G͛day is the greeting at the Lost Roo bar and grill in Long Beach, Washington. It offers traditional Australian comfort foods, better known in the land down under as “tucker,” as well as other creative and eclectic dishes. Walking into the spacious grand dining room, there are television screens broadcasting sports of all sorts and people everywhere. The vibe is alive and lively, casual yet classy.
Location: 1700 Pacific Hwy S., Long Beach, Washington
Menu: The Lost Roo is a multi-faceted destination with a vast menu that includes several vegetarian and vegan options. There are burgers of all sorts, sandwiches made to order, and like many oceanside restaurants, the local seafood is the catch of the day. The wine selection includes many local Northwest varieties or guests can choose a more cosmopolitan selection from around the globe. There is Amber beer on tap and an extensive collection of Scotch spirits.
Thoughts: Seated in their enclosed garden deck which provided a nice view and a slightly quieter environment, we perused the menu. Delighted to discover several vegetarian options, we found our decision a wee bit more challenging than we first thought. Maybe it was our focused expressions, deep in deliberation that brought our waitress over to kindly explain that the Lost a Roo is a full-service kitchen and would happily make anything to order.
We decided on the Portobello mushroom burger and the Black Bean Rice Bowl from a section titled “from the Fields”. The bowl came with black beans flavored with a slightly spicy salsa, whole grains, fresh cilantro, corn chips, and two grilled avocado halves. I have to admit I was skeptical at first on how well a sports bar would serve vegetarian fare, but I was impressed, pleased, and satiated with my choices. My daughter feasted on the Portobello burger with a side of tater tots. Hands down it is the best Portobello burger I have ever tasted! The greens were very fresh, the mushroom patty had been grilled in a vinaigrette to perfection, and the tangy mustard sauce added a nice contrast. The wait staff is kept hopping as the Lost Roo is a very popular place. Making reservations is a good idea.
Price Range: Starters range from small $3.50 to large, enough to share at $12. Soups and Salads begin at a cup for $5to larger salads at $10. Burgers of all kinds with a side of fries or tots begin at $11 up to $13. Specialty sandwiches range from $13-16. Seafood entrees begin at $12-17 and the “from the fields” selections start at $16 up to $26. Save room for the sweet spot, for dessert ranges from $4-7.
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