A Terrible Beauty: An Irish Pub With an Unlikely Name

A Terrible Beauty is an Irish pub and restaurant in Renton. Being an Irish bar, of course the bartenders know how to pour a proper pint of Guinness. Start with a beer or cocktail and some tasty appetizers, like the Irish Poutine with fries and the Dubliner Cheese. Regulars recommend the amazing Reuben Sandwich, with slow-cooked shaved corned beef, fresh sauerkraut, melted Swiss cheese, and Reuben sauce on grilled marble rye. This famous sandwich can even be made vegetarian. Traditional Irish meals are on the menu, like Bangers n' Mash and Shepherd's Pie. Stop by on the weekends for a delicious brunch.

A Terrible Beauty
201 Williams Avenue South
Renton, WA 98057
(425) 227-3396

Experience Another Culture With a Meal at Afghan Cuisine

War forced Ali Ibrahim from his home in Afghanistan at age 15, sending him to Pakistan, Kashmir, Germany, California, and finally Renton. He’s not a trained chef and has no background in restaurants, but he loves his homeland and wants to keep its magnificent culture alive. Why not let Afghan Cuisine be your gateway to the country?

The food is a tantalizing product of geography, with European, Indian, and Mediterranean influences.The marinated lamb shank is a favorite, with kebabs, dumplings, curries, and strong tea also getting high marks. Everything is affordable, and the Ibrahims will welcome you with signature Afghan hospitality.

Afghan Cuisine
924 Bronson Way South
Renton, WA 98057
(425) 917-0305

Apogee Pub: A Popular Renton Pub

For over 40 years the Apogee Pub has been satisfying area diners with its great pub grub and welcoming atmosphere. Here is a place where you can kick back and relax with a nice cold one and a bite to eat. Suffice to say the Apogee Pub offers a fantastic beer selection. Everything from popular domestic brands to local microbrews are on tap here. In addition to suds, Apogee Pub also has a great menu of hearty, stick to your ribs fare. With items like deep fried clam strips, fettuccine alfredo, and roasted pork loin, the food is both filling and finely done. There are also a great selection of burgers with all the fixings, including BBQ, bacon cheeseburger, and even one known as the gut buster, replete with ham and egg, along with a host of veggies.

Apogee Pub
14125 Southeast 171st Way
Renton, WA 98058
(425) 255-9174

Experience an Authentic Pakistani and Indian Meal at Naan ‘n’ Curry

When it comes to Indian or Pakistani cuisine, the stuff served in American restaurants often wouldn’t fly on the subcontinent; sauces are sweet when they should be spicy, and samosas lack that light, flaky texture. Naan 'n' Curry is here to solve the problem. A Renton institution for almost a decade, regulars call it the real deal. Lamb is extra tender, fish tandoori has the perfect amount of oil and salt, and the house-made naan gets high marks for delicacy. The chef even lavishes attention on side veggies, with sweet, crispy okra accompanying the chicken tikka masala.

Regulars say that portions are smaller than similar restaurants, prices are higher, and service is variable, but their qualms are redeemed by quality and atmosphere. Note that the owners aren’t kidding about their mission to bring you authentic cuisine; if you ask the chef to go easy on the spices, be prepared for some teasing!

Naan 'n' Curry
709 South 3rd Street
Renton, WA 98057
(425) 271-6226

Thai VP: Authentic Thai Cuisine

Thai VP's non-descript location belies its tasty menu of authentic Thai dishes. Visit and you can start with an appetizer like Coconut Prawns with Thai chili sauce, Deep Fried Tofu with garlic sauce or a big bowl of Tom Yum Soup seasoned with coconut milk, lemongrass and chili.

Pad Thai, Pad See Ew – noodles with eggs, broccoli, spinach and your choice of protein, and Curry Fried Rice are among the noodle and rice dishes. House specialties include Swimming Angel with stir fried spinach, bean sprouts and peanut sauce and Summer Fried Eggplant with eggplant, onions, bell pepper and basil in a spicy chili sauce.

Thai VP is open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.

Thai VP
15920 NE 8th Street
Bellevue, WA 98008
(425) 502-7115


A Better Seattle Brunch!

Happy New Year Residents!

We hope you are all having a fantastic start to your 2016! We thought we would kick off our blog this week with a review of one of Seattle's lesser-known brunch hot-spots that's not to be missed. Called "Citizen," this quaint restaurant that looks like something straight out of Harry Potter, and not only boasts amazing coffee, but also an incredible brunch menu with service to match. This hidden gem fills up quick, and their menu features everything from French toast, to omelets, to sandwiches! One of the unique features of Citizen which make it stand out is the fact that not only do they offer vegetarian dishes, but that many of them feature meat substitutes! That way whether you are trying out the vegetarian lifestyle, or just looking to eat a bit healthier, you won't have to sacrifice any of their incredible flavors!

The next time you a craving a breakfast out to start off your day, definitely give Citizen a try! You can find out more at their official website below, and we promise you wont be disappointed!

Website: http://www.citizencoffee.com/

The French Bakery: Grab a Snack on the Terrace

You’ll find crepes, croissants, and other French specialties on the menu at The French Bakery, where locals love to enjoy a snack, a meal, or a cup of coffee. This intimate bistro seats 30 to 40 people and sports a small terrace for outdoor dining. Regulars like The French Bakery’s flavorful coffee drinks, especially its espresso, and some even say that the bakery’s croissants are just as good as ones sold on the streets of Paris. Customer favorites include the almond croissant, the chocolate almond twice-baked croissant, the tiramisu, the Paul crepe, and the roasted turkey and harvati panini.

The French Bakery has two downtown Bellevue locations in addition to its location at the Crossroads Shopping Center, nestled between the Crossroads Bar & Grill and Silver Platters. The French Bakery is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

The French Bakery
15600 NE 8th Street
Bellevue, WA 98008
(425) 747-0557

Chantanee Thai Restaurant and Bar: Classic Thai Cuisine in an Upscale Environment

With its classy ambiance and full menu of traditional Thai dishes, Chantanee Thai Restaurant and Bar in Bellevue is a destination for some fans of Thai food in Bellevue.

Some popular dishes include the crab-stuffed wonton, the crispy garlic chicken or prawns, the phad khi mao, and the panang curry. Chantanee also offers vegetarian versions of most of its meat-based dishes. The chicken, pork, and tofu dishes are especially praised by regular diners.

Chantanee's chefs seasons their food on a spiciness scale of one to five, but those who like it hot should order at least a four. While there is no parking at Chantanee itself, the restaurant validates parking at the nearby Key Center. Chantanee Thai Restaurant and Bar is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

Chantanee Thai Restaurant and Bar
601 108th Avenue
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 455-3226

Lunchbox Laboratory: The Science of Great Cooking

Lunchbox Laboratory is a restaurant with a bold concept. Taking your standard American comfort food and tweaking them through modern science, this fun little restaurant is sure to stay on your mind and palate long after your meal. Not only is the look and atmosphere of the place memorable, but the food far exceeds expectations. Thanks to the creativity of founder Scott Simpson, Lunchbox Laboratory features many experimental dishes that hit all the right notes. The fused duck and pork burgers thrills diners, while the truffle love features an all beef patty seasoned with black truffle mayo. There is even a build your own burger option, allowing diners to customize their very own dish. Other tasty items include jalapeno fritters, pork rinds, and mini corn dogs served with dipping sauce. No matter what you choose you are sure to have an excellent experience at Lunchbox Laboratory. Stop in today and undertake a culinary experiment of your very own.

Lunchbox Laboratory
989 112th Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 505-2676

Classy Cocktails and Cuisine Fight for the Spotlight at Lot No. 3

Yelp reviewers aren't the only ones with something good to say about Lot No. 3 in Bellevue—area food critics pile praise on the trendy gastropub, too. A Downtown Bellevue Times reviewer gushes that its chefs demonstrate a "delicious take on pub comfort foods," and a Seattle Times journalist describes its sliders specifically as "sensational." Other professional foodies say that the cocktails are really what put the cherry on top of a meal at Lot No. 3. But whether you come for the food or the booze, everyone seems to agree that you won't be disappointed.

Those who frequent the gastropub give high marks to the grilled cheese sandwich, stuffed with caramelized caramelized and Beecher's Flagship cheese, all smushed between two slabs of sourdough bread and served with a bowl of creamy tomato soup. The pretzel bun that holds the roast beef sandwich also earns some raves—though you can always experience the freshly made pretzel on its own as an appetizer, complete with a side of specialty sauce (think bourbon-maple and chipotle). Wash down your feast with a craft beer, a glass of wine, a shot of whiskey, or an inventive cocktail.

Lot No. 3
460 106 Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 440-0025

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