Tiger Mountain Grill serves up variety and quality

December 4, 2008

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Tucked off Northwest Gilman Boulevard next to the scenic Issaquah Creek, Tiger Mountain Grill is one of the few restaurants in town that can settle nearly any group’s hunger at one time.

With its vast array of culinary options during lunch and dinner, nearly anyone can find something on the menu, without the fuss or muss of having to pick a cuisine-themed restaurant.

At Tiger Mountain Grill, you can find it all — soups and salads, pastas and pizzas, steaks and seafood, sandwiches and burgers.The diversity doesn’t seem to affect the quality of the cuisine, whether it’s adobe chicken pasta, a bleu cheese bacon burger, ahi tuna salad or seafood jambalaya.

On a recent dreary winter day, nothing on the menu seemed to attract the senses and the hunger quite like the macaroni and cheese.

Some may call the dish simple, but for those who have ever had great mac and cheese, you know the difference.

Baked in four cheeses — bleu, American, cheddar and fresh Parmesan — with penne pasta, Tiger Mountain Grill’s can be added to the list of great mac and cheese for $9.25.

Each bite was tuned perfectly with the blend of cheeses, rich and salty, yet mild. They’ll add a grilled chicken breast to the dish for $3.70 if you need protein to go with the carbohydrate overload.

If great sandwiches are more your style, try a half mountain grinder with fresh roasted chicken, onions, bell peppers, mozzarella and provolone cheeses on a French roll ($6.25) and a cup of French onion soup, baked with a crusty Swiss cheese topping ($5.50).

While the food is excellent, the ambiance leaves something to be desired: The restaurant is chilly and dimly lit, unless you can get a window seat on a sunny day. The décor is reminiscent of any standard eatery, in need of some color and light.

The service, though, is excellent. It is prompt, and the grill’s staff and hosts are genuinely friendly and willing to make recommendations on their menu favorites. The good food and staff make up for any shortcomings.

If you go

Tiger Mountain Grill

385 N.W. Gilman Blvd.
Call 392-0808
11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Sundays
$7.75-$10.50 for appetizers; $8.95-$12.25 for salads; entrees $8.95 – $25.95

Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@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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One Response to “Tiger Mountain Grill serves up variety and quality”

  1. Janice McGuigan on February 7th, 2009 9:38 pm

    Hi! Can you tell me if the tiger mountain grill is still open? Calls aren’t going through and an email I sent bounced back. But I see this review was only two months ago…

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