Yes, when it comes to their respective dining scenes, there might be a little bad blood between smug Seattleites and defensive Bellevuians. But at 99 Park Restaurant, it looks like executive chef Quinton Stewart, who’s done stints at Tilth and The Coterie Room, both in Seattle, has switched sides. Facing the greensward in Bellevue’s old- school downtown, the sleek restaurant bucks the suburb’s mall-centric reputation. Stewart shows off local ingredients in distinctly creative ways— start with the farmer’s-cheese-and-beet salad with malt vinaigrette, then try the Anderson Valley lamb T-bone with grilled cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and nuoc cham (a Vietnamese dipping sauce). And what beats enjoying dinner on tables from trendy furniture maker Plank & Grain? The fact that you can do it without fighting for a parking space beforehand. Advantage, Bellevue?
99 102nd Ave. N.E.