For Seattleites, it’s the great beyond, but it turns out the Eastside harbors some really great restaurants, and there are new ones opening all the time. So, while Westsiders might moan when life forces them to cross bridges, these eight recent openings are so good they're worth paying a toll to try.
8 New Eastside Restaurants Worth Crossing the Lake For
Though Scott Staples’ latest place isn’t a second location of either, it’s clear from his forays at Quinn’s and Uneeda Burger that the man knows his way around a ground-meat patty. But where Uneeda is urban-chic, Feed is rustic-cool, with deep-fried seasonal produce and game meats rounding out the menu.
It’s a restaurant, sure, but also a pub, brewery, distillery, bakery, and charcuterie. So, basically, it meets all the basic human needs in one place.
It’s sort of cheating, since this is a re-opening, but we’ll use any excuse to talk about Chef Holly Smith’s Northern-Italian sweetbreads, pastas, and rabbit, especially now that the space is revamped to be more diner-friendly.
The opening of the first Seattle-area outlet of this national chain caused long lines and traffic headaches from people in a frenzy for a chicken sandwich. The lines have gone down now, though, so it’s time to see what all those Southerners were squawking about.
There are two types of people: those that were dreaming of a beautiful, grand space with the spiciest Sichuan specialties and best-textured hand-shaven noodles anywhere, and those who didn’t realize such a paradise like this could exist.
Rejecting the traditional Italian restaurant concept, this modern spot dives into the namesake island’s salty specialties, including a selection of antipasti (crostini w/ with prosciutto, fresh burrata cheese, arugula, seasonal fruit, and Sardinian chestnut honey), a slew of pastas, and mains like lamb shank braised in citrus and red wine.
After endless lines clogged up the original Crossroads location of this dumpling heaven, Dough Zone relieved noodle-slurpers everywhere by opening a second location. As the name implies, this is the spot for all things carbo-loaded (pancakes, dumplings, noodles), and hey, top secret: it's way better than what you’ll find at a certain big-name international chain nearby, too.
Yes, it’s in a mall, but forgive this Viennese-style sausage shop for that, and let yourself relax in a meaty paradise. These sausages come in your choice of bun type, there’s a panoply of pretzels, and just trust us, you don’t want to miss the currywurst.
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Naomi Tomky is a lifelong Seattle snob who is embarrassed to admit how often she now drives to the Eastside for food. Don’t tell her mother. Follow her on Twitter @Gastrognome and Instagram @the_gastrognome to see if she’s there now.
1. Chick-fil-A785 116th Ave NE, Bellevue
2. Feed Co. Burgers7990 Leary Way NE, Redmond
3. Beardslee Public House19116 Beardslee Blvd #201, Bothell
4. Cafe Juanita9702 NE 120th Pl, Kirkland
5. La Bu La288 106th Ave NE Suite 200, Bellevue
6. Blu Sardinia8862 161st Avenue Northeast, Redmond
7. Dough Zone Dumpling House15920 NE 8th St, Bellevue
8. WunderBrat15600 NE 8th Street, Bellevue
This fast food chain is well-known for their southern fried chicken sandwiches and myriad dipping sauces, as well as their above-average fast food service standards.
This modern burger restaurant offers organic, hormone and and antibiotic-free beef, an assortment of signature burgers, and daily draft beer selections.
This brewpub from acclaimed restaurateur John Howie is a colossal 10,000-square-foot space with concrete floors, garage doors, and metal chairs, and holds 230 seats in its dining room -- so feel free to bring plenty (or all) of your friends. You'll find an equally expansive list of house-made ales to throw back while you nosh on beer-inspired dishes like stout-infused deviled eggs, Greenleaf IPA & jalapeño hummus, and a soft pretzel made with grains from Beardslee beer.
Chef Holly is large and in charge at Cafe Juanita, and is doing Northern Italy proud. Focusing on fresh, organic, and sustainable meat and seafood, you can dine guilt-free and high class. Throw in a wine list the size of a novella and some truly high-brow desserts and there's not much more you can ask for. But if you're gluten-free you can ask for that, too.
This beautiful, grand restaurant serves the spiciest Sichuan specialties, the best-textured hand-shaven noodles anywhere, and sides like green onion pancake,
Rejecting the traditional Italian restaurant concept, this modern spot dives into the namesake island’s salty specialties, including a selection of antipasti (crostini with prosciutto, fresh burrata cheese, arugula, seasonal fruit, and Sardinian chestnut honey), a slew of pastas, and mains like lamb shank braised in citrus and sea bass pan seared with capers and lemon oil.
This dumpling house really knows what it's doing with their tradition dumplings. Plus, they do a special twist on the classic by giving the bottom of your dumpling an extra-crisp which they call "wings."