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By Mark von der Burg | Agent in Seattle, WA

For Summer Foodies

It's been a while that we blogged about how Bellevue being this food heaven for various kinds of cuisines. But since summer is coming and we get more and more sunlight, people just want to eat, drink and be merry. Back in April, Bellevue Downtown Association’s Bellevue Downtown Forum hosted the 2012 Haute Picks contest, to honor local businesses for helping make the community a great place to live, work, and play. This is 10th annual Haute Picks awards and all the votes are down online from February through April 2012. Some highlights of the winners includes:
Best Casual Business Meeting Spot:
520 Bar & Grill (6th-year winner).
Best Uniquely Downtown Bellevue Experience: “Snowflake Lane” (6th-year winner).
Best Place for Sushi: FLO Japanese Restaurant (3rd-year winner).
Best Seafood Restaurant: Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar (6th-year winner).
For more detailed award list:

Good news is that foodies is going to have a fantastic summer at eastside this year. Just last week, Heavy Restaurant Group officially opened Cast Iron Studios in downtown Bellevue. It's a catering service for hosting intimate parties, large private events, and specialty food and wine workshops led by Heavy Restaurant Group’s chefs, wine directors, and bartenders. The company will also use the space as a catering hub, with access to the menus of Purple Café and Wine Bar, Barrio Mexican Kitchen & Bar, and Lot No. 3. It will feature food and wine workshops with topics ranging from “Pacific Northwest Cuisine” ( will taught by the company’s executive chef, Harry Mills); to “A History of Whiskey” (Chris Faber, bar manager at Lot No. 3).


Photo courtesy of castiron-studios.com

We also recommended in one of our older post about opening of Koral Bar & Kitchen  at downtown Bellevue! Have you tried those delicious plates such as truffle fries, specialty sliders and homemade gnocchi yet?

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