The aroma of smoked pork belly draws guests into Butcher Shop Café, a butcher shop that sells fresh cuts of meat as well as café food such as sandwiches, burgers, and barbecue ribs. A case containing foie gras, duck confit, and Nueske's bacon rests next to a café, which serves a menu of burgers made with fresh-ground American Kobe Beef, hot dogs, and Carolina-style pulled pork shoulder. With advance notice, butchers can fulfill customer requests by smoking suggested meats and carving beef slices into birthday messages.
The [Seattle Post-Intelligencer] and [Seattle Times] featured Olive You for its fresh deli selection. Seattle Weekly featured owner Timur Leno for his dedication to improving the neighborhood through Olive You. Yelpers give the restaurant a savory rating of 3.5 stars:
Charlie’s Flame Broiled Burgers evokes stomach growls with juicy and fresh third-pound, 100% ground chuck burgers, Charlie’s secret sauce, and crispy steak fries. Sharpen canines on a variety of menu options, beginning with appetizers such as fried mushrooms ($5.99) or cheese-oozing mozzarella sticks ($6.99). Diners can tango with the signature Charlie burger ($10.99), smothered in Charlie sauce and topped with hot pastrami, or saddle their faces up to the Western bacon cheeseburger ($10.99). Manly burgers ($12.99) showcase 2.5 pounds of beef and spend their spare time tinkering with power tools in a shed, while the grilled chicken burger ($9.99), the salmon burger ($11.99), and turkey burger ($10.99) satisfy cravings for beef-free fare and can be paired with a selection off the beer and wine menu. Freshly sliced lettuce, tomato, and onions escort sandwiches to the table, along with a side of steak fries, which can be substituted with onion rings, fried mushrooms, or teacher’s assistants.
"Eating is the best way to connect with people," says bin on the lake's Chef de Cuisine Dylan Giordan. "My favorite part about this profession is being able to create a community and camaraderie through thoughtfully prepared food."
"Thoughtful" is perhaps the most appropriate adjective to assign to Giordan's cuisine. The chef, who adheres to a cooking style described as "Northwest with a Mediterranean influence" practices what he has dubbed the "A Study Of..." program. This approach allows him to highlight a particular ingredient on the menu, such as pork, cheese, or lamb, and then whip up items that firmly affix that item, with all of its diverse flavors and uses, as the star of the dish. The focus could also turn to a particular style of cooking. For example, a recent menu included a section dedicated to the study of braising, yielding up hearty, warm, and comforting plates such as braised lacinato kale with garlic and chili, and tomato braised beef brisket with Greek creamed spinach.
To round out his cooking resume, Chef Giordan delights taste buds with contemporary offerings including white-truffle parmesan popcorn, rabbit meatballs, and Idaho trout. Of course, with such attention lavished upon the cuisine, the restaurant boasts an equally-thoughful wine list, with varietals available in 3- or 6 oz. pours, by the bottle, or, in rare cases, by the grape.
Former bookkeeper Gertrude Popp founded Poppinjay's Cafe more than 20 years ago, eventually recruiting her son and daughter to help oversee the expanding enterprise. Today, chefs at six locations across Bellevue and Kirkland craft creative breakfast and lunch items, mixing pastries from scratch and toasting fresh sandwiches piled with deli meats alongside ample vegetarian fare and healthy smoothies. They also load catering trays with enough snacks, full meals, and desserts to quell the hunger of dozens of revelers or one visiting mastodon.
Poppinjay's Cafe regularly supports its local community by making frequent donations to charities and organizations and hosting monthly meetings for All Women Empowered, an association dedicated to bettering the lives of women and children across the globe.
Named for a the eight-spoke Thai horoscope wheel, Noppakao Thai Restaurant puts guests in control of their culinary destiny—even for just one night. The menu introduces diners to some of the finest examples of Thailand's rich culinary culture: from aromatic coconut-milk curries, to savory rice noodle stir-fries and rice dishes of marinated tofu, chicken, pork and trout. Each dish blends Eastern flavor with elegant presentation, with basil leaves, sliced peppers, cashews, and colorful curry sauces layered upon fragrant foundations of jasmine rice. Chefs lovingly craft specialty dishes of lemongrass chicken, garlic pork ribs, and deep-fried duck swimming in red curry, capped off with desserts of coconut milk ice cream and sweet mango sticky rice.
The interior reflects Thailand's island landscape, with towering palm trees, glowing lanterns reminiscent of sea life, and an aquarium. The walls also feature a giant, antique-style treasure map and sketches of jellyfish playing jump rope with pirates.