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

www.purplecafe.com
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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
www.pumphousebellevue.com
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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
www.bellevuebrewing.com
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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
http://redhousebeerandwine.com
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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
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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
http://www.heavensentfriedchicken.com/
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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
www.facebook.com/pages/Maxs-World-Cafe-Maxs-World-Take-Out/141938999173277
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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
www.facebook.com/pages/Saffron-Deli-Pastry/271182016293703
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Bakes Place: Bellevue

This week I'd like to highlight a local Jazz bar and restaurant in the heart of Bellevue, WA. Bakes Place provides a one of a kind atmosphere unlike any other place on the Seattle Eastside. Great food, great cocktails and a quiet enough setting to mingle with great company makes this a must try venue for your next outing!

The artists that frequently perform here are exceptional and further add to the experience. Check out bakesplacebellevue.com for upcoming events and artist calendar.

Oh did I mention they have the largest screen in Bellevue to watch the Hawks games on?

I Sushi: Taste Fresh Sushi

At I Sushi, you get the ultimate see before-you-buy experience.

Located a short walk from Lake Sammamich State Park in Issaquah, I Sushi is the place to go for the freshest fish around. It’s easy to find out what’s on the menu here, just have a seat and wait for the parade! Right past your seat a conveyor belt will bring hundreds of fresh sushi selections, ready for you to just pick up and enjoy. Sashimi, maki rolls and house specials all come for you to enjoy. If you’re still not sure what to try, don’t hesitate to ask one of the helpful servers, who will be glad to help you navigate through the menu.

Visit I Sushi's website to learn more about this sushi spot near The Estates at Cougar Mountain!

I Sushi
1802 12th Avenue NW
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 313-7378
http://www.yelp.com/biz/isushi-issaquah

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