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3 Spots to Eat Cheap (and in Style) on the Eastside and in the North Sound

From happy-hour pizza in Bothell to karaoke and Korean in Edmonds, foodie fun without breaking the bank

Published on: March 09, 2016

Courtesy Beardslee Public House Facebook page

Eating out with kids doesn't have to break the bank. Here are three spots around the Eastside and North Sound with cool happy-hour deals and family-style fun where a family of four can do lunch or dinner for under $50. See also our article on Seattle cheap eats for families, Eastside coffee shops, and a round-up of where kids can eat free

Beardslee Public House: Happy hour pizza, pretzels and IPAs

19116 Beardslee Blvd #201, Bothell, WA, 425-286-1001

John Howie’s new family-friendly eatery and brewery in Bothell features hand-tossed pizzas, fish and chips, handmade soft pretzels and other well-priced pub fare. At happy hour, pretzels are $3 and pizzas $6. Brewer Drew Cluley (formerly of Pike Brewing and Big Time Brewery) has curated a beer-lover’s dream menu, with styles ranging from IPAs and stouts to blondes, and $2 4-ounce tastings let you experience an array. Dessert here include sweet pizza, fresh-baked cast-iron cookie and seasonal fruit crisps. Yum!

Kid-friendly tip: Stop in nearby Wilmot-Gateway Park afterwards and check out the sculptures of local wildlife. 

Blu Sardinia Facebook page
Blu Sardinia Facebook page

Blu Sardinia: Happy hour Italian style

8862 161st Ave. N.E., Redmond, 425-242-0024

This 1-year-old Italian spot in Redmond has a good happy hour from 3–6 p.m., offering items such as flatbreads, meatballs, fried calamari, pizzettes and pastas, mostly in the $7—$9 range. Otherwise, pizzas and pasta go for about $15 (while entrees are a bit steeper). Grab seats at the Chefs Counter, where you'll be close to the yummy sights and aromas of the wood-fired pizza oven.

Kid-friendly tip: Pop in at Edge Skatepark, just two blocks away, if you have young shredders in tow. Otherwise, it’s a short drive to the Sammamish River Trail, always a delight to walk or bike.

Stars in the Sky: Korean and karaoke

3830 WA-99 #121, Edmonds, WA, 425-582-8802

This is a two-fer: Introduce your kids to Karaoke and Korean food at Stars in the Sky, a popular spot on Highway 99 in Edmonds (just north of Costco, for reference). A private room to sing your heart out is just $15 for one hour if you order food. The must-try: The SIS "Half and Half” chicken, two chicken halves, which comes with fried and sweet-and-sour pieces for just $24. Besides the chicken plates, consider wings, udon noodles and Japanese gyoza and ramen for $4. For dessert, Asian shave ices come in tiny and huge portions, and are topped with fruits, red beans and condensed milk. Note: Stars in the Sky is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Kid-friendly tip: Make a day out of it and check out one of the region’s best tide pooling beaches at Marina Beach Park in downtown Edmonds: At low tide, a half-mile sand bar lets you explore the aquatic underworld. There’s also a play structure (at the south end of the beach), plus plenty of driftwood for climbing.

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