Monday, June 18, 2012

Woodman Lodge

We visited the Woodman Lodge about 2 years ago, celebrating our anniversary.  I remember it was pretty good then, so we decided to try it again for our date night.

It is a big yellow building behind the train museum in downtown Snoqualmie. The restaurant has two levels for diners and is beautifully decorated like an "upscale" old western saloon.  DH said he felt like at any moment Wyatt Earp might walk through the doors.  You will see rich woodwork, animals hanging off the walls, and black/white photos of lumberjacks from days gone by.  This place is considered to be a high end steakhouse type of restaurant with prices to match.

We went on a Friday night without reservations.  When we entered, we were told that it was a full house.  The manager came over to see how he could help.  At first he suggested we sit at the bar and see if a table opens up in about 20 mins.  We didn't like that idea and were about to walk out the door, but the host noticed a table was available.  A lot of people were celebrating graduation that night, but it's a good idea to make a reservation to ensure a table.

Your placemat is the menu and they have such a great selection it's hard to choose.  For starters we ordered the Flash Fried Calamari. ($12)

The calamari was tender on the inside and crispy on the outside.  I'm quite picky with calamari and these were so delicious.  DH only ate one piece so I had the rest to myself.  It was served with some garlic aioli and cocktail sauce.

The last time we were here, we had the Northwest Butter Clams and they were spot on delicious.  I wanted to order those again, but I also wanted to try something else, too.

DH ordered the full rack of Woodman Lodge Baby-Back Ribs with baked beans and coleslaw.

The ribs were tender and the sauce had a nice flavor and tang to it.  DH liked these pretty well, he had  ordered these the last time we were here.  *But take note, on Tuesdays they have all you can eat baby back ribs for $19.95.  The full rack we ordered was $28, that's a pretty good deal for Tuesdays.  They also have other specials for Wednesdays and Thursdays.  DH thought the coleslaw was good, but the baked beans were not to his liking. They use several different types of beans and he didn't like the large beans that were in there, which turned him off to the overall flavor.  Ask for extra napkins, it's messy.  I had to feed my hubby his side dishes because his fingers were so saucy.  It's actually romantic if you think about it. :)  The manager even brought us a side dish of extra sauce.

The first time we came, I ordered the American Wagyu Oscar. ($48) This is a filet mignon topped with dungeness crab, bearnaise sauce, and asparagus.  This dish was so delicious.  The filet was cooked perfectly and tender.  I asked for the bearnaise sauce on the side, because the flavor could be too overpowering if poured directly over the dish.

Even though I really wanted a steak, I opted to try the Hunter's Half Chicken. ($26)  It's a porcini crusted chicken with a shiitake demi poured over top and served with mashed potatoes.

The picture doesn't look very pretty, but I enjoyed this dish.  You have to really like mushrooms because there's a mess of them on top.  It gives the dish a hearty, meaty flavor.  The chicken was tender and had a nice light crisp crust.  

For dessert we ordered one to share and one to take home to our kids.  We ordered the
Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream

This one takes a while to get because they have to heat it up.  Unfortunately, we did not like this dessert.  The crust was a bit chewy and the apples were too big of chunks, quite tart, and not tender enough.  It needed to be sweeter.

For the kids we ordered the Cheesecake which came with a fruit puree, possibly raspberry.

Now this dessert was really good.  We like cheesecake and the puree was really nice with it, as well.

Overall, we had a great experience.  Our server was very friendly and gave us great service.  We liked the fact that they were able to get us a table on a busy night and we didn't have to wait.  Management is eager to please.  It is not a quiet restaurant, though.  It gets pretty loud, but that can be overlooked because the service, food, and ambiance were fabulous.
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