Billy Bob’s gives diners burger, barbecue alternative

February 23, 2010

By Chantelle Lusebrink

What you’ll find at Billy Bob’s Burgers & BBQ is a great lunch hour or afternoon escape from the workday grind or a place on the weekend for sports action in the bar.

The service was friendly and patient with a large group, with the server refilling water and sodas frequently throughout our meal.

Though we weren’t asked how we would like our burgers cooked, they came perfectly done across the board, all four of them. They were thoroughly cooked with a slight pink to the meat on the inside, which made them moist.

The burgers are made from hand-mixed beef chuck and top sirloin, are about one-third of a pound and come served atop a fresh Kaiser bun.

The blue cheese burger, $8.95, was piled high with fresh romaine lettuce, tomato, pickles, and sauce intermingled among plenty of creamy melted cheese. Order it with mushrooms for 75 cents extra, and it’s even better. You could also order the mushroom burger with mild cheddar, $8.95.

The teriyaki burger, $11.95, had a surprise spin, served with coleslaw on the bun. The flavor of the burger was good and the coleslaw was a welcome addition, but it did make it messy to eat.

Feel free to substitute salad for your fries, since they don’t charge extra. The best part is you can have any of the entrée salad options, including the mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette, which included dried cranberries and almonds.

If the side salads were any indication of how well prepared their entrée salads were, it’s worth a second trip.

Billy Bob’s barbecue is tasty, although mild. The sauce lacks a kick of heat, but it’s sweet and tangy. The pulled pork, $7.59, is its signature sandwich and was piled high with pork in a mild sauce.

The restaurant has a lot of space in both the bar — which will come in handy during the upcoming March Madness tournament — and on the restaurant side, which is very kid-friendly and has plenty of space between tables.

Personally, a return trip will be necessary in late spring or summer, when the restaurant’s garage door walls open to bring the outdoors in.

Billy Bob’s serves a wide variety of beer, wine and liquor. Of course, you can always opt for a nonalcoholic option, like soda or lemonade, for $2.50.

Happy hour is every day from 2-9 p.m. with two daily rotating cheeseburger specials for $5.95, and a rotating specialty burger option for about $9.95. At happy hour, they also have two daily entrée specials, which range in price from $7.95 – $19.95. The top end of the price range is for specials like filet mignon.

All and all, it’s a great place for a “go-to” burger that’s good and can please a wide-variety of tastes.

Billy Bob’s Burgers & BBQ

-317 Gilman Blvd. No. 31-A

-427-1600

-www.billybobsburgers.com

-11 a.m. – 9 p.m. every day

-$6 – $13 for salads and small plates; 4entrées $7 – $20

Chantelle Lusebrink: 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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