The first European explorers set sail with hopes of finding new, exotic spices to placate the palates of epicurious monarchs, but all they found were heaps of boring, inedible gold. Pick up where they left off by broadening your mouth's horizons with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $35 of inventive contemporary fare at Coho Café. Today's deal is good at the restaurant's Redmond and Issaquah locations.
Named Best New American cuisine in Western Washington by CityVoters in 2008, the Coho Café draws diners with a menu of elegant, innovative fare with an emphasis on Pacific Northwest seafood. Ward off hunger hysteria with a small plate of roasted green-chili cornbread waffles served with sweet agave butter ($2.50), or dive straight into entrees such as the seafood mixed grill with lemon-vermouth glaze ($17.99), which turns taste buds against each other as they duel over grilled salmon, prawns, and scallops. Turfatarians can get their protein fix with such meaty meals as slow-braised kalbi short ribs, plated with coconut polenta cakes and ginger-corn relish ($16.99), and smoked pork loin chops with apple cider beurre blanc ($19.99). The upcoming Fall Festival of Prawns, which kicks off on October 6, celebrates shrimp's bigger and more athletic cousin with 13 different prawn-powered palate pleasers, from soups and salads to sandwiches that combine delicious prawn flavor with the unsurpassed gripping power of bread. A lunch menu and Sunday brunch (at the Issaquah location only) provide fuel for strenuous daytime rhyming contests.
The Coho Café augments its edible offerings with a large wine list focused on selections from the northwestern United States. The restaurant's Facebook and Twitter pages help patrons keep high-tech tabs on new specials and events, and curved architecture, metal art, and rock fireplaces provide each location with a casually chic atmosphere of warmth and comfort that settles stomachs and massages eyeballs. Have a seat inside to follow the action in the display kitchen, or sit out on the patio to keep an eye on your pet cloud.
Dine-in only. Not valid on holidays.
CityVoters named the Coho Café Best New American cuisine in 2008. Yelpers give the Redmond location and the Issaquah location averages of three stars. Citysearchers give the Redmond location an average of 4.5 stars and the Issaquah location an average of 4:
A crisp Pacific breeze floats over Coho Cafe's patios, fanning guests as they sip signature cocktails and deconstruct towers of dungeness crab and avocado. It's as if the ocean wants to give each coastal location a big old pat on the back—and why wouldn't it? The chefs have surely earned it through their tireless commitment to quality Northwestern seafood, expressed in creative combinations such as cod tacos topped with three-bean chili and smoked-salmon fettuccine with dill-sorrel cream.
On cooler days, large rock fireplaces send their warmth through casual dining rooms defined by tropical colors, curved walls that undulate like mountain streams, and fish statues. A glance at the tables on any given night reveals everything from stuffed, roasted chicken to a classic New York steak in addition to the seafood—which still isn't enough variety for the chefs. The specials menu sports new dishes every two weeks to make use of seasonal ingredients and flavors. To pair with them, friendly servers can offer guidance in selecting among the wine list's variety of Northwestern and imported bottles.