Port Townsend and Poulsbo
Ive posted previously on places to eat in the Port Townsend area, but have a couple of things to add. Breakfast at the Chimicum Café, south of Port Townsend, is highly recommended. Theres no fancy stuff on the menu here. Just eggs, bacon and sausage, hash browns, pancakes, waffles, french toast, and a few standard omelets. I had bacon, eggs, and hash browns. The bacon was very tasty, perfectly cooked, and generously portioned, and the hash browns were as good as they get. The over-easy eggs werent as soft as Id asked for, but were acceptable. I love this sort of classic, nothing-fancy, plain-and-simple place when the food is as well prepared as it was for breakfast at the Chimicum. Unfortunately, Ive had much less success with the lunch items at the Chimicum, except for the pies.
I had lunch at Silverwater Café on the first floor of the old Elks Building at 237 Taylor Street in Port Townsend. My wife and I shared a bowl of black-eyed pea soup which was a little too sweet for my taste, but otherwise just fine. I had pasta and veggies with gorgonzola sauce that was pretty wonderful, heady with the flavor of the gorgonzola and well spiked with garlic. Though my wife disagreed, I thought that the flavor of the breading on her pan-fried oysters distracted from, rather than enhanced, the flavor of the oysters. I admit to being a purist when it comes to oysters, however, and generally insist on eating them raw without any adornment whatsoever other than the seawater and natural liquor that remains in the shell. (Although I remember Tom Douglass spicy cajun oysters, served at the old Café Sport, with great fondness.) Ive had better meals, but the Silverwater is a pleasant spot for lunch on the weekends, especially since Jakes Original Grill doesnt open until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and is closed on Sunday.
Over on the Kitsap Peninsula, I had dinner at the Poulsbo Wine Cellar in, of course, Poulsbo. In our party of four, two had the chicken, one had the pork chop, and I had the ribeye steakall from the regular menu. The pork chop and steak were both good, the chicken not so good. The crème brulee was pasty and well below the mark. Service was painfully slow, due largely to a young, inexperienced waitress. If you stick to the pork chop and ribeye steak, youll be okay. Otherwise, the results dont match the obvious ambition of this small town restaurant, and Id recommend heading for Bainbridge Island, where there are better pickings.