffle off an autographed Russell Wilson jersey, professionally framed by Lake City Framing. Other fundraising efforts include a chili cook-off and auction at Metropolitan Market in Kirkland, the sale of Kick Hunger Challenge t-shirts designed by Ames Bros, and the donation of one dollar from each specialty cocktail sold at John Howie Restaurants from November to January. To conclude the Kick Hunger Challenge campaign, Chef Howie will host a “Southwestern Night” auction and dinner at SPORT Restaurant & Bar on January 7, 2015.

    The campaign culminates at the 24th Annual Taste of the NFL’s Party with a Purpose® held on the eve of Super Bowl XLIX on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at WestWorld in Scottsdale. Fans can donate through the Seahawks fundraising page or the Food Lifeline donation page, and one hundred percent of donations are distributed throughFood Lifeline


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