Cuisine: European, Italian
Price Range: $$
Named for the creek it rests beside, this fantastic restaurant is influenced by Italian cuisine, although it's not the red-sauce-and-cheese variety. Instead, dishes are more refined, featuring... Read More
Named for the creek it rests beside, this fantastic restaurant is influenced by Italian cuisine, although it's not the red-sauce-and-cheese variety. Instead, dishes are more refined, featuring first-rate ingredients and careful preparation. Among the offerings, you'll find silky foie gras, sweetbreads in marsala sauce, seared yellowfin tuna and bacon-wrapped roasted rabbit. Accompanying dishes include such delicacies as fava beans, polenta, asparagus, artichokes and a medley of earthy mushrooms. Desserts follow suit and include several Italian classics: tiramisu, panna cotta and berries laced with balsamic vinegar. The excellent wine list offers a perfect accompaniment, whether you decide on an Italian favorite or regional vintage.
- New and Popular Restaurants: "Longtime patrons still come from far and wide to enjoy the restaurant's signature dish â" Arneis-braised rabbit. At-home orders are now available, and must be placed 24 hours in advance."
- Italian: "Check out the website for upcoming events like dinners with local chefs and winemakers."
- Best for New and Popular Restaurants Because: This beloved Kirkland restaurant has made waves for many years now, although the menu keeps getting refreshed with an emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients.
- Best for Italian Because: At Cafe Junaita, the owner's passion for Northern Italian food and wine comes through along with a commitment to organics and sustainability.