Expect big, bold flavors for lunch at Jak’s

May 12, 2009

By David Hayes

With three locations in the greater Puget Sound region, Jak’s Grill is already renowned for big, bold flavors and some of the best steak in the known universe.

But the Issaquah community is reacquainting itself with Jak’s thanks to expanded hours to include lunch during the week and brunch on the weekend.

A group of us descended upon the hot lunch spot last week. Do not go if you’re in a hurry — Jak’s is always busy and I’ll chalk the long wait to the chefs taking the time to prepare the meal right.

But how do the bold flavors from Jak’s dinners translate to lunch? Flawlessly.

If you’re looking for one of the best hamburgers in town, you can’t go wrong with Jak’s burger. Starting at $9.45, it’s a half-pound of Nebraska ground beef spiced with red pepper mayo. Kick it up another notch with cheddar or blue cheese or bacon and you have a juicy heart attack in a bun you’d gladly pay for twice.

For the more health conscious, the bountiful Caesar salad with salmon was excellent. They didn’t scrimp at all on the preparation of the entrée. The food server went so far as to ask how to prepare the salmon. And this was no preparation with small chunks of salmon — rather it came as a large filet cooked to order.

For a steak joint, Jak’s sure knows how to do pulled pork. The BBQ pork sandwich continues the bold theme with a slow-roasted pork with a natural smoky flavor, augmented by Chef Reaveley’s famous rub and sauce. The barbecue sauce is bold and spicy — not hot, just tasty.

One of the best sandwiches on the menu, however, has got to be the N.Y. steak. Most steak sandwiches are thinly sliced strips, reminiscent of Steak ’Ems, and fried to within an inch of their lives. Not so at Jak’s. They take one of their New York marinated steaks, fully an inch thick, grill it to order, slap it between two toasted slices of roll and serve it up with a delectable au jus and fries.

As the most expensive item on the menu at $14.95, the steak sandwich is well worth the price for a succulent dining experience well worth the wait.

Also, it just wouldn’t be Jak’s if they didn’t also offer a smaller, lunch-sized portion of their steaks — either the 5-ounce top sirloin or the lunch skewer with filet and New York.

Simply put, up and down the menu, you can’t go wrong with lunch at Jak’s.

If you go
Jak’s Grill
414 Front St. N.
Brunch: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday – Sunday
Lunch: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesday – Friday
Dinner: 4-9 p.m. Sunday and Monday; 4-10 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday; 4-11 p.m. Friday – Saturday
Happy Hour: 4-5 p.m. Monday – Friday
Salads, $4 (starter) to $22.95 (prime top sirloin); entrées, $8.99 (BLT) to $14.95 (steak and steak sandwich)

Reach Reporter David Hayes at 392-6434, ext. 237, or dhayes@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.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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