Bellevue Local Table

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



  • 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! 

    Cantinetta-Bellevue*
     
    SRW special served during dinner 

    Cantinetta sets a high standard for savory, traditional Italian cuisine. Every dish, especially the pasta, is made to 'from-scratch' perfection. Cantinetta's dining room is intimate and elegant with its vintage, rustic furnishings. The restaurant, located in Old Bellevue, is a great place to take a date. 

    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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  • Black Bottle Postern reopens with new offerings & revamped interior

    by Geri Massengale | Sep 18, 2014

    Black Bottle Postern
    Black Bottle Postern before the flooding

    Black Bottle Postern will reopen its doors next Tuesday after recovering from water damage that closed the restaurant back in July. The Black Bottle Postern staff and BLT are excited for the restaurant to kick off the fall season with a fresh look, new offerings and a great attitude. Here’s what manager Dacia Price had to say about their comeback:

    We're thrilled to finally announce our reopening after the disastrous flood of July. It's truly amazing how damaging water can be! So, with new floors, paint and bar going in as I write this, we are excited to be opening our doors next week. Reservation lines are open and tables are available for small and large groups alike.

    Inspired by the cooler weather and the changed interior, we have also modified some or our beer taps and cocktails. On offer is Elysian's, always delicious, Pumpkin Ale, as well as Reuben's Brew's Robust Porter, Black Raven's Birdserker SIPA and Square Mile's Spur and Vine Hopped Cider.

    Our new cocktails include a Spiced Pear Collins, made with our house-made spiced pear shrub, Second Circle, a deep and warming cocktail made of bourbon, ruby port and our aged maple syrup, our Black Rose Royal made with a deliciously dry Brut and a generous dose of house made blackberry & rosemary shrub, and our Aegean Fizz, a textured cocktail which balances fruit and spice, made of blood orange, cinnamon, egg whites and brandy.

    And although we have the standard sodas, we're also expanding our non-alcoholic list to include hand crafted sodas in a wide variety of flavors.

    As always, our menu remains familiar, rustic and diverse, with a continuation of our new Happy Hour offerings from 3 through 6 p.m. daily. These include cauliflower fritters, bacon wrapped jalapenos, hand-stuffed endives with sage and goat cheese, and my personal favorite, the sautéed marcona and hazelnuts in truffle oil.

    Doors open at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23rd. Hope to see you there!

    Dacia and Black Bottle Postern team, we are glad you're back in business!


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  • Riedel Wine Glass Seminar and Tasting at Purple Café

    by Geri Massengale | Sep 10, 2014



    Enjoy sips of wine and keep the glass! Cast Iron Studios is hosting a Riedel Wine Glass Seminar at Purple Café and Wine Bar on Thursday, Sept. 25. Mari Beth Baumberger, a representative from Riedel, will walk 60 lucky guests through a wine tasting using their stemware.

    The one-hour seminar will begin at 5:30 p.m. with light appetizers and a champagne toast.  For $100 guests will enjoy wine tasting, chocolate tasting, light appetizers and champagne. At the end of the seminar you’ll get to take home the Vinum XL Red Wine 3-glass Tasting Set. The set includes lead crystal glasses for Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Syrah.

    If you’ve been to Purple or Lot No. 3 in Bellevue then you’ve already drunk wine from Riedel Crystal Stemware. For more than 250 years, the Riedel Wine Glass Company has produced some of the finest stemware around the world, infusing innovation with tradition. It’s no surprise that with an exceptional array of wine options, Purple and Lot No. 3 serve its wine in Riedel’s beautiful, elegant stemware.

    To reserve your spot for this exciting wine event call 206-838-3853.

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