Billygan's Roadhouse is one of the most popular steakhouses in Vancouver, Washington, and has been serving up flame-grilled food to its customers, 80% of whom are repeats, for the past 17 years.
Two things stand out right away. First is the restaurant custom of providing free peanuts in the shell, which customers are encouraged to throw on the floor, resulting in a distinctive crunch as people walk to their booths and tables. The second is their open kitchen, which provides some fun viewing as the cooks char, sear and grill amidst flame and smoke, thankfully behind glass so the smoke doesn’t fill the restaurant,
The menu is a carnivores delight, dominated by steaks, seafood, ribs and chicken, all grilled over flames. But their appetizers, side dishes and unique desserts vie for your attention as well. The “Great Onion” is a huge deep-fried onion blossom with a tangy dipping sauce; their warm-from-the-oven yeasty, cloud-light, bread rolls with honey butter are not to be missed (they’ll refill at no charge); and their “Messy Sundae“ is overflowing with hot fudge sauce and whipped cream, and a huge hit with everyone.
Billygan’s reasonably priced steaks include 9 oz. blue cheese, cracked pepper or teriyaki top sirloins; a 10 oz. ribeye ordered plain or as their “A1 Whiskey” or “Texas” version (with Cajun BBQ, mushrooms and onions). There’s also filet mignons, New York or T-bone steaks, ground sirloin, and country fried steaks, all at lower prices than most local steakhouses
Their slow roasted 8 oz. prime rib is scrumptious, and if hungry they charge $2.99 for each extra 2 ounces. Sharing the grill are baby back ribs, chicken breasts, prawns, salmon and halibut steaks, and thick, juicy hamburgers. Their made-in-house and delicious soup-of-the day offerings include tomato basil, broccoli cheese, black bean and prime rib, creamy baked potato, and clam chowder.
Happy Hour includes appetizers at half price, and drink specials including Long Island Ice Tea on Fridays; Margaritas on Saturdays; and Bloody Marys on Sundays. During the NFL season there are food and drink specials on both Sunday and Monday nights.
It’s a fun place to take the family or to have a cold draft beer while watching your favorite team, serve lunch and dinner seven days a week and breakfast on the weekends, and if you go home hungry it’s not their fault, especially if you indulged in that sinfully rich, messy, gooey, dripping-chocolate dessert.