After learning a bit about clean hydroelectric power and nosing around the beautiful adjacent inn, we started back to Seattle. We stopped in Issaquah at a joint called Stan's Bar-B-Q that has been on my list for a long time.
This is advertised as Kansas City style BBQ, where Stan spent his youth back yard barbequing with his Dad.
The way to go at a barbeque joint always seems to be a little of everything on a family platter. I can't quite remember the price but I think that it was about $35 USD for the platter for 2 or 3. It was loaded up with brisket, ribs, pulled pork, sausages and 2 sides. For our sides we chose potato salad and baked beans, both of which were excellent.
Also included were a couple of buns (or you could have bread) so you could assemble a sandwich if you cared to. The barbeque sauce (also on the side ) was also tremendous. I still cannot quite put my finger on the standout flavour. It is a hot sauce that is familiar enough with cumin and smoke but I could not tell you what it was.
Underneath everything else on the platter, I found the sausages. These were moist and tasty and we had some choices here. We chose a bratwurst and a chicken sausage. Unfortunately, we had a bit of a dryness issue with the rest of the platter. The brisket was dry as it often seems to be, even at some very good barbeque joints. Tasty and with good bark but a little dry. The ribs and even the pulled pork likewise were fine when we added sauce but tended towards the dry side.
By the way, if you are a Kansas City Chiefs fan, then this is your place. There happened to be a game on and the entire local cheering squad seemed to be in attendance and enthusiastic.
We like this place a lot. It is homey, comfortable, friendly and full of cool memorabilia. Unfortunately, the barbeque was not the best we have ever had.
For what it's worth, we give Stan's BBQ 3 out of 5. If you're a Chiefs fan, make it 4 out of 5.