Joker offers satisfying sports bar fare — no fooling

December 28, 2010

By Elizabeth DeVos

The Joker Pub & Grill has a laid-back atmosphere, with plenty of flat-screen TVs to watch the game. In the early evening hours, it’s filled with people grabbing a beer with friends or co-workers before they head home for the night.

The menu consists of your regular bar food, along with some interesting items. If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, try french fries or tater tots smothered in sausage gravy.

Maybe you want to go out of your comfort zone and order the peanut butter bacon burger. The name pretty much says it all — yes, the burger really does have melted peanut butter on it, along with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, the patty, mayonnaise and bacon.

When you first bite into the burger, your mouth is bombarded with the flavor of the homemade (daily) beef patty and the flavor of peanut butter. It almost tastes like something you would eat for breakfast, but is served with your choice of french fries, tater tots, onion rings, salad or the soup of the day.

The fish and chips offer just the right amount of fish that doesn’t taste like your normal, no-flavor frozen fish. These are sure to make your mouth water. Although they had been in the deep fryer a little too long, they were still very good. The fish came with a nice helping of fries; however, if you’re used to getting a side of coleslaw with this kind of meal, you will be missing that.

Also, the fries don’t come with salt on them, and there was no salt on the tables.

Wednesday nights are known as wing Wednesday, when the pub offers three wings for $1. There are three different flavors of wings — your regular hot wings, garlic butter sauce and Canadian dry-rubbed.

If you enjoy the flavor of garlic, you’re sure to enjoy the garlic butter sauce wings, with just the right amount of garlic. You’ll want to order more than just one plate. If you’re into a milder flavor, try the Canadian dry-rubbed wings — the spices are just enough, and have a salty aftertaste. Just make sure you have something cold to drink after you enjoy these wings.

Menu prices are relatively cheap, running from about $6 to the most expensive item at $11.50.

Most menu items have cheese or bacon in or on them, so if that’s your thing, then The Joker is for you.

Looking for a hangover cure? Get Cindy’s Hangover Cure, complete with bacon, eggs, biscuits, fried potatoes and a whole mess of country gravy. Most breakfast items run between $5 and $7. The Joker offers breakfast items from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

When you visit The Joker, make sure you take a trip to the bathroom for a real experience. Unlike most bathrooms you’ve been in, once you step through the door you feel as though you are in a garage. The bathroom walls are covered in corrugated sheet metal.

The Joker offers an outside patio to enjoy a nice warm summer night or to smoke a cigarette, and sometimes offers live music.

While the parking lot is on the small side, there is more parking available nearby.

The Joker Pub & Grill

  • 5614 E. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. S.E., Suite A
  • 392-1225
  • Open 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. every day

Restaurant reviews are a regular feature of The Issaquah Press. Reviewers visit restaurants unannounced and pay in full for their meals.

Elizabeth DeVos is a former Press intern. Comment at

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