Julia’s serves up wholesome, home-style food

October 1, 2008

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Julia’s in Issaquah has been dishing up wholesome home-style favorites for more than seven years. Sure, they have the stellar pancakes, $6.50, and the new spicy Baja omelet, with bacon and peppers, $9.95, which are served all day.

But you can count on the restaurant for more than just an old-fashioned breakfast. Lunch at Julia’s serves up some past favorites, as well as melding in new foods that keep your tastebuds coming back for more, like the grilled salmon sandwich. It’s toasted on sourdough bread with fresh, moist salmon, and lettuce, tomato, onion and tartar sauce for $9.95.

If you’re not in the mood for salmon, you can go for a traditional treat. Usually only reserved for post-Thanksgiving festivities, Julia’s serves up a roast turkey sandwich year-round.

Served classic and cold, the restaurant’s homemade oven roasted turkey is piled between two slices of whole-wheat bread slathered with cranberry sauce and herb mayonnaise, and fresh tomato and lettuce are added, for $9.95.

Since there aren’t leftover mashed potatoes, try adding the classic potato wedge French fries or, for a healthier version, a green salad with vinaigrette or bowl of soup for an additional $2.75.

As with the restaurant’s dedication to breakfast, the lunch menu is created with the philosophy of using quality, local and organic produce, and fresh meats and seafood.

So, if you were questioning the crab cakes, they’re not made from canned or imitation crabmeat; it’s real and it’s fresh.

For a sweet treat, try one of the famous cinnamon rolls or the coffee cake, delivered fresh from the restaurant’s original bakery in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood.

The atmosphere at the restaurant is light and airy with country-inspired décor — deep oranges, greens and yellows coat the walls, and wood accents in the tables and chairs give the restaurant an at-home kitchen quality.

You can eat alone, or bring a friend or several; the restaurant has seating for just about any sized party.

On sunny days, you can opt to sit outside on the small patio.

While your meal is always served with a smile, make sure you give yourself plenty of time, as it’s not a restaurant you’re able to get in and out of in 30 minutes or less. But if you have about an hour, take a seat and get ready for a good meal that will keep you going for the rest of the day.

Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com.

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