GOOD: Fast and friendly service and no TV volume from the myriad TV screens high on the walls. Plenty of beers on tap. 3 star.
MEH: The food. 2 star.
Came here for a quick bite without the kids on a Friday night around 6pm. Seated quickly and had menus and water quickly. The Chicken Carbonara was a "do not repeat" (more on that later) and my wife's appetizers were OK. She had fried goat cheese on greens & strawberries with raspberry vinaigrette and also the coconut shrimp.
The goat cheese salad was the best of the three items. The cheese wheels were lightly breaded and deep fried. The dressing worked well with the strawberries and green. Sweet, acid and salt plus the fat in the deep fried cheese. However, the goat cheese was perfectly uniform in size and appearance. Not like something that was cut, breaded and fried by the chef in the back.
Ditto with the Coconut shrimp. Every shrimp was the exact shape and perfectly flattened into the same size oval with a tail. Just like Red Lobster or the Sizzler. Machine processed. Pretty sure they are pre-prepared, flash frozen and shipped by some mega food conglomerate. The taste was fine but nothing extraordinary or notable.
The Chicken Carbonara was nasty. VERY heavy and gloppy sauce. It was the consistency of a thin drywall mud. The flavor was also too heavy on the bacon flavor (can that be possible?). The chicken was obviously cooked hours earlier and totally dried out. The tips of the chopped chicken breast was so dry that I spit it out. Basically the texture of wood. I took 1/2 of it home and cooked extra pasta for lunch to spread the sauce out the next day. Tossed the chunks of chicken.
If you want better food and a tavern atmosphere, go to either North Bend Bar and Grill or the Last Frontier Saloon in Fall City