Thai Ginger does justice to top-billed ingredient

January 12, 2010

When a restaurant includes a signature ingredient in the name above the door, the act amounts to a challenge to diners, almost as if the owners laid down a gauntlet. Try the namesake dish, the menu demands. We dare you.

Thai Ginger, where the potent root receives top billing, deploys the main ingredient in the Thai Ginger House Special — assorted vegetables and protein studded with matchsticks of the spicy-sweet tuber. Consider the dish a litmus test. Include too much ginger, and the flavor bludgeons other players into submission. Skimp on ginger, and fail to do justice to the title dish.

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Cucina! Cucina! is delicious-ina!

January 5, 2010

No matter where you are in this country, there is sure to be an Italian restaurant nearby. In Issaquah, Cucina! Cucina! Italian Café should be on your radar.

The restaurant — near Issaquah’s Regal Cinemas in Pickering Place — has been serving up tasty Italian food for years.

When you first walk through the door, you’re greeted with bright, high-energy colors and decorations. This gives diners a fun environment in which to eat their meals.

Most tables are near coat hangers as well, which come in tremendously handy on cold and often wet winter days.

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Bring your appetite for teriyaki to Chopsticks

December 15, 2009

It might seem a bit of a drive for Issaquah residents to get to Chopsticks Teriyaki Wok in Preston. But the food was worth it on a recent Sunday, sandwiched in between shopping in Issaquah and Fall City. Read more

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Margaritas, merriment abound at Agave Cocina & Tequilas

November 17, 2009

The times, tough. The cupboard, bare. In all of the ways the Great Recession has taken a toll — on budgets and belt-tightening — the crimp on posh noshing stings the most. Read more

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Find authentic flavors at Similan Thai Cuisine

October 6, 2009

Thai cuisine seeks to balance spicy, sour, sweet and salty, using whiffs of lemongrass and kaffir lime to pack the flavor of Southeast Asia into each bite. Similan Thai Cuisine, a new arrival at the just-opened Overlake Center, is skillful with the pillars of Thai cooking. Read more

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Stan’s smokes the competition with authentic Kansas City barbecue

September 22, 2009

If there’s one spot in town you’re guaranteed to get messy with your meal, it’s Stan’s Bar-B-Q. Read more

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Find a little piece of Italy at Issaquah’s Tutta Bella

August 18, 2009

Though Issaquah is more than 5,000 miles from Italy, you don’t have to travel that far to find your own slice of Italian heaven. Read more

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Don’t just fill the spot, satisfy it at Chan’s Place

August 11, 2009

When I go out to eat lunch, unless I’m in a hurry, I like to enjoy the meal. I want my order to hit the spot, not just fill it.

Consider it mission accomplished at Chan’s Place, in the Klahanie Village. The lunch menu has ample choices to not only satisfy my appetite but whet it, too. Read more

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There’s good food here, and that’s no malarky

July 7, 2009

Webster’s Dictionary defines malarky as insincere or foolish talk. Well it’s no bunkum that Malarky’s Sports Grill on Gilman Boulevard is an outstanding sports bar serving great burgers and sandwiches, and even breakfast on weekends. Read more

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La Casita is hot restaurant to cool down in

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

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