Best of 425 2015

It is that wonderful time of year when we have the honor of revealing The Best of 425! For months, you voted online and officials at Moss Adams tallied thousands of responses. This list is like a gift readers wait for every year — our ultimate guide highlighting people, places and things that 425 readers think are best. Most are on the Eastside, but a few winners are worth traveling outside the area for. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone who took the time to vote. Drum roll, please …

 By Hailey Hamilton  

Arts and Entertainment


Museum: Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue 

The Bellevue Arts Museum not only showcases Northwest-based artists; it routinely features internationally acclaimed art, too. BAM provides sparks of inspiration for individuals searching for their own creative muses and lets visitors of all ages witness the power of art. It also plays host to several community events throughout the year. 

Festival: Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair, Bellevue 

Karaoke: Palmer’s East, Redmond 

Gallery Birthday Parties: Palettes and Pairings, Kirkland and Lynnwood 

Casino: Snoqualmie Casino, Snoqualmie 

Snoqualmie Casino

Give us a Northwest craft beer, a cigar and a kiss from Lady Luck, and we’re ready to hit the blackjack table. Snoqualmie Casino is the spot to perfect your poker face, watch a show or share a cigar and bourbon with old and new friends. The restaurants are top-notch, too. 

Live theater: Village Theatre, Issaquah and Everett 

Movie theater: Cinemark, Lincoln Square, Bellevue

Ballet: Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle 

Pacific Northwest Ballet

Ballet dancers from around the world have been chosen for the Pacific Northwest Ballet, which makes Eastsiders do their own little happy dance. Created in 1972, the ballet company performances of classics like “The Nutcracker” and “Swan Lake” keep twirling in the minds of guests again and again and again. 



Large Business: Expedia, Bellevue

The one-stop travel site helps you book hotels and find the best flight while you trek across the globe. Expedia is one of the region’s best providers of jobs with an excellent work environment. 

Real Estate Agent/Realtor: Premier Eastside Group, Bellevue

Small Business: Chameleon Technologies Inc., Kirkland

 Nonprofit: Assistance League of the Eastside, Redmond

Eyewear: Bella Vision, Various locations 

Bella Vision

Eastsiders head to Bella Vision to consult with eyewear specialists who can set them up with boardroom-worthy frames. 

Medium Business, Office Space: BitTitan, Kirkland 

Financial Advisor: Annukka Mikkola at Merrill Lynch, Bellevue

Insurance: Sarah Steblay at Marsh, Seattle

City: Bellevue

Attorney: Laura Hoexter at Helsell Fetterman, Seattle

Auto Repair: Double Eagle Automotive, Woodinville

Florist: Fena Flowers, Kirkland

Fena Flowers

They love me. They love me not. Good news, Fena Flowers! The 425 loves you! The beautiful flower arrangements from Fena Flowers are the Eastside’s best way to put a little spring in the step of loved one. 

Car Dealership: Michael’s Toyota of Bellevue, Bellevue

Auto Body Shop: Bel-Kirk Body Shop, Kirkland

 Credit Union: BECU, Various locations 


Luly Yang

Local Designer: Luly Yang, Seattle 

Whether it is the prettiest custom dress you desire, or a haute couture outfit for a special evening out, Northwest fashion designer Luly Yang is the best according to 425 readers. 

Boutique: Via Lago, Kirkland 

Baby: Simplicity ABC, Kirkland

Thrift: Goodwill, Various locations

Antique Store: Gilman Gallery, Issaquah

Bridal Shop: Bellevue Bridal Boutique, Bellevue

Bellevue Bridal

The 425 readers have spoken: Bellevue Bridal Boutique is the best place to say yes to the dress. The expert bridal consultants and tailors will have everyone at the wedding declaring, “You look mahvalous!”  

Bookstore: Barnes and Noble, Various locations

Fashion Blog: All Things Kate,

Men’s Clothier: Nordstrom, Various locations

Jewelry: J. Lewis Jewelry and Appraisals, Bellevue



Vietnamese: Monsoon EastSeattle and Bellevue 

Come eat and drink and enter the world of wonderful Vietnamese food at Monsoon East. Monsoon fuses fresh ingredients with traditional Vietnamese cuisine and a twist of Pacific Northwest innovation to create a dining experience Eastsiders can’t get enough of. 

Thai: Chantanee, Bellevue 

 Outdoor Dining: Bake’s Place, Bellevue  

New Restaurant: Tavern Hall, Bellevue

Happy Hour: John Howie Steak, Bellevue

Wine Shop: Total Wine, Various locations

Drive-In: Burgermaster, Various locations


A family-operated business, Burgermaster has been voted Best Drive-in. Here, they keep the menu simple and classic, because a well-made meal of burger, fries and a milkshake doesn’t need to be complicated to be great. 

Steak, Fine Dining: Daniel’s Broiler, Various locations

Sushi, Japanese: Flo Japanese Restaurant, Bellevue

Chef: John Howie 

Pizza: Pagliacci, Various locations

Restaurant, Lunch, Breakfast/Brunch, Service, Food Blog: Salty’s on Alki, West Seattle

Burger: Lunchbox Laboratory, Various locations

BBQ: 3 Pigs Bar B-Q, Bellevue

Vegetarian: Café Flora, Seattle

Hole-in-the-Wall: Pumphouse TIED WITH Goose Pub and Eatery, Bellevue 

Bakery: The French Bakery, Kirkland and Bellevue 

Chinese: Din Tai Fung Dumpling House, Bellevue and Seattle 

Winery: Chateau Ste. MichelleWoodinville 

Brewery: Flycaster Brewing Co., Kirkland

Distillery: Woodinville WhiskeyWoodinville

Dessert: The Cheesecake Factory, Various locations  

Mexican: Cactus, Various locations 

Food Truck: Marination, Location varies by day

Indian: Kanishka, Redmond 

Coffee Shop: Victor’s Celtic Coffee Co., Redmond 

Bar Lounge: Lot No. 3, Bellevue

Mediterranean: Mediterranean Kitchen, Bellevue and Kirkland

Cheap Eats: Chipotle, Various locations

Sandwich: Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop TIED WITH Jimmy JohnsVarious locations

 Italian: Tropea Ristorante Italiano, Redmond

Bar: 520 Bar and Grill, Bellevue 

520 Bar

Whenever the traffic on the 520 Bridge makes Eastsiders want to scream, they simply can head over to 520 Bar and Grill. The community gathering place has a relaxed vibe and great food and drinks to calm even the worst road rage. So avoid the traffic and get some dinner instead. 

French: Le Grand Bistro Americain, Kirkland

 Kid-Friendly: Red Robin, Various locations

Boutique Winery: DeLille Cellars, Woodinville 

Health and Beauty 

Pro Sports

Gym, Physical Therapist, Spa, Group Workout, Massage, Mani, Pedi: Pro Sports Club, Bellevue, Seattle, Redmond

 You know you’ve pulled up to a special sort of sports club when you have the option to valet. It’s not a surprise Pro Sports Club rakes in numerous Best of 425 awards every year — because it does so much and it does it all well. Very well. The gym has every amenity imaginable — the latest equipment and 130 or more fitness classes every week. There is a medical spa to blast away a baby bulge and zap unwanted hair and wrinkles. There also is a relaxing spa to melt the stress away. The physical therapy programs are award-winning and cutting-edge — and you do not need to be a member to access many of the offerings at Pro Sports Club. 

Dentist/ Cosmetic Dentistry: Wendy Shultz, Spektor Dental, Bellevue 

Orthodontist: Dr. Matthew Bruner, Bruner OrthodonticsRedmond 

Cosmetic Surgeon: Dr. Fredric Stern, The Stern Center for Aesthetics,  Bellevue

Naturopath: Dr. Michael Corsilles, Vida Integrated HealthBellevue

Yoga Studio: Alive and Shine Center, Bellevue

Chiropractor: Dr. Adam J. Tetuan, Teuton Innovative Chiropractic CareBellevue 

Dr. Adam Tetuan

After graduating from Georgia Southern University, Dr. Adam J. Tetuan of Innovative Chiropractic Care attended grad school for his doctorate degree in chiropractic. But he didn’t stop there. He continued his education at National University in Physiological Therapeutics and is certified in Kinesio Tape. Did we mention in 2007 he completed his education at Harvard Medical School? 

Hospital: EvergreenHealth Medical Center, Kirkland 

Salon/ Eyelash Extensions/ Place to Buy Beauty Products: Gene Juarez, Various locations 

Eye Care: Bellevue LASIK and Cataract, Bellevue

Pediatrician: Pediatric Associates, Various locations

OB/GYN: Dr. James Haines, Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Bellevue

Tanning: Seattle Sun Tan, Various locations 

Personal Trainer: Nick Merrill, Bellevue 

Home and Garden 


Garden/Nursery: Molbaks Garden and Home, Woodinville 

An oasis of leafy goods and tasteful garden gifts, Molbaks Garden and Home is the Eastside’s Best Garden/Nursery. Located in Woodinville, the beautiful nursery has numerous events and workshops for garden aficionados and green-thumb newbies to attend. 

Remodeler: Lakeville Homes, Bellevue 

Kitchen and Bath Designer: Wendy Albee, Bothell 

Architect: Baylis Architects, Bellevue 

Hardware Store: McLendon’s Hardware, Various locations

 Interior Designer: Square Box Design, Issaquah

Builder: Reg Willing, Bellevue

Landscaper: Evans Creek, Sammamish 

Evans Creek

Evans Creek is a repeat winner for Best Landscaper. And 425 readers are passionate about their gardens — so that’s quite the endorsement. Evans Creek focuses on sustainable, eco-friendly approaches to all its projects. 

Buy Appliances: Albert Lee Appliance, Various locations

Buy Furniture: Haystack Antiques, Bellevue 



Public High School: Redmond High School, Redmond 

Go Mustangs! Redmond High School was voted Best Public High School by 425 readers. We have a feeling the student body has a wide selection of classmates they can vote Most Likely to Succeed. 

 Teacher, Private High School, Middle School, Elementary School, Preschool: The Bear Creek School, Redmond

Public Middle School: Evergreen Middle School, Redmond 

Daycare: Kiddie Academy of Kirkland, Kirkland 

Kiddie Academy

It’s easier for kids to learn when they feel safe and comfortable, and the Kiddie Academy is just that according to 425 readers. Using the core elements from its Life Essentials educational play, Kiddie Academy provides a fun environment for kids to grow and make new discoveries. 

Public Elementary School: Sunset Elementary, Bellevue  


Dr. Judy Hung

Veterinarian: Dr. Judy Hung, Eastside Vet, Kirkland

The most beloved member of the family deserves the best care around. Dr. Judy Hung of Eastside Veterinary Associates always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian, and her personalized and professional approach to pet care has landed her as Best Veterinarian on the Eastside yet again. 

Doggy Daycare: Dana Wilson, Redmond 

Groomer: Redmond Ruff House, Redmond

Redmond Ruff House

Redmond Ruff House is the Eastside’s favorite sudsy spot to get pups smelling as fresh as a daisy. The self-service dog wash has a micro-bubble shampooing system, extra-large raised tubs, high-velocity dryers and a wide variety of grooming tools and toys. Best part is, they clean up the mess!


Marymoor Park

Park: Marymoor Park, Redmond 

Marymoor Park is the Eastside’s favorite public commons for catching a concert, a pickup game of cricket or playing fetch with Fido. About 3 million people annually enjoy the 640 acres at Marymoor Park.  

Travel Blog: Trip Advisor,

Wedding Venue: Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, Kirkland

Kid-Friendly: Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum 

 Travel and Recreation

Newcastle Golf Course

Golf Course: Newcastle Golf Course, Newcastle

The U.S. Open is right around the corner, and golf fever is in full force. Hit the links at Newcastle Golf Course, and even if you three-putt every hole, at least you’ll be surround by gorgeous views of Mount Rainer, the Olympics, Cascades and the Seattle skyline. 

Northwest Travel Destination, Hotel, Bed & Breakfast: Salish LodgeSnoqualmie 

Hike: Rattlesnake Ledge, North Bend 

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