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Restaurant review: Scoreboard Pub boasts a winning menu

Scoreboard Pub

Location: 1200 S. 324th St., Federal Way

Info: (253) 839-4791

Price range: $7-$30 per person for lunch or dinner

Ideas for reviews: E-mail editor@fedwaymirror.com

Atmosphere

The Scoreboard Pub is an institution in Federal Way. The sports bar near Celebration Park just recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.

The Scoreboard was founded in 1982, with the idea of providing a social environment centered on sport viewing and recreational sport activity.

Both of the founding partners grew up in the Federal Way area, graduated from Federal Way High School, and continue to support the community and the area in which they grew up.

There is plenty of room for patrons to spread out and watch the dozens of televisions that line the entire facility. There is a huge big screen television inside the front entrance, a wrap-around bar and a pair of pool tables, dart boards and video games.

The bar has 20 beers on tap, including 16 microbrews or foreign imports, and four domestics. The Scoreboard also stocks more than 250 spirit labels and serves some of the Pacific Northwest's best wines.

The Scoreboard features several daily food specials and happy hour snacks. The weekday lunch specials run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and happy hour runs from 2 to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Food

The Scoreboard's menu isn't what you would expect from a sports bar. Sure, they have bar food staples like hamburgers, french fries, buffalo wings and other appetizers. But the Scoreboard's kitchen also offers things like prime rib, steak oscar, smoked cider salmon and jambalaya. The customer has plenty of options, and the clientele reflects this.

There were some hardcore sports fans in the building who just wanted to drink a few beers and eat some nachos. But there were also people who could care less about the baseball game on the screen and were there just to eat dinner, which is quite a coup for a sports bar.

On this day, I went with the garlic chicken burger, which is moderately priced at $7.95. The broiled, garlic-basted chicken breast is topped with Swiss cheese, and the meal also comes with either fries, homemade chips, soup, salad or fresh fruit. I went with the fries because I'm not training for a marathon, and backed it with a Bud Light.

Service

I arrived for dinner after work about 5 p.m., and there was a solid crowd in the bar. After I sat down at a table in the back, my waitress was immediately there with a menu and offering to get me a drink, to which I obliged. After sipping on my beer for a few minutes and perusing the menu, my waitress was back to take my food order, which arrived about 10 minutes later. The time flew by, thanks to the baseball games rolling across the televisions inside the bar.

If work weren't paying, would I eat here again?

For sure, and I have many times in the past. I have played countless number of softball games at Celebration Park over the past 10 years, and there is no better place to celebrate a win or a loss than the Scoreboard Pub. Just like most taverns, the beer is always cold. But, unlike most taverns, the Scoreboard offers a very diverse food menu.

— Casey Olson, Mirror staff

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