The Eastside, particularly Bellevue, has a reputation and it’s not a positive one. Many people think of the Eastside as being cultureless with cookie-cutter chain restaurants and snobby, materialistic people driving Range Rovers and Teslas. However, while it may be true in a small way, that isn’t an entirely accurate or fair description. There’s so much more to the Eastside—don’t let a few stereotypes stop you from visiting! There are several great spots that Seattleites should consider crossing the bridge for (and a few places to avoid), you just need a little “In the Know”.

One of the Eastside’s best brunches.

Pomegranate Bistro in Redmond features a modern mix of Pacific Northwest cuisine and comfort food inspired by Lisa Dupar’s Southern upbringing and classical French training. The brunch menu features brunch classics, including eggs benedict, a breakfast plate, sandwiches and doughnuts. It also includes oatcakes, firebreads, and southern staples like chicken & waffles and biscuits and gravy. Their brunch is very popular, so wake up early and get there early (before 11:00 am), or expect a wait.

Gourmet burgers on the Eastside.

In this edition of Grub Alert, we feature Tipsy Cow Burger Bar, located on the Eastside, which has been in dire need of a legit burger bar for some time. The ceilings are high and industrial-looking, giving it a trendy, yet casual feel that fits perfectly with the up and coming downtown area of Redmond. Tipsy Cow supports local products ranging from their wine and brews to their 100%

Fabulous French pastries and custom cakes.

In this edition of Food Porn, we feature Midori Bakery, an adorable gourmet French bakery located in Redmond. They provide an array of delicious pastries in the shop, cater for Januik Winery, and other private events, but also have booths at the Saturday Bellevue farmer’s market and the Wednesday Kirkland farmer’s market. Tucked away in an office park, you’ll have to follow the signs