June 23, 2009
La Casita may go overlooked, because it’s on the way in, or out of, Pine Lake Shopping Center, but it’s certainly worth the stop. Read more
June 9, 2009
If you’re looking for a casual meal north of Interstate 90, stop by Junipers at the Holiday Inn. The restaurant, off the main lobby of the hotel, offers a wide selection of salads, soups and sandwiches. House specialties for lunch included salisbury steak ($10.95), northern Pacific cod and chips ($9.95), chicken fettuccini gorgonzola $10.95) and grilled chicken teriyaki ($10.95).
I selected the daily special of grilled salmon with rice pilaf and steamed vegetables ($10.95). The salmon was tender and flavorful, and the steamed vegetables were cooked to perfection. The rice pilaf was uninspired, but passable. The prices were quite reasonable given the ample portions.
May 12, 2009
With three locations in the greater Puget Sound region, Jak’s Grill is already renowned for big, bold flavors and some of the best steak in the known universe.
But the Issaquah community is reacquainting itself with Jak’s thanks to expanded hours to include lunch during the week and brunch on the weekend.
A group of us descended upon the hot lunch spot last week. Do not go if you’re in a hurry — Jak’s is always busy and I’ll chalk the long wait to the chefs taking the time to prepare the meal right.
April 21, 2009
When my wife and lived in Eugene, Ore., I asked a colleague where the best place was for teriyaki. She replied, “Portland.” Read more
March 16, 2009
Question: With spring nowhere in sight, where’s the best place to warm up with a hot lunch on a cold day? Answer: Issaquah Cafe.
If you feel like breakfast at noon or lunch at 9 a.m., then pull up a chair because you’ll find a hot breakfast for lunch — or vice versa.
The Cafe has been serving piping hot dishes to warm the soul on chilly Issaquah days since it opened in Meadows Shopping Center in 1988. The glowing center fireplace adds to the warmth.
February 17, 2009
Need to feel like you’ve dined a world away, without leaving town? Well, iSushi fits the bill.
There is a central conveyor belt that travels in a square around the room from which all sushi flows. Bar countertops and table booths ring the outside, while chopping blocks, knives, ingredients, blowtorches and sushi chefs take the inside.
Choosing to sit at the bar gives you the best view of the ingredients and culinary skills exhibited by the chefs.
January 19, 2009
I haven’t played a round of golf since 1986, but I’ve been to The Golf Club at Newcastle numerous times in the past three years. What keeps bringing me back is The Calcutta Grill, the golf club’s restaurant.
Come for the excellent food, friendly and attentive wait staff, and while you’re there, enjoy the breathtaking view of Bellevue and Seattle. The name Calcutta conjures up images of India, but this calcutta is a golfing term.
The term “calcutta” describes a type of auction-pool wagering that can be applied to golf and many other sporting events. In golf, a calcutta is most common at a tournament featuring four-person teams, but a calcutta can be held in conjunction with any type of golf tournament.
January 5, 2009
Sometimes in life, all you want is a quick and tasty meal. Located within the heart of downtown Issaquah is the answer to those desires — the Issaquah Brewhouse.
Renowned for its Rogue line of microbrews poured from an astounding 36 taps, the Brewhouse also sports a hearty menu to satisfy myriad hunger pangs.
Don’t go to the Brewhouse for its ambiance or décor — it’s a pub, after all. But if eating with a boisterous lunchtime crowd talking over ’70s classic rock pumping from the speakers while seated in stiff, wooden booths or simple tables is your style, then the Brewhouse is the right place to be.
December 22, 2008
Should you decide to go to Sa Rang Chae for the lunch special, bring a good appetite. This Korean restaurant doesn’t hold back on the portions.
December 15, 2008
The August Moon restaurant, in Pine Lake Village on the Sammamish Plateau, is within easy driving distance of Issaquah and well worth a visit. Its traditional Chinese fare is well-prepared and moderately priced, and it is certain to satisfy that craving for cashew chicken.
Or any of dozens of other dishes, for that matter. August Moon’s extensive menu covers it all — pork, poultry, seafood, vegetables, beef, noodles, tofu, rice and soup — with prices hovering around $10 and nothing over $15. Read more