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

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

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

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

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