The Digs: British flags flying from the rafters mark this little slice of England tucked away in a Redmond strip mall. Inside it feels like you've stepped into a family-style pub in an English village; brass swords and shields hang from the dark, burgundy walls and several families watch the soccer, er, football, game playing on the TV positioned above the fireplace as they dig into traditional English fare.
The deals here are just like the food: straightforward and simple. The only catch is you have to order a drink to get the reduced rates, reminding customers that the pub's main focus is booze, not food. So last Sunday my dad and I started the evening with pints before ordering. My dad was born and raised in Liverpool, England, so I brought him along to judge whether the Three Lions' fare is truly authentic. I got the fish and chips, and although the cod was a little chewy, the thickly sliced fries were perfectly greasy and came with plenty of salt and vinegar to douse them in. My dad went with the chicken curry pie, which had a light, crispy crust stuffed with chunks of chicken and a thick, mild curry sauce and was stamped shut in the shape of a crescent moon. The combination of spices in the curry reminded my dad of the pies he used to eat in Liverpool, and everything about my fish and chips - even the chewy cod - was just like the ones he bought wrapped in newspaper growing up.
The Verdict: The deals are nothing special considering the petite portions, but if you want a taste of truly authentic English pub fare for cheap look no further than the Three Lions Pub.