Fans of the North Bend Bar & Grill, (and there are many) have once again put the restaurant at or near the top of the list in several categories in the Valley Record's Best of the Valley reader survey. This year, the NBBG was chosen Best Bar, and was a finalist for Best Restaurant and Best Brunch.
We asked Liz Vollbrecht, a 10-year employee and general manager for the past five years, about what makes the place stand out for customers.
How long has the North Bend Bar & Grill been around?
We have been here 16 years, since 1998 and would like to thank all our great customers for their continued patronage.
When and why did you remodel the restaurant?
"We remodeled last April. The customers love our new stone fireplace, custom logged wood side tables and large booths in the bar. We also added a bakery in the back to produce all our homemade breads."
How many people do you serve, and what's your most popular menu item?
We are lucky enough to serve approximately 3,500 meals a week. Most tables have a meal, and only about 40 percent of customers are bar-only patrons. We are known for our prime rib dinner; people rave that it is the best prime rib they have ever had!"
How would you describe the North Bend Bar and Grill, for someone who's never been there before?
"We are proud to be your neighborhood restaurant for the past 16 years. We feature big, comfortable, creative food, a unique beer and drink menu, friendly, local staff, and we're located in the foothills of the mountains. Come by and say hi, we have a seat waiting for you."