Back9 Parlor’s mac and cheese wedges served with boom boom sauce are the most popular appetizer on the menu. (Evan Thompson / The Herald)

Back9 Parlor’s mac and cheese wedges served with boom boom sauce are the most popular appetizer on the menu. (Evan Thompson / The Herald)

Swing for tasty bites with your virtual golf at Back9 Parlor

Mac and cheese wedges and totchos — think nachos with tater tots — are the highlights at this Lynnwood hangout.

LYNNWOOD — The menu at Back9 Parlor is about what you’d expect at a golf course clubhouse: polish sausages, pulled pork sandwiches and nacho fries.

That’s because Back9 is a golfer’s hangout, with sophisticated virtual golf simulators and, of course, a full bar.

I asked my dad, Jim Thompson, who golfs more than I do, to join me there for lunch. Back9 Parlor has some irresistible-sounding appetizers such as mac and cheese wedges and totchos — nachos made with tater tots instead of tortilla chips.

The totchos are tater tots smothered with melted cheddar cheese, sour cream, tomato, black olive, red onion and jalapeno. (Evan Thompson / The Herald)

The totchos are tater tots smothered with melted cheddar cheese, sour cream, tomato, black olive, red onion and jalapeno. (Evan Thompson / The Herald)

Back9 Parlor, which opened in March, is run by four friends from Edmonds: Brian Remington, Rian Cool, Scott Taffera and David Bowman. They wanted to give fair-weather golfers a place to have fun and improve their game during winter.

Appetizers are the specialty here. They include flatbread pizza, fries with cheese dip, chicken wings (with a choice of buffalo or barbecue sauce) and soft pretzels. The only vegetarian option on the menu is a platter with garlic hummus, pita bread and olives for $8.

“My wife is vegetarian, so she was like, ‘You’ve gotta have something for us,’” Remington said.

The mac and cheese wedges ($8) are the most popular appetizer. My dad and I thought these cheesy, breaded bites were perfect. They’re served with boom boom sauce, a spicy, garlicky condiment that Dad thought tasted like “ranch on steroids.”

“It has a nice little kick, but it’s not overwhelming,” he said.

Back9 Parlor’s flank steak sandwich is made with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and chipotle mayo served on toasted ciabatta. (Evan Thompson / The Herald)

Back9 Parlor’s flank steak sandwich is made with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and chipotle mayo served on toasted ciabatta. (Evan Thompson / The Herald)

Remington, 40, said the mac and cheese wedges are his No. 1 recommendation.

“It’s a foreign object to people because it’s not on many menus,” he said.

We also tried the totchos ($10), which are tots covered with melted cheddar cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, black olive, red onion and jalapeno. We chose pork as an add-on; flank steak, chicken and chili also are available.

The totchos were a nice change from the usual nachos. Dad said they’d feed a crowd.

“There’s enough here that this is a great appetizer for four to six people,” he said.

The Polish sausage is topped with ketchup, mustard, sauerkraut, onion and a choice of chili, nacho cheese or cheddar on a toasted bun. (Evan Thompson / The Herald)

The Polish sausage is topped with ketchup, mustard, sauerkraut, onion and a choice of chili, nacho cheese or cheddar on a toasted bun. (Evan Thompson / The Herald)

I ordered a flank steak sandwich ($13) with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and chipotle mayo served on toasted ciabatta. The steak wasn’t as warm as I would’ve liked, but it was still delicious. You get your choice of fries seasoned with Old Bay or tater tots. I went with the fries, which were light, crispy and flavorful.

Dad scarfed down his Polish sausage ($8), topped with ketchup, mustard, sauerkraut, onion and your choice of chili, nacho cheese or cheddar in a toasted bun.

“A toasted bun makes all the difference in the world,” he said. “It takes it to a whole different level.”

Evan Thompson: 425-339-3427, ethompson@heraldnet.com. Twit ter: @ByEvanThompson.

If you go

Back9 Parlor, 3105 Alderwood Mall Blvd., Suite A, Lynnwood, is open 1 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Call 425-582-9813 or go to www.back9parlor.com.

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