Boarding House: Great place for no-frills fare

December 4, 2008

By Jim Feehan

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of weekend lunches at my grandmother’s house. Our family would climb into my dad’s 1966 Plymouth Belvedere station wagon and we’d go over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house.

Well, actually, we’d hop on Interstate 90 and make the half-hour drive to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, from Spokane.

Grandma’s cooking was always homemade and hearty. The same can be said for the Boarding House restaurant, which reminds me of my grandmother’s house. Built in the 1920s as the permanent residence of Issaquah native Albert Anderson and his family, the Craftsman-style house originally stood on Front Street before it was moved in 1972 to its present site in Gilman Village.

The Boarding House opened the following year, its interior decorated in turn-of-the-century antiques. Tables and chairs are sturdy wood. Good-sized windows give the restaurant plenty of light and a deck off the entrance offers outdoor seating.

The Boarding House is all about no-frills food — soup, salad, sandwiches and desserts. The restaurant won’t stretch your wallet. Everything on the menu is under $10.

Step up to the counter, place your order and pay. Don’t forget to bring cash, because the eatery does not take debit or credit cards. ATMs are located in Gilman Village.

The menu lists four salads: tuna, vegetarian, classic spinach and the Boarding House signature salad. All salads come with homemade bread and range in price from $7.50 to $7.95. Sandwich entrees include avocado veggie ($6.25), egg salad ($6.25), BLT with guacamole ($6.50) albacore tuna ($6.50), black forest ham and Swiss cheese ($6.95) roasted turkey breast ($6.50), chicken salad ($6.95) and a Rueben ($7.50).

Can’t decide whether to have soup, a salad or a sandwich? Mix and match with the restaurant’s combination plates (from $7.50 to  $9.50) that include soup and sandwich, soup and salad, salad and soup or the sampler plate special that has all three ($8.50).

I chose the sampler. The turkey breast sandwich was tender, the signature salad delightful, and the minestrone soup flavorful without being overwhelming.

The Boarding House prepares two soups daily. A bowl of soup with homemade bread is $4.95. The restaurant also features a children’s menu with a choice of peanut butter and jelly, cheese, tuna, or egg salad sandwich. A large wicker basket filled with toys is available to entertain toddlers.

The bright and cheery eatery is a nice change of pace from chain restaurants. Check-in to the Boarding House; you won’t be disappointed.

If you go

The Boarding House

317 Gilman Blvd. N.W., Suite No. 7
Lunch — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Saturday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday; and 10 a.m.    to 4 p.m. Sunday
The restaurant does not accept debit or credit cards.
Soups, salads and sandwiches from $4.95 to $9.50

Reach Reporter Jim Feehan at 392-6434, ext. 239, or
Restaurant reviews are a regular feature of The Issaquah Press. Reviewers visit restaurants unannounced and pay in full for their meals.
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