Stan’s smokes the competition with authentic Kansas City barbecue

September 22, 2009

By Chantelle Lusebrink

If there’s one spot in town you’re guaranteed to get messy with your meal, it’s Stan’s Bar-B-Q.Serving up Kansas City style barbecue for Issaquah residents for more than five years, Stan’s has made its mark on Front Street and continues to be a hot destination year round for lunch, football Sundays, ArtWalk nights and Salmon Days festivities.

Its all-around, easy-going atmosphere makes lunch feel more like the end of the workday. With six televisions tuned to the latest sporting events, people grimacing at referees, and a plethora of sports memorabilia from the Kansas City Chiefs and family photos on the walls, it makes it hard to go back to work.

The service is friendly and fairly prompt in the middle of an afternoon lunch rush, but the wait staff also knows many people come to watch a game and stay out of the way unless you need something.

But it’s the food that really hits the spot.

The hen & hog sandwich is a good way to solve two cravings in one. Smoked turkey and smoked ham piled high, served with your choice of sweet, mild or spicy sauce and your choice of side — baked beans, creamed corn, potato salad, coleslaw or potato chips — for $8.95.

The smoked meat is perfectly prepared, sliced thick and piled high on a bun. But the best part, for anyone who likes barbecue, is just the right amount of fat left on to keep you coming back bite after bite. Try it with the spicy sauce, which has more than heat but depth of flavor, and you’re sure to find a piece of heaven.

If you’re not into mixing your meat, try The Chief, hickory-smoked beef brisket on a bun with sweet sauce and potato salad for $9.25.

Whether it’s hot or cold outside, nothing says lovin’ your stomach like a pile of pulled pork and some sweet, mild or spicy barbecue sauce for $9.25. Even the recently proclaimed ex-vegetarian I took to lunch agreed.

Without question, the ribs are a mouthwatering choice, but you might want to save those for an afternoon when you don’t have to go back to work. At Stan’s, they put a large pile in front of you and let’s face it, it’s hard to stop eating them once you get going.

If you can’t make it to lunch, Stan’s has happy hour fares and you’ll find specials, like Bloody Marys and hot wings on Sundays and Miller Hi-Life and pulled pork on Fridays, throughout the week from 4-6 p.m.

Later on Friday evenings, you can count on Stan’s to serve up live music from local and regional favorites.

During football season, get to Stan’s at 10 a.m. Sundays for the pre-game action, and then watch the rest of the day’s games. They’ve even got a couple of specialty house drinks like the Quarterback Sack and The Safety, made with pomegranate and Vox Vodka.

So, get ready to roll up those sleeves and keep an extra paper towel handy — you’ll need it to wipe the scrumptious sauce from your face.

Stan’s Bar-B-Q

58 Front St. N


11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday (10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday during football season)

$3.50 – $14.95 for appetizers; sandwiches $8.95 – $9.25; entrées $8.25 – $16.95

Chantelle Lusebrink: 392-6434, ext. 241, or Comment at

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