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

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

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

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

Junipers has a big menu for casual dining

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.

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Expect big, bold flavors for lunch at Jak’s

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.

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Teriyaki House takes teriyaki to new level

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

Issaquah Cafe offers breakfast, lunch and warmth by the fire

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.

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iSushi brings the Far East flavor to Issaquah

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.

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The Calcutta Grill has full course of favorites at the Newcastle Golf Club

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.

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