With the ease of a well-oiled pendulum, Sazon Mexican Kitchen?s culinary team swings between crafting classic and upscale Mexican eats with a new American twist.
On the classic side, there is a traditional black mole that flavors succulent servings of chicken or pork, as well as fajitas and a wet burrito smothered in green or red sauce. But there are also numerous creative takes on Mexican cuisine, including cod and prawn tacos topped with housemade crema and stewed lamb served with tortillas. For those who want to put their own creative spin on the dish, Sazon offers a salsa station equipped with options such as roasted habanero mango.
The drink menu also tempts with both classic drinks and drinks with a twist, including a tried-and-true margarita with tequila, lime juice, and triple sec, as well as margaritas flavored with muddled jalapeno and mango puree. Patrons sip these drinks while basking in the sun on the outdoor patio or reclining against the long black banquette that is made comfortable with bright throw pillows and teddy bears.
The Seattle Times featured LOT No. 3 and commended its ambiance, while Seattle Weekly reviewed the restaurant's sliders and the Downtown Bellevue Network named LOT No. 3's spiced jar cake a top-three dessert in downtown Bellevue. Yelpers give the restaurant a four-star average, and 91% of 60 Urbanspooners recommend LOT No. 3.
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Paddy Coyne's shares its name with a sister pub on the west coast of Ireland, but patrons don't need to compare menus to be assured of the bar's Irish bona fides: the menu boasts corned beef with cabbage, fish 'n' chips, and traditional soda bread. Along with the classic eats, patrons can enjoy freshly pulled pints and engage their brains in trivia nights, where participants can win prizes.
The inside of ViaVita Café & Wine Bar traces the timeline of a single day. Floor-to-ceiling windows cast morning light onto a display case of pastries and cheeses—an addendum to the counter that bears morning coffee orders. Nearby, granite-topped tables sit far enough apart to suggest an open, Parisian patio, but close enough together to support a cross-stream of chatter over lunchtime sandwiches. The day ends on the other side of a semicircular wine bar. There, walls wearing distressed paint encapsulate a rustic alcove, where hanging plants and Greco-Roman-style pottery evoke the dining room of a hillside villa.
The decor and seasonal menu at ViaVita Café & Wine Bar champion a European-flavored escape, where diners can stop at any time for a meal, a snack, or a glass of wine. From the crepes and omelets of brunch—served with duck-fat potatoes and chocolate-orange butter—to afternoon paninis and dinners of pan-seared Alaskan salmon, meals realized by imaginative chefs spark and fuel long conversations. Imported and domestic beers, as well as wines from small vineyards on multiple continents, complement the diverse bouquet of flavors and pair especially well with cheese and charcuterie boards. During special events, guitar music acts as a soothing soundtrack for bites, and sommelier seminars instruct patrons on how to age libations without sending them to PG-13 movies alone.
Bar Code's resident mixologist, Evan Martin, has earned his fair share of drink-making accolades. Behind the bar, he fashions craft cocktails, such as the la diabla--a refreshing blend of lime-infused ginger beer, strawberry-tinged tequila, and creme de cassis--and the vodka-based usual suspect infused with lavender bitters. The drinks are a big draw, but locals also flock to Bar Code because of its twist on pub eats. White cheddar and applewood-smoked bacon flavor the mac and cheese and flatbread pizzas come topped with meatballs and jalapenos. Other eats include cheeseburger flights, caprese melts with fresh mozzarella, and weekend brunch. Free underground parking is also available.