At Cinebarre, the latest action-packed thrillers and romantic comedies light up the theaters' screens?but the establishment is as much a restaurant as a movie theater. Each row of seats faces a table, and during the show, waitstaff silently peruse the theater, taking orders for cocktails and a wide variety of gourmet eats. The plates range from warm tortilla chips with house-made salsa to burgers and pizzas. To make things more fun, each dish also gets a movie-themed name: think Goldfingers (hand-breaded chicken tenders), the Bull Durham (pizza topped with pepperoni, Canadian bacon, and sausage), or the Fight Club sandwich, which the chefs refuse to talk about.
Stan Phillips spent his childhood at his father’s side in their Kansas City backyard, his little hands barely strong enough to handle the wood for the family’s smoker. Now that he’s grown, Phillips brings his family’s recipes to his Issaquah restaurant, where he slathers meats such as beef brisket, ribs, hot links, and ham with a traditional dry rub, smokes them over hickory wood, and dishes them out with sauce on the side. When diners step inside the rustic barbecue joint, they can order their meats by the pound, or dig into sandwiches such as the Cowboy, whose pork is pulled apart with a spur. A full bar slings cocktails, wines, and craft beers to suit every entrée, and the dining room displays a full Sunday football lineup on its large televisions.
Dog & Pony Alehouse and Grill's combination of craft beers, upscale bar food, and no-nonsense attitude has broad appeal. It draws machinists from down the street, engineers from Boeing, and salaried folks from downtown. The diversity is considered a plus by Evening Magazine, which rates the Alehouse among the Top 5 Western Washington Beer Bars.
The bar's taps flow with more than 32 craft beers??largely local in origin??including a handful set aside for a selection of IPAs, which is said to be the favorite brew of regulars. The chefs match this selection with a diverse menu of contemporary and upscale gastropub fare. They batter wild-caught Icelandic cod in beer and crust it in panko to create the fish 'n' chips, a feat that ensures its spot as the most popular dish on the menu. They stuff cheesy quesadillas with jumbo black tiger prawn ceviche made from scratch, and fill italian subs with thinly sliced prosciutto, ham, and salami.
Jack's Pub and Grill wouldn?t be a true pub and grill without a smattering of neon beer signs and flat-screen televisions blaring live sporting events. Oh, and don't forget the sm?rg?sbord of beers, mixed drinks, and shots of liquor. The full menu features burgers, pizzas, and steaks, and breakfast dishes served seven days a week. A stage in the corner of the bar hosts local bands on select nights, and a dedicated dance floor allows patrons to practice their moves or organize giant games of freeze tag.
A tall glass of wine, a sizzling plate of food, and a serene room can make for an exquisite meal. The team behind Chantanee Thai Restaurant & Bar know that well, and for almost 20 they have brought their refined Thai staples and chill service to the downtown Bellevue community. Duck dishes arrive wok-crisped and glazed with rich garlic sauce or slow-cooked in a fragrant combination of coriander and five-spice powder. Platters of stir-fried vegetables and cashews get a kick from housemade chili paste, which can be used to make any dish spicier or just more red if you happen to love the color.
On one wall, a large Thai-inspired art piece gleams gold over the room and a circular booth with lime green cushions pops amid earth-tone chairs and blonde wooden tables. In another artistic play, a row of stout wooden planks hangs from the ceiling, visually separating the dining room from the nearby lounge area. There, a curving bar winds the length of the room and bartenders mix up complex drinks, pour absinthe, or set their signature Blue Blazer drink on fire.
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.