Dine Out For Free

The Taiwanese Pork Burger from Facing East in Bellevue

In the Nov/Dec issue of 425, we asked several local chefs and foodies about their favorite eats on the Eastside. Their answers highlighted some well-known spots, but also exposed some hidden gems. The result showcased the Eastside as an area full of delicious dining options.

We want to know: What’s YOUR favorite dish on the Eastside? Tell us in the comments below and you could win a taste from one of many Eastside establishments (a few of which were mentioned in the article), including:

Koral Bar & Kitchen
This New American kitchen, the sister restaurant to Pearl Bar and Dining down the street, highlights upscale appetizers, small plates and a full menu featuring unique items with a plentiful selection of comfortably prepared foods. ($100)

Pomegranate Bistro/POMBAR
Lisa Dupar’s Pomegranate Bistro recently expanded to include the new POMBAR, now open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch until 10pm and open on Sundays for brunch. The bar serves up seasonal craft cocktails, local microbrews and an award-winning wine list. ($50)


Barking Frog 
This Woodinville mainstay, guided by executive chef Bobby Moore, offers exquisite American regional cuisine with Pacific Northwest influences. Rustic charm and an extensive wine list round out this dining experience. ($50)

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar/Lot No. 3 
Pick your poison: seasonal Northwest cuisine and wine at one of many Purple Cafe and Wine Bars or delicious, elevated pub food at Lot No. 3. ($50)

Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar
Enjoy an incredible array of freshly prepared seafood, great steaks, poultry, pastas and raw bar items from Eastside chef and restaurateur John Howie. ($50)

John Howie Steak
This modern spot at The Shops at the Bravern offers USDA Prime custom-aged steaks, excellent side dishes, an award-winning wine list and much more. ($50)

Monsoon East
Modern Vietnamese cuisine and craft cocktails are abound at Sophie and Eric Banh’s second restaurant, located on Main Street in Old Bellevue. ($25)

Black Bottle Postern
The casual tavern is committed to great eating and drinking at fair prices. Enjoy rustic pub food and shared plates from chef Brian Durbin. ($25)

Facing East
The popular Taiwanese restaurant and its Taiwanese Pork Burger were mentioned in the “Best Eats” article. Tip:  get there early to taste the authentic fare — the line for a table gets quite long during  dinner rush. ($25)

No purchase necessary to participate. Entries limited to one per person and one per email address. Void where prohibited. Some restrictions may apply. Promotion ends Tuesday, Dec. 20. Winners will be drawn randomly by 425 magazine staff and announced via 425magazine.com, Facebook and Twitter, or some combination thereof.

  • Amanda S.

    I love the Prime Rib Cheesesteak at the Barking Frog!

  • Jennifer Liu

    I love the BURGER AT JOHN HOWIE! Sooo good!

  • Margaret

    Maggiano’s at Lincoln Square.

    I love their Chicken Francese meal with a nice glass of wine, and afterwards one of their delicious desserts.

    Monsoon East has an excellent Brunch too!

  • Heather

    Love, love, LOVE the Calamari at the Pearl.

  • CJ Slusher

    I love the cocktails and flat breads at Pomegranate!

  • Akiko

    I love Cold Dishes ($5.99 for three items) at Spiced. That is a great value and many choices. You go to the counter to check out the fascinating options and place your order there for delivery to your table. Fantastic!

  • Anjuli B

    I love, love, love the Gorgonzola and Pancetta at Purple. And of COURSE the salted caramels… Yum!!

  • Curtis

    Lobster Mac & Cheese at Purple.

  • Brett

    I love those cheese plates at Purple and the wine, of course.

  • Gary Murphy

    Gorgozola and Pancetta at Purple Cafe!!

  • Alissa Coward

    The rabbit with chickpea crepe at Cafe Juanita!

  • Katie

    Barking frog’s grand mariner prawns

  • Leslie B

    I love the spicy shrimp appetizer at Pearl. So hot but I can’t resist it.

  • Christine Stoll

    Lot No. 3 mac & cheese with sausage. Comfort food at its best!

  • Kirk Heinrich

    I love the duck confit sliders at Lot No 3!

  • Michelle Christie

    Pit roasted salmon at coho cafe or any steak at John Howie .. Mmmmmm

  • Sean

    Bibimbap at Oma Bap in Bellevue!

  • whitney

    Gorgonzola cream chicken from Black Bottle is AMAZE.

  • Jennifer Liu

    My favorite dish on the Eastside is PUMPKIN FRIED RICE from Ginza. Amazing.

  • Gail Murphy

    Sunday Brunch at the Barking Frog!

  • Leah B

    Koral Bar & Kitchen – housemade gnochhi! mmmMMMMmm!

  • Andrea

    Yum! Black Pepper Scallops from Wild Ginger

  • Susan Huenefeld

    planked salmon and salad with blue cheese and pear at Seastar

  • Diane Mcginis

    I adore the white salmon dish at Seastar Restaurant in Bellevue. Yum!

  • Denise

    Dajaj Mishwi from Mediterranean Kitchen — grilled chicken thighs served over a bed of rice, smothered in garlic sauce. Huge plate, tons of leftovers.

  • Jade

    I’ll have to second the pork burger at Facing East.

  • Zachary R. Ahrens

    While I’ve had several excellent meals at Monsoon, along with the tastiest gin and tonic ever — I’m going to recommend the Duck Confit Sliders at Lot No. 3. Savory duck with sweet golden raisins on a just toasted sesame bun. It’s the perfect snack after at the end of a night out.

  • Savannah Pargas

    Mac and cheese or Halibut from the Stone House in Redmond

  • Regina Cervantes

    Preservation Kitchen’s- Wild Boar Pappardelle.

    Amazing and so worth the drive to Bothell to get it!.