Port Townsend, Port Angeles, Washington
Any delightful, delicious eating experiences around this area of the Olympic Peninsula? Restaurants, roadside taco stands, coffeehouses.... I'm looking for recommendations. Thanks!
You won't find any taco stands, and if that's what you're used to, you should avoid the area's Mexican altogether.
Just about any coffee shop is a safe bet. All will at least have atmosphere. I enjoy the Buzz coffee shop in Sequim, across the street from Hurricane Coffee on Sequim Avenue. They also serve interesting ice cream flavors and great sweets.
The Indian restaurant across from the PA pier impressed me during my last visit. Just about any Thai restaurant will top what I now get in San Diego, CA.
As for Port Townsend, no particular restaurant comes to mind, but look for something with the special PT atmosphere. I love going to Port Townsend!
In Port Townsend, we tend to eat exclusively at Silverwater except for breakfast, which is now always at Otter Crossing by the marina - big sunny room, great coffee, great food (blueberry crepes with lemon cream, wow!).
We also had a really fun dinner at the Ajax Cafe in Port Hadlock - as I recall, the food was edible, but the main attraction was the restaurants vast collection of hats, which each customer was expected to choose from - in some cases, a single hat would travel around the room until it found the perfect person.
In Port Angeles, I can recommend getting bacon pretty much anywhere - I've never eaten so much good bacon in one weekend. I had a nice breakfast at a place called Haven, in downtown - slow, but great food and very cozy. A surprisingly great dinner at a funky place called Joy's Wine Bistro - goofy decor and very casual service, but my mother and I shared a plate of roast duck with farro that was out of this world.
In Port Townsend:
Best Mexican food = El Serape on Water St.
Best Pizza= Waterfront Pizza on Water St.
Best breakfast= The Spruce Goose at the airport on Rt 20 south of town
As a Port Townsend resident I feel the need to share my PT reccomendations! First off this town is awesome and everyone should come by for a visit (ok - not everyone - it would get a bit crowded) :)
By far the ultimate in gustatory experiences (and a local favorite) would have to be Tyler Street Coffee House, just off the main drag downtown. Chef Tim (although quite abrasive in personality) makes the most amazing pastries on the planet, fresh every single morning. Whatevers left at the end of the day goes home with the staff. Starting about 3 A.M this guy actually makes all of his doughs by hand. No dough sheeters here; he folds and refolds the butter in between the layers himself to make the croissants, bear claws, cinnamon twists, danishes, etc. Even his celebrated low fat, dairy, and sugar free pull-a-part muffin is beyond delicious. Savory scones graced with such things as homeade pesto and sundried tomatoes, savory tarts (read:quiche without as much egg), and sexy fruit pies round out the pasrty case offerings.
And as far as the coffee goes, look no further for the quintessential Northwest cup. Capuccinos and Lattes made with extra strong shots of Cafe Vita lovingly topped with silky, unctuous foam will spoil all other coffee offerings for you in the future.
Also a standout favorite of mine (and the only place in town really doing an effective rendition of fine dining in a chef-driven atmosphere) is Chef Jay Payne's Wild Coho. Try his sweet potato gnocchi with brown butter, sage, and creme fraiche. That was the first dish of his I tasted and I have been a devotee ever since. He sources local, organic products when he can and as over-touted as that claim has become, it really shows in his food.
I know this will sound wierd, but I look forward all winter to the Gonzo Longo (i add kraut to mine) at the Dogs-a-Foot stand on Water Street. Sinful and delicious I keep asking if John will spend his winters here instead of Thailand so I don't have to wait 7 months for a fix. I guiltily do several of these a week in season. Stay away from the other crap on water street - most of it's horrendous and overpriced.
My other favorite I'll save for personal recommendations (but I'll give you a hint: falling water). :)