Boarding House: Great place for no-frills fare

December 4, 2008

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of weekend lunches at my grandmother’s house. Our family would climb into my dad’s 1966 Plymouth Belvedere station wagon and we’d go over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house.

Well, actually, we’d hop on Interstate 90 and make the half-hour drive to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, from Spokane.

Grandma’s cooking was always homemade and hearty. The same can be said for the Boarding House restaurant, which reminds me of my grandmother’s house. Read more

Khan’s Mongolian Grill adds spice at a reasonable price

December 4, 2008

Khan’s Mongolian Grill offers a simple concept done to perfection. Specializing in Asian cuisine, meals are cooked while you watch, consisting of a wide variety of meats, seasonings, sauces, noodles and a virtual vegetable garden — including celery, carrots, peppers, bean sprouts, mushrooms, cabbage, onions and broccoli — to select from.

Khan’s is a create-your-own-dish restaurant — its motto is “We cook your creations.” Read more

Bamiyan has excellent traditional Afghani cuisine

December 4, 2008

More than 5,000 years old, Afghan culture has absorbed the best of many of the cultures it has come into contact with through the ages.

Alexander the Great, Genghis Kahn, the British Empire, the Soviet Union and, more recently, the Taliban regime, have left their mark on Afghanistan. Through it all, Afghanis held true to their roots and created culinary traditions of their own.

Almost all Afghanis have a cylindrical tandoor (clay) oven in their home and kebabs have been mentioned in Afghani literature for centuries. An excellent example of Afghani cuisine can be found at Bamiyan Restaurant. Read more

For fresh experience, try Taqueria’s cuisine

December 4, 2008

Whenever I travel, I always try to find the out-of-the-way, hole-in-the-wall restaurant not frequented by all the rest of the tourists. Usually, the locals enjoy authentically prepared meals that can’t be beat at the touristy spots.

Well, tucked in the recesses of Heritage Square shopping center, next to Sleep Country, lies an authentic taste of Mexico without having to travel south of the border. Read more

Take a spin to sumptuous pizza at Flying Pie

December 4, 2008

Flying Pie Pizzeria reminds me of quaint Italian restaurants with red-and-white-checkered tablecloths that serve breadsticks and minestrone soup along with a heaping serving of pasta.

Nothing fancy, but good wholesome food that’s affordable. Read more

Where’s the beef? Not at Pabla Veggie Cuisine

December 4, 2008

I’m not a vegetarian. In fact, I love meat. Chicken, pork, beef, turkey, fish – I’ll take it all. But dining at Pabla Veggie Cuisine, I began to question my priorities. If any one place can prove that animals don’t have to die to make food delicious, it’s this all-vegetarian Indian restaurant.

On a quiet evening, a vegetarian friend and I were greeted by a polite and friendly server, and shown a table near a window. The art on the walls, lavender table cloths and small bouquets of flowers on each table made for a pleasant atmosphere.

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World Pies has regional flare infused in its pizzas

December 4, 2008

Pizza lovers just may be stuck in a rut they didn’t know existed. There are only so many combinations of pizzas that can be created with the same old ingredients.

That’s why if you’re going to open a new pizza joint in this town and plan to succeed in drawing jaded pie lovers, you’d better think outside the pizza box.

Enter World Pies. New to the Issaquah Highlands in February, World Pies is that breath of fresh air the community has been waiting for. Inspired by cuisines from different regions around the world, World Pies is aptly named.

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Ricenroll: Not your typical fast sushi joint

December 4, 2008

Some people find sushi disgusting. To be perfectly honest, I used to find sushi disgusting, too. But one day my dad talked me into giving it a try, and everything changed.

Now, sushi is one of my favorite foods. Every time I’m near a Sushi Land restaurant, I almost have a heart attack from excitement. But Ricenroll is enough to give my beloved Sushi Land a run for its money. Read more

Enjoy pasta and more with a down-home appeal at Jay Berry’s

December 4, 2008

My mom used to gauge how good a restaurant was by how many cars were in the parking lot. She believed a restaurant owner must be doing something right if it continued to draw so many patrons.

I drive by Jay Berry’s Café along state Route 900 at least twice a day and its large parking lot is usually full. Read more

Enjoy a quick bite of Mexican food at Acapulco Fresh

December 4, 2008

At Acapulco Fresh, the menu is long, the prices are low and the food comes on a plastic plate.

Tucked into a corner of the Meadows Shopping Center, just east of QFC at 1480 N.W. Gilman Blvd., the Mexican eatery is more diner than bistro. Booths line the walls and windows, metal tabletops finished in aqua green; steel bar stools cluster around small tables in the center. Handcrafted artifacts and neon beer signs decorate the walls. Read more

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