The Kirkland Pho House, on 85th near Petco, is a reliable go-to on a chilly day to grab a big bowl of brothy deliciousness that can warm you from the inside out. I always start with a fresh spring roll and then work my way to the chicken pho, delighting in the ritual of throwing in my own squirt of lime, bean sprouts, and sprigs of basil. New store signs that go up in these times can create a panic, but never fear. The Pho House is just gearing up to move to downtown Kirkland (110 Central Way) since their current shopping center is slated to be torn down. They are currently still open in their location on 85th, but looking forward to continuing to see our (covered) faces downtown in their new spot in March or April.
Don't let a pandemic drag down your Valentine's Day! Shop Local for your sweetie and remember that a fabulous meal can be the gateway to winning over a heart. Looking for a Valentine's Meal in Kirkland? Check these options out, whether you prefer indoor, outdoor or take-out, don't procrastinate.
Hearth- Valentine's Dinner at Hearth ($75/pp) short rib/scallops/oysters 5-9pm 2/13 and 14. Or Pie on the Fly Valentine special ($65 for two) takeout available with salad side and chocolate strawberry truffle. Submit by 2/11 for 13 or 14 pickup.
Le Grand Bistro @Carillon Point-another great outdoor patio! And of course, a special Valentine's take-out menu that is a 4-course meal for 2 ($150) on 2/12, 13, 14. Get your order in by 2/9 @ 8pm unless it sells out before then.
Cafe Juanita- Well some of you were clearly thinking ahead because they are already booked for 2/12-13 with a rest for their team afterward and a continuation of amazing pickup options moving forward.
DeRU- Order by 2/8, pickup 2/13 after 12 pm. A la carte menu and, of course, don't forget their AMAZING slices of cake.
Lynn's- Order 24 hrs in advance, pick up on Sunday 12-5, 3 courses $45 or a $35 prix fixe menu (a fantastic value!)
Volterra- $60 per person limited indoor seating on 2/14 with a very temptingly delicious looking menu.
Lizzy Kate Teas- Valentine's Tea & Truffle Pairing Set- 4 favorite teas to pair with four different flavored chocolate truffles. Pickup, drop on a doorstep or chip locally or nationally.
Lady Yum- Valentine's Day Gift Packs. These will bring a smile to any human's face.
Sweet Cloud Gifts- special chocolates for your special person starting at $8. Hello heart-shaped truffles!
The BeachHouse Bar & Grill- planning to offer some Valentine dinner special that wkend along with their regular menu.
Ristorante Paradiso- regular menu with some extra Valentine's specials that are still in the works.
Our family is mourning the loss of our go-to sushi pickup spot that was hidden in a strip mall in Rose Hill. Where else can you get a 'sushi plate' for $20 and it's delightfully all of the items you like to order anyway? Momoya Sushi & Sake House will be greatly missed, pre-COVID it always had a steady flow of loyalists that flocked to their fresh rolls and chilled sake which paired perfectly with the casual atmosphere and friendly familiar service. Even in the past year there always seemed to be an hour wait for pickup orders if you didn't call before 5pm. This closure has been coming for a few months now, but it doesn't make it hurt any less. RIP Mo.
It sounds kind of naughty, but it's actually sweet. This new boba tea shop, called BobaLust, opened a few weeks ago next to Ace Hardware. The lobby is the size of a large dancefloor, which may come in handy later, but for now, is plenty of room for your socially-distanced pickup. I got my kids a strawberry smoothie, a mango slushie, and myself a Thai tea (all +boba). Their boba is fresh and sweet, and I was intent on not losing any in the crushed ice. Another alluring fact would be their pricing, which is $4.50 -5.50 per drink including tax, which definitely beats other places.
I didn't really discover the joy of boba tea until my trip to Asia (remember when we used to travel?) where these shops are commonplace and there is usually a long line. At first, those funny little gelatinous balls made me squeamish, but now I treasure poking my wide straw through the taught plastic and enjoying the delightful drink (always ask for 50% sweetness, it's still sweet) with chewy boba surprises along the way. What is Boba you ask? It is tapioca starch from the cassava root. You're thinking about trying it, aren't' you? It's only weird the first few times and then it's strangely addicting.
Bobalust has four other Seattle-area locations. Their current hours at the Kirkland shop are Saturday-Thurs 1-9 pm and Fri/Sat 1-10 pm. Follow them on FB and Insta. Comment back here with your favorite drink discovery!
Are you tired of cooking? Do you wish a holiday meal would just magically appear this year? No kidding. I've got your back! Hearth at The Heathman Hotel is on-the-ready to help you make this year's Christmas delicious and festive at your home with their four-course feast that is packaged and ready for you to simply heat and eat. Stress-free sounds pretty perfect. But don't procrastinate, because your pre-order needs to be called into 425-284-5900 by this Fri 12/18. You'll start with wild mushroom bisque, then onto gem lettuce and roasted beet salad, followed by an entree choice of honey glazed natural ham OR braised beef short trib medallions, and finish it all off with an apple crisp. This delicious spread is $55/per person, and there are also some festive fave kids' meals, extra sides, charcuterie, and wine pairings available to elevate your experience. Supporting local business and not cooking for the holiday never sounded so good. Pickup is available on December 23rd, 24th, or 25th. Even if you are cooking, what a thoughtful gift for Grandma, Uncle Fred, or other family members you may not be able to share your meal with in-person this year.
<--Yummy brunch shot: croissant bfast sandwich and the farm egg soft scramble
It's worth noting that Hearth also has the perfect pandemic-ready patio with plentiful heaters, widely spread tables, and gloved/masked staff. I feel safe there. The building's architect must be patting him or herself on the back about now because nobody saw Coronavirus coming, but their design is keenly equipped for our current restrictions. Steve and I were in for brunch and nestled ourselves in the outside corner fireside table humming along to the blissfully upbeat holiday music while wishing we could get waited on every day. Check out our delish food photo from brunch (above, Sun 9-2). We also had a chance to chat with Executive Chef David Mitchell about the Christmas pick-up menu and he shared, "I want to make sure it's a good amount of food. I really want people to be WOW-ed." So if you're ready to be wowed with a stress-free holiday dinner, call 425-284-5900 with your questions and pre-order by Friday 12/18. Of course, Hearth To-Go and their Pie on the Fly program are also still available Weds-Sat 3-8pm. And there's no shame in ordering a Hearth pizza for the holidays too, it is 2020 after all. Note days of operation are Weds-Sat, reservations are recommended (and are required for the Christmas meal). Enjoy!
Pre-Covid we would get excited when a new restaurant sign went up, but in 2020 boyyyyy we can hardly contain ourselves when this level of mystery arrives in our fine city. A new place to pickup food? Count me in! Recognize that font? You bet you do. The old Brix location in Juanita Village will be moving to Woodinville with a forecasted April 2021 opening, while the old spot (same owners) will become Deja Moo, a counter-service version of Tipsy Cow (also same owners). Expect to experience the same great burgers, wine, shakes and flavors of Tipsy Cow, with a new name. They are shooting for a Feb 1, 2021 opening. Moooooooo-re details when I have them. ~j
Hearth at the Heathman Hotel is showcasing its new pop-up "Pie on the Fly" concept with a pizza to-go menu that is hard to resist. You can get the pizzas ready to go or Papa Murphy's style where they are flash heated and then you bake them for another 15 minutes at home so they are hot out of your own oven. These medium-sized pizza pies are available Weds- Sunday 3-8pm by calling 425-284-5900. Our family picked ours up last Thursday (photo of Brady's arms full of 4 pizzas for our family of 5) and our teenagers quickly motored through our new find.
These photos give you a little preview of the pepperoni, Italian and margherita. Steve and I loved the Italian pie with the meat and arugula while the kids preferred fighting over the pepperoni slices. The meatworks deluxe was also really good, but not photo'd because we started eating that one too soon. You'll find the dough is excellent because it is hand-crafted with Cairnspring Mills local organic flour. Our family discovered that we really appreciate doing the take/bake option because it gets the crust perfectly crispy and guarantees the pie is piping hot. Exercising this option also saves you a few bucks over having it baked for you- the cooked pies are $16-23 and the take/bakes are $10-13. Don't forget about this great local pop-up the next time you are going to order up a few pizzas. I was silly to not order one of their $10 cocktails or $6 four-packs of beer to go with it! While we were doing our pickup and parked out front, it was also a good reminder that Hearth has a fantastic outdoor (and heated) patio to enjoy for everyday COVID-friendly dining.
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And speaking of Kirkland faves, our beloved Hector's is having their final day on 9/27 (this Sunday!) after 45 years with us. My favorite meal there is the Protein Power- a burger patty with eggs, spinach and mushrooms on top. So good. Rumor has it they could be re-opening at The Raw Bar's former location sometime in the future, but that is still unconfirmed, so better get in for your last meal and strong drink at this legendary spot while you can. Thanks for all of the good times, Hector's, you will be missed!
Evergreens at Kirkland Urban will be officially opening its doors this Weds at 11am. You'll find them right at the top of the stairs by the new QFC. I went to their practice session today where lunch was free (rumor has it Tues is too. 12-3. #winningtips #yourewelcome) while the employees got to practice their craft of quickly creating crunchy, healthy and delicious salads, wraps and grain bowls. Their other locations typically have a line wrapped out the door so they are preparing for Kirklanders to bombard them with our health-conscious hangry selves.
I had "the Super Bowl," which seemed timely, and was oh-so pretty (photo). "Don't You Forget About Me" was rocking on the speakers and taking me back to my youth while I ate my super fresh lunch in 10 minutes flat. Great quick delish $10ish meals and all of the trays, bowls, utensils and napkins are compostable. It's perfectly fine to grab your lunch on the go, there are only four tables in the space. Menu is here, love the pics. Hours are 11-7 everyday and you can also order online and they cater. I asked an Evergreen staffer what they wanted you to know......"Eat healthy. Live healthy." That's their motto! enjoy.
Chad and Jessi Waldher (photo), owners of Bottle & Bull on Lake St and Marcy's in Walla Walla, are getting very close to sharing their latest creation with you. Many of you were sending panicked emails when their Park Lane Public House closed its doors, but have no fear, a fabulous french brasserie named Feast will be emerging in mid-February at 115 Park Lane. This is a concept they have been talking about for a while, and all of the pieces and dream team just came together now to make it happen.
I had a chance to sit down with the new Feast crew (photo) and their excitement is palpable. "This new concept just didn't fit in our pub setting," says Jessi, who toured me around the freshly wallpapered walls and walked me through all of their new French-themed decor. This will be a bit closer to fine dining but without the dress code or white linens. And still family friendly, of course. "Casual refined," says Chad with a chuckle. Chef Rich Jimenez, previously of Chateu Des Fleurs, can't stop smiling when he talks about his classic and modern dishes with a PNW flair that will be awaiting us. I, of course, can't spell them! Nor did I know quite what this meant. But then he jumped back into the kitchen and whipped me up a tasting platter and the world made sense again.
Get ready to experience vanilla bean applesauce on top of foie gras torchon, a burger with short rib Beaujolais demi gloss and pork jelly smoked onion aioli, tuna with pickled plum aoli in sesame leaf, roasted carrot with burnt honey brown butter and petit coriander, and a lyonnaise salad. Pair your meal with one of their 30 carefully selected wines by the glass or perhaps an old world bottle of beer. You'll find many new world wines that are still French in style. Expect price points to be $12-18 for the first and second course and $20-40 for mains. Here are some sexy food photos to get you in the mood..
(french onion soup, cod w/polenta, lyonnaise salad, mussels, mushroom risotto, roasted carrots)
The team at Feast is excited to take you on this journey with them. "Kirkland has always been good to us. We want to thank everyone and let them know we are eager to serve them again!" says Jessi. Opening is targeted for the second week in Feb. This establishment will be dinner only from 4-10 pm and they will be closed on Monday. Happy Hour in the bar 4-6pm.