10636 Main St.
Bellevue WA 98004
Burgers. Fries. Shakes. 'Nuff Said.
By: Steve G
Whatever happened to the Great American Burger Stand? Back in the 50's and 60's, it used to be the center of all the excitement in the area. Droves of people would congregate at these spots and chow down on all of the greasy goodness that is associated with the burgers, fries, and shakes. Nowadays, those places are almost an endangered species with mainly just the big food chains surviving. There is one burger stand in Bellevue that still maintains all the rustic decor and grease, and the locals call it Broiler Bay.
Hidden within the middle of an old shopping center, Broiler Bay maintains that hole-in-the-wall status with old counter tops and dilapidated stools. It has a bit of a dingy look, and there's even an old arcade game that sits in the corner. If you're looking for extra flair, fancy decorations and people to sing happy birthday to you, go someplace else. Here you'll get: Burgers, sandwiches, and fries.
Broiler Bay offers a variety of sandwiches and burgers that are extremely unique whether you're a burger aficionado or not. Offering quirky entres, such as the Pastrami burger with a thick slab of pastrami to the Thai Burger that has wilted spinach and peanut sauce, Broiler Bay offers many off the track variations that can pique the interest of any person.
The Pastrami burger is loaded with all of the regular fixings that you come to expect with some extras added on for good measure-a toasted bun, lettuce, Swiss cheese and a special sauce. The burger also comes with a huge chunk of pastrami that adds to a filing meal. As a side order we also tried the lightly battered onion rings. Unlike some other places that thickly bread the rings so as to almost completely lose the taste of the onion, Broiler Bay aims to keep them more simple and tasty.
While the Pastrami burger was very good, the Grilled Chicken and Swiss was nothing of great note. The sandwich was pretty much average, about on par with most restaurants in quality and taste. The size was adequate, but the meat was average and the cheese was none too spectacular.
The milkshakes at Broiler Bay are made with real ice cream, making them extra thick. The Deep Fried Mushrooms are some of the most addicting sides, that both stimulate the taste buds while damaging your arteries to the highest degree.
The prices of the burgers usually run around $3.00-4.00 dollars a piece. With a drink and a side order of fries, onion rings, or deep fried mushrooms, the cost ends up being around $5.00-6.00. At around those prices the food is pretty reasonable, ambiance notwithstanding. Broiler Bay is pretty popular with the Bellevue High School crowd so be aware that large swarms of the high school student body tend to descend in that area around lunchtime.
Now be forewarned Broiler Bay is not for the health conscious or those with heart problems. All of their items are either deep-fried or soaked in artery-clogging grease. Of course it is a redundant point, since burgers are inherently unhealthy. But if you're looking for a quick bite and reasonable low prices in the Bellevue area, be sure to give Broiler Bay a try.