2017 Best of 425

Readers voted for all their favorite things — and with the help of Moss Adams, we tallied thousands of votes. We are excited to reveal your picks for the best Eastside eats, drinks, people, places, and things! And yes, a few Seattle faves made the cut, too. Thanks to everyone who voted and congratulations to the winners.

By Natalie DeFord, Lauren Foster, Joanna Kresge, Todd Matthews, Margo Greenman, and Karen Miller

Arts and Entertainment

Haciendo Papel Picado/Making Paper Cutouts, Carmen Lomas Garza

Haciendo Papel Picado/Making Paper Cutouts, Carmen Lomas Garza

Bellevue Arts Museum
Right in downtown Bellevue is a cultural center that presents challenging and inspiring art exhibits year after year. The museum focuses on arts, crafts, and design. You’ll see exhibitions that place international artists alongside Northwest artists. Bellevue

Art Gallery
artEAST Art Center
It’s all about art at the artEAST Art Center. From exhibitions to classes, the center celebrates all that’s great about the arts. Stop by and meet a local artist showing an exhibit, or sign up for one of the center’s many camps and classes. Issaquah 

Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair
This popular summer festival is celebrating 71 years this July! It’s an Eastside staple, and year after year people flock to the largest arts and crafts festival in the Northwest, hosted by the Bellevue Arts Museum. More than 300 artists showcase their unique work, from modern to the traditional. It’s a great place to be inspired and to find a one-of-a-kind piece. The fair is near and dear to the hearts of Eastsiders, and was responsible for bringing the Bellevue Arts Museum to life. Bellevue

Stone Lounge
Sometimes you just want to have a drink and belt out a tune. Readers love Stone Lounge for parties or just a night out on the town. Rent a room there and sing! Bellevue

Photo courtesy MOViN 92.5

Photo courtesy MOViN 92.5

Radio Personality  Jubal Flagg and Brooke Fox
The morning commute can be a drag, but readers say it’s much improved with MOViN 92.5’s Brooke & Jubal in The Morning. With hilarious bits like 2nd Date Update and Jubal’s Phone Taps, the two radio personalities make the morning breeze by.

Snoqualmie Casino
The Eastside likes to try its luck at Snoqualmie Casino. With more than 50 gaming tables, a poker room, live entertainment, top-of-the-line dining, and 1,700 slots, Snoqualmie has it all. Who needs Vegas when you can jet over to Snoqualmie? Snoqualmie

Live Theater
Village Theatre
Ah, the thrill of live theater! With two locations, Village Theatre always has something new happening onstage. It also offers Village Theatre Originals, a nationally recognized program that workshops original shows. And there are shows for kids. The theater is alive and well on the Eastside! Everett and Issaquah

Movie Theater
iPic Theater
Dinner and a movie, all in one convenient stop at Redmond Town Center. Take a break from the run-of-the-mill concession stand and indulge in a chef-directed menu and exciting cocktails. iPic has all the top releases, so kick back and relax in style as you take in the latest movie. Redmond

Best Kept Secret + Nightclub
Bake’s Place
The Eastside says Bake’s Place is the best-kept secret, but we’re letting the cat out of the bag. This restaurant and live music spot is the top choice for a night out on the town. Now expanded to being open six nights a week, Bake’s Place features everything from jazz to blues to acoustic music. And the food and drinks are divine! Bellevue

Local Celebrity
Russell Wilson
The Eastside has a lot of love for the Seattle Seahawks’ starting quarterback. When he’s not throwing touchdown passes, he’s working in the community visiting children at Seattle Children’s Hospital and spending time with his family in Bellevue. Since arriving in the Northwest after the 2012 NFL draft, Wilson has made the Northwest proud.

Local Band
The Slacks
Eastside cover band The Slacks can be found playing hits from the ’70s, ’80s, and a few hits from the ’90s. Catch the band playing at events, festivals, and venues.

Local Blog
Kathryn Hilger Kingen, Good For You
On the Salty’s Waterfront Seafood Grills website is a hidden gem in the Good For You blog. Written by Salty’s co-owner Kathryn Hilger Kingen, the blog is full of ideas, recipes, and more about how to make your body feel good about, well, good food. Read more at saltys.com/blogs/good-for-you.

TV Personality
Steve Pool, KOMO
This mustachioed meteorologist has a special spot in the hearts of his fans in Western Washington. We trust Steve Pool to tell us about the weather — and don’t blame him for all the rain. Seattle

Business and Services

Small Business
Sammamish Orthodontics
Let’s face it. Braces can be a drag. The team at Sammamish Orthodontics knows this, and that’s why it offers high-quality care and more. Nearly three dozen local school activities programs and community charities benefit from the financial benevolence of Dr. Mark Nelson, Dr. Todd Steinhart, and the entire staff at this small business on the plateau. Sammamish

Medium Business
Chameleon Technologies, Inc.
The Eastside’s Fortune 500 companies have turned to this medium-sized business for nearly 20 years to meet their staffing needs. It appears Chameleon Technologies has been adding staff, too. The company earned the best small-business title in 2015, and now claims the medium-sized business crown. Kirkland

Courtesy The Meyden

Courtesy The Meyden

The Meyden
The Meyden apartment building in the heart of Old Bellevue is within walking distance to restaurants, shops, and cafes. The five-story, 254-unit building offers units ranging from studios to two-bedrooms, and amenities such as a lounge, theater, arcade game room, and fitness center. Bellevue

Fena Flowers
Gorgeous centerpieces and bouquets filled with fresh flowers all reliably delivered to local homes or offices are the reasons 425 readers consistently name Fena Flowers the best Eastside florist. Kirkland

Large Business + Coolest Office Space 
These days, it’s all about the cloud. BitTitan is a leader in helping millions of users around the world use cloud computing to grow their businesses. And they have fun doing it, too. Biannual bonuses, a free candy station, and unlimited vacation days? That sounds like a cool place to work, indeed! Kirkland

Tattoo Artist 
Wil Spaedt, Skin and Soul Tattoo
Polite, funny, professional, and efficient: Those are the words used to describe tattoo artist Wil Spaedt, whose designs are intricate and attractive. As one Yelp reviewer raves, “If you want a marvelous tattoo, go see Wil!” Bellevue

Car Dealership
Lexus of Bellevue
The team at Lexus of Bellevue wants you to enjoy your car-buying experience by saving you time and building a long-term relationship. They offer sleek, functional, and dependable automobiles at their respected Eastside dealership. Bellevue

Laura E. Hoexter, Helsell Fetterman
Laura Hoexter’s areas of expertise are varied and invaluable. She helps entrepreneurs realize their business goals by helping them form business partnerships and create LLCs and S-corporations. She’s a resource for people looking to create wills and trusts and administer their estates. Readers rely on her expertise and have voted her best attorney for nine consecutive years. Seattle

Realtor / Real Estate Agent
Daphna Robon, Berkshire Hathaway
Daphna Robon is a former practicing attorney and a skilled mediator who helps clients easily navigate the piles of paperwork and detailed negotiation process inherent when buying a home on the Eastside. Bellevue

Financial Advisor
Annukka Mikkola, Merrill Lynch
A veteran finance professional and trusted resource for Eastside investors, Annukka Mikkola is the wealth-management advisor and senior vice president of wealth management for the Mikkola Small Wealth Management Group at Merrill Lynch. Mikkola and her team manage more than $500 million in client balances. Bellevue

Insurance Agent
Sarah Steblay, Alliant Insurance Group
Sarah Steblay is a veteran personal risk-management advisor who works with individuals and families to produce customized insurance plans to protect their valuable assets. Seattle

Mortgage Lender
Josh Donion, Opes Advisors
An industry veteran with more than 15 years of experience, Josh Donion is a friendly and professional advisor who understands buying a property is a big deal to most people. Donion focuses on his customers’ short- and long-term financial goals to help structure loans that instill his clients with certainty and confidence about their decisions. Bellevue

Home Security
Eastside Audio Video
For nearly 15 years, Eastside Audio has prided itself on expert craftsmanship and state-of-the-art equipment to create affordable home entertainment experiences without breaking homeowners’ budgets. Nothing is more satisfying to the Eastside Audio team than seeing clients’ reactions to a successfully finished product. Bellevue

Photo by Gordon Wang

Photo by Gordon Wang

For more than 45 years, Hopelink has helped Eastside communities by offering assistance in critical areas such as housing, transportation, employment, adult education, and financial literacy. The organization also operates five food banks and assists more than 64,000 people every year. Various locations

Banner Bank
This Eastern Washington bank was founded more than 125 years ago, and operates 190 full-service branches throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, and Utah. Its parent company, Banner Corporation, manages nearly $10 billion in assets. Beyond the financial bottom line, more than 800 Banner Bank employees donated more than 30,000 hours of community service last year. Various locations

Credit Union
The not-for-profit financial co-op’s roots date back to 1935, when 18 Boeing employees put in 50 cents each to found what was then Fellowship Credit Union (their first loan totaled $2.50 and was taken out by a Boeing employee to purchase tools). Today, Boeing Employees Credit Union (BECU) has more than 940,00 members (both Boeing and non-Boeing employees), more than 1,200 employees, and more than $12 billion in assets. Various locations

Market Optical
For more than 35 years, Market Optical has combined style and functionality to offer exclusive eyewear by top brand designers. Eastside residents turn to Market Optical when they want good-looking glasses. Various locations

Photo by Rachel Coward

Photo by Rachel Coward

Auto Repair 
Jeff’s Auto Repair
Jeff Geitzen started this repair shop in 1980 with one employee (himself) and expanded the business to include five locations (including Bellevue and Renton on the Eastside), 40 service bays, and 35 employees today. These trusted auto-service experts will get your wheels moving at a fair price. Various locations

Fashion and Retail

Bridal Shop 
La Belle Elaine’s
From all things borrowed and blue to something shiny and new, La Belle Elaine’s in Seattle has everything you need to tie the knot. Its selection of dresses and accessories for brides and bridesmaids is one of the largest in the area. Seattle

Kids Store + Baby Store
Simplicity ABC
There’s one place to shop for your tots that stands out above the rest — Simplicity ABC in Kirkland. The space provides not only a wonderful shopping experience but also a space for the community to gather and for parents and children to feel welcome and supported. Kirkland

Men’s Clothier
Seattle Thread Co.
All the sharp dressed men know about Seattle Thread Co., with its wide variety of trendy and classic looks. Kirkland has this store to thank for high-quality clothing, shoes, leather goods, accessories, suits, formal wear, and more. Kirkland

Thrift Store
Value Village
When it comes to being fiscally and ecologically responsible, shopping for used goods allows you to do both in style. Best of all, Value Village’s recycling and reselling process keeps more than 650 million pounds of used goods out of the landfills each year. Various locations

Via Lago
Repeat winner Via Lago is a community favorite. Whether it’s clothing, accessories, or lingerie, it’s been providing sought-after fashion for more than 16 years. Owner Chapman Fina is big on giving back to the community, and hosts fundraisers at the store. Kirkland

Courtesy LumberUnion

Courtesy LumberUnion

Local Fashion Designer 
An homage to the history and culture of the Pacific Northwest, LumberUnion fashions give a nod to the lumber industry of our region and embrace all things plaid and outdoorsy. The timeless, cozy lumberjack and Jill look gets a new twist with modern, tailored fits and trendy new styles. Plus, this environmentally conscious company partners with other organizations to plant trees and promote the greater good. Seattle

Photo courtesy Gilman Gallery

Photo courtesy Gilman Gallery

Antique Store 
Gilman Gallery
If you’re looking for a great place to discover trinkets and treasures, you have to check out Gilman Gallery in Issaquah. The 19,000-square-foot mall is filled with antiques and collectibles from more than 100 dealers. There’s also event space for meetings and parties. Issaquah

Jewelry Store 
J. Lewis Jewelry
All that glitters is gold — and silver, and diamonds, and rubies — at this Bellevue jewelry store. Founder Jill Lewis created her own business after years of working for a major manufacturer. She set out to make J. Lewis a place where buying jewelry and diamonds could be a fun, friendly, and relaxed experience. Bellevue

Barnes & Noble
Curl up with a good book after visiting your local Barnes & Noble. Voted best by 425 readers, this chain is the nation’s largest retail bookseller, with more than 634 locations. Various locations

Food and Drink

Photo by Porpat Lavanamal

Photo by Porpat Lavanamal

Bai Tong
What started as a small restaurant near Sea-Tac Airport in 1989 has transformed into the region’s standard for authentic Thai food. Thai food favorites all can be found on the menu at any of Bai Tong’s three area locations. Various locations

Whether you’re in the mood for something savory or sweet, one thing is certain — you won’t leave hungry after brunch at Salty’s. Enjoy favorites like Pacific Northwest Benedict and grilled kielbasa sausage, an assortment of sweet pastries, classic sides, and morning cocktails. Various locations

John Howie
Eastside chef John Howie is renowned for his world-class filet mignon, porterhouse, and sirloin steaks, and the other mouth-watering dishes he offers at his restaurants across the Eastside and Seattle, including Seastar Restaurant & Bar, Sport Restaurant & Bar, John Howie Steak, Beardslee Public House & Brewery, and Wildwood Spirits Co. However, while his culinary skills are undoubtedly a cut above the rest, this local chef and restaurateur also is a champion for the community and is always finding ways to give back. Various locations

Photo by Jeff Hobson

Photo by Jeff Hobson

French + Outdoor Dining
Le Grand Bistro Americain
High-quality French food with American inspiration makes Le Grand Bistro a favorite. Start your meal with tasty cured meats and assortment of cheeses, then follow it up with filet mignon with Cognac sauce, steamed mussels, and pan-roasted chicken with truffle sauce. When the weather is good, this French restaurant also offers outdoor dining. Kirkland

Restaurant + Happy Hour + Italian + Dessert
Vivo 53
Vivo 53 has only been on the scene a short time, but it’s already a favorite among hungry Eastsiders. With an assortment of rustic wood-fired pizzas, modern twists on classic Italian cuisine, inventive cocktails, one-of-a-kind sundaes, and a twice-daily happy hour, we’re not surprised 425 readers voted Vivo 53 the best for restaurant, Italian, dessert, and happy hour. Bellevue

Lunch + Hole In The Wall
Poke MIX
Looking for something light but delicious? Look no further than Poke MIX. Poke MIX, located at Bellevue Square, is a popular lunch destination for its customizable poke bowls, which can be loaded with as many toppings as you want. Bellevue

Tipsy Cow
Nothing hits the spot like a juicy burger. This Redmond burger bar offers a full menu of quirkily named burgers, including the signature Tipsy Burger, which features a 7-ounce grass-fed beef patty, melty Beecher’s Flagship White Cheddar, crisp lettuce, ripe tomato, fresh onions, and Tipsy Sauce. Redmond

French Fries
Dick’s has been a local institution since its first location opened in 1954. Over the years, new locations have opened across Seattle and, most recently, the popular burger stop established a presence in Edmonds. However, it’s not just Dick’s burgers that have Eastside residents craving more — it’s the fries. Made from 100-percent real Pacific Northwest potatoes, these hand-cut fries are made fresh to order. Various locations

Red Robin
From the kitschy décor on the walls to the bottomless fries (and freckled lemonade), Red Robin is a favorite for kids and parents alike. Various locations

Truong N. Photography

Truong N. Photography

New Restaurant
Carmines is new to Bellevue, but if the menu looks familiar, that’s because it is a spinoff of Seattle’s popular Il Terrazzo Carmine. The restaurant offers a full bar and an extensive menu of Italian fare, including pasta, pizza, soups, and much more. Beautifully decorated, the atmosphere is one that welcomes celebrations and the clinking of wine glasses with good food brought to you by a local family that has been doing so for decades. Bellevue

Mod Pizza
A pioneer of the fast-casual pizza concept, Bellevue-based Mod Pizza, with locations across the country and the U.K., provides people with the option to create a fully customized pizza (there are more than 30 toppings to choose from). People love this pizza chain for its tasty pizzas and friendly quick service. Plus, Mod Pizza is big on giving back, so many of the dollars you give to Mod go right back to the community. Various locations

Photo by Geoffrey Smith

Photo by Geoffrey Smith

With two Eastside locations, in Bellevue and Kirkland, Cactus offers an innovative take on traditional Southwestern and Mexican dishes, offering zesty appetizers, fresh salads, hearty entrees, and mouth-watering desserts. Enjoy classics like carne asada, or try something different, like the butternut squash enchiladas. (And don’t forget to order the margarita!) Various locations

When Eastside residents are in the mood for something light, healthy, and meat-free, Jujubeet is their go-to. Opt for a liquid lunch with one of Jujubeet’s many revitalizing juice blends or smoothies, or dig in to one of the juice bar’s heartier offerings, like its curried quinoa salad, buckwheat noodles, and more. Bellevue

Classic-style burgers, fries, and shakes are Burgermaster’s specialty, and everything is made to order, so you know your meal always will be hot, fresh, and tasty. With multiple locations across the region, including Bellevue and Mill Creek, a Burgermaster location is always close. Various locations

Hearty sandwiches loaded with fresh seasonal veggies straight from Homegrown’s Woodinville farm make each one of the artisan sandwiches special — and delicious. Choose from Homegrown’s take on a classic turkey, bacon, avocado; fill up on the grass-fed steak and cheddar; or go green with the hummus and roasted red pepper. Various locations

Coffee Shop 
Mercurys Coffee Co.
Locally owned and operated, Woodinville-based Mercury’s Coffee has locations across the Eastside and is a favorite fuel-up spot for thirsty caffeine drinkers. The beloved Eastside café continues to grow, with three new Eastside locations, in Bellevue, Sammamish, and Redmond, opening this year. Various locations

Photo by Jeff Hobson

Photo by Jeff Hobson

Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar
For fresh seafood presented like a work of art, John Howie-owned Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar does it best. Want a little bit of everything? Try the Chef’s Sushi Plate or Raw Bar Sampler — but be sure to save room for the Dungeness crab cakes. Bellevue

3 Pigs Bar B-Q
Dry-rubbed, mesquite-smoked, sauce-slathered meats are what the Harrel brothers, owners of 3 Pigs Bar B-Q in Bellevue, know best. Since 1989, they’ve been sating Eastside residents’ cravings for quality barbecue, providing a sports bar atmosphere where guests can dig into delicious dishes — like pork ribs, chicken, or a one-third-pound beef sandwich with potato salad, coleslaw, or mac ’n’ cheese on the side — and enjoy a refreshing iced tea (or a cold beer) while watching the big game. Bellevue

Bakery Nouveau
Eastside residents don’t mind making the trek to Seattle to experience Bakery Nouveau. It’s been making handmade breads, pastries, and chocolates for more than 20 years. It’s a favorite that captures people’s senses before they even walk through the door. Seattle

Top Pot Doughnuts
Sweet, fried, and hand-forged, Top Pot Doughnuts take the cake when it comes to best doughnut on the Eastside. Whether you prefer the classics like an old-fashioned or want to indulge in something smothered in sprinkles, Top Pot has a doughnut for you. Various locations

Food Truck
The Box on Wheels
The Box on Wheels is in the business of bringing affordable, quality Asian fusion to hungry Eastside residents. From Bellevue to Bothell, patrons can fill up on everything from pork belly bao and French fries, to lighter options like the truck’s chop chop salad topped with creamy sesame dressing. Various locations

Kanishka Redmond
A modern take on traditional Indian cuisine, Kanishka Redmond infuses its menu with fresh, seasonal ingredients to create dishes that are simple yet full of character. Fans of Kanishka Redmond appreciate the restaurant’s straightforward menu, professional service, and sophisticated atmosphere.

Cheap Eats
Ooba Tooba
When your pocketbook is feeling flimsy, you can still grab a tasty bite to eat without draining your bank account. Ooba Tooba dishes up tacos, burritos, and other Mexican favorites, with new menu items added regularly. Various locations

Photo by Rachel Coward

Photo by Rachel Coward

Sushi + Japanese 
More than sushi, FLO offers edible works of art made from fresh, local ingredients. This beloved Eastside restaurant features traditional Japanese favorites as well as modern masterpieces designed to tantalize the taste buds, taking restaurant-goers on a tasting tour of Japan without leaving Bellevue. Bellevue

Fine Dining 
Daniel’s Broiler
Fine dining, meet Daniel’s Broiler, a restaurant where premium steaks, seafood, and spirits converge with stunning views and live music to create a fine-dining experience certain to ignite all five senses. Come for the food, stay for the view, and return to experience it all over again. Various locations

Mediterranean Kitchen
Craving kabobs? Mediterranean Kitchen has you covered. With multiple locations on the Eastside, Mediterranean Kitchen’s menus offer everything from shawarma and spanakopita, to stuffed grape leaves, hummus, and all your Mediterranean favorites. Various locations

Novelty Hill Januik
With award-winning cabernet sauvignons, merlots, chardonnays, and sauvignon blancs and a stunning garden and outdoor patio to swirl, sip, and savor each varietal, Woodinville’s Novelty Hill Januik is a favorite among Eastside oenophiles. Come for the wine, and then stay for fresh handmade pizza, available Friday-Sunday. Woodinville

Photo by Jeff Hobson

Photo by Jeff Hobson

Monsoon East
Fresh Pacific Northwest flavors meet traditional Vietnamese cuisine at Bellevue’s Monsoon East. Sink your teeth into crispy vegetable rolls, lemongrass chicken banh mi, and hearty bowls of pho made with oxtail broth. And don’t forget to pair your meal with one of Monsoon’s cocktails; your taste buds will thank you. Bellevue

Photo by Julia Sumpter

Photo by Julia Sumpter

Din Tai Fung
Dumplings — what’s not to love? They’re warm, doughy pockets steamed to perfection with savory fillings like shrimp, veggies, and pork. And while many restaurants in the region have their own tasty take on this centuries-old creation, Eastside residents said no one does it better than Din Tai Fung. Originally a cooking-oil shop founded in Taipei in 1958, Din Tai Fung evolved into a restaurant in 1972, when it started serving soup dumplings in noodles. Today, the Taiwan-born restaurant has locations across the globe, including the Eastside. Various locations

Woodinville Whiskey Co.
Woodinville Whiskey Co. is concerned with one thing — making great whiskey. The Woodinville distillery uses state-of-the-art equipment and quality ingredients to concoct its one-of-a-kind whiskey blends. Woodinville

Grocery Store
Since 1953, PCC Natural Markets has been a purveyor of high-quality, sustainable food. With locations across the region, this food-buying club has grown to be the largest consumer-owned natural food retail co-op in the country. Various locations

Photo courtesy Blind Tiger

Photo courtesy Blind Tiger

Black Raven
Handcrafted staples and seasonal brews are on the menu at Redmond’s Black Raven Brewing Co. Here, craft beer lovers can enjoy everything from Black Raven’s take on classic lagers and IPAs, to more adventurous concoctions like its award-winning Corvus Kriekus American Cherry Sour. Cheers! Redmond

Romantic Dinner 
Café Juanita
Incredible Italian food paired with delicious wine beckons romance, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Kirkland’s Café Juanita. In addition to the restaurant’s delectable menu, which changes depending on what’s fresh and in season, the service at this Kirkland restaurant is in a league all its own. Having received accolades not only from restaurant-goers but the James Beard Foundation as well, Café Juanita takes the experience one step further, creating a dining experience you and your date won’t soon forget. Kirkland

Heath and Beauty

Dr. Adam Tetuan
Bellevue-based chiropractor Dr. Adam Tetuan is a repeat Best of 425 winner because patients love him. Dr. Tetuan can tailor a treatment plan for you whether you have an athletic injury, accident, or injury from everyday activities. He’s known for his friendly demeanor and knowledgeable care. Bellevue 

Dr. Elena Zinkov
With a background as a competitive athlete, Dr. Elena Zinkov of Proactive Health is passionate about helping people live healthy and active lives. Zinkov focuses on an individualized approach to wellness with an emphasis on patient education. Naturopathic medicine is all about treating the whole person, something Proactive Health and Zinkov take to heart. Bellevue

Courtesy Yuan Spa

Courtesy Yuan Spa

Yuan Spa
Treat yourself with a day at the spa. Yuan Spa will help you rejuvenate, not just your mind and spirit, but your body, too. Programs can be personalized to meet your needs. Bellevue

Photo courtesy Wendy Spektor

Photo courtesy Wendy Spektor

Dr. Wendy Spektor
Flash those pearly whites! With care from Dr. Wendy Spektor at Spektor Dental, you’ll be feeling good about your smile. Spektor is a longtime member of the Eastside community, opening her dental practice in 1982. Bellevue

Allegro Pediatrics
With clinics all over the Eastside, sick kiddos are never far from a check-up at Allegro Pediatrics. With service for little ones from prenatal care on, the team at Allegro Pediatrics will help your child grow up healthy and strong. Various locations

Physical Therapist
IRG Physical & Hand Therapy
With both physical therapy and hand therapy, Integrated Rehabilitation Group helps patients get back to feeling their best. Readers love the friendly, positive atmosphere at the various Eastside locations. The group is also out in the community, offering support to local sports teams, events, and organizations. Various locations

Photo courtesy Courtney Matteson

Photo courtesy Courtney Matteson

Personal Trainer
Chris Doran, Serious About Fitness
When you’re looking to get fit, it’s good to have some guidance and support. Chris Doran, owner of Serious About Fitness, has more than 20 years of experience in personal training and sports medicine. Get stronger, get fit, and get to be a better you with Doran. Redmond

Sammamish Orthodontics
Straighten up that smile at Sammamish Orthodontics. Braces are a breeze, thanks to the Sammamish Orthodontics team. Got a kid with a school-day appointment? They’ll pick them up in a VIP (Very Important Patient) shuttle from school! There are also extended hours to fit in early morning appointments. Sammamish

Gene Juarez
With a haircut from Gene Juarez, you’ll be feeling your look. And there are many more services at the salon, from ahhh-mazing massages, skincare treatments, and more. Readers’ fave place to get glammed up is at Gene Juarez. Various locations

Dr. James Haines
Since 1980, Dr. James Haines has been helping women feel their best at Overlake Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Haines is well-known in the field — he’s president of the Seattle Gynecological Society a chairperson on the obstetrics and gynecology department at Overlake Medical Center. Bellevue

Yoga Studio
Alive & Shine Center
Winner of Best of 425 for six years, and celebrating more than 25 years in business, Alive & Shine Center is the Eastside’s family-owned, authentic yoga, meditation, and lifestyle oasis. It provides classes, workshops, and elite teacher training. It’s also home of the Purna Yoga College, a state-licensed vocational school. Its mission is to teach safe and transformative classes so students feel alive and shine! Bellevue 

Dr. Pauline Haugen, Higher Health Chiropractic and Wellness Center
Chiropractic care helped Dr. Pauline Haugen treat and recover from the injuries she suffered during her days as a track star for the Canadian National Team and as a Division I college athlete. Today, it’s Haugen’s patients that are the ones benefitting from the Bellevue doctor’s unique perspective and experience with chiropractic care. Bellevue

Gerald Pope Photography

Gerald Pope Photography

Gym + Massage + Mani/pedi
PRO Sports Club
Get fit at PRO Sports Club with two locations on the Eastside. And it’s so much more than a gym. It includes a spa where you can get, according to readers, the best massage and mani/pedi on the Eastside. Pamper yourself and work on your fitness, all in one convenient location! Bellevue and Redmond

Assisted Living
The Gardens at Town Square
For those downsizing, moving to assisted living means opening a new chapter of life. The Gardens at Town Square has comprehensive health care services in a facility that compares to a five-star hotel. Plus, it’s right in downtown Bellevue. Bellevue

Senior Living
Emerald Heights
Live maintenance-free with services and amenities at Emerald Heights. Retire in style at Emerald Heights, with its beautiful facility and resident-driven activities. Retirement has never been so fun. Redmond

Eye Care
Dr. Rick McManus
Jeepers creepers, where’d you get those peepers … checked out? If you’re one of our readers, your favorite doc is Rick McManus. Set up an appointment with Dr. McManus at Bellevue Optometry Services, which has been serving the community since 1986. Bellevue

Cosmetic Surgeon
Dr. David Stephens, Stephens Plastic Surgery
A pioneer in the field of endoscopic surgery of the breast and face, Dr. David Stephens has been bringing quality cosmetic surgery and care to the Eastside since 1998. Dr. Stephens is one of the top cosmetic surgeons in the country, and he’s right in our own backyard. Bellevue

Photo by Richard Bartz

Photo by Richard Bartz

EvergreenHealth in Kirkland helps put patients and their families at ease with top-of-the-line care. The main campus features a 318-bed medical center, 12 primary care centers, and two urgent cares. When you need to go to the hospital, you’re in good hands with EvergreenHealth. Kirkland

Home and Garden

Lakeville Homes
Your home is likely the single most expensive investment you’ve made in your life, so Eastsiders don’t trust their home to just any remodeler. Lakeville Homes has been in the remodeling business for more than 30 years, relying on the trust and word-of-mouth that comes from satisfied customers of kitchen remodels and second-floor additions. Bellevue

Courtesy Urban Restoration

Courtesy Urban Restoration

Urban Restoration
Owner of Urban Restoration, Reg Willing, has been in the building business for more than 20 years. He and his experienced and award-winning team serve the Greater Eastside area building custom homes. They also work on custom remodels through UR Remodel. “Reg has spent years building strong relationships with local contractors, and takes pride in his ability to understand and interpret his clients’ needs,” according to the website. Bellevue

Garden Shop + Nursery
Molbak’s Garden + Home
Molbak’s Garden + Home has all the typical wares you’d find at a nursery and garden store, and it keeps up with the latest trends in houseplant decor, like spiky succulents and lush tropicals. Additionally, guests can enjoy soups, salads, and sandwiches made with farm-fresh fare in the Garden Café, or they can participate in one of Molbak’s many classes, seminars, or even the garden-themed book club. Woodinville

Demetriou Architects
For almost 40 years, Demetriou Architects has taken a holistic approach to projects big and small, residential or commercial. Whether it is a sprawling waterfront estate, a hotel and marina, a winery and vineyard, or a small cottage in the woods, Demetriou does it all with style. Kirkland

Jesse L Young Photography

Jesse L Young Photography

Interior Designer
Genay Bell Interior Design
Genay Bell’s childhood was spent designing homes for her Barbie dolls instead of playing with the dolls themselves, and in college she painted her kitchen cabinets bright yellow. Today, Bell uses that same sunny personality, passion, and creativity to design stylish environments for her clients across the region. Snohomish

Evans Creek
The founding principle of Evans Creek is “making the world a better place, one garden at a time.” With services to improve pathways, patios, walls, lighting, decks, water features, and more, we can see how a tranquil garden courtesy of Evans Creek could do just that. Sammamish

Appliance Store
Albert Lee
Whether you are building your dream kitchen or making over your laundry room, there’s no better place than Albert Lee Appliances. With five area showrooms and big-name brands like Samsung and GE, this family-owned superstore is Washington State’s largest independent appliance dealer. Various locations

Kitchen and Bath Designer
Wendy Albee
Wendy Albee, founder of Albee Interior Design, uses her background in fine art to thoughtfully design spaces for the way Eastsiders live and work. Not only has Albee left her mark on homes across the region, but she also works on commercial projects ranging from clubhouses, to restaurants, to executive offices. Bothell

Photo by Rachel Coward

Photo by Rachel Coward

Furniture Store
The newly opened IKEA Renton has taken everything we loved about the previous location and improved it. Not only does the new two-story structure have a better layout and flow, more room in the dining area, and a cooler kids’ area, but the store’s display models artfully illustrate the perfect furniture layout for any type of home. Renton

Hardware Store
McLendon Hardware
With seven locations in Washington, including two on the Eastside, McLendon Hardware has all the gear you need to finally tackle that “honey do” list, including, but not limited to, the kitchen sink. Various locations


Public High School
Eastlake High School
As Eastlake Wolves (insert howling here), packs of students learn curiosity, creativity, integrity, teamwork, and so much more in a diverse, supportive, educational environment. Sammamish

Public Middle School
Chinook Middle School
At the beginning of the 2014-15 school year, a new and improved Chinook Middle School opened its doors with new athletic facilities, covered walkways for rainy Northwest days, and greater access to technology, and since then, the school has been thriving. Bellevue

Courtesy Kiddie Academy

Courtesy Kiddie Academy

Day Care
Kiddie Academy
With eight locations across the Puget Sound, five on the Eastside, Kiddie Academy has been caring for children 6 weeks to 12 years for more than 35 years. The secret to success? Kiddie Academy requires staff to participate in ongoing professional development to ensure they are sharp and ready to meet the educational needs of their students. Various locations

Photo by Erica Loya

Photo by Erica Loya

Paula Satterberg
A first-grade teacher at Eastside Christian School, Paula Satterberg has been teaching for more than 30 years, educating students from preschool through sixth grade. Satterberg became involved in Christian education more than 18 years ago, holding roles in both teaching and administration at local schools. Satterberg said her favorite part of educating youth is watching them learn and grow. “Their excitement when they discover a new concept brings joy to my heart,” she said.

Public Elementary School
Puesta del Sol Elementary School
Part of the Bellevue School District, Puesta del Sol (or Sunset) is one of three schools in the district to offer a Spanish Immersion Program, which allows native English-speaking students to be taught by Spanish-speaking teachers. Bellevue

Courtesy Montessori Children’s House

Courtesy Montessori Children’s House

Montessori Children’s House
Founded in 1987, this Montessori school is the only American Montessori Society-accredited school in Redmond. The five-acre campus includes classrooms to support children from 6 weeks to sixth grade; a nature trail and habitat; and several barnyard animals, tended to by the students. Redmond

Private Elementary School + Private Middle School
Eastside Christian School
With smaller class sizes than its public counterparts and a commitment to offering a quality Christian education, Eastside Christian offers students an education that will enrich their lives for years to come. Bellevue

Private High School
Bellevue Christian School
Since its founding in a church basement in 1950, Bellevue Christian School has been a pillar for Christ-centered education in our community, expanding to three campuses across the Eastside. Various locations 

Birthday Party Place
KidsQuest Children’s Museum
The new location of KidsQuest Children’s Museum in downtown Bellevue has more classrooms, more space, and more colorful, interactive exhibits than ever before. Partygoers can climb on the 2.5-story climbing structure, splash in the water area, explore nature in the Sticks and Stones outdoor gallery, and tend to farm animals in the barn. Bellevue


Dog Day Care
Dana Wilson, Walk Your Dog
You wouldn’t trust your child to just anyone and you would want the best baby sitter in town, so why settle for any less with your fur babies? Dana Wilson of Walk Your Dog has been named best pet sitter year after year for her walking, sitting, playing, and overnight care of countless Eastside four-legged friends. Redmond

Best Friends Grooming Salon
This salon is aptly named because owner Alexa Suvak’s 30-year background in dog and cat grooming lends itself to an absolute love for her furry customers, and she enjoys making them look the best they possibly can. Bellevue 

Dr. Judy Hung, Eastside Veterinary Associates
This University of Pennsylvania grad isn’t just a veterinarian; she’s the animal-loving medical director and owner at Eastside Veterinary Associates and a mom of two human children as well as an orange tabby, a chinchilla, and a brood of chickens. No wonder Eastsiders continue to trust the care of their furry family members to Dr. Hung. Kirkland

Photo courtesy ©2009 Ron Henry, creative commons

Photo courtesy ©2009 Ron Henry, creative commons

Place To Walk Your Dog
Marymoor Park, Off-Leash Dog Park
Featuring a sprawling 40-acre off-leash dog area, pond, and serene pet garden, Marymoor Park’s dog park is basically doggie heaven on Earth. Let your pup run, fetch, and find friends. Redmond

Travel and Recreation

Salish Lodge & Spa
Perched above the Snoqualmie Falls, Salish Lodge & Spa is the perfect close-to-home getaway for Eastsiders. All 84 rooms have oversized jetted tubs and fireplaces, and many feature views of the Snoqualmie River. The Country Breakfast, which has been served at the lodge for more than 100 years, is a four-course meal that includes honey from the lodge’s resident honeybees. Snoqualmie

Bed & Breakfast
Domaine Madeleine
There’s a lot to love about Domaine Madeleine Bed & Breakfast, but you can’t beat the view. The property overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca. On a clear day, you can see Victoria, B.C.; the San Juan Islands; Mount Baker; and the Dungeness Spit. The B&B neighbors the Olympic National Park. Explore the forest and the coastline, then come back and bundle up. Port Angeles

Marymoor Park
Marymoor Park fulfills a lot of community needs. It can be a peaceful place to walk and clear your mind. In the summertime, it transforms into a rocking concert venue. It even has a 40-acre off-leash dog park where pups can let loose. Redmond

Golf Course
Newcastle Golf Club
Golfing with the Olympic Mountains and downtown Seattle as a backdrop is why people come to Newcastle Golf Club. That, and the perfectly groomed grassy courses designed to challenge players. If golfing isn’t your forte, grabbing a cocktail in the lounge is a nice way to end the day. Newcastle

Photo courtesy “Mt. Si” © sean munsen, creative commons

Photo courtesy “Mt. Si” © sean munsen, creative commons

Mount Si
Huffing it up to Mount Si remains a fan favorite, with the jagged bluffs and phenomenal views of Mount Rainier. It’s a pretty hike peppered with old-growth trees to admire. North Bend

Kid-Friendly Destination
Great Wolf Lodge
An 84-degree indoor water park equipped with rides and waterslides is enough to keep kids busy. The staff at Great Wolf Lodge knows that the best family vacations are when the kids are happy. Outside of the massive indoor pool, Great Wolf Lodge has games and activities. Grand Mound 

Alaska Air
Alaska Air serves about 32 million people a year. Its pilots fly passengers to more than 110 destinations, including Costa Rica, Mexico, and Canada. Been dreaming of visiting Havana? Alaska Airlines will take you there, too! Seattle

Cruise Line
Holland America
You can travel the world on Holland America cruises. From Alaska to Asia, Australia to the Northwest, this cruise line sails to destinations across the globe. Travel in style with fine dining and loads of entertainment onboard. Seattle

Photo courtesy ©2007 Andy Simonds, creative commons

Photo courtesy ©2007 Andy Simonds, creative commons

Northwest Travel Destination
Lake Chelan
Plunging into the chilly crystal-blue waters of Lake Chelan on a hot summer day is practically a Northwest rite of passage. The winter season with cabins covered under snow is a completely different experience, but just as magical. A four-hour drive from the Eastside, Lake Chelan is the third-deepest lake in the United States, and the perfect place to relax. Chelan

Wedding Venue
Woodmark Hotel
The Woodmark Hotel has a variety of event spaces, and all have one thing in common — stunning views of Lake Washington. A picturesque Northwest wedding is what the Woodmark does best, according to 425 readers. Ceremonies and receptions can start outside along the lake, and finish with dancing in the ballroom, or whatever else the couple desires. Kirkland


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