My experience at Boondockers started out well enough. The building is new and clean and we got our beverages on time. I had a blueberry lemonade that was delicious. My starter salad was also good with Balsamic dressing. The entrees came out on time but my Beef Stew was not appealing to the eye. The meat and potatoes were hard while the carrots were overcooked. The stew lacked flavor and I couldn't eat any more of it. I traded entrees with my husband who had Mac n' Cheese with a Kielbasa sausage. The Mac n' Cheese was also bland and probably used with Velveeta rather than real cheese (I have made Mac n' Cheese from scratch many times before using only real cheese). The Kielbasa was delicious and the only saving grace for the meal. Although service and the atmosphere of the restaurant were great, the food was poor and seriously lacking. I would not recommend this place if you are looking for delicious food.
I'm a little upset that so many people prefer the old Boondockers in Lake Stevens to the new, upscale and elegant restaurant in Marysville. The old place was a small, one room fast food joint with burgers and shakes. The new place is much more striking!
The new place still has really amazing burgers and shakes, but they have expanded their menu to include a ton more too. Everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) they make is homemade, down to the salad dressings, breaded fish, soups, desserts, and sauces. That is really impressing, as most places use bottled or powdered sauces and dressings, and you hardly find any place that makes everything from scratch and has really good food. (I'm a retired chef so I can tell you this from experience).
The new place has a beautiful interior, impeccably clean with nice lighting. They have a large dining room, and then a smaller side room which the owner explained to me, can be reserved for banquets.
My wife and I went in the other night for dinner. They serve their burgers all day long, but I really would save the burgers for lunch as their dinner options are to die for.
I had the Top Sirloin, cooked Medium Rare with a baked potato and their Beef Barley soup. The soup was chock full of barley, steak pieces, and tons of spices. The steak was cooked perfectly and was tender and a good size. The baked potato came topped with butter, sour cream, and green onions. The steak and baked potato came on a nice oval platter with crisp tender vegetables in a light butter sauce. Very impressive.
My wife had their Garlic Prawn Fettuccini. It came on the same nice oval platter and was so delicious! The prawns complimented the alfredo garlic sauce brilliantly. The alfredo sauce, I'm told, is also homemade (what did I tell you!). All of this was topped with parmesan cheese. Also very impressive.
My wife had a hot tea and I had a glass of Columbia Crest Merlot. They also have beer, shakes, and lemonade (freshly squeezed, my waitress told me).
All in all, Boondockers is the place to go for a nice, upscale dinner, or a tasty lunch. I will be back for breakfast, I noticed on their menu that they have crepes (I haven't seen any of these in Marysville yet) as well as Eggs Benedict, various omelets and scrambles, and waffles. Mmm!
The owners are also very nice and going in for a meal with real people to socialize with is a change that I definitely appreciate. I recommend this place as one of the best in Marysville!
very disappointed. food was bland and overpriced. owners seem nice enough and place is clean but menu needs serious overhaul. also name and atmosphere clash - almost like they are trying to appear as upscale restaurant but still use old casual name and food is nowhere near upscale - very confusing. definately will not be back.
I will have to agree with Chipper. We liked it better when it was in Lake Stevens. Seems like they have raised the prices of the food but it is not any better. The owners are super nice and create a very warm and friendly atmosphere. I had visited the old Boondocker's for over twenty years and I guess I miss the old version.
Boondocker's Cafe was definitely better when it was just a greasy burger pit in Lake Stevens. Since moving to Marysville and opening up as a cafe, the food is more expensive ( though not unreasonable ) and just not as good. The food is just OK, nothing special about it, in fact I think I could make a tastier burger. If I want a sit down restaurant burger I can go to Bob's or Red Robin, I wouldn't go to Boondocker's anymore... It's too bad, they were good when they had the greasy burgers.
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