Extreme Pizza’s risky combos pay off with big flavor

November 19, 2013

We don’t usually review restaurant chains, but instead try to stick with local cuisine. Technically, Extreme Pizza is a chain, with franchises in 11 states.

However, good luck finding the next nearest one outside Issaquah, as our fair city has the only one in Washington.

Also, just about the only thing extreme is the sports the founder is renowned for doing, from skydiving to snowboarding.

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The Egg & Us has an egg-citing menu

August 13, 2013

Restaurant reviews are a regular feature of The Issaquah Press. Reviewers visit restaurants unannounced and pay in full for their meals.

If you are looking for anything particularly egg-ceptional from The Egg & Us on Gilman Boulevard, you will probably be content. With selections like an “ultimate” egg frittata and a California burrito, there are many options to satisfy your palate. That being said, the brunch-oriented restaurant — no worries, it isn’t all eggs, all the time — is not far from other breakfast joints when it comes to quality and taste.

The Swedish pancakes, scrambled eggs and bacon were satisfactory. The cake was light and sweet with cream and lingonberries, a great complement to my crisp bacon. The other dishes that came out of the kitchen were appealing with tasteful piles of whipped cream or fruit. It’s not all breakfast fare; the menu has sandwiches, burgers and salads for those who want lunch.

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Go no further than Dolsot for authentic Korean food

April 30, 2013

In a world of American-Asian food, it’s easy to get something sub par. But, Dolsot Korean Cuisine definitely has an authentic feel.

The recently opened restaurant is small and quiet. There was only one other family there that night, so we had the attention of both a waiter and waitress who were very observant of our needs.

Upon arrival, we were quickly seated and a young, Korean gentleman took the time to explain the menu. This was necessary, because 90 percent of the menu is in Korean, with little explanation in English.

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Big House BBQ delivers big portions, flavor

April 2, 2013

Restaurant reviews are a regular feature of The Issaquah Press. Reviewers visit restaurants unannounced and pay in full for their meals.

Nutritionists often extoll the virtues of making lunch the largest meal of the day, leaving a person the rest of the afternoon to digest and burn calories.

Big House BBQ isn’t the place for calorie counters, but for those looking to spend their afternoon with a belly full of Memphis-style slow-cooked beef, pork and chicken, a stop by the big red trailer across the street from Home Depot is in order.

As essentially Issaquah’s only recurring mobile food truck, Big House is not much for aesthetics — nor should it be. Three picnic tables, a canvas tent and a modest trailer with the smell of smoked meat wafting out are all that greet the diner.

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Liberty grad takes food truck to head of the class

February 12, 2013

Michael Kramer grew up in the kitchen. So, it’s no surprise to his closest family members and friends that his food truck Za’aTar is receiving rave reviews.

As a youngster, if he weren’t entwined in his grandmother’s legs while she was cooking comfort food worthy of any diner, he’d be underfoot while his dad whipped up a pretty mean homestyle Italian meal

What to know

To follow Za’aTar’s locations, go to:

  • www.zaatarseattle.com
  • www.facebook.com/zaatarseattle
  • www.twitter.com/zaatarseattle
  • www.bit.ly/QGLGLw

Now 22, the Liberty High School graduate said that in looking back, it was perhaps his mother who provided the most memorable life lessons to prepare him for what not to do while running a kitchen.

Contributed Late-night customers line up for fresh Mediterranean food from the Liberty High School graduate Michael Kramer’s food truck Za’atar Dec. 13 when it set up shop at Second and Pike in downtown Seattle.

Late-night customers line up for fresh Mediterranean food from the Liberty High School graduate Michael Kramer’s food truck Za’atar Dec. 13 when it set up shop at Second and Pike in downtown Seattle.

“One time when we went camping, she was trying to fry up some potatoes for breakfast when she asked, ‘Why is the oil bubbling up?’” Kramer recalled.

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Red Corner seeks to carve out niche in crowded market

February 12, 2013

Red Corner, the newest Chinese restaurant in town, faces an uphill battle trying to wrangle its way into a small dining market already saturated with established Asian eateries.

With so many other Chinese restaurants with their own loyal clientele, it takes something special to pry them away to build up your own base of regulars. Red Corner might not pull it off.


If you go

Red Corner Chinese Restaurant

  • 1025 N.W. Gilman Blvd.
  • 391-9888
  • http://issaquah.eat24hours.com/red-corner-chinese-restaurant/7322
  • 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 11:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, 11:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Appetizers: $4.95 to $13.95; soups: $1.95 to $12.95; entrées: $9.95 to $16.95

Red Corner offers up Szechuan cuisine inside a hole-in-the-wall diner next to Gold’s Gym. While dining with a couple of friends, nothing we had was bad, but just nothing we ate was particularly memorable either.

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Filos on Issaquah Creek offers primo pizza, pasta

November 20, 2012

About 30 years ago, Leif Moi helped open a Jay Berry’s restaurant on Northwest Gilman Boulevard, offering dining along Issaquah Creek.

After a lengthy hiatus from the business, Moi has returned to Issaquah with his second Filos restaurant — his first in Redmond and his second, Filos on Issaquah Creek, located along the same bend in the waterway as the long-departed Jay Berry’s.

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Hop Jack’s offers fresh take on regional cuisine

August 7, 2012

A friend who’s originally from Tennessee laments missing one of her favorite staples of Southern cuisine — biscuits and gravy.

Imagine, then, her surprise to discover the answer to her Jonesing for homemade Southern cuisine could be found in a Klahanie neighborhood pub — Hop Jack’s.

With five locations in the Puget Sound region, Hop Jack’s is on the cusp of being a chain, but it still retains that neighborhood feel, catering to the middle-class looking for a place to meet after a hard day’s work.

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Small Saffron Deli delivers on big Southeast Asian flavors

January 31, 2012

A sign in front of the Saffron Deli announces “Southeast Asian fusion” cuisine.

Inside the eatery, the hostess said her menu is straight from Laos. It includes some dishes with which you are probably familiar, such as beef or chicken pho, but also some possibly more adventurous choices, such as Hainan chicken or Gau Lau beef soup.

The two visitors in question here played it safe with a vegetable soup and chicken pho, but were impressed with the flavor of each, enough that trying some of the other offerings at some point in the future is definitely not out of the question.

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Go out of your way to discover Szechuan Bean Flower

January 17, 2012

If you’re going to open a restaurant off the beaten path, it better feature food tantalizing enough to draw you out of your way to find it.

Such is the situation with Szechuan Bean Flower Restaurant, tucked way behind AtWork!, located on Locust Street.

Longtime diners will recognize the building that was home for a couple of other restaurants that have since moved or gone under. So, it’s a risk opening a Chinese restaurant in an unproven location.

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