I’m not very good about writing things about restaurant experiences. I don’t know how people do it, really. Do they steal the menu? Secretly jot down little notes throughout the meal? By the time we finish the bottle of wine, all I have is a vague recollection of the whole thing. So, instead, I present mini-reviews. I don’t claim that these will provide much information, but if you’re looking for just a vague, random sense of a place, look no further!
La Costa – Issaquah, WA
We wanted to try a new Mexican place. We normally go to Torero’s in Bellevue, and we really like it, but we thought we’d try something different. It was OK. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t Azteca bad or anything. The margaritas were marginal, unfortunately. They had this “we came from a mix” vibe to them, so that was disappointing. I had fajitas and P. and enchiladas. They give you salsa and bean dip with the chips. The bean dip is surprisingly good.
Casa Vallarta – Bellevue, WA
We don’t like it quite as much as Torero’s, but it’s pretty good. They margaritas are really good. They have many choices, and I recall that mine was better than P.’s. Of course, I don’t recall what mine was called, but it had several tequilas in it, and maybe grand manier. We didn’t try the flavored ones, but they have a bunch of those too.
Cascade Garden – Issaquah, WA
We got Chinese takeout from this place the other night. We normally get takeout from Hunan Garden in Bellevue, and this definitely wasn’t as good. We got Mongolian beef, General Tso’s chicken, and vegetable spring rolls. The spring rolls were crunchy, which was good. The Mongolian beef was OK, but just nowhere near as good a Hunan Garden.
Grazie Ristorante – Bellevue, WA
This Italian restaurant is behind Factoria mall. We really like it. They send the waiters to Italy to learn about the food and wine there. They have a nice selection of wines. I really liked the one we tried last time, but of course I can’t recall what it was (other than it was an Italian white). They group the wines by region in the wine list. I did take the cork home, thinking that would help me remember, but when I looked at it later, I saw that it had no name on it. Damn cork. They give you a dipping sauce for the bread with just olive oil and garlic. That’s an evil little dipping sauce because you end up wanting to guzzle olive oil all night. I think the spaghettini pomodoro is my favorite.
Marina Park Grill – Kirkland, WA
I’ve only been here for lunch, but everything I’ve had has been really good. None of it seems to be very low fat though…
So, there you have it. Mini-reviews from the East side. More as the situation warrants…