Gaslamp: A sports bar and so much more

December 4, 2008

By Jim Feehan

To me, Gaslamp Bar & Grill is really a hometown café, thinly disguised as a sports bar.

True, the decor — large TVs, pool tables, neon beer signs and hanging sports memorabilia — gives the impression that this is a place to hunker down with a basket of chicken wings and a brew while catching the game. And it is. But what self-respecting sports bar serves prime rib? And good prime rib at that?Gaslamp offers more than typical pub grub. Lunch entrees include a 10-ounce center cut top sirloin ($13.95) served with Cajun-style potatoes or fries, onion rings, salad and garlic bread; a 10-ounce teriyaki sirloin ($13.95) basted with teriyaki glaze, grilled pineapple, Cajun-style potatoes, salad and garlic bread; fish and chips ($9.95); chicken Caesar salad ($10.50); and the grand slam burger ($8.95) served with grilled ham and egg, American cheese, tomato, lettuce and mayonnaise.

I opted for the Philly steak ($10.25). The thinly sliced prime rib was generously sized, lightly seasoned and still very moist, despite grilling. The dish was topped to perfection with grilled green peppers, onions, cheese and mayonnaise.

I was intrigued with what a sports bar would do with a meal that is more typical of a finer restaurant. I was very pleasantly surprised. My salad was more than I expected: crisp, mixed greens, shredded cheese, tomatoes, red onions and croutons.

The service was prompt and courteous. My food server constantly topped off my water glass and checked periodically to ask if I needed anything.

Gaslamp also offers a full dinner menu with specials Tuesday through Saturday. The top sirloin and teriyaki sirloin steaks make a return engagement on the dinner menu and at the same lunchtime price of $13.95. Other dinner entrees include grilled boneless chicken breasts ($13.95), a 6-ounce New York steak and prawns ($13.95); and meatloaf ($12.50).

Gaslamp also offers breakfast from      9 a.m. – noon weekends.

The menu includes two eggs, bacon or sausage and potatoes ($7.95); three-egg omelet with cheese and potatoes ($8.50); and chicken-fried steak with eggs and hash browns ($9.95).

Located on Northwest Mall Street, Gaslamp is close to Gilman Boulevard and a number of west Issaquah businesses near state Route 900. It’s also a favorite hangout for adult softball league players who play at nearby Tibbetts Valley Park.

Suffice it to say, Gaslamp scored a grand slam in my book.

If you go

Gaslamp Bar & Grill

1315 N.W. Mall St.
392-4547
Lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday; dinner 5-10 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 5-9 p.m. Sunday; breakfast      9 a.m. – noon Saturday and Sunday
Appetizers range from $2 to $9;    lunch entrees are from $7.25 to $12.95; dinners are from $10.25 to $13.95.

Reach Reporter Jim Feehan at 392-6434, ext 239, or newcas@isspress.com.

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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