When someone's getting all up in your grill, the best thing to say is "You better step off! The surface temperature of grills can approach 550 degrees Fahrenheit—you shouldn't be standing on that thing!" Today's deal demonstrates a high regard for safety by leaving the grilling to the professionals: for $15, you get $30 worth of gourmet cuisine and drinks at Flat Iron Grill in Issaquah.
Flat Iron's husband-and-wife owners serve up steakhouse and seafood fare with South American influences from a sleek space in Gilman Village. The midday menu is populated with gourmet soups ($4.50+), salads ($8+), and hearty hand-held artisan sandwiches, such as the pulled pork panini ($10) enveloped in soft focaccia bread and loaded with poblano, fontina cheese, and arugula.
Dinner diners will be tempted to start a meal or debate on whether Superman can outrun the Flash by diving into an order of the sweet corn flan ($10) with brown butter, chili oil, parmigiano cheese, and grilled artisan bread. Otter-Americans, meanwhile, can explore the shallows for spicy rock shrimp ceviche ($12) and jumbo prawns ($22) with salsa criolla, chimichurri, and grilled asparagus. Equally enticing entrees include the Muscovy duck with sweet potato gnudi, roasted fennel, arugula, and a fresh bing cherry sauce ($23), while grilled treats like the pork prime rib with goat cheese poblano polenta ($19) offer forkfuls of flame-kissed flavor. For a serving of the ultimate indulgent supperfare, head straight for the Oscar Argentino ($35), a 7-ounce filet of beef served with a purple Peruvian potato mash and draped in the decadent topping of Dungeness crab and an ancho pepper hollandaise sauce.
Flat Iron Grill's clean and contemporary décor is contrasted by a lush outdoor patio—an airy space where one can cap an evening of staring into the eyes of a beloved boyfriend or cut of beef with a sumptuous sweet such as the berry-vanilla cream puffs doused in chocolate and berry compote ($8) or a glass of grape-blood from the extensive wine list. Wine and dine a hot date who shares your passion for breeding cassowaries with today's Groupon to Flat Iron Grill.
- Outstanding food and service…Creative but thankfuly [sic] not over the top. – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 07/08/2010
- The restaurant had a swanky atmosphere, but still very comfortable and inviting. The food was fantastic, even my foodie / hobby cook husband was raving - something that doesn't happen too often! – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 06/28/2010
- The food is fresh and exceptional. Great spices and flavors. The hanger steak and shrimp were amazingly flavorful and cooked perfectly. – Doug H., Yelp
Flat Iron Grill
At Flat Iron Grill, executive chef Ian Thompson puts an international twist on traditional steak-house staples made with locally sourced organic ingredients. Small doses of chorizo, chimichurri, or chili-spiked truffle sauce lend distinctive Latin and South American flavors to the menu’s grilled steaks, black cod, and clam pappardelle. To accompany the rustically roasted entrees, the bartenders pour tipples from their selection of more than 180 whiskeys, which include rich bourbons, smoky scotches, and locally distilled creations.
Echoing the menu’s rustic elegance, the Western-themed dining room surrounds guests in warm-colored walls and metal work from Gagnon Welding. A spotlighted longhorn skull hangs on a terra-cotta red wall alongside local artists' black-and-white photographs of Washington landscapes. Patrons can also dine on an outdoor patio shaded by light-tan umbrellas and clouds lassoed into place by helpful cowboys.
317 NW Gilman Blvd.
Issaquah, Washington 98027