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Around the Hotel


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Osirion

The restaurant/room service prices are high. There is a QFC grocery store down the road a bit (just short of a mile one way). Take a left out the front door, then take a left at Hobby Lobby (which has a ton of model paints). Keep going until you get to Cleveland/Redmond intersection. The QFC (and Trader Joes) is at the far right corner.

There is a game store with a huge selection of dice, Uncles's Games, I think. Go straight down the road out the front door, and take a right in the middle of the center. it's on the left after the smoothie place.

Restaurants I saw were Indian, Thai, Mexican, Grill, Seafood.

There is a Tully's coffee shop across the street - haven't checked it out, though.

You can't get a roll-away bed with a double room (no space/fire hazard), but you can with a king size room. They look nice and don't cost extra.

We asked for a fridge, and got a room with one at no extra cost. Don't know if it is too late for that for others.

If you need supplies for costumes, there is a Ben Franklin craft store in the same strip mall as the QFC.

There is a Zeek's Pizza that delivers - starts at $11.50 for a small cheese and goes up to $23 for a large special.

Osirion

If you come in super late, the best thing to eat is from the fridge in the small retail store next to the front desk. They always have fruit cups, chips, and parfaits. Last night they had two good chicken sandwiches for $7 each, and a small cesar for $4.

Room service closes at 11pm, but it is crazy expensive ($5 for a soda, $17 for a salad, etc)


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The Mexican place is alright. A bit expensive though. A burrito and chips with salsa will run you $10ish. They seem to use store bought tortillas and chips, but other than that it was tasty.

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There's also Ooba's which is walkable from the hotel (it's right behind the QFC center). A bit pricey, but their burritos are delicious.

Can you tell I wish they weren't closed right now?


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I'll have to try that tomorrow!


Hotel has wifi, but it's $14.95 per 24hrs. :(


Zeeks was pretty good. Just want to say the area is gorgeous. Better than our 101 heat wave in Illinois.

Taldor

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I did not get the fridge they said I would have. On Tuesday they would store food in the hotel fridge for you. Don't know about currently. The hotel was also out of working microwaves on Wednesday morning, but expects to get some more in during the con. I will reserve any final review until I check out Monday.


The creperie in the mall is awesome. :D

So's Uncle's Games and Comic Stop!


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Crepe place! CREPE PLACE!

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There's also 3 Lions Pub across from the Trader Joes. Best hot wings in the area and lots of good British pub food and drink.

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w0nkothesane wrote:
There's also 3 Lions Pub across from the Trader Joes. Best hot wings in the area and lots of good British pub food and drink.

I strongly recommend 3 Lions' wings. I like their chipotle barbecue ones, myself. They're fried in beef lard, and are amazingly delicious.

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On a nice day like today, you're best bet is walking over to Malt & Vine, about three blocks from the hotel. They sell every kind of beer imaginable and have outdoor seating. The gyro place next door is awesome, and delivers to M&V's patio.

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w0nkothesane wrote:
There's also 3 Lions Pub across from the Trader Joes. Best hot wings in the area and lots of good British pub food and drink.

I love those hot wings. No way should the british pub have the best hot wings in redmond, but there ya go.

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Crystal Frasier wrote:
On a nice day like today, you're best bet is walking over to Malt & Vine, about three blocks from the hotel. They sell every kind of beer imaginable and have outdoor seating. The gyro place next door is awesome, and delivers to M&V's patio.

Also the korean place next door, "Stone" has amazing fried chicken and the terriyaki place on the otherside has pretty good terriyaki/katsu. But Gyros and beer is what I'd be doing if I had the day off. ;) The gyros place does not skimp on meat though they do skimp a bit on sauce, so get some extra. And then your choice of 10- 15 taps including two nitro taps and sometimes a cask ale at the Malt and Vine, not to mention fridge after fridge after fridge of bottled beers, ciders, wines, meads, ports, and ginger ales.

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TechLee wrote:
Hotel has wifi, but it's $14.95 per 24hrs. :(

Paid wifi at a hotel where the standard room rate is $150 is out of control.

My internet bill for Paizocon will wind up being more than my monthly internet bill at home.

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there are 2 Starbucks stores in RTC, so if folks want internet but don't want to pay for it in the room, you can just walk either south or east from the hotel's main entrance to get free wifi while you also get an awesome latte.


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w0nkothesane wrote:
There's also 3 Lions Pub across from the Trader Joes. Best hot wings in the area and lots of good British pub food and drink.

Is this some sort of subtle hint that I need to take you to 3 Lions?


Chris the Robot wrote:
w0nkothesane wrote:
There's also 3 Lions Pub across from the Trader Joes. Best hot wings in the area and lots of good British pub food and drink.
Is this some sort of subtle hint that I need to take you to 3 Lions?

You will need Robo-Fuel at some point! :D

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The Malt & Vine is full of beery goodness! And free wifi.

Osirion

There is free wifi in the hotel lobby.

The Indian place, Mehfil has a good lunch buffet for $10.

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Deidre Tiriel wrote:

There is free wifi in the hotel lobby.

The Indian place, Mehfil has a good lunch buffet for $10.

Good to know their lunch buffet is decent. We generally tend to go a few blocks further afield to Kanishka. Tasty goat curry and tandoori chicken. =D

I can vouch for Thai Ginger being kind of surprisingly good and not as expensive as I'd expect during lunch for something actually in the redmond town center. A tiny bit further afield, across the tracks is Iyara that we like quite a bit as well.

Matt's is ok in my opinion but pricier than I think it's worth, except for the oysters which you will have trouble finding a better deal on outside of downtown bellevue or downtown seattle. Kushi is my favorite oyster out here. They are small and sweet.

The Redmond Subs is good if you want a Banh Mi but pretty mediocre for their italian. Still, I'd personally rather give them my money rather than give it to subway.

I've heard great things about the italian restaurant across the way from Matt's but I've not eaten there personally.

I remember the Golden Chopsticks was spendy and we didn't go in. Zeek's and Flying Saucer Pizza should both deliver and both are really tasty. I especially like Flying Saucer's Ming the Merciless and Dr. Zaius. Scifi pizza. Only in Seattle. =P

Out of the Redmond town center aways, but still within walking distance, I can recommend a ton of other places chief among them are, The Three Lions(Wings of Fire + Snake Bite and Black), Malt & Vine/Gyros 2 Go(Gyros, fries, and whatever porter is on tap), and Spicy Talk(Sweet and Sour Soup, Green Onion Pancake, and Szechuan Chicken).

For coffee, I prefer Tully's(which should just be catty cornered to the main Marriott entrance and down a little ways) to Starbucks and they also have free wi-fi.

Coldstone is pretty delicious but not local or anything. If you get out to Seattle at all, be sure to check out Molly Moons. Salted Caramel ice cream is probably one of my favorite things on earth and the vegan coconut chip is also extremely good if they have it that day.

Haiku is great if you get in before 7 and have an hour to devour tons of crab legs. The sushi is kind of mediocre and you'd be better off going to the place next to Three Lions or the one across the street from Iyara or just take a long walk/short drive to marineland for all you can eat slightly less mediocre and larger selection all you can eat sushi.

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Mad Alchemist wrote:
The hotel was also out of working microwaves on Wednesday morning, but expects to get some more in during the con.

Does that mean they have some broken microwaves? Those *may* cook your food much faster. (Also, depending on how close you stand, your internal organs.)

Osirion

Hotel has free wifi in the lobby area....not sure if it stretches to the con rooms though.


If you have a vehicle, the Black Raven microbrewery was awesome. Great vibe with a nice selection of brews.

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Lissa Guillet wrote:

Good to know their lunch buffet is decent. We generally tend to go a few blocks further afield to Kanishka. Tasty goat curry and tandoori chicken. =D

I've heard great things about the italian restaurant across the way from Matt's but I've not eaten there personally.

Out of the Redmond town center aways, but still within walking distance, I can recommend a ton of other places chief among them are, The Three Lions(Wings of Fire + Snake Bite and Black), Malt & Vine/Gyros 2 Go(Gyros, fries, and whatever porter is on tap), and Spicy Talk(Sweet and Sour Soup, Green Onion Pancake, and Szechuan Chicken).

For coffee, I prefer Tully's(which should just be catty cornered to the main Marriott entrance and down a little ways) to Starbucks and they also have free wi-fi.

Lissa is wise, listen to all she says here. Kanishka, Three Lions, M&V, Spicy Talk, Tully's. All Winners.

If you want Italian, go with Tropea. It's in a strip mall near Three Lions. Best Italian in Redmond. http://www.ristorantetropea.com/

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Pete Apple wrote:
If you want Italian, go with Tropea. It's in a strip mall near Three Lions. Best Italian in Redmond. http://www.ristorantetropea.com/

That is good to know. I've seen it all the time but I've never been in. It looks like a nice dive Italian. Usually for italian I go to Angelo's in bellevue which is really divey and has a great 70's lounge but nowhere close to redmond. I'll have to give them a try sometime.

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