2015 Best of 425

It is that wonderful time of year when we have the honor of revealing The Best of 425! For months, you voted online and officials at Moss Adams tallied thousands of responses. This list is like a gift readers wait for every year — our ultimate guide highlighting people, places and things that 425 readers think are best. Most are on the Eastside, but a few winners are worth traveling outside the area for. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone who took the time to vote. Drum roll, please …


Bellevue Arts Museum
The Bellevue Arts Museum not only showcases Northwest-based artists; it routinely features internationally acclaimed art, too. BAM provides sparks of inspiration for individuals searching for their own creative muses and lets visitors of all ages witness the power of art. It also plays host to several community events throughout the year. Bellevue

Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair
For more than 60 years, the Bellevue Arts Museum’s ARTSfair has celebrated high-quality art and crafts in Downtown Bellevue. The event, which is held every July, features more than 300 juried artists, free community arts programs, tasty food and beverages, public installations and more. It’s one of the largest arts fairs in the country. Bellevue

Palmer’s East
Whether you were born for the spotlight or need a bit of liquid courage, Palmer’s East is the best place to belt out your favorite tunes on the Eastside. The Karaoke Bar and Grill in Redmond is known for being a neighborhood joint where everyone knows your name — superstar singer or not. Redmond

Gallery // Birthday Parties
Palettes and Pairings
Gather the gang for a night of painting at Keith and Elizabeth Shriner’s Palettes and Pairings studio. The Eastside’s favorite art gallery is adorned with works of art created by artists and budding artists. At Palettes and Pairings, you are provided a canvas, brush and a glass of the good stuff (if you are 21 and older). This is a 425 reader top pick for birthday parties for kids of all ages, too. Kirkland and Lynnwood

Snoqualmie Casino
Give us a Northwest craft beer, a cigar and a kiss from Lady Luck, and we’re ready to hit the blackjack table. Snoqualmie Casino is the spot to perfect your poker face, watch a show or share a cigar and bourbon with old and new friends. The restaurants are top-notch, too. Snoqualmie

Live Theater 
Village Theatre
Live theater thrives off raw talent. Village Theatre has plenty of it, ranging from behind-the-scenes prop masters and lighting and sound directors to the onstage talent who take you “Around the World in 80 Days” and make you wish an umbrella-clad nanny would make a stop at your chimney. Issaquah and Everett

Movie Theater
In the age of easy-access digital downloads, going to “The Pictures” may seem like a thing of the past, but Bellevue’s Cinemark at Lincoln Square makes going to the movies a can’t-miss event. With seats that rival a king’s throne and delicious golden popcorn, new Hollywood glamour is in our backyard. Lincoln Square, Bellevue

Pacific Northwest
Ballet dancers from around the world have been chosen for the Pacific Northwest Ballet, which makes Eastsiders do their own little happy dance. Created in 1972, the ballet company performances of classics like “The Nutcracker” and “Swan Lake” keep twirling in the minds of guests again and again and again. Seattle



Large Business
The one-stop travel site helps you book hotels and find the best flight while you trek across the globe. But like our readers, Expedia knows the best place to be is on the Eastside. As one of the region’s best providers of jobs with an excellent work environment, Expedia is a large business the 425 is happy to have. Bellevue

Real Estate Agent/Realtor
Premier Eastside Group
425 readers turn to Daphna Robon and Andrea Aberman, founders of Premier Eastside Group, when they’re looking to buy or sell a home on the Eastside. Premier Eastside Group is affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services NW Real Estate located in downtown Bellevue. Bellevue

Small Business
Chameleon Technologies Inc.
Sorry Tinder, but if you’re looking for a real match made in heaven, Chameleon Technologies is the 425 readers’ choice. Since 2000, the firm has been matching qualified candidates with open positions at renowned Pacific Northwest companies and has earned the title of best small business on the Eastside. Now that’s love. Kirkland

Assistance League of the Eastside
Whether it’s a neighbor or you, the Assistance League of the Eastside has been there to happily help since 1989. Readers voted the Assistance League of the Eastside the best nonprofit in the area for its many philanthropic programs, including assault survivor kits and Operation School Bell. Redmond

Bella Vision
Eastsiders head to Bella Vision to consult with eyewear specialists who can set them up with boardroom-worthy frames. Various locations

Medium Business // Office Space
You can thank BitTitan for helping create top-of-the-line migration solutions for clients with clouds of any size, shape or function. The Kirkland-based business also looks good while it successfully migrates more than 1.5 million mailboxes in more than 100 countries, and thus was crowned best office space and best medium-sized business in the 425. Kirkland

Financial Advisor 
Annukka Mikkola at Merrill Lynch
Annukka Mikkola of the Mikkola Small Wealth Management Group is senior vice-president and has 20 years’ experience in field management advising. Bellevue

Sarah Steblay at Marsh
A little peace of mind goes a long way. As part of the team at Marsh Private Client Services, Sarah Steblay was voted the best person to go to for insurance — even worth driving over the bridge for. Seattle

Don’t you love it when something is perfectly named? Bellevue is French for “beautiful view,” and as you stroll through the charming neighborhoods or gaze up at the shining skyscrapers, you realize the founders of Bellevue definitely got the name right. Home to techies, artists, fashionistas, families and big dreamers, Bellevue’s the fifth-largest city in the state, and No. 1 in the hearts of 425 readers.

Wells Fargo
Eastsiders work hard and know not to rely on just any ol’ Bonnie and Clyde with their dollars. That’s why Wells Fargo, a name in banking trusted since 1852, was voted best bank in the 425 by readers. Various locations

Laura Hoexter at Helsell Fetterman
She’s back! For the seventh year in a row, attorney Laura Hoexter at Helsell Fetterman has been crowned the best attorney in the Northwest by 425 readers. Seattle

Fena Flowers
They love me. They love me not. Good news, Fena Flowers! The 425 loves you! The beautiful flower arrangements from Fena Flowers are the Eastside’s best way to put a little spring in the step of loved one. Kirkland

Auto Repair 
Double Eagle Automotive
It’s a common question: “Do you know a good mechanic?” Ask our readers this, and they’ll send you to Woodinville’s Double Eagle Automotive. Dedicated owner Bo Crouch and his crew will have your car up and running in no time. Woodinville

Car Dealership
Michael’s Toyota of Bellevue
Family-owned and -operated, Michael’s Toyota of Bellevue is devoted to providing the highest-quality service at the best price. Consumers agree, and this Eastside dealer raced ahead of the pack to win best car dealership. Bellevue

Auto Body Shop 
Bel-Kirk Body Shop
Some cars have minds of their own, and when Herbie is feeling down in the dumps because he has a dent or needs a new look, Bel-Kirk Body Shop is the place to go to get that little Bug looking new. Kirkland

Credit Union 
BECU is Washington’s leading and largest credit union. The community-driven, not-for-profit credit union’s motto is “People helping people.” Various locations




Local Designer 
Luly Yang
Whether it is the prettiest custom dress you desire, or a haute couture outfit for a special evening out, Northwest fashion designer Luly Yang is the best according to 425 readers. Seattle

Via Lago
For more than 16 years, Via Lago has clothed the Eastside in the finest fashion must-haves. The community-driven boutique prides itself on showcasing talent from the area, including Hipsi, Saky Saks, Rebecca DeVerre, Jarbo and Cashmere Wrappings. And like a good neighbor, owner Chapman Fina also loves to host fundraisers for nonprofits at her boutique. Kirkland

Simplicity ABC
Nobody puts Baby in the corner. Especially when she’s playing
with one of the adorable toys from Simplicity ABC. Your mini-me can choose from a variety of wooden toy creations or sport a pair of wings available at the Kirkland boutique. Kirkland

Oftentimes it’s the thrill of the hunt that keeps shopaholics on their toes, and there is no better place to find hidden gems than Goodwill, according to our readers. Yay for deals on deals on deals! Added bonus: Proceeds benefit those in need and create jobs. Various locations

Antique Store 
Gilman Gallery
Browse the trinkets and treasures at Gilman Gallery in Issaquah. The antique store was voted the best in the 425. The gallery has something for everybody, from vintage furniture and decorative dishes, to collectible lures and fishing reels. Issaquah

Bridal Shop
Bellevue Bridal Boutique
The 425 readers have spoken: Bellevue Bridal Boutique is the best place to say yes to the dress. The expert bridal consultants and tailors will have everyone at the wedding declaring, “You look mahvalous!” Bellevue

Barnes and Noble
Rainy Sundays are best spent with a cup of tea and a good book. Barnes and Noble is the Eastside’s bookstore of choice for a new page-turner. Various locations

KidsQuest Explore Store
The kids of the Eastside have spoken. The KidsQuest Explore Store is their favorite spot to shop. Everybody wins when learning is fun! Bellevue

Fashion Blog 
All Things Kate
Third time’s a charm! Seattle-based fashion blogger Kate Retherford, the brains and beauty behind All Things Kate, has been voted the Best Fashion blog in the Northwest. The spunky redhead empowers women by providing health and exercise tips and suggested fashion finds that’ll make anyone feel like a million bucks. She’s lost 70 pounds since last year and is all about empowering women no matter their size!

J. Lewis Jewelry and Appraisals
J. Lewis Jewelry and Appraisals has that special something for any occasion. Choose from an array of glittering diamonds and vibrant gemstones at the Bellevue location. This is where 425 readers go for all that glitters. Bellevue

Men’s Clothier
Fashion never sleeps, and when the men of the Eastside want to look stylish, they visit Nordstrom. Whether you’re looking for a fresh pair of kicks or a three-piece suit, Nordstrom has it all. Plus, the customer service is tops. Various locations




John Howie
John Howie is not only the Picasso of the palate, but the talented culinary artist also is the man behind foodie favorites John Howie Steak in Bellevue; Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar in Seattle and Bellevue; SPORT Restaurant & Bar in Seattle; and his newest venture, Beardslee Public House in Bothell. One bite of his amazing food and you’ll understand why he is voted Best Chef year after year. In addition, he’s a philanthropist who gives time, money and delicious food to those in need.

The swanky Thai food destination Chantanee is back on top as the Eastside’s Best Thai food. You can’t go wrong with a classic like Pad Thai, or set out on a new adventure with one of the off-the-beaten-path dishes. Don’t miss trying a fun Chantanee craft cocktail, too! Bellevue

Monsoon East
Come eat and drink and enter the world of wonderful Vietnamese food at Monsoon East. Monsoon fuses fresh ingredients with traditional Vietnamese cuisine and a twist of Pacific Northwest innovation to create a dining experience Eastsiders can’t get enough of. Seattle, Bellevue

Outdoor Dining 
Bake’s Place
Nothing is prettier than a nice day in the upper left, USA. Make the most of it with a meal at 425’s favorite spot for outdoor dining on the oversized patio. Bake’s Place offers a variety of gluten-free and vegetarian options, along with a tremendous happy-hour menu. Bellevue

New Restaurant
Tavern Hall
New kid on the block Tavern Hall is making its mark. With a wide selection of burgers, brick-oven pretzels, flatbreads and draught beer, it’s a great place to catch a game or play your own game of shuffleboard. The décor is super cool, with repurposed windows, doors and bricks from an old mansion in Seattle finding new life. Bellevue

Happy Hour 
John Howie Steak
Eastsiders know where to get a fine dining experience at a happy-hour price point — John Howie Steak at The Bravern. It doesn’t get much better than escargot royale, deviled eggs with bacon, and prime tenderloin bites at a price that won’t break the bank. Bellevue

Wine Shop 
Total Wine
Try to picture Dionysus’ Kitchen, and you’d get Total Wine. The Eastside’s favorite wine shop is a giant store full of wall-to-wall wines, from Washington favorites to wines from around the world as well as other products and a friendly staff. Various locations

A family-operated business, Burgermaster has been voted Best Drive-in. Here, they keep the menu simple and classic, because a well-made meal of burger, fries and a milkshake doesn’t need to be complicated to be great. Various locations

Steak // Fine Dining
Daniel’s Broiler
Drool-worthy, perfectly-carved, smooth as butter. No, we’re not talking about Channing Tatum’s abs; it’s the steaks at Daniel’s Broiler that have the Eastside glad they don’t have to ascend to Jupiter to get a taste of their USDA prime steaks. Even Mike raves they’re magic. Various locations

Sushi // Japanese
Flo Japanese Restaurant
The people of the Eastside have spoken. Flo Japanese Restaurant is the “it” place to go for sushi, sake and high-quality teriyaki lunch. The beautiful traditional Japanese décor creates an atmosphere of serenity and freshness and only has one flaw: Too many tasty choices. Bellevue

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore! Eastsiders might say Dean had a pie from Pagliacci Pizza in his mind when he belted out his classic tune — ‘cause they do. Choose from a seasonal slice, build your own or try a wedge of a Pagliacci favorite and you’ll feel like dancing down the street with a cloud at your feet. Various locations

Restaurant // Lunch // Breakfast/Brunch // Service // Food Blog 
Salty’s on Alki
Salty’s fans mean business — helping the Northwest staple of a restaurant secure five Best of 425 awards. Salty’s has a long history and a lot of longtime customers on the Eastside who don’t mind driving to Seattle for the view and some of the freshest seafood around. When they aren’t dining, they are catching up with the Salty’s news and scoring amazing recipes on the Salty’s blog. West Seattle

Chateau Ste. Michelle
What does a bottle of Chateau Ste. Michelle pair well with? Everything. The Washington winery has been crowned Best of 425 by readers again. The award-winning wines proved that great wine doesn’t have to come from only Italy or California and helped establish the thriving Washington wine community. Plus, a visit there is like taking a mini vacation. Woodinville

Lunchbox Laboratory
Whether you are in the mood for The Churken (a blended pork and duck patty burger) or The Classic ‘MeriCAN (a super beefy, American cheese, saucy burger), you will not leave here hungry. Add a side of tots and a boozy shake and thank us when you wake from a deliciousness daze. Various locations

Café Flora
Originally an old Laundromat, Café Flora has since converted into one of the area’s best vegetarian restaurants. It continues to thrive by utilizing local, organic and sustainable produce and herbs to create tasty dishes beloved by vegetarians, vegans and carnivores alike, and people drive miles for it. Seattle

3 Pigs Bar B-Q
The Harrell Brothers of 3 Pigs Bar B-Q have one more honor to add to their long list of more than 60 awards from countrywide barbecue cook-offs. The dine-in, take out and catering joint serves the Eastside their favorite mesquite smoked barbecue with their championship sauce in mild, medium and hot. And 425ers say it is the best. Bellevue

Goose Pub and Eatery
Made famous by Butch and Sundance, The Hole-in-the-Wall gang just voted in two new Bellevue members, Pumphouse and Goose Pub and Eatery. These comfort food and brew joints are so cool, we’re sure Paul Newman and Robert Redford would be fans. Bellevue

The French Bakery
Oui, Oui! Eastsiders have once again voted The French Bakery their favorite place for all sorts of pastry delights. It’s the perfect place to munch on a colorful macaron or bask in the glory of a croissant while sipping an espresso in your beret and striped shirt. OK. Your Lululemons will do. Kirkland, Bellevue

Flycaster Brewing Co.
Brewmaster Jeremy Eubanks has blended together two of his passions — fly fishing and microbrews. The Kirkland brewery continues to build on its selection of beers and promises not to charge non-fly fishers extra. (Bait fishers aren’t quite off the “hook.”) Kirkland

Din Tai Fung Dumpling House
425ers head to Din Tai Fung for the best dumplings around — hot, steamy, and traditional. This Eastside favorite was named by the The New York Times as one of the top 10 best places to eat in the world. Bellevue, Seattle

Woodinville Whiskey
It’s no accident that Woodinville Whiskey set up shop in Washington. With all due respect to Kentucky, great whiskey is made with Pacific Northwest ingredients. And Eastsiders agree, voting Woodinville Whiskey their favorite distillery. Woodinville

The Cheesecake Factory
You know when you’re out to dinner with some pals and the server asks, “Do you need another minute to decide?” No one on the history of the planet has every answered, “no” when at The Cheesecake Factory. With a menu longer than a Hamlet soliloquy, dessert options abound, making a decision seem impossible, but the good news is, no matter what you decide, it’ll be the right choice for dessert. Various locations

With a menu devoted to the best in Southwest and Mexican cuisine, Cactus Restaurants are the go-to places for a mini-vacation. Sip on a margarita and nibble on wonderfully limey chips and guacamole with a fellow beach bum and let the tastes of brighter days refuel your battery at the Eastside’s favorite Mexican restaurant. Various locations

Food Truck
Can you turn down the silly tune the ice-cream man plays? We think we saw the Marination Food truck coming down the road. The unique Hawaiian-Korean fusion cuisine at Marination has people talking. Eastsiders can’t get enough of the tacos, sliders and Hawaiian mac salad, served with or without SPAM. Location varies by day

Craving simply straightforward Indian food? Look no further than Kanishka Cuisine in Redmond. Dishes are made using a variety of fresh and seasonal ingredients that are full of flavor. You will probably run into some fellow 425 friends while you’re there. Redmond

Coffee Shop 
Victor’s Celtic Coffee Co.
Nobody knows coffee like the Pacific Northwest, and when Eastsiders need a little pep in their step, they head to Victor’s Celtic Coffee Co. Victor’s uses 100 percent fair trade organic beans and is open daily at the downtown Redmond location. Redmond

Bar Lounge  
Lot No. 3
Lot No. 3 in Bellevue has cocktail creations that make you want to sing, enough beer and wine selections to make you want to dance and oh, that candied bacon. Bellevue

Mediterranean Kitchen
Upset alert! Mediterranean Kitchen won … wait for it … Best Mediterranean! This award is a no-brainer. Obviously readers have tried the kabobs and couscous. Bellevue, Kirkland

Cheap Eats
Yes, we know the guac is extra, but that doesn’t stop Chipotle from being a steal of a deal. Founder and CEO Steve Ells prides himself on being a chef first and a businessman second, and his culinary roots show. The Eastside voted Chipotle the best place to get a great meal on a dime. And yes, pay a little more for the guac. It will make you happy. Various locations

Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop
Jimmy Johns
People are passionate about their sandwiches, and these two shops couldn’t be more different — however the votes were split down the middle. Pun intended. At Homegrown, ingredients focus on the local with a gourmet flair — think Beecher’s cheese, carmelized onions and roasted pork rubbed down with Stumptown coffee. At Jimmy Johns, you know your classic sammie choice will be fast, super fresh and hit the spot! Various locations

Le Grand Bistro Americain
With patios that overlook pristine Lake Washington and entrees whipped up by chef Shawn Martin, it’s no wonder Le Grand won Best French Restaurant in the 425. Make reservations and experience the full raw bar or choose from a plethora of cheeses to create a one-of-a-kind fromage platter. Kirkland

520 Bar and Grill
Whenever the traffic on the 520 Bridge makes Eastsiders want to scream, they simply can head over to 520 Bar and Grill. The community gathering place has a relaxed vibe and great food and drinks to calm even the worst road rage. So avoid the traffic and get some dinner instead. Bellevue

Red Robin
Have a minivan full of wiggly little ones? Red Robin is the best kid-friendly spot, according to our readers. It’s loud, it’s fun and the fries are refillable! Various locations

Boutique Winery 
DeLille Cellars
Raise a glass to DeLille Cellars. It’s been voted Best Boutique Winery in the 425. The winery, founded in 1992, turns out bottles of pure fruit bordeaux blends and white wine. Woodinville

Tropea Ristorante Italiano
Want good Italian food? The Eastside knows the best bet is cuisine from Lorenzo Scordamaglia. Owner of Tropea Ristorante Italiano, Scordamaglia grew up in Italy and worked in the Southwestern Italy coast city of, yep, you guessed it, Tropea before starting his own restaurant in 1996 that offers specials like spaghetti pescatore. Redmond

Romantic Dinner
The Dining Room at Salish Lodge
Dinner at The Dining Room at Salish Lodge is a blissfully delicious event. Executive chef Steven Snook, who has experience working under celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, creates scrumptious meals framed by a massive wood-burning fireplace, subtle lighting, and the thrum of nearby Snoqualmie Falls. Plan ahead (seriously, months in advance), and reserve “Table No. 5,” often called the “proposal table,” which is cozy, private, and offers an intimate view of the falls.




Gym // Physical Therapist // Spa // Group Workout // Massage // Mani/Pedi 
Pro Sports Club
You know you’ve pulled up to a special sort of sports club when you have the option to valet. It’s not a surprise Pro Sports Club rakes in numerous Best of 425 awards every year — because it does so much and it does it all well. Very well. The gym has every amenity imaginable — the latest equipment and 130 or more fitness classes every week. There is a medical spa to blast away a baby bulge and zap unwanted hair and wrinkles. There also is a relaxing spa to melt the stress away. The physical therapy programs are award-winning and cutting-edge — and you do not need to be a member to access many of the offerings at Pro Sports Club. Bellevue, Seattle, Redmond

Dentist // Cosmetic Dentistry
Wendy Shultz Spektor
We bet even Dustin Hoffman wouldn’t mind a dentist appointment with Wendy Shultz Spektor of Spektor Dental Center. The comforting dentist will make you feel like a princess when you get a crown and a light bulb after a teeth-whitening session. Spektor is making 425 prettier, one smile at a time. Bellevue

Dr. Matthew Bruner
Dr. Matthew Bruner of Bruner Orthodontics in Redmond is a former Army orthodontist and Eastsiders’ favorite doctor to set their teeth straight. Aligned teeth don’t only look good; they help your mouth function correctly and are an important part of good oral health. Redmond

Cosmetic Surgeon 
Dr. Fredric Stern
University of Washington grad and former director of the Oculoplastic Surgery Divison at Virginia Mason Medical Center, Dr. Fredric Stern of Stern Center for Aesthetic and Cosmetic Surgery does it all. When he’s not doing a little nip and tuck, he’s writing medical thrillers and sipping from a glass of wine he made himself. Bellevue

Dr. Michael Corsilles
Dr. Michael Corsilles, a Bastyr and University of Washington graduate, is the Eastside’s pick for a more holistic approach to family medicine. Corsilles merges both naturopathic and traditional medicine to create a well-rounded approach to the health care of his patients. Specialties include digestive issues, obesity, fibromyalgia and endocrinology disorders. Find him at Bellevue Naturopath. Bellevue

Yoga Studio 
Alive and Shine Center
For 21 years, Alive and Shine Center has been the Eastside’s full-service yoga studio. It focuses on alignment-based yoga, which keeps you safe in poses as you strengthen and open your body, leaving you relaxed and rejuvenated. Bellevue

EvergreenHealth Medical Center
Eastsiders are glad to have the team at EvergreenHealth Medical Center on their side. It offers integrated health and is rated among the top 5 percent in the nation for clinical excellence by Healthgrades. The main campus is in Kirkland, and a new branch opened in Monroe. Evergreen also has several clinics and specialty care practices throughout the Eastside and partners with Virginia Mason and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Kirkland

Dr. Adam J. Tetuan
After graduating from Georgia Southern University, Dr. Adam J. Tetuan of Innovative Chiropractic Care attended grad school for his doctorate degree in chiropractic. But he didn’t stop there. He continued his education at National University in Physiological Therapeutics and is certified in Kinesio Tape. Did we mention in 2007 he completed his education at Harvard Medical School? Bellevue

Salon // Eyelash Extensions // Place to Buy Beauty Products 
Gene Juarez
When Eastsiders want to make sure their new haircut is a hairdo and not a hair-don’t, they trust the professionals at Gene Juarez handling the scissors and the dye. The local salons have been a Northwest beauty staple for more than 40 years and offer top products and are always on trend — yes, they do eyelashes, too. Various locations

Tattoo Parlor
Skin and Soul
When you decide to get a permanent declaration for the leading lady in your life (Hi, Mom), the Eastside recommends you trust Bellevue natives Darcy Kovacs and Michelle Richmond Jackling of Skin and Soul. The lifelong friends upped the game of their tattoo boutique by adding massage, henna and retail art and gifts. Bellevue

Pediatric Associates
All kids dream of staying home on a sick day until they actually get sick. When little Wyatt or Kylie is feeling down, Eastside parents trust the pediatricians at Pediatric Associates. They’ll have Wyatt and Kylie up and about, bugging their older siblings in no time. Various locations

Eye Care 
Bellevue LASIK and Cataract
More than 75,000 people have utilized the eyecare services at Bellevue LASIK and Cataract. That’s a lot of eyes! So, when it comes to eye care on the Eastside, readers see only one clear winner — Bellevue LASIK and Cataract. Bellevue

Dr. James Haines
Dr. James Haines is the Eastside’s favorite choice for OB/GYN care. Haines specializes in high-risk obstetrics, abnormal bleeding, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and natural childbirth. Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Bellevue

Seattle Sun Tan
If your schedule doesn’t permit a quick trip to Maui, try a visit to Seattle Sun Tan. The top-of-the-line beds and airbrush tanning services are a favorite of 425 readers who are looking for a sun-kissed glow. Various locations

Personal Trainer
Nick Merrill
When Eastsiders want to get into shape, they turn to Nick Merrill at Sweat Equity in Bellevue. The personal trainer keeps you on your toes with motivating, challenging and fun workouts that make sure you’re getting the results you want, one sweat drop at a time. Bellevue




Molbaks Garden and Home
An oasis of leafy goods and tasteful garden gifts, Molbaks Garden and Home is the Eastside’s Best Garden/Nursery. Located in Woodinville, the beautiful nursery has numerous events and workshops for garden aficionados and green-thumb newbies to attend. Woodinville

Lakeville Homes
Home is where the heart is, and sometimes a house needs open-heart surgery. The professionals at Lakeville Homes are the Eastside’s trusted remodelers to make sure your home looks beautiful for years to come. Lakeville Homes president Jamie Hsu prides herself on providing great customer service and perfection. Bellevue

Kitchen and Bath Designer 
Wendy Albee
Wendy Albee at Albee Interior Design uses her background in fine arts to bring clients a personalized and detailed workmanship to their remodels. The creative visionary has transformed boring kitchens and baths into functional works of art, and she’s won numerous awards in the process. And now she has another one! Bothell

Baylis Architects
Baylis Architects has been in business for more than four decades, and all signs point to the Eastside favorite sticking around for many more. Baylis Architects provides custom designs that strive to match the aesthetic of its clients’ wants and needs. Bellevue

Hardware Store 
McLendon’s Hardware
It’s quite handy to have a good hardware store close by, and Eastsiders are thankful they can pop into a McLendon’s Hardware store to accomplish all their DIY goals. Various locations

Interior Designer
Square Box Design
If you’re in need of home and commercial interior design, space planning, project coordination or staging, the Eastside applauds the services of Issaquah-based Square Box Design. Issaquah

Reg Willing
Sorry Bob the Builder, better luck next year. Reg Willing of Urban Restoration has been named top builder in 425 by readers. Willing and his crew work to avoid unnecessary costs for clients and keep the building or remodeling process an enjoyable one. Bellevue

Evans Creek
Evans Creek is a repeat winner for Best Landscaper. And 425 readers are passionate about their gardens — so that’s quite the endorsement. Evans Creek focuses on sustainable, eco-friendly approaches to all its projects. Sammamish

Buy Appliances
Albert Lee Appliance
Family-owned Albert Lee Appliance has five showrooms available for Eastsiders to select quality appliances for their homes. And with a helpful staff, it’s no surprise Albert Lee Appliance is a returning winner on the Best of 425 list. Various locations

Buy Furniture
Haystack Antiques
When it comes to finding furniture with character, Eastsiders head to Haystack Antiques in Bellevue. The boutique offers items from exquisite birdcages and vases to noble chairs and tables. Bellevue




Public High School
Redmond High School
Go Mustangs! Redmond High School was voted Best Public High School by 425 readers. We have a feeling the student body has a wide selection of classmates they can vote Most Likely to Succeed. Redmond

Kiddie Academy of Kirkland
It’s easier for kids to learn when they feel safe and comfortable, and the Kiddie Academy is just that according to 425 readers. Using the core elements from its Life Essentials educational play, Kiddie Academy provides a fun environment for kids to grow and make new discoveries. Kirkland

Public Elementary School 
Sunset Elementary
Sunset Elementary was voted Best Public Elementary School in 425 because its kids are smart and do their part! Not to mention the wonderful teachers who put in the extra time to make sure all their pupils are getting the attention they need to be successful. Bellevue

Teacher // Private High School // Middle School // Elementary School // Preschool  
The Bear Creek School
By teaching students how to think instead of what to think, The Bear Creek School provides students from pre-K to graduation with a solid foundation to thrive beyond the world of school. The dedication of the staff, including Best of 425 teacher Jenny Shimada, helps students thrive in all areas of study. This isn’t the first time Bear Creek has graced the pages of the Best of 425 issue! Redmond

Public Middle School 
Evergreen Middle School
The Eagles at Evergreen Middle School in Redmond have soared into the top spot for Best Public Middle School. The staff and students at Evergreen work together to create a school setting that is a positive place to focus on learning. Redmond




Dr. Judy Hung
The most beloved member of the family deserves the best care around. Dr. Judy Hung of Eastside Veterinary Associates always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian, and her personalized and professional approach to pet care has landed her as Best Veterinarian on the Eastside yet again. Kirkland

Redmond Ruff House
Redmond Ruff House is the Eastside’s favorite sudsy spot to get pups smelling as fresh as a daisy. The self-service dog wash has a micro-bubble shampooing system, extra-large raised tubs, high-velocity dryers and a wide variety of grooming tools and toys. Best part is, they clean up the mess! Redmond

Doggy Daycare 
Dana Wilson
Dana Wilson of Walk Your Dog is the Dr. Doolittle of the Eastside. Her amazing abilities with Eastside pooches make her a favorite year after year when it comes to doggy daycare services. Whether you need someone to take your pup for a walk or overnight care, Wilson is 425 readers’ choice. Redmond




Marymoor Park
Marymoor Park is the Eastside’s favorite public commons for catching a concert, a pickup game of cricket or playing fetch with Fido. About 3 million people annually enjoy the 640 acres at Marymoor Park. Redmond

Travel Blog 
Trip Advisor
Planning a trip can be stressful, and when the Eastside is gearing up to go mobile, it heads to Trip Advisor to get the best info on all things travel. Find deals on flights, hotels and places to eat before you step a foot out the door.

Wedding Venue 
Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church
Need a place to say, “I do”? 425 readers recommend the Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church. Kirkland

Suncadia Resort
The SUV’s packed, snacks are ready and all the kids are accounted for. What’s next? If you ask an Eastsider, she’ll tell you to head to Suncadia Resort. The Northwest resort has something for every member of the family. Play golf, fly a kite, see Santa and play in the snow in winter. Cle Elum

Northwest Travel Destination // Hotel // Bed & Breakfast
Salish Lodge
Need to get away? The Salish Lodge is the perfect getaway spot for a tranquil weekend surrounded by some of the best scenery around. Shop, golf, hike, dine or relax in the spa at the lodge snuggled at the base of the Cascade Mountains. Snoqualmie

Rattlesnake Ledge
Lace up your boots, grab the granola and hit the trail at Rattlesnake Ledge. You’ll encounter other Eastsiders while you’re out there, as this beautiful hike with a rewarding view of a lake when you reach the top has become very popular, especially during summer. North Bend

Golf Course
Newcastle Golf Course
The U.S. Open is right around the corner, and golf fever is in full force. Hit the links at Newcastle Golf Course, and even if you three-putt every hole, at least you’ll be surround by gorgeous views of Mount Rainer, the Olympics, Cascades and the Seattle skyline. Newcastle

Photos courtesy Jana Brevick, Sphere Rings, 2005, from the collection of Flora Book, Seattle; Rachel Coward; Expedia; Julia Sumpter; Rachel Coward; Arturo Torres. No photo credit needed; Jeff Hobson; Julia Sumpter; Kevin Cruff Photography; Julia Sumpter; Rachel Coward; Heavy Restaurant Group; Rachel Coward; Paul Kawabori; Julia Sumpter; Molbaks Garden and Home; Sozinho Photography;  Allison Fann;  Jill Labberton; Salish Lodge and Spa.

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