New Chef & Fresh Flavors in Town

Big Fish Grill Issaquah welcomes Executive Chef Tom Rhyneer

By: Suzanne E Lee for Regency Centers

executive-chef-tom-rhyneer“There’s a new chef in town at The Big Fish Grill Issaquah: The restaurant rung in the New Year by welcoming Tom Rhyneer as its new executive chef.

A Midwest native turned Seattleite, Tom first made his mark on the Seattle restaurant scene as executive sous chef of the Sorrento Hotel and Hunt Club Restaurant, where he trained with Chef Brian Scheesher. He’s spent the past decade in Florida, where he was executive chef for The Atlantic Hotel and its restaurant, Trina, in Fort Lauderdale.

A self-described “total foodie,” Tom brings a touch of Latino and Caribbean flavors – plus definitive New Orleans and Creole recipes – to Big Fish Grill’s classic Northwest menu. It’s an approach that reflects his culinary training and experience on both coasts.

Drop by the restaurant at Grand Ridge Plaza in Issaquah Highlands this week and you’ll find a N’awlins Mahi Po Boy on the menu, plus Baja Tacos and Shrimp Scampi.”

“The Big Fish Grill is located at 984 NE Park Drive in Issaquah Highlands at Grand Ridge Plaza. For reservations, call (425)-369-4334 or visit You can easily make reservations on OpenTable, too. Free parking is available in the adjacent parking garage. Street parking is also available.

Directions and Parking at Grand Ridge Plaza14: From I-90, take Exit 18 and follow E Sunset Way/Highlands Drive toward Issaquah Highlands. Continue on Highlands Drive for about half a mile to arrive at Grand Ridge Plaza. The shopping center offers plenty of free parking.”