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Sequim in October

Some friends and I wil be in Sequim for several nights in early October. Most of the Sequim posts are a couple years old so I was looking for updates on dinner recommendations. Any new places?

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  1. There is a new restaurant in downtown Sequim that is excellent. Alder Wood Bistro at 139 West Alder Street, phone # is 360-683-4321
    I am so happy to have this new restuarant, Sequim does not have a lot of eating places. Also, try Old Mill Cafe off Carlsborg Road, very good.
    That's it.

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    1. re: Michaeel

      Thanks for the recommendation. The Alderwood Bistro was excellent. I was afaid that I would end up at APPLEBEE'S, and you know that is the last place that a Chowhound should dine.

      1. re: JohnnyT

        Yes, great to finally have an excellent place, Alder Wood Bistro, in the area...my fav starter is the calamari w/arugula,ck the specials, Killer lamb /couscous, wild salmon, all most everything local AND organic, just went to a really great slowfood farmers dinner there, thoughtful wine list too.........best in sequim!

      2. re: Michaeel

        After everyone's recommendation about the Alder Wood Bistro, my husband and I went had dinner there. It was outstanding!! We are going back this weekend to celebrate our anniversary.

      3. There's a pizza/italian place in Port Angeles (just up the road) called "Bella Vita" or something like that--we had a very good meal there a few years back. Also supposed to be a good Thai place, but I haven't been there.

        When I was a kid we would go to the Three Crabs for (what else?) crab, but I have no idea if it's any good now.

        C'est si bon is fancy, but we had only a mediocre meal there a few years ago.

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        1. re: HAF

          you might be thinking of bella italia for italian. i love c'est si bon (had my wedding rehearsal there) and i always enjoy myself but it's definitely expensive. the last time i was at 3 crabs it had lost its luster.
          for great small-town breakfast go to the oak table in sequim. Togas in PA is supposed to still be really good and has some exotic foods but i've still never been there even though i grew up blocks from it. thai peppers in PA is still as good as most thai in seattle.

        2. The italian place in Port Angeles (roughly 30 minutes or so away) has a good brunch on the weekends, supposedly President Bush's wife says it is good, dunno know if that has any wieght though.

          Three Crabs is great for crab and great view of the Straits and Dungeness Spit. The decor and service is that of a local spot.

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          1. re: fimocreations

            Also, Petals Cafe at Cedarbrook Farm. They do lunch particularly well, with a great ploughman's and also a lamb burger that's fabulous! Their soups are consistently good, and the outdoor seating near lavender fields is wonderful in the summer. Petals is at the south end of Sequim Avenue, on the other side of the highway from the center of town.

          2. We just tried the Three Crabs. It was not a good experience. The crab cakes were mostly breading, and the "home-made" cocktail sauce tasted like catsup. Go for a drink and enjoy the fantastic view, find somewhere else to dine.

            1. Thanks for all your inputs on Sequim. We had a great trip. Sequim is a lovely place.
              Three of us went to the 3 Crabs and thought it was OK. I had the salmon, one friend had the mixed seafood Louie and the other had the seafood platter steamed. It was all OK. Nothing gourmet or outstanding, nothing bad either.

              Another night 2 of us went to the Paradise Cafe, it wasn't anything special. Again not a bad meal, just OK.

              A third night we went to The Old Mill Cafe. We were warned ahead of time that the service would be slow. I would call it super slow. But the meal did come and it was excellent. We both had the cedar planked Salmon which was topped with Crab. The were nice choices of sides, I had the cous cous and my friend had a pasta. I started with the seafood bisque and it was yummy.

              The last night we went to a Japanese Restaurant which I think was called Great House Teriyaki. This was probably the worst meal we had. Orders were messed up, forgotten or brought at the wrong time, the beef teriyaki was awful, and the California rolls did not arrive as pictured in the menu (no masago which I love). We were surprised that the Gyozas were deep friend instead of steamed and lightly sauteed.

              We asked around and looked in the phone book and could not find anyone who had heard of the Alderwood Bistro. We were sad to miss it. Maybe next time.

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              1. re: shedders

                Yes, the Alderwood bistro is new this year, and just catching on, so I'm not surprised few you spoke to had heard of it. In fact, truly good food seems to be just catching on in Sequim, as the retirees are starting to demand food equivalent to where they came from.
                Although there's something sad about seeing established "been-there-forever" restaurants go, I'd rather have delish dining.
                3 Crabs is good for two things: the view and whole steamed crab in season. For two people their whole crab is hard to beat in both taste and price, although the salad, sides and service leave a lot to be desired.
                I'm glad you liked Old Mill; they do dinner quite well, even if the service is slow.
                Great House Teriyaki, now called something else because they've expanded beyond teriyaki and into sushi, is ok for a workday lunch, but if you like teriyaki and ever get to Northeast Portland, definitely go to Du's Grill on Sandy. I know it's not in Sequim, but I used to live near there and it's hard to beat for quantity, price or tastiness, particularly as a to-go meal.
                On the recommendation of this site, I went to Alderwood last week for dinner. They were a mite slow to seat a single person for 7 p.m. on a Thursday, but the service was attentive (my waitress was interesting and knew a lot about both the food and wine) and the food was spectacular, with a salad that featured figs, organic greens, a crumbled cheese and some shredded italian meat (I think it was prosciutto) with an aged balsamic. The starter was warm braided bread with hummus topped with aioli. Don't miss the wood-fired-oven-warmed apple pie with organic vanilla bean ice cream.
                I'm looking forward to taking my family there next week for a birthday dinner, and particularly to some of the chanterelle mushroom dishes they had as specials but I didn't try last time. Yum!

              2. We'll go back to Alderwood Bistro when they reopen Feb. 1, our Birthday party will hit on a tues. night which I hear will be a new special menu of tapas for tues. paired with new additions to the killer wine sheetas well as our all time favs... calimari & woodfired pizza. For lunch I'm taking them to Fita's taco truck on Carlsborg, hope they're open, and we'll walk it off on the Discovery Trail which passes right behind the truck,by the way the great thai place in Port Angeles is Sabai Thai on W.8th 452.4505, they're closed Sun. Mon..........chow fun

                1. Have lived in Sequim for the past 3 years now.

                  Alderwood Bistro - organic, slow food, a little heavy on the meat, would like to see more vegetarian. Well executed for these parts
                  Michael's - used to enjoy going there early on during our stay here, but cooking has been inconsistent
                  C'est si Bon - excellent service, very special family that owns it cooks with special attentiveness, never had a disappointing meal
                  Togas - looking forward to trying it
                  Petals - have always enjoyed the service and meals
                  Cafe Blossom - set menu by reservation only, heard is very good, have not tried. An unrushed tea and lunch experience.
                  We go to Dynasty in Sequim if we don't feel like cooking, but this is not Vancouver, SF or LA. Forget about any other Chinese restaurant. Will never set foot in the teriyaki place again - once is more than enough.

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                  1. re: country bumpkin

                    I've lived in Sequim for 6 years now... I agree about Dynasty... they have places in both
                    Sequim and PA, great food in both places. I love Petals. Bella Italia in Port Angeles is good. Riptide used to have great fish and chips but they got a new cook and now they aren't very good. Surprisingly, 7 Cedars on their all you can eat seafood buffet (first Friday of each month) is pretty good. 3 Crabs can be hit or miss... but I usually like their Sole Almondine. Everyone raves about the Oak Table, but I wasn't that impressed with it. For great milkshakes and curly fries, you gotta try the 101 Diner. The Old Mill Cafe has good food but you have to go early!!

                    1. re: country bumpkin

                      I grew up in Sequim, and I'm thrilled to hear about Alderwood Bistro -- something different to try on my next trip back. I hope it stays open; most finer dining closes within a couple years in the area. The locals just don't have a taste for it. To quote my mother: "They have to put some fancy sauce on everything. And so many herbs!"
                      Last time I was stuck eating dinner at Paradise after the 7 Cedars Buffet was sold out. Abysmal meal. I knew the place was bad when I was a kid, but now that I'm a CH . . .
                      I agree that Thai places in the area are good to great. I was impressed with the Indian restaurant by the PA pier on a recent visit.
                      I worked at the Oak Table as a teenager and college student, and the 49's are the most impressive thing on the menu. They're creamy, thing, oversized pancakes that are just perfect with maple syrup (no butter needed).
                      3 Crabs ceased to be any good in about 1989. If you want Dungeness crab, either go crabbing yourself or buy it fresh from someone who just did.
                      A taco truck in Carlsburg? Now this I've gotta see! Mexican food is SO much better in WA than here in CA. The difference is that the white people (and yes, I'm one) don't frequent the places up there, so the food doesn't get as "Americanized." I was never served cheddar cheese or sour cream on any Mexican food when I lived in the Tri-Cities area. It would be a treat to find authentic food in my hometown.

                      1. re: maestra

                        It's been a while, but last time I lived in Sequim I ate in all the time because of the mediocre restuarants. My last experience was the best...my boss and his family took me to the Cedarbrook Cafe for my going-away dinner and I was shocked. It was a wonderful oasis of fresh food, plus It's located on the herb farm so it's off the beaten path and the grounds are beautiful.

                        Hope you get a chance to visit Sequim again, if so, make sure you stop in at Port Townsend too, that's my favorite town with lots of good eats.

                        1. re: Kendra Kinnan

                          We will be in Sequim again this September. This time 8 nights. Where should we eat in Port Townsend?

                          Is there anything new in Sequim? When we were there we couldn't find the Alderwood. No one had heard of it and it wasn't in the phone book.

                          1. re: shedders

                            There are tons of great options in Port Townsend and you will have fun walking the town and picking your favorites. At least one night, or maybe for lunches I recommend hitting Provisions, which is a take-out deli with house made and gourmet foods.
                            939 Kearney Street
                            Port Townsend, WA 98368

                            1. re: shedders

                              Its Alder Wood Bistro, not Alderwood, and it is on Alder St.. Take Sequim Ave off 101, go past the main downtown cross st ( Washington ), and turn left on W. Alder St., which will be the third st past Washington.

                              1. re: flyseye

                                Went there 2 days ago - it was excellent. They stayed open past closing time to serve the line of people still waiting (a line of people waiting outside a restaurant in Sequim at 9:30pm - imagine that!) Had one of the specials of the day (moules frite) and the mussels were very fresh and top quality.

                              2. re: shedders

                                shedders - Sorry for the delay...I had to consult with my mom, who has a boat in PT for current recommendations. Sadly, some my favorites have changed hands and are not good anymore but was able to find a couple spots still open and thriving.

                                Here are some suggestions for PT area:


                                Greasy spoon - there's a very busy greasy spoon we used to hit up on the way to the Edmonds ferry. Forgot the name, sorry.

                                Near the entrance to PT

                                - Deli - Food Co-Op @ 414 Kearney St, Port Townsend, WA - (360) 385-2883‎ Best Co-op ever, very crunchy. We used to get a picinic deli lunch which we'd eat at Chetzemolka Park. This park has the most amazing beach/tidepools at low tide IMHO.

                                Dinner - T's Restaurant, reservations recommended, 2330 Washington Street at the Boat Haven, 360-385-0700, http://www.ts-restaurant.com/

                                Downtown PT, Water Street

                                Pizza - Waterfront Pizza, we used to get some slices and eat on the pier, take a jacket, the wind is dreadful sometimes in Sept.

                                Coffee - Tyler Street Coffee House, 215 Tyler St, Port Townsend, WA - (360) 379-4185

                                Seafood - Silverwater Cafe, 237 Taylor St., (360) 385-6448

                                Uptown PT (up above the cliff along Lawrence St


                                Cafe's - there used to be small cafes and coffee shops, mainly spots for the locals to get away from the tourists...tourists tend to stay downtown unless they are wanderers. The grocery on Lawrence and Tyler was a fav quick stop, farm fresh eggs and such BUT the co-op was the best overall.

                                Coffee - 1012 Coffee Bar‎ - 1012 Lawrence St, Port Townsend, WA - (360) 379-1012‎

                                Fresh Organic Dinner - The Wild Coho Wine Bar, make reservations, it's really small. http://www.thewildcoho.com/

                                Hope that gives you a great start.

                                1. re: Kendra Kinnan

                                  I did a bit of searching and found the greasy spoon near 4-corners....it's The Chimacum Cafe on Hwy 19 you can call for hours @ (360) 732-4631‎

                                  Here are some more threads on PT - PA area:

                                  If you only go to 2 places in PT, Wild Coho and Tyler Street Coffee House/Bakery would be top on my list.

                                  Hope you have a wonderful trip!

                                  Chimacum Cafe
                                  9253 Rhody Dr, Chimacum, WA

                        2. Local food round up from current PA resident:

                          Veggie options:
                          The shared vegetarian fixed meal at the Indian place by the City of PA pier is a solid option, good portions and definitely tastes fresher than the meat options. They also sell naan to go for naan-emergencies!
                          Dynasty Chinese Food in downtown also has solid lunch veggie specials, which are far superior to the bucket-food meat options.
                          There is a new-ish taqueria on Lincoln, between first and front downtown. You can get nopales!

                          Other solid bets: Soho Bistro has big portions, kind of lonely on the end of downtown by the bus stop but a creative menu and a nice ambiance. Peaks Pub does indeed have dynomite chili on Lincoln, plus the best beer selection on the peninsula (take that PT!). Sabai Thai is dynomite for sure, Thai Peppers is a good backup. Okosan Teriyaki on the way into town is not bad for small town asian, good bim-bop korean bowl. Frugals on Front is a PA institution, old school drive-in muy affordable. Bushwackers is a great spot, bit out of the downtown core but worth the trip, solid food/ambience/beer selection. Michaels is good, especially for their late night happy hour menu (10-12) and sunday night italian dinners ($25 for two, kids eat free, select from fixed menu). Bella Italia is solid, but a bit rich. The Lyre Club has acadian style action that is solid as well.

                          There is a lunch place on fishermans wharf, down from the Olympic Fish Company that has excellent fish and chips, and the Plunk-in Shack has great breakfasts in that vicinity as well.

                          Most places hereabouts don't have websites or web reviews so this list is a good start.

                          I live near Togas but have found it to be a bad medley of cruise ship cuisine and overpriced prom date ambiance and prices. Lots of meats stuffed with other meats and crappy vegetables. They do do a real-deal fondue however, for like $50, which might be a fun night.

                          Good 2 Go is a small vegan deli on Lauridson and Eunice, good veggie lunch spot. Country Aire Market downtown PA has your whole foods esque goods. The PA Farmers Market is downtown at 3pm on Wednesdays and by the courthouse on Saturdays from 10-2.

                          All in all, not a bad scene hereabouts for an end of the road place.. In general any place that looks like they get most of their food from a Sysco truck does, and it tastes like it, and any place that looks like it doesn't, doesn't. enjoy!

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                          1. re: salmonsam

                            salmonsam, your roundup was very handy -- just got a call from my SO who found himself in Port Angeles on business tonight, arriving hungry at 7:30 pm. He has set off from his hotel armed with half a dozen suggestions from your list, so thanks.

                            1. re: grayelf

                              SO ended up at Thai Peppers and had a competent pad thai and a stellar larb, so smacks of gratitude.

                          2. The Fortune Star in Sequim is so . . . scrumptuously delicious . . . I wish I was there right now. If you love Oriental dishes, they have an amazing seafood platter that will thrill your palate and send you to another place in the galaxy in ecstasy. Well, almost. I write news all the time about Sequim, too at Sequim-Real-Estate-Blog. Come and join me for a nice dinner at the Fortune Star. Seriously.

                            1. For waterfront dining you must try Dockside Grill at the John Wayne Marina! The food is exquisite! The chef/owner used to be at Old Mill and before that, Xanadu's. His seafood dishes are the best you'll have anywhere, great steaks too, great wines and cocktails.
                              Soho Bistro in Port Angeles is great also, for asian food, lots of variety, always fresh and delicious, great wine choices.
                              As for Petals, that has been closed a long time, and locals don't eat at 3 Crabs, they just aren't consistant and mostly bad.
                              Fiesta Jalisco for Mexican in Port Angeles, consistant, delicious food and too easy to drink Margaritas, they take your picture wearing a Sombrero on your birthday!