BELLEVUE – 5 Quick Stops in Downtown Bellevue

BELLEVUE – 5 Quick Stops in Downtown Bellevue

BELLEVUE – 5 Quick Stops in Downtown Bellevue

Lets talk about downtown Bellevue for a moment shall we? Once home to only a handful of chain restaurants, mostly attached to the mall, is now loaded with many new and hip dining options. It appears we don’t have to cross the bridges for a great local meal any longer.

Here is a quick list of 5 downtown Bellevue eateries that I am sure you will enjoy. These restaurants range from business-lunch friendly, friendly after-work happy hours, as well as several “authentically” ethnic establishments.

La Cocina del Puerco

One restaurant has been through the ever changing skyline transformation over the past 15 years in this city a few miles east of Seattle and has stood out has an authentic, mostly-homemade taste of our friends to the South…Mexico.  La Cocina del Puerco has resided a block off Bellevue Way on Main St. in Old Bellevue, a quaint little stretch of the downtown area packed with shops and unique, local eating joints. The boys and I love this place and the owners are some of the VERY nicest people you have ever met!  Read more from me about La Cocina del Puerco.

 La Cocina del Puerco

When You Go: 

La Cocina del Puerco

10246 Main St # C Bellevue, WA 98004‎

(425) 455-1151

Din Tai Fung

If you ever venture into Lincoln Square, across from Bellevue Square, you no doubt have noticed the long wait lines tucked back near the sky bridge to the Hyatt (Bellevue Place). Peering into the glass you will see workers in their whites carefully and quickly folding dumplings, stuffing won tons, and keeping the clientele happy with their stacks of piping hot bamboo steamers.  My boys and I simply love this place. This essentially Taiwanese restaurant has been featured in all sorts of local magazines, websites, and of course, this blog in a more detailed post. Interesting fact? Din Tai Fung was first Taiwanese restaurant ordered a Michelin star!  What to Order: We LOVE the pork steamed dumplings and spicy pork-stuffed won tons in chili oil. Be careful! That is hot liquid goodness coming out when your chopsticks first puncture that perfect little dumpling pillow.  Read more from me about Din Tai Fung.

When You Go: 

Din Tai Fung

Lincoln Square

700 Bellevue Way NE  Bellevue, WA 98004

(425) 698-1095

Monsoon East

The original Monsoon in Seattle has been making fans of Vietnamese food happy since 1999 so when they opened their Old Bellevue location a few years ago, many Eastsider’s were thrilled to have this upscale riff on Southeast Asian food available without having to cross either of the bridges.  One of the very best happy hours in all of Bellevue, the menu is loaded with lots of unique food offerings with recognizable names yet unique flavor profiles (duck sliders, dumplings, spring rolls, grilled marinated pork belly, just to name a few).  Monsoon East is always a fun place to eat and drink, and did you know they have a Dim Sum brunch on Sundays that is out of this world?  Check it out.

When You Go: 

Monsoon East

10245 Main St  Bellevue, Washington 98004

(425) 635-1112

Oma Bap

Fast and fun Korean-style food near the Fatburger off of Bellevue Way serves up their unique Bi Bim Bap (bee beam bop) noodle, meat, and veg bowls, as well as many traditional and unique Korean food offerings.  This little restaurant is loaded throughout the day with business people on lunch breaks, and younger students who want to get a bowl of food, all who want a filling meal, loaded with flavor, and at a great price. Not familiar with Korean food? This place will help you ease into it with their deep “umami” flavors and amazing service. Read more from me here.

BiBimBap

When You Go: 

Oma Bap

120 Bellevue Way NE  Bellevue, WA 98004

(425) 467-7000

Paddy Coyne’s

Bellevue’s own Irish Pub is part of a larger local run of restaurants (all based in the Puget Sound) that is all about bringing a taste of Ireland to the Lincoln Center. Since I am “Irish Mike” and have worked at one of the great Irish Pubs anywhere (O’Doherty’s in Spokane), I am probably a little hard to please on this front. But I have to say that if you are looking for a great pint of the black stuff, a Black and Tan (they actually carry Bass Ale!), and some traditional Irish-American Pub food (think fish and chips, shepherds pie, corned beef and cabbage etc.), this dark-wooded spot off of the NE 8th entrance to Lincoln Square will feel like you are enjoying a pint the way one should…just like in Ireland.

When You Go: 

Paddy Coyne’s

700 Bellevue Way NE  Bellevue, WA 98004

(425) 453-8080

Lot No. 3

Many of you have eaten at Purple Cafe in Kirkland, Bellevue, or in Seattle but did you know this husband and wife team also opened Barrio and Lot No. 3 in the past few years to resounding success? This dark, hip, energetic spot on 106th Ave in downtown Bellevue is home to some of the most unique small plates in all of Bellevue, but even more interestingly, one of the most diverse liquor selection and knowledgeable bar tenders this side of the lake. Duck Confit, BBQ Pork, and Bacon, Peanut Butter and Jam sliders (yes you read that right), exquisite salads, fantastic sandwiches, and other items pair nicely with their large selection of hard-to-find boutique gins, bourbons, and other spirits. Great happy hour, all week long, and simply a great place to enjoy some laughs and some food. Sit at the bar, their bistro tables, or even on some of their couches and have a great time with your co-workers, a date, or a group of friends. Ask the bartender for his advice on what to drink, they really know their stuff and will make you VERY happy.

When You Go: 

Lot No. 3

460 106th Ave NE  Bellevue, WA 98004

(425) 440-0025
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