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Classic Bellevue Restaurant Pogacha Re-Opens on Mercer Island

Few restaurants last three years in the fast-moving Seattle region but Pogacha has been bringing flavors of Croatia and the Northwest to diners for more than three decades, and it […]

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Island to Island: A Cookbook Author Brings a Taste of Sri Lanka to the Northwest

When Ruwanmali Samarakoon-Amunugama moved to Mercer Island two years ago, she recognized the same small, tightly knit communities with longstanding traditions from her time in Sri Lanka. “When you speak […]

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Just Poké’s first food truck opens on Mercer Island

Danny Brawer and Norman Wu met in the fourth grade at Lakeridge elementary on Mercer Island and stayed fast friends through their youth and young adulthood. Various entrepreneurial ventures kept […]

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La Fête Pâtisserie Française Now Open on Mercer Island

The crowds flocking to the latest addition to Mercer Island’s food scene, a contemporary French bakery, took owner Kristen Sisco by surprise – and perhaps customers too were surprised and soon […]

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Local ocean-to-table seafood pop-up shops open for business on Mercer Island

Premier Catch, a local family-operated and women-owned seafood company, recently announced the launch of their community pop-up shops on Mercer Island. The company’s co-owners, Ashley Besecker and Joci Besecker, seek […]

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New Seasons Market to close on Mercer Island at the end of June

New Seasons Market has announced its upcoming closing of its Mercer Island store – which will soon become a Metropolitan Market. In an email message to customers, New Seasons shared the […]

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New food company Goodness Grazers offers delicious and beautiful “graze” boxes on Mercer Island

In January, Mercer Island native Maggie Dickinson began Goodness Grazers: a Seattle-based company with food, human connection, and community at its center. The company, which currently operates out of L’Experience […]

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Hap’s Burgers & Taps delivers a delicious burger and recalls local history

Last August, a brand-new burger joint called Old 76 arrived on Mercer Island, pairing classic tastes with regionally sourced ingredients to create a new favorite local dining spot. Now, the […]

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Two restaurant closings; a short history of Mercer Island’s local food scene

Since we began our reporting on Mercer Island’s restaurant scene in 2014, we have covered the openings of about 15 food and restaurant establishments on the island. In the same […]

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Convivial transforms to L’Experience Paris, a French cafe

Say bonjour to L’Experience Paris. This authentically French cafe has replaced Convivial Cafe, and it’s a transformation that will transport you to Paris with exquisite patisserie, coffee, tea, wine, and […]

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Eat Local now open, bringing specialty frozen prepared meals to Mercer Island

For more than five years, Greg Conner and Matthew Steed hoped to open an outlet of their prepared foods shop, Eat Local, on Mercer Island. Finally, over the summer, they […]

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Classic burger joint Old 76 now open on Mercer Island

As the Blue Angels roared overhead, the first people arrived at Old 76, the newest addition to Mercer Island’s restaurant scene. Customers awaited the opening at 11 am on Thursday, […]

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Coming soon! Old 76 to bring old-school burgers to Mercer Island

In June, the former gas station that most recently held Freshy’s Seafood Shack will complete its transformation into Old 76, a classic burger joint, by the folks behind Homegrown. Brad […]

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Enjoy a “Taste of Mercer Island” through new local food tours

Orna Samuelly loves to travel, and every place she visits, she takes a food tour. On each tour, she learns some history, gets a little insight into the city, and […]

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Best Breakfast & Brunch Spots on Mercer Island

***Update on 3/4/2020: Bennett’s Bistro and Island Broiler are now closed on Mercer Island.  Convivial Cafe is now L’Experience Paris – also a great choice for breakfast or brunch.*** Mimosas, […]

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Best Happy Hour Spots on Mercer Island

With discount drinks and affordable snacks, happy hours are all about making the afternoon a little bit easier. And what’s easier than getting to stay on-Island as you transition from […]

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Coffee, Croissants, Community & more at new Convivial Café

Convivial, the long-awaited bakery cafe, officially opened in Mercer Island’s Town Center on August 10th. It arrives with freshly baked breads, pastries, coffee, and big plans. Owner Joel Wachs, profiled […]

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Best Outdoor Dining Spots on Mercer Island

***Note on 3/4/2020: Bennett’s Bistro, Island Broiler, and Freshy’s Seafood Shack have closed on Mercer Island*** There’s nothing quite like alfresco-style dining when summer arrives in the Pacific Northwest. With […]

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