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Restaurant review: Jimmy Mac's Roadhouse lassoes cowboy appetites

Jimmy Mac's Roadhouse

34902 Pacific Highway South, Federal Way (Located at the Federal Way Crossings, at Pacific Highway and South 348th Street).

Info: (253) 874-6000 or www.jimmymacsroadhouse.com

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Atmosphere:

Jimmy Mac's Roadhouse offers a laid back casual dining experience that's friendly to families. Customers can munch on peanuts and throw the shells on the floor while they wait. Country music fills the air at this Western-themed restaurant that also includes a lounge. Happy hour drink and appetizer specials run 3 to 6 p.m. as well as 9 p.m. to close. Beers and specialty drinks come in "Sissy size" and "Roadhouse size."

Food:

Everyone starts with a basket of warm yeast rolls with a side of honey butter, and one could make this a meal itself. I ordered Jimmy Mac's Bacon Cheeseburger ($7.95), and this 1/3-pound burger was the right amount for a hearty appetite. I barely made a dent in the accompanying mound of skinny french fries.

My lunch partner devoured a cup of barley soup ($2.95) along with a modest-sized Roadhouse side salad ($2.95) and a dish of vanilla ice cream ($1.75) for dessert. Another colleague gave two thumbs up for her savory Coyote Steak Salad ($6.95), which featured sliced sirloin steak with little potato skins and ranch dressing.

The menu offers a variety of steaks and chicken dishes alongside seafood meals such as Palm Bay Coconut Shrimp and Fresh Marinated Salmon. Tempting appetizers include Backfire Chili, Crawfish Chowder, Texas Nuclear Tater Skins and Cactus Creek Crabcakes. For dessert, ask for the Hail Stones — little pastry balls that leave your inner sweet tooth begging for more.

Service:

The hostess as well as our waitress both greeted us with friendly smiles. Even at the peak of the lunch hour, the attentive young waitress, Tess, brought our food fairly fast and checked on us a few times. Had we been pressed for time, we could have easily eaten and left in under 45 minutes.

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

Definitely for a casual weekend lunch or mid-week dinner with my family. If I did return for dinner, I'd order a steak and a big beer. Jimmy Mac's Roadhouse is fairly affordable and served up a lunch that left our dining party satisfied.

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