March 29, 2017

Carmine’s New Restaurant to Open in Bellevue September 12th

Carmine's Bellevue logoCarmine’s is Coming to Bellevue

Carmine’s Bellevue restaurant opening to the public on September 12th at 88 102nd Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004.
Carmine’s will be the newest addition to Bellevue’s fine dining landscape situated against the south side of Downtown Park, just off Old Main. Carmine’s will be run by Carmine Jr. and Philip Smeraldo, who will carry on the legacy of quality and service their late father, Carmine Sr., build Il Terrazzo Carmine on over 30 years ago.
Carmine’s aims to provide an upscale, white tablecloth experience well-suited for celebration, business, or the making of special occasions with loved ones. You can find Carmines on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @CarminesBellevue or online at

Cafe Trophy Opens Today at The Bravern in Bellevue

Cafe Trophy from Trophy CupcakesCafe Trophy is Exciting New Concept from Trophy Cupcakes & Party

Beloved Cafe Trophy Cupcakes & Party has a new concept in Bellevue: Cafe Trophy, a grown-up bakery-cafe-champagne bar that offers sweet and savory treats from morning till night. They’ve moved from their small shop on the second floor of The Bravern and relocated into the beautiful new location in the southwest corner of the first floor.

Cafe Trophy is open Monday through Saturday from 7am until 9pm, and from 8am to 7pm on Sundays. Chef Chuck Dugo, who was the executive pastry chef at San Francisco’s acclaimed Slanted Door for thirteen years, helms the cafe’s kitchen. [Read more…]

Mike Shea and Chanel Holman New Managers at Pearl Bellevue


Chanel Holman and Mike Shea join leadership at Pearl Bellevue seafood bar

 PEARL Bellevue Seafood & Oyster Bar, a locally owned and operated restaurant in Bellevue which features a menu focused on fresh, seasonal seafood and local ingredients, is proud to welcome new restaurant managers Mike Shea and Chanel Holman. Shea will oversee the day-to-day management of the restaurant and Holman will be in charge of marketing, coordinating large events and staff management. [Read more…]

Woodblock Restaurant in Redmond Adds to Early Success with Lunch

Woodblock Restaurant RedmondAfter a successful grand opening, Carolyn and Tony Scott have added lunch to Woodblock restaurant’s offerings. Lunch is now on daily at the Redmond restaurant from 11am to 3pm—happy hour kicks in right after that, running from 3pm to 6pm, with dinner starting at 4pm.

The lunch menu is made up of shareable starters plus salads and sandwiches. Kick off a leisurely lunch with fried calamari or mussels with fennel and bacon to share, or keep it simple with a grilled Caesar salad or a warming bowl of butternut squash chile con carne. [Read more…]

The Honey Baked Ham Company of Bellevue Relocates and Adds Dine-In Seating

Honey Baked Ham BellevueNew location springs up just in time for Easter – but remember, Honey Baked Ham in Bellevue is closed on Sundays

Famous for its premium ham, turkey and special occasion food, The Honey Baked Ham Company has relocated its Bellevue location to the Ross shopping plaza on 20th Street and now offers expanded dine-in seating to satisfy customers’ appetites throughout the day, including lunchtime.

HoneyBaked of Bellevue has a wide variety of delicious, time-saving options.  Along with its signature spiral-sliced Honey Baked Hams with the sweet, crunchy glaze, the specialty food retailer also offers fully-cooked turkey and other premium meats, side items and irresistible desserts, as well as extensive lunch and catering menus. [Read more…]

7th Annual Taste of Main on August 22nd to Benefit The Detlef Schrempf Foundation

7th Annual Taste of Main7th Annual Taste of Main to Benefit The Detlef Schrempf Foundation

The 7th Annual Taste of Main, a one-day event on Bellevue’s celebrated historic Main Street, is slated for Saturday, August 22nd, from 12:00-5:00. This annual fundraising event has a strong reputation of bringing together the Eastside community and Old Bellevue, benefiting the Detlef Schrempf Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue.

The 7th Annual Taste of Main event offers patrons a fixed price Passport, allowing them to “tasting their way down Main Street” featuring specially selected Northwest wineries, distilleries, gourmet food, snacks and desserts from the city’s most acclaimed restaurants. Also featured are free giveaways, live entertainment, wine sales, and a silent auction, featuring Main Street Retailers products and services.

The 7th Annual Taste of Main is open to the public, and children are free (with special kid-friendly bites!).  The Taste of Main has been a favorite event of locals since it’s first year and has started to attract a lot of wine lovers and foodies from all over the Puget Sound area.  This is an event you won’t want to miss!

100% of the proceeds benefit the Detlef Schrempf Foundation. The Foundation is a support organization founded by former UW Huskies and Seattle Super Sonics star, Detlef Schrempf that has raised over $15-million for Northwest children’s charities. This event’s proceeds will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue, through the Detlef Schrempf Foundation.

Learn more about the event and purchase your passport at 7th Annual Taste of Main. Learn more about the benefitting charities at and .

The Passport includes food offerings from some of Main Street’s finest restaurants, including:

520 Bar & Grill
99 Park
Bake’s Place Bellevue
Bis on Main
Fran’s Chocolates
Gilberts on Main
Ginza Japanese Restaurant
Hedge & Vine
La Cocina Del Puerco
Local Burger
Mercato Stellina
Monsoon East
Pagliacci Pizza
Vavako Fine Chocolates
Whole Foods

Wild Ginger Happy Hour: Bellevue Happy Hours

Wild Ginger Happy Hour BellevueWild Ginger Happy Hour Rates Near The Top

Wild Ginger Happy Hour has been rated as one of the best happy hours in Bellevue.

Daily: 3 – 6 p.m., Mon-Thurs 9 -10 p.m., Fri & Sat 10 – 11 p.m.

$4 draft beer & well liquors
$5 wines by the glass, half-price draft beers, bottled beer and classic cocktails.
$6 specialty cocktails
$2-$3 satay skewers and $4 small plates.

Publisher’s Note:  Try the Fragrant Duck Sliders for $5  They are tasty!

To view the entire menu follow this link:  Wild Ginger Bellevue Happy Hour Menu

Wild Ginger Happy Hour




You can also find Wild Ginger Bellevue on the Bellevue Business Directory for direct links to their social media accounts.  Be social and let Wild Ginger know you read about them on the Bellevue Business Journal website.

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SIP Adds Emran Chowdhury as Executive Chef

Sip at The Wine Bar & Restaurant has hired Emran Chowdhury as their new Executive Chef.

Born in Bangladesh, Emran Chowdhury moved to Toronto, Canada at the age of 3. He started gaining his kitchen experience at the age of 15. His early training took him to Terroni and Intercontinental Hotel in Toronto. Chowdhury had a strong affinity for the lures of the kitchen and travel.  He continued to advance his career on a luxury cruise ship while traveling through Europe, Asia, and South America. The thrill of travel and new cuisines will take Chowdhury to Brazil and Australia next. He relocated to Seattle in 2009 and brought his passion for cuisine with him. Shortly after becoming Chef at Cantinetta, (Wallingford) in 2010 and the additional Bellevue location in 2011, Chowdhury worked at developing new recipes and dishes. Much of Sip’s fresh ingredients are grown in our organic garden on Mercer Island, and Chowdhury is very excited about using the garden to create food with simplicity and consideration. Chef Chowdhury uses classic techniques with an inventive edge to create flavors that are complex, yet soulful.

When he’s not mastering the art of cooking, Chowdhury is relaxing with a great book or watching sports. Come into Sip and get acquainted with Sip’s new Executive Chef.

Bellevue Happy Hours: 13 Coins

13 Coins Bellevue logo13 Coins in Bellevue Happy Hour

900 Bellevue Way NE, Suite 100
(adjacent to the Hyatt Regency)
Phone: (425) 455-1313

Happy Hours:


SELECT WINES 5.50 (ask your server for today’s selection)
DEVILED EGGS 3.99 A delicious classic with a hint of Dijon.
CRISPY CALAMARI 6.99 Served with lemon aioli.
BBQ PORK 6.99 Served with traditional accompaniments.
BAKED BRIE 5.99 Domestic Brie baked in puff pastry. Served with marionberry preserves, Carr’s table crackers and sourdough slices.
FRIED ZUCCHINI 3.99 Hand breaded zucchini served with chipotle ranch dipping sauce.

BBJ would love to write reviews on 13 Coin’s Happy Hours, as well as dining in Bellevue during the wee hours.  Hope they contact us soon.

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery Gets Ready for Summer Turning Up the Flavor with Trendsetting New Menu Choices

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery logoRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, a national casual dining restaurant known for its distinctive selection of micro-brewed and specialty beers, recently announced the launch of its new summer menu, featuring lighter options as the weather heats up. Now through June 14, participating Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery locations nationwide will offer a vast selection of low-calorie dishes including brand new build-your-own salads allowing guests to customize their creations.

“Many consumers look to embrace a more health-conscious lifestyle during the summer, and we know that eating out can be difficult for those trying to follow a nutritious diet,” said Stan Frankenthaler, chief officer of food, beverage and strategic supply for CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc. “We’re thrilled to share our newest seasonal offerings with our guests, and are proud to raise the bar for healthy eating by experimenting with flavors that will satisfy any dietary preference.”

Guests who stop by their local Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery to kick off their summertime fun can experience these light and flavor-packed new menu items, including:

  • Tomatillo Shrimp on Sweet Potato Cakes – Garlic sautéed shrimp smothered in a zesty tomatillo sauce over crispy-griddled sweet potato cakes with sautéed garlic spinach, served with black bean and corn salsa with Santa Fe spices.
  • Ale Portobello & Smoked Chicken Saute – Ale-soaked Portobello mushrooms grilled, sliced then sautéed with smoked chicken, topped with chile de arbol and a signature beer mushroom sauce. Served over white cheddar mashed potatoes with grilled broccoli and garnished with green onions and Santa Fe seasoning.
  • Smoked Chicken Poblano – Roasted poblano pepper stuffed with smoked chicken, cheese and orzo pasta, topped with Parmesan & Romano cheeses and baked to perfection. Served in a pool of spicy smoked tomato sauce with seasonal vegetables and garnished with Santa Fe spices.

Rock Bottom also has expanded its salad menu, which now features build-your-own salads, where guests select from a choice of greens, three veggies and toppings, cheese, a crunch and dressing. Additional deliciously fresh new salad options include:

  • Mexican Honey Chicken Salad – Spring mix, roasted Santa Fe chicken, grilled pineapple and red peppers, cucumber, candied Mexican mango, toasted almonds and cotija cheese, tossed in roasted jalapeño ranch dressing and finished with a honey mango drizzle and crispy tortilla chips.
  • Smoked Tomato & Kale Caesar Salad – Romaine and Tuscan kale tossed in Latin asiago Caesar dressing and topped with black beans, roasted corn, cold-smoked tomatoes, cheddar and pepper jack cheeses and crispy tortilla chips.
  • Grilled Steak & Portobello Salad – Mixed greens tossed in spicy chimichurri dressing with grilled sirloin steak and Portobello mushrooms, topped with tri-colored tomatoes, pico de gallo, cotija cheese and crispy potato shreds.

Guests looking to pair these healthy menu items with a cool, refreshing beverage can select the all-new Skinny Berry Soda, made with fresh muddled strawberries and mint topped with Cruzan strawberry rum and soda.

For additional details about Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, please visit