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

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 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

Panera Bread: Fresh Fare in Issaquah

Seeking a quick, healthful meal near The Estates at Cougar Mountain? Consider a visit to Panera Bread. This chain restaurant is a healthy alternative to burgers and fries, with a welcoming atmosphere that invites diners to sit and linger for a bit.

Visit in the morning to enjoy a breakfast of bagels, pastries, and breakfast sandwiches. Or stop in during lunch or dinner for a quick, tasty meal. There are a variety of sandwiches, soups, and salads to choose from, or order a combo to get two tastes in one meal. The menu now includes some pasta options as well for heartier appetites. All the calories are posted next to the food on the menu so you can know exactly how much you're eating.

Panera Bread has coffee, too, as well as a number of freshly baked breads. Everything's available to go, too!

Panera Bread
775 NW Gilman Boulevard
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 369-6180

Similan Thai Cuisine: An Issaquah Thai Restaurant

Similan Thai Cuisine is an Issaquah spot where you can find all of your Thai food favorites, from Pad Thai to Panang curry at reasonable prices, with many entrees around $10. If you like noodle dishes but want to try something new, customers recommend the Pad Kee Mao, stir-fried noodles with egg, veggies, chili pepper, and basil.

The interior space is a nice bonus. Sticks of bamboo are used as room dividers, and the walls and floor are artfully painted, creating a pleasing ambiance. Similan is popular for a fast lunch, so check out the combination specials to enjoy two tastes for the price of one!

Similan Thai Cuisine
5704 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway SE
Issaquah, WA 98029
(425) 677-8159

The Boarding House: Like Coming Home

You can get a taste of home easily, when you come to The Boarding House. Located in historic Gilman Village, the Boarding House has been satisfying hungry lunch diners for over three decades. The experience begins when you walk inside this quaint country eatery. It’s like you stepped into a country inn! The service is friendly, but there’s no table service. Just step up to the counter and order from a menu of homemade soups, tasty salads and sandwiches made with the best seasonal ingredients. The Sampler Plate Special is a great way to try a little bit of everything, and bigger appetites can go for the combination patters. There’s a nice kids’ menu, and just try to pass up one of the homemade desserts. The Boarding House is open seven days a week.

The Boarding House
317 NW Gilman Boulevard, Suite 7
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 392-1100

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Pair Your Burger With a Creamy Shake at Red Robin

Classic American favorites on the menu at Red Robin in Issaquah. The menu is full of gourmet burgers — try the Royal Red Robin topped with a fried egg and bacon, or the Banzai burger topped with pineapple. Plus, you can make any burger a monster burger with two patties instead of one. There are also a few wraps, salads, and entree options like the chicken platter, prime rib dip, and fish and chips. There are also chicken sandwiches available, and all burgers can be customized with different buns, and gluten free buns are available. You can even substitute a veggie burger or Boca burger in any sandwich so even vegetarians can enjoy these delicious meals. For a treat, enjoy a classic milkshake with your burger, and don't forget about the bottomless steak fries. For a hearty, tasty meal, head to Red Robin!

Red Robin
1085 Lake Drive
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 313-0950