Issaquah eateries dish up more, more, more in oversized offerings
July 2, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
Some meals must be confronted, in a grab-the-bull-by-the-horns style, rather than eaten.
Consider the proof: Issaquah eateries peddling a pizza as broad as a manhole cover, potatoes heaped as high as the Rockies and a gooey ice cream sundae as large as a bathtub.
Turns out that the fabled XXX Burger is not alone among belly-busting options in Issaquah. The city boasts behemoth burgers, sure, but other options abound, beyond beefy and french fried delights. Establishments revel in menu items meant to satisfy oversized appetites — and egos.
Come, gluttons and gluttons for punishment, on a grease-stained and sauce-spattered odyssey through portions the next size up from ample.
- Stan’s Bar-B-Q
- 58 Front St. N.
The name Hog Platter is deceptive, for the bounty includes offerings from enough animals to fill a barnyard.
Stan’s Bar-B-Q lays out Flintstonian ribs and enough turkey for a Thanksgiving feed alongside sliced brisket and pulled pork. The sides — a half-dozen in all — seem dainty next to the spread. Picture some no-frills buns and tomatoey sauces for DIY sandwiches on the table, too. Oink!
The downtown Issaquah joint also ladles up a mean creamed corn — no, not like the school cafeteria glop — and a toothsome potato salad for meat and potatoes, Kansas City style.
- Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop
- 1011 N.E. High St., No. 103
For the bucket-sized Vermonster sundae, the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to ingredients is just as Ben & Jerry’s founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield intended.
The hodgepodge includes 20 scoops of ice cream, cookies, brownies and bananas, as if the contents from a 5-year-old’s birthday bender had been swept into a bucket and swathed in whipped cream, hot fudge and caramel sauce. The toppings resemble a kaleidoscope: sprinkles and gummy bears in Crayola shades, plus more nuts than a comic book convention.
Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop, a national chain, is required to divulge nutritional information, at least in King County. The damage: 14,000 calories and 500 grams of fat per Vermonster.
Mercifully, the tub contains enough ice cream to feed a ravenous Cub Scout pack or a youth soccer team.
Combo Supreme No. 1
- Flying Pie Pizzeria
- 30 Front St. S.
Combo Supreme No. 1, tipping the scales at 12 pounds, certainly ranks as the largest pizza in Issaquah and maybe on the Eastside.
The party ordering the 18-inch supreme is guaranteed not to go hungry. The pizza slathers on braggadocio: meat for men, and in prodigious amounts. Sorry, ladies.
The pie’s crust groans beneath pepperoni, salami, ham, ground beef, Italian sausage and linguica, a Portuguese sausage. Scattered mushrooms, onions, green peppers offer a gallant, if misguided, ploy for balance.
The National Champ
- Sunset Alehouse
- 20 Front St. S.
The National Champ, a monument to the University of Washington Huskies’ 1991 national football title sculpted in meat, dares diners.
Stacked to cartoonish proportions and rising from a french fry nest like a teetering Tower of Babel, a lone bun holds nine patties, oozing cheddar and enough bacon to embarrass Oscar Mayer. The mozzarella sticks poking from the stack at jaunty angles gild the lily.
Finish the burger in 30 minutes or less, pay $19.91 and earn a T-shirt. Chow down in less than the posted record time, and the burger is on the house. Fail to eat every last morsel and shell out $34.14 in shame.
- 12th Avenue Cafe
- 775-G N.W. Gilman Blvd.
Interpret Big Sky Country on a plate, and the result is the Montana, a breakfast binge at the 12th Avenue Cafe.
The largest portion lands on the table as a pile of grilled potatoes flecked with bacon and ham, and, for color and crunch, green pepper, onion and tomato. Wisconsin cheddar, sour cream and green onions form a dairy — if not exactly airy — peak atop the mountain. On the side, biscuits, pancakes or toast hold court.