I've lived in the US for more than 20 years and I have dined in many types of establishments, but Billygan's Roadhouse was a revelation for me. I had no idea that there were restaurants in the US where people were encouraged to eat peanuts and to throw the shells to the ground when they were done. Needless to say, my first impression of Billygan's, with wet, sticky floors full of peanut shells, was less than positive. Still, we'd been trying to find a nicer place to eat in Vancouver for a while and hadn't been successful so we went in all the same.
It didn't take me long to see the benefits of this free-peanut-shell-litter policy. Michaela, my 20-month-old toddler, had a grand time throwing the empty shells to the floor and stepping on them. I was glad that for once I didn't have to clean up after her. I also appreciated the crayons they gave Mika - it helped keep her distracted.
Leaving the peanuts aside, Billygan's offered a typical coffee-shop style menu, featuring burgers and sandwiches, at reasonable prices. We ordered the chicken nachos as an appetizer, and I was quite pleased with them. The cheesy nachos didn't feature any beans (I don't like them) and they were very tasty - so much that we ate them all! I had a steak sandwich which was fine and Mike had an unremarkable burger. The same can be said about the root beer float his cousin ordered, though the root beer was Henry Weinhard's.
13200 N.E. Hwy 99
Vancouver, WA 98686
(134 St. Exit on I-5)