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 Associationâ€™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: â€œSnowflake Laneâ€ (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 Groupâ€™s chefs, wine directors, and bartenders. The company will also use the space as a catering hub, with access to the menus of Purple CafÃ© and Wine Bar, Barrio Mexican Kitchen & Bar, and Lot No. 3. It will feature food and wine workshops with topics ranging from â€œPacific Northwest Cuisineâ€ ( will taught by the companyâ€™s executive chef, Harry Mills); to â€œA History of Whiskeyâ€ (Chris Faber, bar manager at Lot No. 3).
We also recommended in one of our older post about opening of Koral Bar & KitchenÂ at downtown Bellevue! Have you tried those delicious plates such as truffle fries, specialty sliders and homemade gnocchi yet?