Issaquah Cafe offers breakfast, lunch and warmth by the fire

March 16, 2009

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Question: With spring nowhere in sight, where’s the best place to warm up with a hot lunch on a cold day? Answer: Issaquah Cafe.

If you feel like breakfast at noon or lunch at 9 a.m., then pull up a chair because you’ll find a hot breakfast for lunch — or vice versa.

The Cafe has been serving piping hot dishes to warm the soul on chilly Issaquah days since it opened in Meadows Shopping Center in 1988. The glowing center fireplace adds to the warmth.

If you’re interested in an omelet, try a half-order vegetarian omelet stuffed with fresh spinach, red and green bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, broccoli, tomatoes and Tillamook cheddar cheese for $7.95.

The dish comes with either three buttermilk pancakes or hash browns, and a biscuit or toast.

Off the farm and post-Thanksgiving, try one of Issaquah Cafe’s famous hot turkey sandwiches ($12.50 or $8.50 for a half-order).

Slow in-house roasted turkey is served piled high on open-faced egg bread, then smothered in turkey gravy and real mashed potatoes, with your choice of soup or salad on the side.

But if you’re struggling for common ground, try combining breakfast with lunch by ordering the Monte Cristo. Three thick slices of egg bread are stuffed with ham and Swiss cheese, the Cafe’s fresh roasted turkey and cheddar cheese then battered, fried and served like French toast.

Choose between endless crinkle-cut or sweet potato fries, onion rings, fresh fruit, coleslaw, a side or Caesar salad, or a cup of soup or chili — all for about $11.

Of course, there should be something to wash it down, and Issaquah Cafe has 22 different flavors of real milkshakes or malts. Chocolate-butterscotch is a must, for $4.95.

This diner is also equipped to handle child-sized appetites. The children’s menu features items like French toast, M&M or strawberry pancakes, cheeseburgers and macaroni and cheese.

The Cafe’s friendly staff bustles around with trays stacked with food, always eager to please the customer.

Large murals of long-ago country living in Issaquah appear on two of the restaurant’s largest walls and hark back to a simpler time and place.

The outdoor fishing and rustic cabin theme makes the Cafe warm and cozy — reminiscent of your grandmother’s table.

The food is far from fancy — no tapenade sandwich spreads here — but sometimes, good old-fashioned diner cooking is exactly what you crave.

Issaquah Cafe

1580 N.W. Gilman Blvd.


6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays

$2.95 – $8.50 for a small breakfast and up to $16.95 for a larger breakfast; $3.95-$10.50 for a small lunch and up to $14.50 for a larger lunch.

Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or Comment on this story at

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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