Amy’s Fav’ Foods: Seattle Eastside Restaurants for Foodies

Hello, my foodie friends! Fall is officially here! I will surely miss the summer warmth and late sunsets, but I’m looking forward to this new season filled with fun activities and festivities. What an excellent opportunity to dive headfirst into a new routine!

I decided that this month’s edition of Amy’s Fav’ Foods should have a fun twist in time for the holidays. The cold shouldn’t keep you indoors. You should explore and sample delicious food in some of my favorite local spots.

You might even find inspiration to replicate some of the decadent menus for the holiday dinners! I enjoy eating out once in a while, or maybe a lot. Here are some of my favorite spots that I think you will enjoy:

Carmine’s
If you love Italian food, then this is the spot for you. This Italian restaurant found in the downtown Bellevue area serves delicious meals for lunch and dinner daily.

They have a colorful menu featuring food like clams linguine, a vast array of seafood, crab bruschetta, and mouth-watering desserts like tiramisu. Their top-notch wine list will make you mellow and warm you up as you wait for dinner. What’s more, you can even dine al-fresco on their heated terrace.

2120
This fantastic restaurant in downtown Seattle is located next to Amazon Spheres and is only a couple of blocks from the iconic Space Needle. For the best seasonal menu, 2120 is the spot for you. Their culinary team creates terrific dishes using the freshest seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms and the surrounding countryside.

Their wine list features local Pacific Northwest wines and their creative cocktail menu ties in elements from the kitchen to the bar. They have a big heated tent with open sides where you can gaze at the spheres while dining.

Castilla
If you want to experience the taste and passion of Spain, then Castilla Bellevue is the restaurant for you. Their menu features over 40 different tapas/small dishes accompanied with delicious traditional Spanish dishes with seafood-rich paella and saffron to top it off.

If you enjoy a hot baked pastry, Castilla’s flatbreads baked in their hearth oven will satisfy your cravings. They prepare the Northwest Seafood in their authentic Spanish methods that entice all.

Feast
Open from Wednesday through Sunday in Kirkland, WA, this teeming sensation has been plying East Seattle’s residents with decadent French cuisine that incorporates flavors and ingredients from the Pacific.

This French Brasserie will take you on a tasty vacation to France. They have a great menu with dishes such as Parisienne Gnocchi and Steak Au Poivre accompanied with their exceptional wines and Champagne,

Como
This waterfront restaurant in Kirkland commits to churning out delicious Italian cuisine with influences from the Lombardy region in Italy surrounding Lake Como, hence the name. The restaurant features an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere.

They have handmade pasta that is sure to take away your guilt when carb loading. It will be worth it, I promise. With a wide variety of Italian wines and local seasonal ingredients on their menu, it is a must-visit Italian restaurant on the East Side.

Araya’s Place
Since its establishment in 1987, Araya’s Place has been the premier vegan-Thai restaurant in Seattle. You will get to enjoy top-notch vegetarian dishes made fresh as you order. They also have a daily lunch buffet that keeps it teeming with hungry patrons.

Their vast menu offers traditional Thai cuisine with a vegan flair that accommodates every guest’s palate choices.

Cielo
With a highly varied Mexican cuisine, Cielo Bellevue has an amazing ambiance that will give you a remarkable dining experience. Their happy hour is excellent, with a superb choice of starters and entrees. They have a decent house red wine, and all settings come with delicious chips and spicy salsa. Their friendly staff will make you feel welcome and warm.

I know we all can’t wait for the long nights with hot bowls of soup, weekend bakes, and long walks in the crisp afternoons. However, don’t get cooped up indoors too long. With the suggestions above, you can transform your winter into a warm, flavorful experience.

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