The Rock Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits: Casual Dining at Its Finest

The Rock Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits has become a popular place to enjoy wood-fired pizza. In addition to this delicious gourmet fare, The Rock offers an array of items sure to please diners of every taste. Hand tossed, wood fired pizza is topped by the freshest ingredients available. These include chicken, Italian meatballs, pepperoni, hot sausage, as well as a host of fresh veggies like peppers, onions, spinach, artichoke, sun dried tomatoes, and so much more.

While the pizza is unbeatable, The Rock’s other dishes are just as sumptuous. Flame broiled burgers feature juicy patties cooked to perfection, and toppings include an array of goodies, such as blue cheese, pepper bacon, and even beer battered fries. There is also a good selection of pastas, from creamy red sauce preparations to Cajun inspired hot dishes, as well as calzones, sandwiches, soups, and salads.

The Rock Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits
830 North 10th Street
Renton, WA 98055
(425) 255-0334

Bis on Main: French Fare in Bellevue, Washington

Bellevue's Bis on main offers authentic French cuisine and American favorites. It's located minutes from The Estates at Cougar Mountain just a block south of Downtown Park, and it's a pleasant spot for an enjoyable meal. The dining area is bright and modern; the staff friendly and welcoming.

Of course, the food is the highlight here, and there are quite a few well-regarded dishes on the menu. The dinner menu includes appetizers like crabcakes, cheese plates, pork belly, and foie gras. Larger entrees offered here range from dishes like white prawns, duck breast with risotto, and braised rabbit to classics like rack of lamb, filet mignon, polenta, and a fish of the day. There are sides and salads, too, so you can pair your meal with roasted carrots or a fresh mozzarella salad.

Visit Bis on Main's website to learn more about this Bellevue restaurant.

Bis on Main
10213 Main Street
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 455-2033

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar

Find fine wine at Bellevue's Purple Cafe and Wine Bar, where more than 70 wines are available by the glass. Order a wine flight and get a sampling of varietals with three 2.5-ounce pours. Wine’s not all that’s happening at this trendy hotspot, a delectable array of edibles is also on the menu. If you feel like grazing, order something yummy from the small plates menu, like Chicken Liver Mousse, Gorgonzola Stuffed Dates or Smoked Salmon Crostini. Heartier fare includes tasty pizzas, sandwiches and pastas, as well as entrees like Free Range Chicken Breast, Seared Albacore Tuna, Braised Lamb Shank and Pan Roasted Filet Mignon. Save room for one of their luscious desserts.

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar is open daily in Bellevue.

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar
430 106th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 502-6292

The Pumphouse Bar & Grill: Bellevue Burgers and More

For a laid-back, late-night bite and brew, check out The Pumphouse Bar & Grill. Located in Bellevue, The Pumphouse offers diners a menu of classic American eats along with a good selection of beer and mixed drinks.

Sidle up to the bar for an adult beverage or two and order something from The Pumphouse’s delicious appetizer selection. These include Cajun popcorn shrimp, homemade chili, and jalapeno poppers. The daily happy hour includes reduced prices on select drinks, including many popular beer choices as well as wine. Of course The Pumphouse is almost famous for the burger selection, and one glance at the menu should tell you why. You have your choice of guacamole Swiss, blue cheese, and even veggie burgers. All patties are plump and juicy and cooked to perfection. Of course there are many other great items on the menu, from fresh, tasty salads to wraps to sandwiches.

Visit The Pumphouse's website to learn more about this Bellevue restaurant.

The Pumphouse Bar & Grill
11802 NE 8th Street
Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 455-4110

Bellevue Brewing Company: A Bellevue Gastropub

A popular gastropub, the Bellevue Brewing Company offers a well-regarded selection of microbrews, in addition to a menu of tasty New American cuisine. The pub has a sort of sporty vibe, apt for a casual dinner or just for having some drinks at the bar. The beer selection is top notch, with brews ranging from bitters with slight notes of hazelnut and caramel to full-bodied scotch ales. Diners note that the food at Bellevue Brewing Company pairs well with the beer selection. Think refined comfort food, full of flavor and homey goodness. Appetizers include such plates as a hearty meat and cheese dish, smoked chicken wings, and a special five-cheese mac attack. Entrees feature pizza and sandwiches, as well as lighter fare, such as some delectable soups and salads.

Bellevue Brewing Company
1820 130th Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 497-8686

Red House Beer & Wine Shoppe: Tasty Tapas and More

Red House Beer and Wine Shoppe is a restaurant and wine shop located in a former 1920's boarding house for railroad workers and coal miners. The restaurant comprises various rooms decorated with beer and wine bottles, and an extensive wine and beer selection is available to purchase. Order a couple of tapas to share among the table, like the Baked Goat Cheese with chevre marinated in herbs, olive oil baked with caramelized onions, tomato, olives, and roasted garlic. IIf you're looking for something more filling, try the popular Red House Paella, with prawns, chicken, chorizo, roasted peppers, peas, clams, and saffron rice. Specials change regularly, so there is always something new to try. The quaint, comfortable restaurant is a great place to relax after work with delicious food and drink.

Red House Beer and Wine Shoppe
410 Burnett Avenue South
Renton, WA 98055
(425) 226-2666

Sample Some of the Area’s Best Pho at Pho World

Hot, spicy, and piping hot, pho (a popular Vietnamese street food noodle soup) is believed by many to have healing properties. While we can't promise pho at Pho World will help you get over a cold quicker, at least you'll eat well trying! First, choose your protein (meat, seafood, or tofu) and get ready; this is rich and fragrant broth, full of lime, basil, sprouts, onions, and cilantro, piled with fresh noodles. Regulars say Pho World is home to some of the area's best pho.

Here, the light, flaky spring rolls are a nice extra snack, and other menu items get high marks, too. Prices are decent, and the service is fast and friendly.

Pho World
17823 108th Avenue SE
Renton, WA 98055
(425) 254-3555

Enjoy Flaky Biscuits, Crispy Chicken at Heaven Sent Fried Chicken

Heaven Sent Fried Chicken delights local diners with its menu of Southern-inspired cuisine. This unassuming soul food joint wouldn’t be out of place in in the South; the biscuits are hot and moist, the mac ‘n’ cheese is creamy, the collards have that Carolina snap … oh, and the chicken? Regulars call it a spicy delight, with light, crispy skin, and juicy meat.

There’s counter service only and waits can get long — up to 20 minutes. Fans say the wait is worth it for what might be some of the area's best fried chicken. Visit Heaven Sent's website to find out more about this Renton restaurant!

Heaven Sent Fried Chicken
509B South 3rd Street
Renton, WA 98057
(425) 917-3000

Don’t Skip the Cuban Panini at Max’s World Café

If you want five star food without the attitude, try Max’s World Café in Issaquah, a casual, welcoming restaurant. The varied world menu features Portuguese fare specialties and Indian spices. Many customers stop in for lunch and rave about the fish tacos with crispy slaw or the Cuban panini with smoky pulled pork and curry sauce.

There are only a handful of tables in this little gem. It may be a tad pricey, but only fresh, quality ingredients are used, and the flavors make a meal here worthy of the splurge. Don’t overlook the special sauces, which you can purchase to take home or give to a friend.

Max’s World Café
212 Front Street North
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 391-8002

Order the Jungle Curry at Saffron Deli and Pastry

Saffron Deli and Pastry is a hidden gem in Issaquah for South Asian fare favorites. The menu is varied and always changing, but this eatery is known for flavorful pho with a unique broth—a must try. Other favorites include the Lao Sausage and the Jungle Curry with eggplant, chicken, and bamboo shoots.

What the portions lack in size, the friendly owner makes up for in customer service. She’s welcoming to her customers and makes everything to order. It’s a small space but rarely packed, so don’t be surprised if you are the only one there. The light blue walls and batik tablecloths make for a cheery ambiance.

Saffron Deli and Pastry
700 NW Gilman Boulevard
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 391-2488

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