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Seattle and Bellevue with Kids

Have not been, but Malay Satay Hut is close to your hotel. Might satisfy your Indonesian craving.

Bai Tong (Thai) is excellent, and less than a 2 minute drive.

Caspian (Persian)
Mayuri (Indian)

Din Tai Fung (Taiwanese) is a solid choice, located in downtown Bellevue, about a 10 minute drive.

Downtown Kirkland has some good options as well. Trellis is good, as is Hanuman (Thai). Sirena Gelato is excellent. Your kids will enjoy the waterfront area.

Off-topic, but there are tons of amazing parks in the area. North Rose Hill Woodlands Park Playground, in Kirkland, is a must. Wilburton Park (Bellevue) is also great.

Jul 28, 2014
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Seattle and Bellevue with Kids

Assuming you are referring to the Redmond Marriott Town Center? If so, what type(s) of food do you prefer, and are you ok w/ driving 10-15 minutes?

Jul 24, 2014
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Steamed Buns

FoodDee: Give it a try! Eastern Pearl has the best dim sum I've had in the Seattle metro area. Have been there twice and enjoyed the food on both visits. On the Eastside, Joi's was ok, but has closed; Top Gun is bad; have not been to Noble Court.

Jul 24, 2014
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Steamed Buns

Have you tried Harbor City (ID) or Eastern Pearl (Redmond)? Din Tai Fung also has decent buns (both sweet and savory).

Jul 24, 2014
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Seattle Biscuit Bender

Highly recommend Morsel!

Jul 24, 2014
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Steamed Buns

What type of steamed buns? BBQ buns? Pork buns?

Jul 22, 2014
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Best Kept Secrets on the Eastside

I think lsy_eats is referring to Sen Deli. One of my favorites!

Jul 22, 2014
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U:Don

2nd your recommendation. Absolutely love U:Don. I work nearby and go there almost once a week. Haven't tried the tan tan, but will try it next time. My favorite is the ontama soup.

@HungWeiLo: Although the majority of eateries on the Ave are mediocre, I have found a few gems, including Chili's South Indian Restaurant, Morsel, and Somtam Thai. The biscuit sandwiches at Morsel are phenomenal.

Apr 10, 2014
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Seattle Din Tai Fung

Not to get too far off topic from the OP, but I would probably agree w/ your mother. I just walked by Boom Noodle and Blue C Sushi (owned by the same people) at Bellevue Square and they were both nearly empty - at 8:30pm on a Friday night. Would love to see them replaced with some better quality options as they are both very mediocre.

May 10, 2013
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Hot Pot?

Not necessarily better, but another one to try is Boiling Point.
http://www.bpgroupusa.com/

May 07, 2013
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Recommendations in the University District

Ugly Mug Cafe, Shalimar (Indian/Pakistani), U-Don (Japanese udon noodles), Araya's Place (vegan Thai)

Mar 02, 2013
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Din Tai Fung's quality

Have been to locations in Singapore, China, Taiwan (including the original shop), both stores in Arcadia, all multiple times, and the Bellevue location is definitely not "inferior" to the others.

We live right across the street from the Bellevue location and go there about once a month. I'm always impressed w/ the efficiency of their operations and consistency of their food. In my opinion, any differences would be negligible.

If you think the Arcadia locations are inferior to those in Taipei and Shanghai, I'd probably skip the Bellevue location as it sounds like you'll probably be disappointed as well.

Factor in the flight time and ticket price, I'll choose the Bellevue location anyday.

Regardless, enjoy your first visit to Seattle!

Feb 18, 2013
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Fried soup dumplings / shen jian bao / shengjian mantou

Love your assessment of Twilight 7 - I had the same thoughts, it looks a bit shady from the outside. The place always seems to be packed though...

Feb 05, 2013
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quick lunch near the king county courthouse?

I just served jury duty back in October and went to Salumi twice, as well as Chuck's Hole in the Wall BBQ twice. Chuck's pulled pork sandwich is fantastic. http://holeinthewallbbq.blogspot.com/

Jan 27, 2013
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Fried soup dumplings / shen jian bao / shengjian mantou

Little Taipei in Bellevue has them on the weekends from 10am-noon.

Jan 07, 2013
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Japanese ramen chain to open store in Bellevue

Mixed reviews from two separate friends who went tonight - one enjoyed it while the other had a bad experience (lukewarm broth, long waits, service issues). I'll probably give them a few weeks to iron out the kinks before trying it out.

Dec 21, 2012
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BBQ Duck

The roast duck at Uwajimaya is good. If you live on the east side, the sticky rice at Tofu 101 is excellent.

Dec 02, 2012
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Japanese ramen chain to open store in Bellevue

Thanks for sharing this! Looking forward to trying it out whenever it opens.

Nov 08, 2012
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Caterer for a BBQ Party

My office just had a party catered by Island Soul and everything was delicious! http://islandsoulrestaurant.net/

Sep 25, 2012
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Steamed or boiled dumplings (Asian) in the Seattle area?

Highly recommend Little Taipei, in Bellevue. Best boiled dumplings in the Seattle metro area, and among the best I've ever had.

Aug 06, 2012
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AQ or Gitane?

Thanks for the inputs, Robert and goldangl95!

AQ or Gitane?

Thanks for the feedback! Both sound like great options.

AQ or Gitane?

I've got time for one dinner in the city and have narrowed it down to either AQ or Gitane. Any thoughts?

Lounge-y, quiet, open late on Sunday, north Phx?

I was also thinking of the lounge on the lower level of the JW Marriott, but they have nightly live music (6-10pm), which can be kind of loud. There are various seating areas on the lobby level which might work well.

Other suggestions would be The Rim Lobby Lounge and Library areas at the Westin Kierland.

Aug 22, 2010
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Need good lunch suggestion north of Phoenix

haha...I love ipsedixit's suggestion! In-N-Out is quick, inexpensive, and delicious!

Aug 10, 2010
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Need good lunch suggestion north of Phoenix

On your way there, or on the way back, you can stop at Rock Springs Cafe for dessert. The pies there are fantastic. It's a full service restaurant, but I've never had anything other than the pies.

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Rock Springs Cafe
35769 S Old Black Canyon Hwy, Black Canyon City, AZ 85324

Aug 10, 2010
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Unique Foods for a foreigner?

For BBQ, I would go to Joe's Real BBQ in Gilbert. If that's a bit far from you, Bobby Q is a good alternative.

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Bobby Q
8501 N 27th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85051

Joe's Real BBQ
301 N Gilbert Rd, Gilbert 85234

Aug 10, 2010
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Lunch in Biltmore Area

I second The Parlor, although it can be a bit noisy.

How about Coup de Tartes or Vincent Market Bistro?

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Coup Des Tartes
4626 N. 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Vincent Market Bistro
3930 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

Aug 09, 2010
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Vegetarian Help in Southeastern Tempe

It might be outside of your 5 mile range, but Green is another option.

http://www.greenvegetarian.com/

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Green
2240 N Scottsdale Rd, Tempe, AZ 85281

Aug 04, 2010
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Tucson Chowhounds Need West Side Help

Red's Steakhouse (at the Wigwam) is good, but a meal there would likely be above your price point.

Here are some reliable options in the area:
Bella Luna (Italian) http://www.bellalunaaz.com/
Dino's (Greek and Italian) http://www.dinosgreekanditaliangrill....
Tomo (Japanese) http://www.tomojapanesecuisine.com/
India Garden (Indian) http://bit.ly/dbOvfT
Sala Thai http://salathaiaz.com/index.html
Flavors of Louisiana (Cajun) http://flavorsoflouisianacajun.com/
Fritzi's Heart & Soul BBQ http://www.fritzisheartandsoulbbq.org/
Wildflower Bread Company http://www.wildflowerbread.com/
Senor Taco http://senortacoaz.com/

Unfortunately, the area adjacent to the hotel is dominated by chain restaurants.

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Sala Thai Restaurant
10880 N 32nd St Ste 29, Phoenix, AZ 85028

Senor Taco
16948 E Shea Blvd Ste 105, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

Wildflower Bread Company
2805 W Agua Fria Fwy Ste 5, Phoenix, AZ 85027

Jun 17, 2010
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