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What's good in Kitsap?

Just moved here and am having BIG trouble finding quality food--any kind, just looking for outstanding. Hi-Lo's Cafe in Bremerton was good. Thai food has been mediocre to bad so far (five different trys!) Found great pie and mediocre food at Pat's Restaurant in Bremerton. One bagel place in Silverdale.

Two good restaurants in Port Townsend (although that's not Kitsap), I think it was the Public Barn and Grill(?) and directly across the street another seafood restaurant. I probably shouldn't mention them if I can't even remember the names...

Anyway, would love some suggestions. Thanks.

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  1. Well, Bainbridge Island is Kitsap, and you can't do much better than the Four Swallows anywhere in the county, IMHO. The island also has great Thai (Sawadty, Sawan) and a classic diner (Streamliner) that's a local favorite. The Harbour Pub is good for fish & chips and other pub fare.

    1. La Fermata in Bremerton (near the manette (sp?) bridge) has quite good Italian food.

      1. Xinh's in Shelton. Check the board -- it's worth the drive.

        1. Mor Mor in Poulsbo is very good; Breezy Beach Bistro in Silverdale offers a pleasant lunch.
          Re Port Townsend, best eats are at Wild Coho and Silverwater Cafe. Fins is also good. Perhaps you were thinking about the Public House, which we have always found very underwhelming.

          1. I moved here about a year ago and I feel your pain. There aren't a lot of options but there are a few good places.

            Hi-Lo's is great for breakfast.
            La Fermata in Manette is easily the best restaurant between Tacoma and Bainbridge in my opinion. Really good northern italian and fresh pastas.
            The Boat Shed (also in Manette) is okay, but not outstanding.
            Anthony's is great if you're if you want to feel like you just jumped back in time to the early 90's.
            August Winn in Bremerton has good lunches and weekend breakfasts
            I don't know what is going on with Augustino's at Evergreen park?

            Breezy Hill Bistro is pretty good in Silverdale.
            Silver City Brewery is definitely not fine dining but it is good and the beer is good, if you don't mind the chain restaurant feel (it's not a chain but they seem to want you to think they are)

            Mor Mor is usually really good, but a little uneven.
            I like Tizley's EuroPub for decent German food.
            Casa Luna is probably the best Mexican food I've had yet (but that is NOT saying alot). I'm hoping the new Mexican place on 4th in Bremerton will be more authentic than the rest of them.

            Port Orchard:
            Haven't eaten there much, but went to a good place on the water there. It was ostensibly italian but I can't remember the name. Good but not outstanding.

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            1. re: slabbit

              Thanks, everyone! Some really great suggestions. And some repeats so I'll definitely have to try those. Anyone else? Please post!

              1. re: ultrachoclover

                I'd give Amy's By The Bay a go in Port Orchard. Only been there a few times but each has been very good. Service is ok...

                Gino's has opened recently where Tweetens was, have not been myself but word on the street has not been encouraging.

                1. re: dcatwater

                  Port Orchard: Haven't been to Amy's for a few months, but the food is usually good. Service is a completely different story, but when the choices are so limited, I guess it's tough to be picky. I've also heard good things about both the BBQ place and Cosmo's, but haven't been to either myself. Puerto Vallarta is good as long as you don't go expecting real Mexican food. It's more your standard Americanized Mexican food, but done well. The tortillas are made there and are fabulous, and they have a margarita that is about the size of a fishbowl. Ask for pico de gallo with your chips.

                  Bremerton: There is a branch of Pho Hoa. I haven't been in quite a while, but it used to be good. The Indian place by the ferry terminal always seems to be busy, but I'm not a big fan of Indian, so haven't been.

                  Silverdale: Silver City is usually pretty good. The beer is always good, and the food is decent, although it feels like any Chilis or Applebees for some reason (it's not a chain).

                  Bainbridge has quite a few better options and it would probably be worth searching for Bainbridge on this board as it comes up occasionally.

                  Outside of Kitsap: Gig Harbor has a few good places - the Anthony's there is very good, and the Harbor Monsoon does Americanized Chinese food quite well. The Tides is a great bar. Xinh's (Shelton), mentioned in a post above, is absolutely worth the drive. Even if you were driving from Seattle, it's worth the drive. Also not in Kitsap, but a good "sunny Sunday road trip" is the Oak Table in Sequim. Decor is a little over the top, but the food is good (at least breakfast; we've not had lunch there) - I really like the German pancake, but haven't had anything that hasn't been good.

                  1. re: kkbriggs

                    BBQ place I was not impressed with. Lousy sides and I think yesterdays meat. In Bremerton is a place called Q's which is a Texas style who IMO does a better job. Stick with the breisket, and get the sauce on the side. Cosmos is good for quality, but nothing special. And I'm sorry,but I have nothing good to say regarding PV - had lunch there and it was quite possibly the worst meal ever. Would rather go to Tacl Time. There is also a Belgian Frites place by the ferry that had beer and frites just like Europe. They have brats and fish and chips as well, but I would stick with the beer abd frites.

                  2. re: dcatwater

                    Yeah, Gino's was the place I went. ...ehh, okay. Maybe worth a second try. I had a pretty mediocre steak there. I should go back and try the pasta before I rule it out.

                    As for all the people slamming Toad House's service, I haven't found it to be bad at all. I think the pizza is the best I've had here. My biggest complaint there is they have a printed out beer list, with interesting selections on tap, and I have rarely been there when they weren't out of half of them.

                    Also they are opening a new place in that TINY building near the Boat Shed in Manette called "The Patio". I'm not sure what might fit there, nor am I sure I want to sit on a patio in Bremerton during the winter, but anything new is good!

                    1. re: slabbit

                      hmm, when we went to Toad House, the service was fine. Not the fastest but they were pleasant enough and when they were out of some of the brews [which, since we aren't talking about some mass produced McDonaldish item, I don't find to be either unusual or unforgivable], they offered a choice of substitutes and I believe gave my husband samples before the final tasting tray came out.

                      certainly nothing to complain about.

                      oh but I can't tell you if the pizza makes good leftovers because we inhaled ours.....

                      1. re: jenn

                        My point is that if you are going to print out a beer list in a place with rotating taps, do it weekly (or nightly) and keep it up to date. Or just write it on the wall and don't hand out the list. It's a little thing, and it sure as hell won't keep me from going back, but it buggs me because it has happened every time I've been there. That being said, my experience has been the same as yours, and they usually have a comparable substitute which they are willing to give a tasting of.

                        They mostly have great, hard-to-find beers from the northwest on tap which is rare in Kitsap, and I hope they continue to have them!

                        1. re: jenn

                          I tried Toad house and was'nt impressed at all. They did'nt have everything on the menu and the service was very slow. The staff spent more time socializing than being attenrive to the customers,so it was'nt just at our table.Besides I only have an hour for lunch and don't want to wait the 10 minutes it took to order and twentyfive minutes it took to get our food.

                2. If you like Indian food you can’t beat Gandhi Cuisine of India on Mickelberry Rd in Silverdale. It really is excellent food! Our favorite meal consists of Chicken Korma, Mushroom Masala, & Palek Paneer, along w/ Garlic Naan). Décor is not the greatest but the staff is great and oh, did I mention the food is the best?

                  1. We had very tasty pizza and beer at a place called "Toad Hall" near Bremerton. Something of a micro brewery with wood fired pizza. Very nice real oven and tasty thin crust pie.

                    I think its north of town but I can't find the little card with the info. It was in a shopping mall on the left side of town leaving Bremerton and going north [yikes! my lack of knowledge of the area is showing!]

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                    1. re: jenn

                      Yep, I ate at the Toad House with my sister and it's in the corner spot of a strip mall. I agree with bfiesta that the service was so-so, but I happened to really enjoy their pizza! I couldn't wait to eat the leftovers the next day. Good beer selection and very fairly priced wines.

                    2. La Fermata - East Bremerton (Manette) is your best bet for fine dining in Bremerton. Next door to the Manette wine shop (Good values by the way! Sign the mailing list for the quarterly wine tastings! They are free and the owner puts out quite a spread).

                      Breezy Hill Bistort - in Silverdale is your best bet for fine dinning north of the Bummerton.

                      Whiskey Creek Steak House - Keyport. Decent steaks. Boat dock.

                      Taqueria Los Cazadores - Bremerton on Wheaton Way has excellent tacos and honest margaritas!

                      Tony's Pizza - Bremerton. Old school plastic red & white checker table cloths. Order your pizza thin crust! Not too thin. Best bet in town for a pizza fix. I've tried 'em all... this is it.

                      Fritz's Fry House - Right at the ferry terminal. Good fries and good beers!

                      Park Avenue Dinner - For breakfast. 75+ year old dinner and most of the dirt is still there! Food is hot, service is quick. Bremerton's best greasy spoon.

                      Red Apple Dinner - Bremerton (6720 Kitsap Way) for breakfast. Excellent chicken fried steak. Fresh squeezed orange juice!

                      Fat Rascals Bbq - In Port Orchard (682 Bay St.). They smoke their own! Good ribs. Not overly sauced. Excellent spicy sauce.

                      As for the rest (IMHO)... Anthony's: c'mon it's Anthony's! Totally contrived. A small step up from Long John Silvers fast food. Boat Shed: Succeeds in spite of it's self. A small step up from Anthony's. I live in the neighborhood and I rarely (very rarely) go there! If I do it's for a burger. Sometimes they don't get that right! Toad House: Pizza is fair at best. Service is way below par. Excellent beer selection. Did I mention the service really sucks?! I haven't had a good meal in Poulsbo ever. Mor Mor was good when it first opened... but the last two times have been mediocre. Haven't been to any Bainbridge eateries but then again you might as well jump on the ferry and go to Seattle.

                      Haven't tried Augustino's. Although I have trusted friends that have been to their new breakfast spot in Manette (open Saturday & Sunday from 8:00am until noon only). They liked it.

                      Ditto on the Xinh's in Shelton. Worth the drive. Crazy Eric's (701 National St., Bremerton and Belfair) for a burger fix. Nothing in Port Orchard to speak of. Both Italian restaurants are fair at best.

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                      1. re: bfiesta

                        I agrre with your reviews. Wiskey Creek probably the best steak in the county,service and atmosphere is wonderfull.I like Boston's pizza as best in town though.Fritz is awsome in the summer for a brew and fries outside by the fountain, adn Red Apple diner for best breakfast place.

                      2. Hello! I was born and raised, still living in Kitsap-Port Orchard area. You are right, there are few great places to eat here. One of the best places closed down in Purdy (the Beach House), in Gig Harbor there is http://www.terraccianoristorante.com/ that is ok, Anthonys in Gig Harbor is good (not the one in Bremerton), as for Thai...learn to make your own while living here! I have tried all the Thai places from Poulsbo to Port Orchard--Bahn Thai is the best around here. Bainbridge does have some good food at Cafe Nola and one other that escapes me, however thats not Kitsap close...Amys on the Bay is good for a great burger or other common fare, Bay Leaf Bistro for lunch is good in Port Orchard. I have heard great things about La Fermata (Italia) in Bremerton. Oh and Bainbridge has a to die for Bakery on the right hand side of the main drag, the name escapes me.

                        Honey in the Rock has a nice upscale menu in Port Orchard, I have yet to try it, and there is a new Ginos downtown Port Orchard I have yet to try. Please keep up the link, Im always looking! Agreed Breezy Hill Bistro in Silverdale is good.

                        The BBQ place, Fat Rascals Bbq heading out of Town is the worst BBQ ever, the atmosphere is dirty, the servis is horrible. They do smoke their own meets and the cut is still poor. Either they are out of something or the meat is terrible, the cut, finished product, etc. I would much rather go to the grocery store in Purdy and get the BBQ that is cooked/smoked in the back of the store in a little eatery there!

                        I have also heard Ghandi for Indian cuisine in Silverdale is excellent! For fries, I have to agree with the above, Friz by the Bremerton ferry are very yummy, make sure you say CRISPY!

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                        1. re: Shanab

                          Beach House has been converted to a fairly unsophistacted Mexican theme.

                          1. re: not the bad Steve

                            The Beach House never changed owners, they simply went for a different fare...there has been a recent spring up of Baja-style menu's (not good) lately. The new name was Margarita Beach Cafe and they closed within a very short amount of time following the change...pretty sad considering they were rated 5 stars in 2005.

                          2. re: Shanab

                            lol I love Fritz and i agree MAKE SURE YOU SAY CRISPY.

                          3. It seems that some of our best lunch spots are disappearing (Blue Brick Bagel, Posey's, Irises...others?) Some notes from my dining experiences:


                            Main Street Ale House - Very good food; a little pricey, but I thought it was worth it.


                            Whiskey Creek - was disappointed; not sure why there are lines out the door so often; three of us ate there and none of us thought it was "amazing."

                            Campana's - the place was dirty; we had pizza, but have had better elsewhere; I have heard good things about them , so I'm not sure if our experience was just a fluke.

                            JJ's fish house - Good food; always busy; a lot of it is greasy, if that's what you're after

                            Aroy-dy - the menu has almost TOO MANY options; I didn't find their food to be better than Bahn Thai in Silverdale

                            Mor Mor - went there once when it first opened. Not impressed. Overpriced. They seem to portray an image of classy, upscale dining, but the quality of presentation and flavor don't quite make it. Might return for another try some day in case they've improved.

                            Molly Ward Gardens - like the private location; very good food - you never leave feeling hungry!; almost always need a reservation; ingredients and menu choices are unique and fresh

                            Stella's - been there 2 or 3 times; rate it "okay"; I don't get Stella's vibes or anything - it doesn't pop into my head when I'm hungry; food is good; service can be slow.

                            Magnolia Cafe - have enjoyed every meal here; good food; service can be slow at times, but the food has been good on all occasions.

                            Sheila's Cafe - Ate there once and would return for more; good food, suitable portion sizes, decent prices

                            Sluy's Bakery - just pop in there and pick up a crunch stick, or anything really; great snack spot; I always take visitors there for a treat!

                            Bahn Thai - Best Thai I've found in Kitsap; the chicken-fried rice is incredible; been there loads of times; favorite restaurant

                            Aladdin's - had lunch there once; it was okay. I hear great things about this place so I want to try it again for dinner to see if it's better.

                            Origami Sushi - YUM. I go back often.

                            Hakata's - YUM YUM!! Love their sushi. One of my favorite lunch spots.

                            Osaka - YUM, a little pricey.

                            Noah's Ark - popular burger joint; lots of greasy foods; I had a wrap and it was good; fast service, good prices.

                            Boat Shed - nice place to eat; love the deck seating where you can watch eagles swoop in and rip their own dinner apart; good food, a little pricey; servers are mediocre

                            Tony's - not impressed; used to like the place, but the food gets old/bland after while; good prices just not into their menu anymore.

                            Simon August/Augustino's - YUM. Love the variety. Love the uniqueness. Great lunch spots.

                            Big Apple Diner - can't beat it for a quick lunch with plenty of choices; best milkshakes in town; decent prices; good food.

                            Hi-Lo's - I agree with the others - good food, good prices. Tiny place, but the staff is pleasant.

                            Gus and Gus - only been there once and sadly wasn't impressed. Will give it another try though. They were just getting started when I popped in.

                            Anthony's - Nice atmosphere. Food is good, but not sure it's worth the price.

                            Amy's Decadent Chocolates (for a treat): good sweets, a little pricey; I like to go there to support local business and the owner is always pleasant.

                            Badda Boom Badda Bing - I really like this place. They usually have good soup. Their pizzas are quite tasty. I haven't had anything I didn't like and I've been there several times with different people.

                            Toad House - service can be slow, but the food is good; decent selection of beers; fun decor

                            Jimmy D's - Good prices, good food, sketchy location. Will go again. The chef salad I ordered was gigantic. Each person at my table enjoyed their meal. Next time I'll try the chicken sandwich.

                            Port Orchard:
                            Cosmos - love this place, though it gets VERY loud inside as the sound carries; food is always good (italian pepper chicken is my favorite); a little pricey, but they make an effort to give you better ingredients

                            Puerto Vallarta - we enjoy their food; great tortillas; good portions; the servers have always been pleasant.

                            Ale House - Really like this place; can get a little loud, but the food is good; the staff could be a little nicer and the owner/chef could dress a bit less trashy (especially since he's handling my food); good selection of beer

                            Gino's - Nice place. WAY overpriced. Food was "okay." I had blue marlin and it tasted like cardboard with fruit on top. Will try it again just to make sure it wasn't just the entree I ordered. So far not hearing great reviews from friends though.

                            Kim's Teriyaki (by Fred Meyer) - this place is always hoppin; the food is priced right and we've enjoyed most entrees that we've tried; it's a good place to go for take-out.

                            Honey in the Rock - experienced their catering and ate at their restaurant; the catering was not worth the money - they served the cheapest/thinnest possible burgers, hot dogs...even the buns were generic; the restaurant for lunch - not impressed. The server was dressed messily; the burger was dry. Dinner (tonight) was WAY overpriced. The soup was burnt (yes, the soup); tilapia dish was good, but far too salty; the steaks (which they say are from corn-fed livestock) were skimpy and extremely overpriced; the dinner rolls were...well...comparable to cardboard. For a place that promises a gourmet experience (at gourmet prices), they are missing the mark big time. Four of us dined and none of us plan to return.

                            Myhre's (downtown) - dined there once, but not impressed; food was not very good; not sure I'll return
                            Thanks for the other suggestions. I mostly enjoy trying out local businesses b/c I feel we need to support our community vendors. And there are several good ones out there that offer unique, worthwhile dining experiences. Looks like I need to get to Amy's in PO, grab italian food in Manette, and make a road trip to Bainbridge to try their Thai restaurant. Looking forward to seeing more additions!

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                            1. re: joyous

                              You mentioned all these places but not La Fermata?? Although I have not been to all the places you have, they have the best food I've had in Kitsap by far. Most of their items would stand up well in Seattle.

                              I'm hoping they open "The Patio" in Manette soon, as they sure look like they have something nice planned there, as we desperately need more options in Bremerton.

                              1. re: slabbit

                                I did mention that I have to get to the Italian place in Manette - I was referring to La Fermata. It's on my list of places to try. I actually learned of it's existence through this forum. :) Maybe we'll have dinner there this weekend. After all I've read about it, I feel like I should go tonight!

                                An update: I had lunch at the new Delilah's Cozy Kitchen in downtown Port Orchard. Not sure what to say just yet. The menu was HUGELY confusing as it is all written and sort of mono-chromatic; little rhyme or reason to it upon first glance. That would be my first fix for the place. Most menu items have band/musician inspired names. I don't get the "cozy kitchen" feel. The food was "OK." I ordered the mac n' cheese and was presented with a paper french fry dish filled with oooze topped with grease. It was cheesy, no doubt, but my arteries were panging just looking at it. My friends ordered beef paninis. They said they were good, but were disappointed that you had to ask to have veggies put on there. The friend who ordered first expected there to be more than meat and cheese, but that's all he got. The other friend made it a point to ask what comes on it and had to request specific vegetables - they weren't offered as an option. Her sandwich was gorgeous. Prices are comparable to other deli-type shops in the area. They're going to have to improve on some things if they want to be considered a place to return to. I'll go back in a month or so to see if they've made any progress. The banana bread was okay, but I swear I'll try one of their chocolatey cupcake/muffin creations next time instead!

                                1. re: joyous

                                  I went to Delilah's Cozy Kithcen last night and enjoyed it very much. I also orderd a turkey paninis and didn't think to ask whats on it, so yes, it came with just the meat and cheese. Even without the veggies it was very good, but next time I will ask for vegetables. The customer service was so friendly that I felt more like I was at a good friends place instead of a food establishment for the first time. And they must have updated the menu because I had no problem with it. I look forward to going back and I will remember to ask for vegetables.

                                  Delilas Cozey Kitchen
                                  150 Harrison Ave, Port Orchard, WA 98366

                                2. re: slabbit

                                  Ate dinner at La Fermata last night. It was quite nice. The restaurant wasn't marked on the outside, though just looking at it suggested that we were in the right place. Dark and cozy inside, lots of people eating. We entered and were greeted immediately and seated by the window. The waiter brought bread and prepared dipping oil for us. We ordered the antipasti starter and it was quite good. We were surprised by the quanitity of food provided - lots of olives, veggies, meats, mushrooms, and roasted garlic. We really enjoyed it. Then came the salads. I had the beet salad - you better be hungry and you better like beets! That was a lot of beets! I thought it was a bit too much. They could decrease the portion size and decrease the price to make it perfect. Also a few more bits of cheese and walnuts would have made it easier to stomach. My boyfriend had the standard mixed greens and he said it was ffine.

                                  Then came the entrees. MMMM....I had the duck. It was INCREDIBLE. He had the rib eye steak and it was also good (but nothing like the duck!). I was so happy to see brussel sprouts on my plate! It is a rare occasion to find a restaurant preparing them. So good. I had a glass of riesling with my meal and it was very good too.

                                  The only disappointment was dessert. We ordered the cheesecake and were presented with barely a sliver. The portion was so small. It had quite a sour taste to it, but it was probably how it was meant to be. Cheesecake being a rich delicacy...the portion was too small to satisfy our sweet tooth - that's how small it was. I'm sure the price wasn't small though. :-\

                                  It was a pricey meal, but they provided quality to live up to their gourmet promises. The service was a bit slow as they had a huge group in the other room, but our server was very nice and we were patient. We'll definitely visit again. P.S. You most certainly should have a reservation.

                                3. re: joyous

                                  You did'nt mention Fritz which is downtown by the ferry ,a good place on a warm day for lunch. Also Boston's Deli and Pizza is just a block away and I believe they are the oldest restaurant in the downtown area now, so they must be doing something right, I like them both.It is too bad so many places have closed during this past year so I try to patronize the local Mom and Pops that are still surviving out there.

                                  1. re: joyous

                                    I was on Bainbridge Island this last weekend and the front desk at our hotel recommended Sheila's Cafe in Poulsbo for breakfast. It turned out to be one of the best breakfasts I've had in a while. Their omelettes are amazing and I could have died happy eating their huge slices of organic wheat toast.

                                  2. If you are willing to drive over to Port Orchard, try Cosmo's Deli. http://www.cosmosdeli.com/
                                    As you will see, unlike its name, it is a nice "sit down" restaurant with a small deli in the back.
                                    We drop by there, when we are in the area and haven't had a bad meal yet.

                                    1. We ate at Aladdin's Palace in Silverdale (in the WaMu Mortgage building by Circuit City) last night and were fairly impressed considering we were in Silverdale. It wasn't a place I would go very often, but the food was all very good. The house salad was dressed with a light vinaigrette that I wish I could duplicate at home. We both had the combo plate, breaking our usual rule of having to try two different things at a new place. Both of us liked the chicken best, but the lamb and the ground beef were also good. The onions were a little on the spicy side and the hummous was different than I was expecting, but really yummy. The flatbread served with the salad didn't taste like it was made on site - it was the only thing that was disappointing about the meal. Definitely worth a try when you're in the area, although probably not a special trip to Silverdale.

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                                      1. re: kkbriggs

                                        i was very glad to find this thread - my boyfriend and i are always looking for unique mom and pop local digs to eat in - we hate the chain places. we have friends of ours who go to Applebee's every Wednesday and we don't understand why when there are so many other great places around here if you're going to go out to eat.

                                        i was looking for reviews for La Fermata so we can go there on my birthday this week and it looks like it'll be a winner. we too are always looking for a good thai place. and i agree with kkbriggs - Aladdin's is excellent - we went there on our first/blind date and i loved it.

                                        I have it on good word that The Patio in Manette won't be opening any time soon. Also, Augustino's/Tino's in Evergreen is definitely shut down. But the "for lease" sign has been taken down and i've seen someone go in and out who looks like a potential businessperson, but it's been a few weeks since i've seen them, so i don't know what's going on there. i live in evergreen, so i keep tabs on what's going on :).

                                        my favorite place tends to be the Toadhouse - yeah, the service is terrible, and the food is OK, except for the pizza, but the fact you can choose from a gazillion different beers is great - especially for beer snobs like myself and the boy. if you can, don't go when its super busy - service is better when its slower (duh, but i just say this because they just don't seem to know how to handle rush dinner, it seems). Also, i love the Sidebar for a girls night out.

                                        We went to Anthony's in Bremerton for V-day dinner and had horrific meat. not cooked the way we wanted and the wine list was horrific (again, we're wine snobs too). The Anthony's in Gig Harbor is MUCH better. there's also Spiro's in Gig Harbor which was OK. too salty for me.

                                        I'll have to check out these other places suggested ... keep them coming!

                                        1. re: everyfrog

                                          Again, I have to add kudos for La Fermata. It truely is one of the best eats in Kitsap (if not THE best IMHO).

                                          After a long hiatus... You can't beat the happy hour at the Manette Saloon. The 'sliders' are pretty darn good. The only 'issues' with this place, dirt (but hey it's a saloon, what do you expect), and the ventilation in the kitchen (does it even work?), someone please teach the bartender(S) how to pour a Guinness, bring back more music!

                                          I have had the two worst cocktails in my life at the sidebar. It appears, however, they have a new bartender... so, I'm willing to give them another shot.

                                          Keeping my fingers crossed for The Patio. BUT, the owner is not in the restaurant business and I've been seeing help wanted adds in craigslist for almost a year now. Again, keep your fingers crossed BUT don't hold your breath.

                                          I've also had one of the best mochas ever at the Blackbird Bakery & Cafe on Bainbridge.

                                          Kate's Jersey sub makes a pretty good Italian Stallion. I think the prices are reasonable considering the amount of food you get. Just say NO to Subway.

                                          1. re: bfiesta

                                            > I've also had one of the best mochas ever at the Blackbird
                                            > Bakery & Cafe on Bainbridge.

                                            I just finished a latte and a cherry frangipane pinwheel from Blackbird--yummm! I get breakfast there several days a week, and I've never had any of their baked goodies I didn't love. Haven't had the soup yet (I'm stuck on the ones at Town &Country Market across the street), but my co-workers say they're excellent as well.

                                            1. re: bfiesta

                                              Had a great breakfast at August Winn this weekend. Hi-Lo's was closed so I had to try something different. I hadn't been too impressed the first couple of times I went there, but they seem to be improving and it was pretty full in there. I'm hoping they can really hit their stride once summer hits and they can open their garage doors. Right now it's pretty hard to tell there is even a restaurant in there.

                                              Also will give props to Kate's Jersey Subs. They have really good sandwiches, which is too hard to come by out here.

                                              As far as the Sidebar goes... I love the Manette saloon, but I have also had some of the worst cocktails at the Sidebar that I have had anywhere. I'm not usually one sent away by the price of drinks; I'll pay good money for a good drink. But I have lived in Seattle, Portland, and New York City and the Sidebar is at or over the price of some of the great, trendy, and much better bars I have gone to. If they expect me to pay $9-$10 for a Martini in Bremerton (!!!), it had damn well be REALLY good. Or the atmosphere has to be excellent. Neither has been the case when I've been there. I still hold out hope though and will give it another try because we need places like that to survive in this town. I just wish they had better drinks or a lower price, because I doubt it can work as is.

                                              1. re: slabbit


                                                Where is August Winn? I have not heard of it, can you elaborate?

                                                TIA, Dave

                                                1. re: dcatwater

                                                  It's on the corner of Perry and E. 11th in Manette. It's in a grey, mostly nondescript building with garage doors. On weekends they put a sign out on the street saying "Open". Otherwise it's a little hard to know it's there. It is only open for breakfasts on Sat and Sun as far as I know. They used to have lunch during the week, but they told me that they aren't doing that right now.

                                                  1. re: slabbit

                                                    Had breakfast at August Winn on Saturday morning. VERY GOOD. The breakfast wrap was incredible - potatoes in it and everything! We also ordered the chicken fried steak and it was quite good - in particular the gravy was outstanding. We'll be back!

                                                2. re: slabbit

                                                  Ate at Kate's Subs in Manette on Saturday. Ordered the Italian Stallion and a cheesesteak hoagie. Both were very good - I really enjoyed the cheesesteak hoagie. Good service, good portions. We'll be back.

                                                  1. re: joyous

                                                    Kate's Jersey Subs! Still love them...and every sammy you have there can be made into a vegan by substituting Boca burger. Im always satisfied with any of the hot sandwiches, and if you want something different or made to special order, they are willing to please!

                                              2. re: everyfrog

                                                Sounds like you may like Bostons Deli and pizza . Give them a try . Good pizza calzone and beer selection.

                                            2. Well this isn't a restaurant unless you bring a bbq grill along, but you can't do any better for a butcher shop in Pt Orchard than Farmer George's. Along with locally raised beef, lamb, poultry & pork, they've got this amazing nitrate-free smoked bacon called Cottage Bacon, mmmm. They also stock wild game & exotic meats. I like getting the locally produced eggs & dairy except that they sell out too fast.

                                              I've been known to drive an hour & a half from Seattle just to get their steaks...

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                                              1. re: seattleslaw

                                                Oh my God. Farmer George's is amazing! I really didn't know that such a great butcher might be anywhere near here. I am truly impressed by the homemade sausages and the fact that all their meat is natural and local, and that you can get practically anything from a cow or a pig; or just the cow or the pig! Also was amazed by the availability of unusual meats such as elk, deer, goat, ostrich, emu, and turtle!!! Also they had Haggis!!! Thank you seattleslaw, you've made me a regular customer.

                                                1. re: seattleslaw

                                                  I agree - Farmer George's has to be the best meat market ever. Try their cottage ham sometime, simmered 20 min pp in apple cider...Amazing!
                                                  We've tried Gino's a couple times - the second time only because we got a $30 apology card from mgmt because my steak was horrid the first trip. Second trip was not much better. I won't go back - I'll try La Fermatta in Manette next time.
                                                  Cosmos in PO is good - service is excellent, nice atmosphere, food is pretty tasty, desserts are good.
                                                  Solid Rock Cafe on Bethel (by the Victorian Tea Room, which is overpriced with horrid service IMHO) has EXCELLENT pizza and pretty good soup, and wonderful, personal service.
                                                  Hard to get a table but the BEST diner in Kitsap County has to be Uncle Dave's. Portions are generous, prices are CHEAP and the food is good. Sausage gravy is some of the best restaurant gravy I've had.
                                                  Kim's Teriyaki has excellent food for a take-out place.
                                                  Good chinese food in PO, and they deliver (if you are more than 5 miles away, they charge $3 for delivery, it's free otherwise) is the Golden Grill. Once again, rather Americanized, but still decent food and good portions.
                                                  Seabeck Pizza on Sedgwick near Sidney is excellent. They have a MONSTER 26" party pizza that, even though it is SPENDY, will feed quite a few people.
                                                  If you want super good Thai food, I agree that Bahn Thai in Silverdale is good (probably the only decent one in Kitsap), but I will make the 20+ mile trip to Tacoma and hit Peanut Sauce on Tacoma Mall Blvd. any day of the week vs. driving to Silverdale (same distance for me as I live south of Port Orchard)

                                                2. Some great news for Bremerton!

                                                  Luigi's Bakery has finally opened. It's in the building right next to Hi-Lo's in East Bremerton. I went there Saturday (their third day open!) and tried a baguette, croissant, and olive bread. The baguette was excellent, and the croissant was insanely good. (Although the croissant probably had a half a stick of butter in it which is kinda cheating!) I also got a loaf of the kalamata olive/gorgonzola bread which is pretty good too, although a little too much for me; I kinda like my bread without stuff in it. They have a wide range of euro-style breads (pugilese, whole wheat, etc.)

                                                  Anyway they already have the best bread south of Central Market, and I encourage all good Kitsap Chowhounds to give them a shot so we can continue to have a great bakery here.

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                                                  1. re: slabbit

                                                    Stopped by Luigi's in on Saturday morning. I realize he's just getting started so he has some kinks to work out. So far only cash and check accepted. Ordered a cinnamon roll and a cream scone. The roll was huge, but sadly undone in the middle. The scone was interesting...kind of fluffy and light. Sorted of melted in your mouth. I wasn't a fan of it, but my boyfriend liked it. We'll stop in next weekend to try again and pick up some bread too. I hope that he eventually offers some beverages to accompany his eats.

                                                  2. OH MY!!! Some of these responses just go to show how much people over here have lowered their standards. Four Swallows, La Fermatta, The Breezy Hill Bistro, Molly Wards. That is it. The rest is gross and passes for fast food, or a glorified version thereof. For the basics try Whiskey Creek or the Boat Shed. Anthony's is good occassionally too.

                                                    For Breakfast, Hi-Lo's in Bremerton is it, and occassionally August Winn. The rest is greasy spoon at best. Might as well hit the Family Pancake House.

                                                    This place makes me sad!

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                                                      1. re: wesray44

                                                        Many people can't afford to regularly dine at the fine establishments listed above, particularly during their lunch hour. There are certainly several restaurants in the area missing the mark, but I have to disagree with your greasy spoon comment...there are plenty of fine, non-greasy spoons in the area that offer great food, good service, and realistic prices. Give some of the forementioned success stories a chance.

                                                        1. re: joyous

                                                          I have a new one! City Blend Cafe, located in Bremerton across from Harrison Hospital in the Bridgeview building, (the black glass one) this is a great lunch spot (only open until 3)! She often has excellent (all handmade) choices for salads and soups. I love her Orzo salad (usually on Mondays), Cabbage and Pear salad (thats todays special), her grape-pasta, mango and rice, and broccoli. Im sure there are plenty more I cant think of. I didnt try it, but I heard her Cornbeef stew yesterday was to die for!
                                                          Call ahead and ask was the soup and salad is and ask for them to set you one aside if you cant get there before 1pm! Also they have the BEST brownies, and delish cookies. Enjoy.

                                                          As for the above threas...I agree with about all you said Joyous!

                                                          As for Farmer George, they have been here in Port Orchard for at least 60+ years! My Uncle Felix makes all the sausage and Jerky there, the apple sausage being my favorite. Both my boys (Christopher and now Ryan) have worked there as cleaners and assistants. My 19 year old still works there 5 days a week while in college. Joe, the current owner and Grandson of the original owner, raises a lot of the beef-has it all over the county. He also goes out to "pick-up" much of the product that they supply. If you want an EXCELLENT steak, pick up a porterhouse! And also, today they just finished making up their fresh pastrami, the best Ive ever had!!! You can also order fresh hams for Easter, and fresh turkeys for Thanksgiving.

                                                          Fridays and Saturdays has a all fresh meat case, you can get anything you want cut fresh if its not in the case...but hurry in, it goes fast!

                                                          Located on Bethal Ave. in Port Orchard, next to the Bethal Tavern...tell them Ryan's Mom sent you!

                                                          "Now, back to Joyous! It seems that some of our best lunch spots are disappearing..." You are so right! Iris' was a favorite, they catered for me, and often to Group Health where I once worked. Sooo yummy! They have since went back into private catering out of their home from what I understand...they kept pretty quiet about the closure :( sad when I went there one day and realized they were closed for good, and the business was booming! If any of you can get me a number for either of the co-owners, please let me know.

                                                          Whiskey Creek - was disappointed; not sure why there are lines out the door so often; three of us ate there and none of us thought it was "amazing."

                                                          I SO AGREE! I went with my son and husband-it was not special at all! As for Lafermata, may be good-but it has higher end city prices!

                                                          "Sluy's Bakery - just pop in there and pick up a crunch stick, or anything really; great snack spot; I always take visitors there for a treat!"

                                                          Its good, but I have been to far better bakery's, such as the Blackbird downtown Bainbridge, YUMMMY! They make the freshest cakes (underpriced for the quality & taste), some with real fresh whipped cream topping, filled with fresh berries sometimes in between flourless cakes made with almond flour, ooo so delish! Sluys is a good place to get some Lefse if anyone likes that.

                                                          "Bahn Thai - Best Thai I've found in Kitsap; the chicken-fried rice is incredible; been there loads of times; favorite restaurant " I AGREE!

                                                          "Noah's Ark - popular burger joint; lots of greasy foods; I had a wrap and it was good; fast service, good prices."

                                                          I would say they have a lot of fried foods, but greasy...no. The 50's diner is greasy. The food is how it should be when deepfried, crispy without grease all over your plate.

                                                          They have excellent cold sandys as well as traditional wonderfully crispy beer battered fish, zuccini, clam strips, and the french dips are always great too. While they do have burgers, fries and deepfried foods, it isnt greasy at all. Noah's offers deli meats by the pound for $4.99, and puts that meat to great work! Even the tuna is good, and the chilli is homemade daily! There are lots to pick from; variety of burgers, wraps, sandys, soups, salads. They are very affordable, for anyones budget...perfect for a quick tasty lunch, or a dinner on the fly! Wonderful staff as well.

                                                          For sure go try Amys on the Bay in Port Orchard for a burger, BUT do not eat or order the crab cakes, YUCKO! Soggy nasty tasting bread filling- minus the crab.

                                                          "Tony's - not impressed; used to like the place, but the food gets old/bland after while; good prices just not into their menu anymore." Ooo, they did go downhill for a long time, but Hubby and I have recently been back a couple of times, the pizza to us is the best in Kitsap and even beyond! Very good. So go back and just try the pizza! If you like crunchy, thin, chewy...but not too thin...it will be worth another try! I cant speak for the pasta or anything else, as of recent.

                                                          "Simon August/Augustino's - YUM. Love the variety. Love the uniqueness. Great lunch spots." Where is this???

                                                          "Big Apple Diner - can't beat it for a quick lunch with plenty of choices; best milkshakes in town; decent prices; good food." Good on the pocket, good for a heavy home cooked "mom" type of meal...but not good on the waistline, it is definitely diner food, but delish.

                                                          "Hi-Lo's - I agree with the others - good food, good prices. Tiny place, but the staff is pleasant." I went and they were on vacation for a week! I will try again.

                                                          "Puerto Vallarta - we enjoy their food; great tortillas; good portions; the servers have always been pleasant." Nice brunch on Sundays, til 2pm!!! Only $10 a person (traditional mexican to belgian waffles, and omlettes to order). But for good authentic Mexican food, we prefer the old El Sombrero's...by the way, the original owner of El Sombreros is married to Jenny-the co-owner of China West, he is now cooking Mexican food there (his brother owns the main El Sombrero down the hill), started in February! Yep, Chinese and Mexican all in one-we havent had it there, cant wrap our heads around it, haha!

                                                          "Gino's - Nice place. WAY overpriced. Food was "okay." I had blue marlin and it tasted like cardboard with fruit on top. Will try it again just to make sure it wasn't just the entree I ordered. So far not hearing great reviews from friends though." You are right on that one, and I wouldnt waste your money going a second time! One word, AWFUL! Although we didnt try the pizza, I couldnt even stomach my Spinach salad, which sounded so yummy! (Candied Pecans, Shitake Mushrooms, Crispy Pancetta, Currants, Hard Boiled Eggs & Julienne Jicama with a White Balsamic Vinaigrette). It really was awful, the menu sounds refreshing for Kitsap, but the food is really bad. My husband paid $20+ for a very small cup of very common grocery store quality Alfredo! Our bill was over $65-70, we literally left and grabbed a burger elsewhere and headed for home!

                                                          "Kim's Teriyaki (by Fred Meyer) - this place is always hoppin; the food is priced right and we've enjoyed most entrees that we've tried; it's a good place to go for take-out." I did not like the food AT ALL! I thought it was greasy. My son said it was always busy when he went, he ate it-so we tried it and Ive had far, far, far better Mongolian beef and Teriyaki...the fried rice was definitely greasy and boring...as of recent, I find there is no Teriyaki/Sushi I would order in Port Orchard.

                                                          "Myhre's (downtown) - dined there once, but not impressed; food was not very good; not sure I'll return" Myhres has been a part of Port Orchard since the beginning of time, Ive known many who worked there, much comes out of the can! For instance, we had a gathering upstairs in the "fancy" area, and I cant swear on it, but I think the spaghetti was Chef Boy Ardee' . And the place really is kinda gross and old.

                                                          The owner of the clinic that I manage lives down the hill from Sawatdy says they have great Thai, (Bainbridge)! I havent tried it, was closed when we made the trip over...the outside was very scary (old, ugly), but I will still give it a swallow!

                                                          And yes Joyous, get to Amys and have a burger first! Dont forget to try Bay Leaf Bistro across the street from them if you can wait (sloooow), have some fantastic and unique items on the menu...love the hush puppies with the special sauce, nummy! I must admit the food isnt consistant every time I go.

                                                          As for a good and afforable Italian chain out of town, I just have to report we went to Maggianos in Bellevue this past Sat. evening- the service was A+++, and the food was delish! We ordered family style and got two appetizers, two salads (chop and spinach were very good), two pasta dishes, two entrees and two desserts, all for $21 a person! Endless refills (not that you will need it!), and lots of free crusty, chewy, yummy, ciabatta! http://www.maggianos.com/

                                                          Another recent try in Puyallup was a Hawaiian restaurant, totally authentic...all that you can think of and sooo yummy! Cant recall the name. Will need to start another topic for Hawaiian foods, I would love to find a good one, heard there was one in everett.

                                                          Great topic keep it up! Thanks.

                                                          1. re: Shanab

                                                            [quote]"...by the way, the original owner of El Sombreros is married to Jenny-the co-owner of China West, he is now cooking Mexican food there (his brother owns the main El Sombrero down the hill), started in February! Yep, Chinese and Mexican all in one-we havent had it there, cant wrap our heads around it, haha!"[/quote] Update, no longer cooking Mexican at China West in Port Orchard. Also, we no longer go to China West, they charge $2-3 for sides of sauces and you can hear Jinny yelling/complaining all the way from the kitchen when you order sides, poor customer service for elevated prices in this poor economy is not acceptable, PERIOD!

                                                          2. re: joyous

                                                            Wesray44 while I do agree with you that standards are pretty lax. I have to blame the restaurateurs and chefs. There is NO reason that a restaurant (any restaurant) in Kitsap can't use the freshest, top-of-the-line ingredients. As far as opinions expressed here you have to keep your perspective... It's all a matter of personal opinion.

                                                            Speaking of opinions...One major gripe I have with this board (Chowhound) is people don't fill out a detailed profile. I am not talking personal info but it would help to give me a baseline as to where/what your opinion is based on.

                                                            Back to my opinion(s)... Greasy spoons... as long as it isn't a corporate chain... I love'em! Grease = Fat, Fat = Flavor! Depending on the cook, I really dig the banana pancakes at The Family Pancake House (Warren Ave. location). The greasiest of them all (IMO), Park Avenue Dinner. Good, hot, solid breakfast.

                                                            Whiskey creek has gone down hill a bit. Steaks are sub-par. Boat Shed is pretty horrid as is Anthony's.

                                                            I am willing to give Farmer George another try. I ordered a whole market lamb from them and it was some of the worse butchery I've seen. I had to correct most of their work once I got it home. The steaks that I saw frozen in the cases where ALL too thin. I'll try George on one of the 'fresh' days. Kudos for the selection of different meats. They also had different size sausage casings and really good prices if you make your own.

                                                            Again, just my opinion.

                                                            1. re: bfiesta

                                                              Hi bfiesta! Look at the meat before you pay and take it next time. If it isnt up to par ask to speak to Denise or Joe, they are the owners and very well respected people for what they do at Farmer George! Go back as you said on a fresh day, Fri or Sat and have the meats cut to your specification/order. Whats in the freezer is whats left from the fresh days, or that is the preferred standard cut for the regulars.

                                                              Hunters bring catches in from all over the state to have them cut and smoked because it is quality...there are times when a cutter is out and someone may sub in...better next time I hope! Enjoy-

                                                              **Correction above...I meant Spencer, not Porterhouse. They are juicy and tender.

                                                              1. re: Shanab

                                                                Dear Lord, poke me in the stomach and call me done. My friends and I waited for 30 minutes at August Winn the other day, no silverware to stir our coffees so we Mcgyver'ed sugar packets into stirers!!! I'm not kidding. Our Apple juice was more like vinegar, and the service were in stoner mode, bringing things out as needed, and one at a time. As much as this place has for customer base, they should spend some time in training their young and forgetful staff.

                                                                Oh, yeah, I forgot. They don't have to because there's no friggin' competition in town. Uugh! Sombody stick me, I'm done with it.

                                                                I say revolt against these clowns and go get a nice breakfast somewhere and have some decent coffee to boot. Family Pancake house is calling. Anyone?

                                                                1. re: wesray44

                                                                  Tried Luigi's Bakery a couple of days ago. Nice guy. Purchased an Italian loaf, baguette, & two croissants with chocolate. Sad to say that none of it was really that good. Everything seemed to be over done. Almost burned. The crust on the baguette (and the Italian) had no 'crunch'. The croissants while tasty had almost no chocolate in them (again, very brown on top). Moreover I think he used chocolate chips? I wanted to try the gorgonzola/kalamata olive bread. But it looked really over done. It also appeared to have whole olives sticking out the side. Wasn't in the mood for a salt lick. So, I shied away. Figuring the basics would be a good bench mark.

                                                                  Now I am not a baker, however, I like to think I make a good pizza dough and occasionally I bake an Italian loaf. My friend commented that Luigi's Italian tasted like mine. Suffice to say my friend wasn't giving a complement.

                                                                  I had high hopes for this bakery... and still do. BUT, I'll give it another shot in a couple of weeks to see if any of the wrinkles have been ironed out.

                                                                  1. re: bfiesta

                                                                    Baking is, of course, a tricky operation. I am enthusiastic about the place, but I can't say I haven't heard your complaints too. I think his stuff is pretty good, if not as good as some of the bakeries in Seattle. Of his loaves, I think the Pugliese is the best I've tried yet. Nevertheless, it's ALL we got here, so I'm going to support him as long as I need bread. I think we'll have a better idea of how things will be long term after he's been here a few months and had some time to get used to the new digs. (Temp, humidity, oven, etc.) It's also important to me that he uses organic and all-natural ingredients.

                                                                    Last time I was in there he mentioned that he'd like to do bagels in a year or so if things go well!! I think he knows what he's doing. I just hope people in town will support him.

                                                                    1. re: slabbit

                                                                      I was very enthusiastic when I heard about Luigi's. We love Hi-Lo's next door. Went there last Wednesday, purchased three croissants and a pain au chocolat for $12. The p-a-c was OK, but the croissants were all burned and very, very heavy; my family would not eat them. If they are going to charge that much, they should produce non-burned food. Sorry, especially since it was our first trip; I really felt ripped off.

                                                                      1. re: mariner

                                                                        I go to Luigi's frequently, and I love their mini-baguette. Most of their breads are good, but I agree, they need to find a way to cook their croissants without burning them. Frankly the first time I had them, they were really good, and even though a little brown, didn't taste burnt. Every time I go in there they seem more burnt than the last time I have to say I'm a little perplexed why they haven't figured out how to cook them without turning them black.. I haven't had them since the first time consequently.

                                                                        In other news, there is now a new place in the former Augustino's. It's called Second Park Lounge and Cafe. I heard they are open now for their cafe, but I haven't been there yet Also, August Winn is applying for a liquor license to open for dinner! Manette will be a culinary destination before long I think! Well maybe..

                                                                        1. re: slabbit

                                                                          I tried the new Second Park Lounge and Cafe. I was sadly disappointed! I'm pulling for them to get better because we SO need good restaurants around here. Especially small, affordable places. Unfortunately I got a veggie sandwich with (pre-packaged) shredded iceberg, 3 round cut slices of cuc, 2 pale slices of tomato, alfalfa sprouts, 2 slices pre-packaged/sliced cheese and stale, small, grocery store-type square wheat bread. Asked for specific condiments and it was all skimped on. I really want this place to make it, but WOW, and it was $7 or $8.

                                                                          I always wonder if an anonymous, well-intentioned note sent to them is a good thing to do. Any opinions?

                                                                          1. re: ultrachoclover

                                                                            Well that's disappointing... I have not been there yet. I'll give it a try soon and see.

                                                                        2. re: mariner

                                                                          Luigi Ferrari departed this life on May 22, 2009. The week after, the shop's little railing was decorated with flowers and remembrances from his friends and fans in the community. his memorial service was June 6th. http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2009/ma...

                                                                          He was supporting the idea of bringing a Kitsap Food Co-Op into being, and he was going to be supplier of all-natural baked good for the endeavor. I am not sure what will happen to the bakery, since there is a lot of food talent in the family. If anyone has relevant information about that, it would be welcome. He was a man of vision and humor, despite occasionally deeply-tanned croissants :-


                                                                          With respect to that Imp of the Perverse to which you attributed our pesky tendencies to do the not-quite-right thing, we will miss you, Luigi.

                                                                2. re: bfiesta

                                                                  Ask for Joe the owner to do your butchering if you have had issues in the past! Dont give up.

                                                            2. Time to revive this thread. Quick early review.

                                                              The Patio has finally opened in Manette. It is currently open for breakfast and lunch, with plans to open for dinner soon. I've been there once for lunch and once for breakfast.

                                                              It has the potential to be the coolest spot in Bremerton. From a decor standpoint, they have done remarkable things there. It is a tiny space, but laid out well with an open kitchen and great modern design. As far as the food, It was good but is clearly in the early stages. (It's only been open about a week.) They have an interesting menu for both breakfast and lunch. Breakfast has an excellent crepe dish, an okay eggs benedict, and several other options including a couple with latin flavors. Lunch has a variety of sandwiches, burgers, and fish/chips. Loved the tuna salad sandwich. Burger needed a little work, but definitely tasted good. The plate presentation has been beautiful, so far. The prices are not notably higher than the far inferior Boat Shed down the way. They have espresso (no drip apparently) and beer and wine options.

                                                              Basically, I get the feeling they really know what they are doing and are ambitious with a little more forethought than the Sidebar as a contrast. I think their actual "patio" will be a lovely place to spend a summer afternoon or evening. Give them a little more business and time, I think their food will consistently taste as good as that place looks.

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                                                              1. re: slabbit

                                                                Thanks for the post slabbit. Have been waiting to hear from someone re: The Patio.

                                                                In other good news... Friends and I ate at the Whiskey Creek Steak House on Saturday after a LONG hiatus. Happy to report the steaks were spot on. Not to mention, big. Garlic mashed was status quo: pasty. Baked potatoes, good. Salads were good. Cocktails strong. Service attentive. Despite being busy. Music good (Very good! Still sober perhaps?). $5 Corkage!!!

                                                                The scoop: after many a negative comment card regarding the steaks. From myself included. They switched purveyors again. Back to Minders. Nice to hear they keep it local. Speaking of comment cards... they are not doing them anymore.

                                                                We have plans to go back in another week to check consistency.

                                                              2. The Martini Bar in Mannette is a great small place with light fare, service is exceptional no matter how busy. You wont even feel like your in Bremerton! As far as poor the list could go on but my top of the lists are Silver City Brewery - The Boat Shed both very DISAPPOINTING!!! The Boat shed's service has went so far down and the food has become very poor. I used to go every weekend, and overlook things because the service was exceptional.... I haven't visited it in 6 months, and wouldn't for a free dinner not worth the poor service.

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                                                                1. re: Carrie C

                                                                  I just can't agree with you on the Sidebar. I have tried that place several times, hoping that they would get it right, but have ended up disappointed every time. Now my opinion is that a martini has gin, vermouth and olives in it, so appletini/cosmo type bars always turn me off a little. They actually did make a very nice classic gin martini for me. The other "martinis" they have on their menus have been mostly gross in my friends and my opinions. Last time I went there for wine and food, and, aside from the parmesan fries, was pretty upset with it all. The shrimp were in the shell and not deveined and not very good. And it took a really long time to make. The wine I had was terrible likely because it had been open all night. They denied that, and told me it was opened earlier that day, or that maybe it was "too tannic for you". Kinda pissed me off. They did give me a different one and didn't charge me, but never really considered that I might be right and the wine had gone bad. Add this all to the fact that it is pretty expensive ($8-9/per martini), and I just get a little angry because it could be a great asset to the neighborhood. On the other hand, I really like The Manette, but I just think the owners haven't figured out how to do fancy and divey at the same time. I live in Manette and there are few options there, but I'm ready to give up on the Sidebar and just go next door where everything is decent and expectations are lower.

                                                                  As far as the Boat Shed, I only go there when someone else is paying. I swear they try to put cheese on EVERYTHING. Last time I was there I got a pulled pork sandwich special which came with a slice of American cheese on the top! Their starters are good, as are a few sandwiches. Obviously location is their big asset. I'm just happy The Patio is next door basically, and once that is going full at night, there won't be any point of going to the Shed for anything but drinks.

                                                                  Don't mean to be too negative, as I actually like Silver City. They have pretty good food and often really good beer. What I don't like is the family-friendly chain restaurant feel they are going for, which clearly works for lots of people but not me. (Fat Bastard is now just Fat??? Seriously!?!?!) Also, I can't understand why they keep their bar area so small. There are enough adults that they could expand the bar to include the whole seating area behind it and a few more TVs and they would get a nice sports crowd.

                                                                  1. re: slabbit

                                                                    I agree on Silver City. The decor is horrid, but the beer is good and their fish and chips are fantastic. Some of the other food has been so-so, but since I tried the fish and chips I don't think I've ordered anything else. We would probably go there more often if it didn't feel so much like Applebees.

                                                                2. This has been a great source of information. Thanks to everyone for posting. I, too, am new to Kitsap (7 months). As for keeping track of all this information, there's a new website, www.festivore.com that's just created a "West Puget Sound" neighborhood (for the moment, it's within the "Seattle" option) to recommend restaurants based on all sorts of criteria, e.g. great taste, health & wellness, real food, connecting people, natural habitat, social & environmental sustainability, and affordability. So far, there only a few in Kitsap, but I'm going to use this list to see what I can do to start getting more up there and am looking forward to testing out the recommendations (I had no idea that so many interesting options existed). Disclaimer: No, festivore isn't my web site, but I met the developer, who is very happy to give greater visibility to restaurants outside of Seattle. Festivore was very quick to add "West Puget Sound" as its own area, for example, when asked. And I like the idea of being able to select criteria and get quick restaurant recommendations; especially since the first time I tried to find a place for Sunday breakfast in Bremerton (Hi-Lo's was closed for vacation), I gave up after trying five different likely places.

                                                                  p.s. To the person who made a comment about the Boatshed liking cheese? You're so right! I love the location and ambiance, but when I saw a crab cake smothered in cheese, well, it's hard to take the cuisine seriously, even though the garden burger w/avocado and fries has been a happy choice for me (and has no cheese!).

                                                                  1. I am not sure of the protocol here so I am going to be cryptic: I own a place in Old Town Silverdale and it sounds like some of you would like it. You may know it and if so, I want to encourage you to tell others what you think (especially if you like it!). We have owned it for 2 years now...I will be glad to answer questions if anyone has any.. otherwise I will leave it at that.

                                                                    I LOVE Molly Ward's Garden, it is kitschy and fun, and fine dining all rolled together. The local restaurants who use local products tend to be my favorites. I do like MorMor in Poulsbo, those are my top two picks for Kitsap. I have not been anywhere on Bainbridge in ages so I am not qualified to comment there, and I agree with the masses on this thread about most of the Bremerton places. Toad House has the only decent pizza, but if you are willing to go to Gig Harbor a new place is opening this weekend (May 30th I heard) called Pizzeria Fondi, and it sounds amazing! I prefer the neopolitan style pizzas in a hot wood oven and they will have those, along with Olympic Mountain Gelato and Sorbetto. I can't wait to try it!

                                                                    Original Thai Taste in Port Orchard is great and has more than the standard Thai fare, though it's a dive so you have to like dives (I do). Nattamit Thai in Old Town Silverdale is also very good. It's a tiny little gem of a place with about 6 tables; the menu is small, the food is made fresh and it is very good.

                                                                    There is an Indian place in Bremerton on Washington st (I can't remember the name!) and the 2 times I have been there for dinner I thought it was the best Indian I have had in Kitsap. The lunch buffet was not my favorite thing, but lunch buffets have never been my thing.

                                                                    I am curious if anyone has been to the Suquamish casino (ClearWater I think?) and if they have good food? I haven't heard anything about it.

                                                                    There is a new sushi (Teriyaki) place in Port Orchard called Mana Sushi, and I love it! Really great sushi and very affordable. About 70 different kinds of rolls, and they have hamachi! Only Osaka has hamachi around here, so that it so great!

                                                                    Uncle Dave's cafe for breakfast in Port Orchard, and in Manchester there is a place, I think it's called something like the Family Restaurant? It is good and everything seems to be home made at both those places.

                                                                    By the way in Purdy the old Beach House (aka the old Pearl's) is now a national chain (based in Texas) called 'Wings, Pizza & Things'. I haven't tried it, the name is not much of a winner but that doesn't mean the food won't be good... it claims to be a sports bar and grill.

                                                                    I think that covers most of my favorites and new things...

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                                                                    1. re: monicascafe

                                                                      Just a note to say how much we enjoy your cafe! The upstairs room is nice and we love your homemade quiches and fresh sandwiches! My girlfriends and I always meet and eat lunch at your place. Thanks for keeping up the quality and all the fun things you plan. Old Town Bistro doesn't hold a candle to your place when it comes to lunch!
                                                                      If you guys haven't been to Monica's in Old Town Silverdale, get thee overthere!

                                                                      1. re: ljohaines

                                                                        Thank you so much for the post, the plug and most especially for letting us feed you!

                                                                    2. If anyone's interested in having an admittedly subjective list of the recommendations so far in this thread (plus a few that I threw in like the tiny, affordable, fabulous Fountain Cafe in Port Townsend...)

                                                                      Note: My biases - I didn't include Bainbridge because I used to live there and don't think they need my help in supporting them....but Los Cabos for Mexican and the outdoor patio, Mora for to-die-for ice cream, Sawatdee (mid-island) for Thai, the Pub (i.e. Harbour House) with it's upscale casual food and great deck are just some of the can't miss choices. I didn't include any recommendations where people hadn't actually tried it, were matched with really bad comments, or included "chicken-fried steak" or "Pizza, Wings, and Things" in the menu or name.....hey, I told you it was subjective. :-) The asterisks are on the ones that made the top of my own list of places I'm planning on checking out. Here goes...

                                                                      • *Hi-Lo’s Cafe
                                                                      • *The Patio (new, Manette, outdoor patio/water view/mostly organic)
                                                                      • *La Fermata (Manette, Italian)
                                                                      • *August Winn (weekend breakfasts only?)
                                                                      • New Delhi (Indian)
                                                                      • Anthony’s (waterfront and outdoor patio, ½ price drinks and $18.95 full course dinner deals before 6 pm)
                                                                      • Boatshed (Manette) food so-so, waterfront and outdoor patio)
                                                                      • Fritz’s Fry House (by the ferry, Belgian beers, fish and chips, brats)
                                                                      • Q’s (BBQ)
                                                                      • *Toad House (East Bremerton, pizza and good beer selection)
                                                                      • Taqueria Los Cazadores (East Bremerton, Mexican)
                                                                      • Park Avenue Diner (best “greasy spoon” for breakfast)
                                                                      • Crazy Eric’s (burgers, in Belfair, too)
                                                                      • Big Apple Diner (bkfst, lunch)
                                                                      • Badda Boom Badda Bing (pizza, soup)
                                                                      • Boston’s Deli (great calzones, pizza’s good, too, but no ambiance)
                                                                      • Kate’s Jersey Subs (Manette)
                                                                      • Manette Saloon (happy hour sliders)
                                                                      • Luigi’s Bakery
                                                                      • Larry and Kristi’s Bakery (Manette, killer pumpkin chocolate chip cookies)
                                                                      • City Blend Café (East Bremerton, across from H. Hospital, lunch)
                                                                      • Noah’s Ark (inexpensive, good variety, mostly lunch (?))
                                                                      • Martini Bar (Manette)
                                                                      Gig Harbor
                                                                      • Harbor Monsoon (Chinese)
                                                                      • Anthony’s (recommended over the Bremerton one)
                                                                      • Tides (bar)
                                                                      • Jimmy D’s (good prices/food, “sketchy” location)
                                                                      • Whiskey Creek Steakhouse (mixed reviews on food, but can use public dock and in my opinion, a cozy, small town ambiance – and I mean that in a good way)
                                                                      • Main Street Ale House
                                                                      • *Molly Ward Gardens (need reservation, organic, eclectic)
                                                                      • *Mor Mor
                                                                      • Tizley’s EuroPub (German)
                                                                      • Casa Luna (Mexican)
                                                                      • Magnolia Café
                                                                      • Sheila’s Café
                                                                      • Sluy’s Bakery
                                                                      • Origami Sushi
                                                                      • Hakata’s
                                                                      • Osaka
                                                                      Port Orchard
                                                                      • Amy’s by the Bay
                                                                      • Puerto Vallarta
                                                                      • Cosmo’s Deli (sit-down restaurant)
                                                                      • Bay Leaf Bistro
                                                                      • Farmer George’s butcher shop (natural, locally raised and exotic meats, handmade sausages)
                                                                      • *Mana Sushi (new)
                                                                      • Uncle Dave’s (breakfast)
                                                                      Port Townsend (Jefferson County)
                                                                      • Fountain Café (Tiny, eclectic, good food)
                                                                      • Wild Coho
                                                                      • Silverwater Café
                                                                      • Fins
                                                                      Sequim (Clallam County)
                                                                      • Oak Table
                                                                      Shelton (Mason County)
                                                                      • *Xinh’s
                                                                      • Breezy Hill Bistro
                                                                      • Silver City Brewery
                                                                      • Gandhi Cuisine of India
                                                                      • *Bahn Thai
                                                                      • Nattamit Thai (tiny, old town Silverdale)
                                                                      • Original Thai Taste (dive, good food)
                                                                      • Aladdin’s Palace (middle eastern?)

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                                                                      1. re: jaimelf1

                                                                        Nice Job! I would like to add one more rec. There is a (relatively) new Mexican place in Bremerton on 4th st downtown called El Coral Mexican Restaurant. I've now been there a few times and, while the food isn't spectacular, it is really a lot better than some of the other chain-type Mexican places in town. Plus they really don't shy away from heat! It took them FOREVER to get a liquor license, and while frankly their margarita is nothing special, they have a fun bar upstairs that had a latin DJ this past weekend.

                                                                        1. re: slabbit

                                                                          I just read through this link today and am so excited to find a community of people dedicated enough to come back to a thread and report what they have found out. I have lived here for years (16) and it seemed that just about every online restaurant review board went belly-up or simply disappeared. I found out about interesting places that are a "must try" for my family. I agreed and disagreed with many of the reviews....guess thats the glory of it all!
                                                                          What I know: After recommendations from a co-worker about Luigi's Bakery, I made my husband swing in there (I don't get off work in time) and purchase a couple of $2 scones to go with some berries. I can't believe he walked out the door with them. They were so burnt! If it weren't for the strawberries I had juiced earlier in the day, they would have went in the trash. The flavor was good....once you got past the scorchy taste. Someone needs to clue them (the bakery guys) in to this board. We all want a good organic bakery and are pulling for them, but this appears to be the norm according to this board and another I visited recently. With that said, my husband said that the chocolate crossiants looked incredibly good.
                                                                          I am excited to try Hi-Lo...I didn't realize that it was such a gem!! I didn't even know about La Fermata or August Winn. All of a sudden there are new options and since none of us wil be traveling around the country much this summer....that is great news!!!! Thanks!

                                                                        2. re: jaimelf1

                                                                          I agree, it's great to find this thread and thanks to all who have come back and updated it! I think Monica's Bakery & Cafe in OT Silverdale looked interesting from their web photos and I will be giving them a try; will let you know. We have been eating at all three of the sushi places in Silverdale and they are all pretty good; we like Hakata for takeout and we like the atmosphere at Origami but we are sad the Blue Brick Bagel closed, we used to do a combination run. We like Bahn Thai for thai. We've been going to Gandhi for Indian since before we moved here, although they sometimes seem oblivious to the meaning of the request for a particular dish to be *mild* -- our son's chicken korma brought tears to his eyes last time -- but that is not a continuous problem, it seems to depend on who is working in the kitchen that day, or perhaps on the mood of the chef. Keep posting, people! Hearing about that organic butcher in port Orchard was *wonderful*!

                                                                          1. re: jaimelf1

                                                                            What town and where is Orignal Thai Taste located? Thanks.

                                                                            1. re: jaimelf1

                                                                              I like your selection of restaurants in Kitsap.I like Hi-Lo because I favor Mom And Pops over chains and they are more attentive in what they serve you.Fritz is nice in the summer to enjoy a brew and fries outside in a cool area by the fountain.Big Apple dinner provides a nice breakfast in a diner from the 50's atmosphere.Boston's deli and pizza puts out some great italian food at a reasonable price and have a new dining room.Noahs ark always has some great speacials for lunch.I think those are my favorites in the Bremerton area where you get the most for your money and good quality.

                                                                            2. I just read about a new restaurant in Suquamish. An exerpt from the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal:
                                                                              "Agate Pass Café opens in Suquamish
                                                                              With a menu that includes pan-seared sockeye and stuffed date appetizers,, owner and Chef Marty Bracken along with partner Stacy Grega, have opened the Agate Pass Café in Suquamish. The restaurant serves up fusion inspired foods.
                                                                              “We try to prepare dishes with as much local, organic ingredients as possible,” said Bracken. The wine list includes a cabernet port created on Bainbridge Island. Local cheeses also compliment the appetizer and salad menus. Even seasonal greens from area farmers markets are given prominence in dishes when they are available.

                                                                              Hours of operation are Wed. through Sat. for dinner, expanded hours coming soon. The restaurant is closed Monday and Tuesday. For more information visit www.agatepasscafe.com, contact Bracken at mbracken66@earhlink.net or stop by the café at 7220 NE Park Way in Suquamish.

                                                                              Can't wait to try it!

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                                                                              1. re: monicascafe

                                                                                I pass by the Agate Pass Café every day on my way to/from the office and am dying to try it. Does anyone have a first hand report?

                                                                                I moved here three years ago from the DC area (wouldn't you know, DC became one of the hottest restaurant markets just as I was thinking about leaving the area I'd been living in for 20 years!), and have searched high and low in Kitsap for high quality, seasonally-driven, local-minded restaurants. My list is extremely short!

                                                                                1. re: annieeissler

                                                                                  I ate at the Agate Pass Cafe a few weeks ago with 6 friends. Every dish was great, I was very impressed. And I live in Seattle, so I'm comparing this place with the kinds of places that I'd eat here in town -- strongly recommended. If I lived close, I'd be there all the time!

                                                                                  1. re: Julieballard

                                                                                    Thanks for letting us all know about the Agate Pass Cafe. In the great food wasteland known as Kitsap County, this is a find. Nice atmosphere, friendly proprietor, good food. My brother and I had a nice pan fried trout fillet in brown butter sauce with perfectly cooked green beans and potatoes. My husband had an unusual but yummy gazpacho. There were rave reviews for the heavily brandied blueberry brioche bread pudding and chocolate pot de creme. We will go back the next time we're out in Kitsap.

                                                                              2. In general I agree there are limited options in Kitsap. Our choices in the Port Orchard area:

                                                                                Port Orchard
                                                                                A new restaurant called Blondies was suprisingly very good. Terrible location--at the Roller Rink there off Bethel Avenue right before Fred Meyers. But very good steaks and for Kitsap actually decent service. Ate there twice for dinner and once for lunch--all three times good food, good bread, and good service. I hope they stay in business--but they will only stay in business if people hear about it. A bit pricey for Kitsap--but if you have tried Honey in the Rock this place blows them out of the water. I found Honey in the Rock to be a very poor steak house. Blondies has a good steak--best I have tried on this side of the water, but they aren't Jaks in West Seattle. But worth a try in my opinion.

                                                                                Ale House--good pizza and beer selection. Just a nice pub. If you in the mood just for a slice and a salad, this is a good choice. Good staff and friendly--and the Owner..well he is just Todd and that is the way he is. Frankly the place stays in business despite him.

                                                                                Los Cabos--of the three P.O mexican restuarants this is the best for what it is. Not a truly great mexican restaurant, but good selection and specials, especially if you get outside the generic taco/enchilada specials.

                                                                                Manchester Inn --- good for breakfast. Friendly staff, consistent food. Our weekly sunday breakfast spot.

                                                                                Hiros Sushi--we enjoy this little sushi place in downtown Port Orchard. Good sushi chef, his wife is the waitress and they are a friendly couple. Good portions sizes presented nicely, overall a good choice for sushi on this side of the water.

                                                                                Amys--good restaurant. If there were more choices here, not sure how well they would do, but it is a good choice. Bonus is that adjacent to Amy's is our favorite Kitsap martini bar--The Martini Bar. Enjoy the staff here and a wide range of drink choices, and you can bring food in from Amy's or the Ale House or ?? I do believe they offer food, but since they don't really have a kitchen, not sure what it is!

                                                                                Near Purdy is a great fresh fruit and vegetable stand--Local Boys. Great local selection, friendly people and our great find last year for good produce.

                                                                                good luck and glad I stumbled on this site. Always looking for good food choices.

                                                                                1. I have recent news on the newest restaurant in Manette called "The Patio." I really wanted it to happen. I really did. But after talking to some of the staff, the owners are trying to control everything. I guess the owners, who aren't from the industry, came up with the menu and special (1, the same salmon sandwich since it opened) and won't let the cooks do their thing. I also think they aren't running an effective place, no one seems happy and it shows in the food and the service. I even gave it 3 chances. And it was always the same thing, mediocre food that i can get at a chain restaurant for half the price and same quality, bad service where only one of the three servers I have had could even tell down from up and I even heard the the owners wife being disrespectful to everyone and breaking everyone's spirits.

                                                                                  Next time I think of going to The Patio, I will just go up the street to La Fermata for some great Italian food and a better experience, even though it is a little pricey, but well worth it.

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                                                                                  1. re: bremertonfoodie

                                                                                    I know they haven't got it down quite yet, but I haven't had anything bad there. In fact most of it has been quite good. If there is one problem I've had, it is that the service needs a lot a help, which, if I was the owner, I would be kicking a little ass too.

                                                                                    I love La Fermata, but I also think comparing them is a little unfair. The Patio is trying to do breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week. La Fermata is open 5 days/wk only for dinner. Also La Fermata, for the most part, will be a lot more expensive for a typical dinner. A better comparison is The Boat Shed, because they do lunch and dinner, and price-wise, The Patio is no more expensive. Plus the food at The Patio is already far superior I think (not hard to do I admit).

                                                                                    Dining options are few and far-between out here. I give them a lot of points for trying to do something casual, yet not "chain-restauranty" (i.e. just about every new restaurant out here). Once August Winn opens for dinner (supposedly in a month or so), we're going to have several nice and local options for dining in Manette, which is far better than when I moved here 2 yrs ago.

                                                                                    1. re: slabbit

                                                                                      Just a quick shout out to those looking for an alternative on Bainbridge to the usual spots in Winslow. There is a bit of a food renaissance happening in the south-end community of Lynwood Center including: Edna's, a nice NW dinner house with fab views of Rich Passage, Salmon Bay Cafe, a super little breakfast/lunch place, Treehouse Cafe, great coffees, salads, sandwiches, wonderful pizza and finally Sawan, pretty darn good Thai. These are all adjacent to the old historic Lynwood theatre featuring artsy, hard to find films. I'm going to stick my neck out and say any of these places will hold their own or best any of the more expensive and crowded places in Winslow. The outside dining at Edna's is not to be missed - views and sunshine (for now at least). Salmon Bay weekend brunch menu ++, Treehouse, a very nice space, Sawan, tasty stuff!

                                                                                      1. re: Chaps

                                                                                        Of the places Chaps mentioned, only Sawan warrants a return visit. Edna's is downright awful, the Treehouse is mediocre at best, and Salmon Canyon is only average. IMHO, YMMV.

                                                                                      2. re: slabbit

                                                                                        Friday night we (five-top) ate at Taqueria Los Cazadores. I must admit I hit this place once a week. While not 100% 'authenica' it's pretty darn close to several taquerias I've been to in Mexico. Solid basics like the taco plate, etc. Good marg's.

                                                                                        I hit La Fermata on Saturday evening and again it was spot on. We had a four-top and everyone agreed the meal was very good. I thank my lucky stars we have a restaurant like this in the hood.

                                                                                        August Winn on Sunday for breakfast. Our first time. The good: Food. Solid breakfast. Good price. Anytime I can eat good food alfresco (albeit semi-alfresco) the restaurant gets an extra half star in my book. The bad: Young staff. They need better/more training! How does a server forget who ordered what for a two-top? At least ask if I would like a refill of my water glass if you see it empty half way through my meal. The ugly: Server/dishwasher twenty-something hanging from the curtain bar separating the kitchen from the front desk doing chin-ups!???!!! WTF! Dude, I so don't want to see your Calvin Klein’s while I eat.

                                                                                        The good narrowly out-weighed the bad... Wife and I agreed that we'd go back.

                                                                                        Sad to hear the Park Avenue dinner is closing. Perhaps a new owner will take over. If so, new owner, if you read this don't change a thing!

                                                                                        1. re: bfiesta

                                                                                          Hey bfiesta,
                                                                                          We keep meaning to get over to Los Cazadores. I have even seen some great coupons in recent papers. I assume prices are reasonable. I am not sure why I keep putting it off. I am going this week!!!! Is there a better time to go? Some places tend to poop out by 8 p.m. We tend to be late eaters in the summer.

                                                                                          1. re: mamalubear

                                                                                            I've been there for early lunches and as late as 9:00 and I haven't been disappionted yet. Let us know what you think.

                                                                                            1. re: bfiesta

                                                                                              Okay, well we finally got over to Los Cazadores about 3 weeks ago on a quiet evening. We took the fam...grown daughter, son-in-law, grandson..... I liked the authenticity of the place and I know what REAL mexican food tastes like. I grew up with it. This is the real deal and we were casual/comfortable. With that said, I felt the portions were a bit stingy. All of us walked away still hungry. Very odd for mexican food. A couple of our items were actually a little better from...dare I say it...Azteca. I dunno about this one. I think I will go back on a Friday night when the place is hustling.

                                                                                    2. Since my last post I've been to a few new places. Ate dinner at The Patio one night. Nice outdoor seating. Interesting menu choices - I admit I was torn on what to choose! I had the ravioli and it was quite good - unique combination of flavors. Service was quite slow. We wonder how they'll survive on rainy days...

                                                                                      Blue Agave Mexican Grill just opened in Port Orchard at the intersection of Sedgwick and Jackson/Grandridge. Been there twice now and the place was packed both times. We like their burritos. They don't serve platters like Chili Colorado. Order out if you don't feel like waiting in line.

                                                                                      Slip 45 (Bay Street, Port Orchard) - had a coupon so we stopped in for lunch. Prices were higher than we expected, but I'm sure their rent isn't cheap either. I had the Shepherd's pie - wasn't too thrilled about the red, sauciness of the meat portion. Kind of flavorless. Veggies on the side were good. Co-eater had a western burger - said is was good, as were the fries that accompanied it. We'd like to go back and try their breakfast. The people in the booth next to us ordered pancakes and they looked great.

                                                                                      Anyone been to the gyro place in Bremerton on 6th Ave near Amy's Chocolates (I think that's where it is)? Driven past it several times but haven't stopped in yet.

                                                                                      Glad to see a lot of new posts. My list of places to try is now getting a bit out of hand! Time to eat!

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                                                                                      1. re: joyous

                                                                                        Went to Old Town Bistro and Martini bar for lunch on Saturday. My wife and another dinner split a hero sandwich and I had the Palermo panini. Not really sure what made it 'Palermo' but it was tasty. The mozzarella cheese was real mozzarella! Granted it was domestic but not shredded pizza Motorola. However, the potato salad side was fresh out of a Cisco Foods tub. How difficult is it to make fresh potato salad, really?!

                                                                                        The place was empty, however, it was the day after the 4th. The big standout was the martini flight!!! "How freak'in cool, we have to get it!", I exclaimed. It was $29.00 and came with six small martinis and a shrimp cocktail (I think it had nine medium sized shrimp). The martinis were of adequate size for the four of us to all get at least two-three sips. We all agreed that the size was perfect. You get to pick ANY six martinis from their menu. Well the martini menu was at least three pages long. We finally threw up our hands and left it up to the bartender who was also filling in as our server to pick our six. I am a gin fan. Generally when I order any sort of martini I want the classics. Much to my surprise I liked every single one. They were ALL GOOD. In fact, I'll go so far as to say they were some of the best martinis I've had in a long time. Silverdale. . . who would have 'thunk' it. I also have to say the ambiance of this place was a little more upscale than the other local dive bars around. Yacht Club broiler included. I am actually kind of excited to go back to this place and bring my wife one evening for live music. Another full star for this place for being accessible by boat.

                                                                                        1. re: bfiesta

                                                                                          Just back in Bremerton this week after a 20 month absence and was happy to find this board. Things don't seem to change a lot round' here even over a period of over a year and a half;
                                                                                          La Fermatta is still apparently the "best in town", there's still a pretty decent Indian place down by the ferry terminal, the Boat Shed continues to slide, Anthony's still over-rated and take-out pizza is still a toss-up (pun intended.
                                                                                          We decided to give Garlic Jim's a trial run as Pizza Hut and Dominos are mostly disappointments and Tony's was expensive and not that memorable 20 months ago
                                                                                          Garlic Jim's? Better than not bad especially if you're going vegetarian. Instead of just the usual, bland mushroom, peppers, olives onion and tomato limitations, Jim's also offered artichoke hearts, basil, corn, spinach and more.
                                                                                          Good sauce, great crust (we had the thick, bready style. There's also a garlic infused thin crust) fresh toppings, pretty good cheese; an all around pretty tasty pie. 20 bucks for an extra large (16 inch) and they throw in packets of hot pepper flakes and a handful of mints.
                                                                                          They'll have our business until first impressions change otherwise..

                                                                                          1. re: neumann

                                                                                            Try Toad House Pizza in East Bremerton. They have a wood-fired oven and I would pick them for takeout over any of the chains for sure. You can check out the web site:

                                                                                            1. re: monicascafe

                                                                                              I second Toad House. There pizza is great, it has a nice chewy crust but if I remember right the topping coices are a bit limited. They have all your standard stuff but not much more. It is a great pizza though. The thing that stands out about the Toad House is the beer selection. They probably have one of the best beer selections in west of Seattle.

                                                                                              It's best to go in the restaurant, order your pizza to go and have couple of beers while you wait. I wouldn't eat in because the service sucks!

                                                                                              1. re: jpc8015

                                                                                                If its a great beer selection and great food you're looking for......try Tizley's Europub in Poulsbo ("above" Sluy's Bakery) Great rotating draft selection, decent bottle selection and SUUPER delicious food. I fell off the veggie wagon there. Good breakfast 7 days a week as well.

                                                                                            2. re: neumann

                                                                                              I'm sorry Garlic Jim's has closed , it being one of your favorites. Perhaps you should try Bostons down by the ferry.I recomend them to everyone because they are my favorite.Fresh dough and sauce ,ample toppings and you can get an 18" pizza for 20 bucks or less.

                                                                                        2. Ceasar's on Wheaton Way is under new ownership. I have been there a few times. I love the cheddar burger, TONS OF CHEDDAR, kind of like have some meat with your cheddar, the burgers are big. Another customer told me the breakfast is really great. I also really like the chicken strips. Good family restaurant. I think their bar is opening soon.

                                                                                          In Port Orchard, I really like Cosmos Deli. They have great lasagna and my husband loves their cheesecake. They also have a to go deli where you can order all sorts of varieties of cheese, meats, wines, etc.

                                                                                          I also like El Sombrero for Mexican food. Have never had bad service or food there.

                                                                                          Noah's Ark has got to be the best "fast" food. Love their philly cheesesteak, also the fish and chips and the burgers.

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                                                                                          1. re: cecangel

                                                                                            Not to be a jerk, but easily the biggest problem with eateries out in Kitsap is that they cover EVERYTHING with TOO MUCH cheese. Any burger where there is more cheese than meat sounds disgusting to me. I love cheese, but it should be treated like a condiment and used sparingly. Even on pizza which nobody seems to understand out here.

                                                                                            1. re: slabbit

                                                                                              This is definitely true of Isla Bonita, a Mexican place on Bainbridge. We now prefer Casa Rojas, and have started referring to IB as Casa de Queso.

                                                                                              BTW - In case it was missed, the Winslow Way Cafe is no longer. No news yet on a replacement restaurant...

                                                                                              1. re: slabbit

                                                                                                I totally agree! I try my damnedest to avoid getting cheesed, but it's rough.
                                                                                                Silver City has my favorite Reuben of all time, but their service is so obnoxious about pushing appetizers, deserts, beer, etc on us that we never go any more. I have to keep reminding myself it's local and the food is good, or I will think I've accidentally ended up at Applebee's.
                                                                                                Nobody has mentioned it, but right next to Hi-Lo's in Bremerton is Luigi's Baking. It has what is easily the best bakery product I have ever had, much better than what I got when I was living in Italy. If you like the jewish burnt bakery taste, you will love this place.
                                                                                                The New Delhi by the ferry landing is probably going to have to be my new comfort food, it's cheap and the owner is so nice every time I am in. You have to ask for it spicy though, because people here like the blandest food.
                                                                                                Also if you like a taqueria, La Poblanita is great, and has fantastic salsa.

                                                                                                  1. re: slabbit

                                                                                                    La Poblanita is on the corner of 6th and Callow, right across the street from Azteca. They also have a great mexican bakery and a tiny grocery/butcher.

                                                                                                    1. re: dkcaudill

                                                                                                      Tried The Patio over the weekend for lunch. Service was pretty good. Although when we sat down (outside) initially they didn't have any menus available. There were only twelve people, including ourselves! Surprised to see that ALL of their wines were available by the glass. Then again, that many wines by the glass (at least fourteen) and no wine preservation system in site also this being Bremerton... we didn't order wine. Although the beer offerings were small they are all microbrews. The food in a word: sucked! My companion ordered a burger... it was a frozen patty. Fries, however, seemed to be homemade. She said the Boat Shed had a better burger. Yikes! I opted for the fish & chips. Crispy but absolutely no flavor in the batter. Oh well... I see on Craigslist they are still looking to hire a chef. We'll try it again once that has been rectified.

                                                                                                      Went to Whiskey Creek again. Good to see (taste) they are back on track after switching purveyors. I had an excellent rib-eye. The sides seemed better as well, fresh. Salad with homemade blue cheese (and extra blue cheese crumbles!) was cool and refreshing. The bar was a little hectic. I don’t think they are back on track ‘bar-wise’ since loosing Kelley last year. Music was good. Best of all… $5 corkage fee.

                                                                                                      Taqueria Cazadores is still tops for our “I’m to tired to cook” cheap date go to restaurant.

                                                                                                      Hit La Fermata last week as well. I’ve only had one mediocre meal at this restaurant. Last week WASN’T it. Solid dinner. Why go to Seattle?!

                                                                                                      1. re: bfiesta

                                                                                                        So far it seems that the comments above regarding The Patio are mixed. For those that say that the food "sucked" are either the biggest food snobs ever or just had a bad experience. If you're truly that much of a snob, don't eat out. You'll be that much happier. Even the best restaurants in the world won't get it right every time. My wife and I have eaten their 3 times and have not yet had a bad experience. Not every item we ate was perfect, but none of it was bad. Most of it was downright good. As others have mentioned, they are new and will only get better with time. I for one am excited to see new restaurants to choose from. Unfortunately, they've never been very crowded and I'm sure the negative comments here won't help their business. My wife and I both give them the thumbs up. My $.02.

                                                                                                        I also spoke with an employee at August Wynns who said they should be open for dinner this week. I'm excited to try it out as we had a good breakfast there.

                                                                                                        1. re: doubleoevan

                                                                                                          In my defense, I am not a snob. It is my opinion. Plain and simple. Take it for what it's worth. . . again, an opinion. I also notice that you have zero post on this board. Perhaps you are not aware but this board is run on people's OPINIONS.

                                                                                                          I am not asking for perfection. Nor am I seeking it. However, you seem to have low standards. Moreover it's low standards like yours that restaurants around here succeed in spite of themselves.

                                                                                                          If you call a frozen patty on a burger 'good' that is your opinion. I for one think it 'sucks'. If a restaurant is going to charge $10 for a burger and fries I expect it to be twice as good as the burger and fries I can get from Burger King for $5.00. Not worse as was in this case.

                                                                                                          Here is another opinion for you. . . if someone is serving me what I consider (opinion) 'suck'ie, mediocre, or bad food this is the forum to call them on it, no? I say DON'T support someone serving mediocre food. DON"T eat at the resturant. Hopefully they will close and someone else will move in that serves better food. I'd go so far as to say it's your duty. All of us! <insert sound of marching drums here>

                                                                                                          As I stated in my previous post I am willing to give them another shot. I always give a restaurant two tries before they are crossed off my list. So before you go calling people snobs for stating their opinion ask yourself, 'Why support mediocrity?'

                                                                                                          1. re: bfiesta

                                                                                                            "As I stated in my previous post I am willing to give them another shot. I always give a restaurant two tries before they are crossed off my list. So before you go calling people snobs for stating their opinion ask yourself, 'Why support mediocrity?"

                                                                                                            Hey Bfiesta...
                                                                                                            I know you are a Cazadores fan....what does your family enjoy there? I really want to give them another try. We soooooo love traditional mexican food!!!! I daydream about foods I used to eat in my neighborhood as a child. I know they out there....lol!

                                                                                                            1. re: mamalubear

                                                                                                              Cazadores plays itself as a taqueria so, I stick with the basics. Taco plates, pollo asado (more hit than miss! reminds me of Super Pollo found throughout Mx.), etc. You really can't go wrong.

                                                                                                              On that note... my wife and I have tried Blue Agave on two occasions. Both times on Sunday for lunch. Staff was very great... and put up with our 'spanglish'. Really like the fact they have a bar. Although we did not order margs... we saw others who did and they looked good. Definitely a big step up from say, Taco Del Mar. On both occasions we had tacos. Two each. Pork carnitas and pollo. On both occasions both the pork and chicken were very dry. Everything from the lettuce to the guacamole was fresh, however. Traditional/authentic, kinda, not really. I mean, the people who are working there are. The food they serve is. A traditional taqueria it is not. Then again neither is Cazadores. Close. Real close. But not like you'd find south of the border. We'll go back. I am interested in trying their tamale and relleno. I found this interesting:


                                                                                                              Now if only we had a good taco truck in Kitsap!

                                                                                                              1. re: bfiesta

                                                                                                                Went to Blue Agave yesterday. Pretty impressed. More authentic than most things out here and tasty. I had the picadillo and carnitas tacos. The carnitas were a little dry, but... hell they were carnitas so they were good. Picadillo was good. The "hot" salsa wasn't, but overall I was impressed. Can't wait to try the Tequila bar, but didn't think it was smart to get liquored up in the afternoon yesterday!

                                                                                                                I have never been to Puerta Vallarta. I believe they are the same owners as Blue Agave. How do they compare? My guess is that they have "traditional" american-style mexican? Not that that isn't good too, just wondering how it compares to the other one's around here.

                                                                                                              2. re: mamalubear

                                                                                                                The pork carnitas at Cazadores is sublime. I get the taco plate with pork carnitas.

                                                                                                        2. re: dkcaudill

                                                                                                          Finally tried La Poblanita. Really good! Seems to be about as authentic as it gets out here. Had the Cabeza, Lingua, and Barbacoa tacos. Nice to see these kinds of meats on a menu in Kitsap! Will be back for sure.

                                                                                                    2. re: slabbit

                                                                                                      I'm so glad to find this site. I can't belive before I got on here that only one other person even mentioned Bostons Deli And pizza. I recomend this place to everyone I meet.They have a great menu,it's a mom and pop place and the food they put out is just fantastic.I have tried so many of their menu items and have yet to be disappointed. The owners are from Boston and it's so good to finally have an east coast pizza thats made freah by people that know what their doing compared too the chained pizza places or the take and bakes.If you do try them out you have to go for their calzone it's just to die for.I've been going there for three years now and the best thing i love about any place is when they are consistent.Try them and let's see what you think.

                                                                                                    3. re: cecangel

                                                                                                      My wife and I had dinner at Cosmo's a couple of years back and really enjoyed it. It was too long ago to remember exactly what we had but I do remeber we had a cheese course that was fantastic.

                                                                                                      1. re: jpc8015


                                                                                                        I finally made it to Port Orchard and decided based on traffic on here to give Cosmo's the honor of being my first dining experience in town. I guees to sum it up, I would say it was decent, but didn't wow me. Maybe I suffered from the experience that happens when I go see a movie everyone is raving about and I build my expectations up so high, that it is hard to meet them.
                                                                                                        Now having said that, considering the dining scene on this side of the Sound, I think it was great to find a family run Italian place and a deli to buy Italian meats. I will probably go back to Cosmo's in lieu of finding that little family run place that does knock my socks off.

                                                                                                        Billy Bob

                                                                                                        PS Check out www.taoofchow.wordpress.com for more details on my visit and other posts.

                                                                                                    4. I second Blue Agave! The pork was seasoned wonderfully and roasted to perfection, the guac was perfectly made, and absolutely everything is FRESH! You choose your meats, beans, and all else you want then they will work the ingredients into a dish of our choice. I am told they are owned by Puerto Vallarta-but not certain. You can see them cooking your food to order, and as you go down the line much like subways...you pick and choose what you want. Worth a try! They are packed after 5pm, go early-seating is limited. Prices are between 4-12.

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                                                                                                      1. re: Shanab

                                                                                                        I liked the Blue Agave-my wife and I have tried it twice. The first time was very good, the second, not so much. But they were VERY busy the second time and I think the food suffered for that. I will try it again as we are always on the lookout for good spots.

                                                                                                        I am surprised that no one else has commented on Blondies. We have been there several times and found it consistently pretty good. Odd location I will grant you--but the food was quite good. Curious if anyone here has tried it?

                                                                                                        1. re: Shanab

                                                                                                          Blue Agave is wonderful! Authentic (which is really hard to find) and very well done. Yes, the ordering is a bit like fast food, but the tequila bar is not! They have a few things that are not on the menu but if you chat them up a bit you will learn. Hint: If you love ceviche they have Ceviche de Pulpo in the back. You have to ask, it is not on the menu and it is great. The octopus is tender and yummy!
                                                                                                          And so inexpensive. My husband and I way over-ordered on our first visit because we assumed the portions would be small. They are not.
                                                                                                          If you don't know the same family that owns Puerto Vallarta in P.O. also owns this restaurant. It is off the beaten path, but as busy as they have been I don't think they will have a problem keeping the locals coming in.

                                                                                                            1. re: mamalubear

                                                                                                              It's on Sedgwick at Jackson. Next to a gas station and a Tully's.

                                                                                                            2. re: monicascafe

                                                                                                              Honest to god, I can't believe they're even remotely related to Puerto Vallarta.

                                                                                                              We've been hitting Blue Agave a little *too* often of late - it's nice to have a casual better-than-Taco-Bell option without having to schlep to El Cazadores' Taqueria in E. Bremerton. The carne asada has been really consistently good, and while my taste in carnitas tends towards the "crispy edges" kind, their succulent fatty chunks are pretty rockin', too.

                                                                                                          1. I'm so happy to come back and find this post still relatively active! We are still very happy we moved here, and trying to sort out some good places to eat. I just thought I'd drop by and add that I work in Belfair, and I had a good experience the other day. I swung by a place called the Rice Bowl on Belfair, thinking it would be pretty awful (because Belfair has about 8000 people and everything else I've had has been lame). I found out AFTER I ordered that they also have a fairly large menu of Vietnamese food. They also have a nice bubble tea menu. I got ginger beef, and it had lots of fresh vegetables- more than I can say for most lunch places in the area. I also got a Taro bubble tea, which was ok. I'm just happy to find anything like that in Belfair. So if you are faced with the hard task of trying to find something to eat in Belfair, try the Rice Bowl.
                                                                                                            I think it would really benefit Kitsap for us to keep this discussion open, and keep the standards high. The choices are few and far between, but if we effectively identify and patronize the good ones, we might stop going to Seattle every time we want something to eat! The fewer people get burnt, the better restaurants will do here. Like somebody else said, too many of these places survive in spite of themselves. I have a hard time cutting a restaurant any slack when it's in a region of the US with better quality meat, seafood, and produce than anywhere else I have been.

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                                                                                                            1. re: dkcaudill

                                                                                                              Where is Rice Bowl located? We'd like to give it a try.

                                                                                                              1. re: ljohaines

                                                                                                                It's in Belfair, basically across the street from Subway. It's in that little brick strip mall. I haven't been there, but I think they also serve Olympic ice cream - a very good thing.

                                                                                                            2. Magnolia Cafe is a wonderful place to enjoy lunch or dinner after strolling around Poulsbo, especially on their tree-shaded patio a sunny afternoons. The fireplace and brick interior is warm and inviting for dining during typical cool wet NW weather.

                                                                                                              1. I'd like to give a shout out for Pat's Cookie Jar in Bremerton (next to Stupid Prices/near the China Buffet). We've eaten brunch there twice recently and really enjoyed the food. Large portions - believe me, we rolled out the door. Prices are right. Service is great. My boyfriend is a huge fan of the harvest pancakes (beware, their pancakes are HUGE). We also like the mexican/taco omelet.

                                                                                                                Still lovin' Blue Agave and Cosmos in Port Orchard. Can't get enough of McGavin's bakery (Callow in Bremerton) on a Saturday morning. Mmmm....

                                                                                                                Hoping to hear some feedback about the gyro place in Bremerton - I think it's on 6th? We really need to get in there. And I am personally thrilled that Bremerton finally got a Papa John's. Sorry, I like their pizza :)

                                                                                                                Thanks for all your posts so far. Really enjoying the suggestions. For those of you who get a little heated in your replies...remember, it's just food. Not all of us have the same tastes, but we're all out looking for new experiences. The same place could be great one day and horrible the next. Everything here is simply opinions; take 'em or leave 'em. I still say you should try a place at least twice before throwing in the towel. Now give us more restaurant input! I'm hungry!! :)

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                                                                                                                1. re: joyous

                                                                                                                  Totally concur with Joyous on Pat's Cookie Jar. When I jones for something that reminds me of dinners at friends houses as a little kid I hit Pat's. Their meatloaf freakin rocks! Everything is made from scratch. Even their hamburger buns.

                                                                                                                  Speaking of hamburgers... I had a burger at The Manette Saloon on Saturday and it definitely did NOT suck (*see previous post re: The Patio)! In fact it was darn good. Hand formed burger (Patio & Boat Shed take note) & 100% sirloin (I asked). Side of fries with salt AND pepper on them. Priced right to boot.

                                                                                                                  Hit August Winn for breakfast on Sunday... the food is solid and the prices are good but the service is pretty horrific. They lost our order! I understand it happens. Moreover, I was totally okay with it as it was Sunday and we weren't in a hurry. They comped breakfast. The servers need to be properly trained. Checked out the dinner menu... looks good. Confit de Canard! To bad their wine selection looks 'suckie' (*see previous post re: The Patio)! Has anyone been there for dinner?

                                                                                                                  1. re: bfiesta

                                                                                                                    I used to go to Pat's all the time for breakfast and actually grew quite tired of the place. I still like to go there every now and then for a bit of nostalgia but I think there are better places out there.

                                                                                                                    1. re: jpc8015

                                                                                                                      Pats cookjar is under new ownership, at least for the past year. Gone downhill I think. Brunch is served until 3pm on Sunday, I believe thats all they serve is breakfast on Sunday, its good but there is often a wait.

                                                                                                                    2. re: bfiesta

                                                                                                                      Big fan of August Winn for breakfast and lunch. Have been there only once for dinner. Duck Confit is one of my favorite dishes. Unfortunately they were out of it. On a Tuesday with no one else there??? Anyway had a really nice rack of lamb. They also have a version of the best thing there was at Augustino's: chorizo-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon! One of those sweet and savory combos to die for. Anyway, had a good dinner. Not a very representative night I think. Will definitely return and I hope the have the duck next time!

                                                                                                                      Service has been sketchy at times, although they have improved impressively. Their servers are very nice and do try hard. That being said, I went to La Fermata Saturday night and they were packed. Despite all that, and the loss of their chef, the service was excellent and the food still top notch. When I see a place like that kicking it on all cylinders and maintaining quality, I just can't understand why it takes 15 minutes to get a drink order at The Patio...

                                                                                                                    3. re: joyous

                                                                                                                      Yeah Pat's is ok but I have to give them third place in Bremerton for Best Breakfast. Based on service ,quailty,value and atmosphere I would rate Red Apple Diner first,August Winn second and Pat's third.

                                                                                                                    4. We had a FANTASTIC lunch today at the Hot Iron Bar & Grill and Asian Bistro on Callow in Bremerton (its where the Ponderay Lounge was). All you can eat Mongolian bar-b-q ($6.99 for lunch, $9.99 for dinner). You build your own bowl full of noodles, fresh veggies, meats, sauces and the guys behind the counter grill it up for you. Delicious, great price, clean and so nice to find something not deep fried or covered in cheese. Salad bar, miso soup, and apparently at dinner they add a variety of seafood and some sushi. We'll be back for dinner later this week.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: vaughne

                                                                                                                        On your recommendation, we had lunch at the Hot Iron Bar & Grill Asian Bistro...and you were right, it was very good and lots of choices. Also they give you rice either steamed or fried. This is on top of everything else you get for the price. We were delighted and hope the rest of you reading this will get over there and give them a try. Nice to see good places coming back to Bremerton. We need to support those local guys! The chef even came out and chatted with guests. Nice touch.
                                                                                                                        Thanks again for alerting us to a new place that we hope stays in business.

                                                                                                                      2. Has anybody gotten brave and tried the "Vietnamese Chinese Bistro" in the former Baja Grill/Desert Grill space off Bethel in PO? That space is Restaurant Death, but hope springs eternal.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: VibeGuy

                                                                                                                          OK, I was brave and went first.

                                                                                                                          Koi's Chinese/Vietnamese Bistro and Lounge opened back in November. I had a late lunch there today, and was impressed - it's mostly Chinese, of the "faux modestly adventurous" style - PF Chang's menu, better executed. Between the two of us, we wrecked an order of Singapore-style curry lo mein with chicken, a Vietnamese sparerib & rice platter and an order of General Tso's Chicken (the partner is a picky eater).

                                                                                                                          Everything was served lava-hot and was fresh and tasty - not a condition common to Kitsap's Asian restaurants. The ribs could have been a bit less salty, but that's a quibble. The noodles were deliciously crack-tastic - I think there might have been fresh galangal in them.

                                                                                                                          Prices were very reasonable - items we ordered ranged from $8 to $11. I'm not sure if there's a lunch menu - we were there about 3:00ish.

                                                                                                                          1. re: VibeGuy

                                                                                                                            I have not tried it, "Vietnamese Chinese Bistro"...let me know if its good-we gave up after not liking the last two restaurants in the "death" location. The original opened restaurant was good for about 2 months!

                                                                                                                            I did try Blondie's next to the roller rink, atmosphere is romantic and nicely done, OVER PRICED for Port Orchard. $16 Prime Rib Dip (Husband) was moist, well seasoned, but we can get the same at the Hi Joy Bowl for a fraction of the price, that speaks volumes. Chocolate Cake was something to be desired and very small, tasted frozen. I had a bowl of cream of asparagus, very nice, but typical and heavy-when I asked for bread on the side waitress made it clear I had to pay extra because I wasn't ordering a full dinner, I got a hard little dry brown roll that looked like a football.

                                                                                                                            Background conversation, one waitress telling another, "paychecks would be nice." Nice place, bad service, food can improve, prices too. We will not go back. We dine out 3-4 times a week, whether dinner, lunch or breakfast & coffee at Cutters Point in Gig Harbor, MY FAVORITE COFFEE!!!!

                                                                                                                          2. We take our out of town guests to the Breezy Hill Bistro in Silverdale. The best in Central Kitsap area for dinner. Nice wines and the food is creative and delicious. We would recommend them if you want to impress your guests. Parking is crowded in front, but if you park in back there are stairs to get to the front. Nice ambient music. Would like to see a bit more decorations/lamps/plants, but not that important when the food is really well prepared.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: ljohaines

                                                                                                                              Where is a good place in the area for Christmas dinner?

                                                                                                                              1. re: flifer

                                                                                                                                I know that the Silverdale Hotel is open on Christmas. I haven't been there in years and the quality of food was not great the last time I was there but they have been through a lot of changes since then.

                                                                                                                                The Clearwater Casino also opens up on Christmas night so you could probably get a decent steak dinner in their steakhouse.

                                                                                                                                1. re: flifer

                                                                                                                                  Sorry I wasn't online again until today...lots of power outs in our area. Hope you found a good place for Christmas dinner?
                                                                                                                                  Let us know.
                                                                                                                                  Happy New Year to all you foodies!

                                                                                                                              2. I am a new hound, just moving up from Phoenix to Bremerton right before Christmas. Here are a few of my initial thoughts.

                                                                                                                                Los Cazadores - I typically bucket my Mexican food places into three categories. GourMex, or high end gourmet Mexican food. In Phoenix we have a handful of these types of restaruants. Divey family run - No english spoken in kitchen, typically good authentic classic Mexican fare. The third is chain. I typically avoid chain places like the plague, for many of the reasons I have seen posted on this thread, but since I haven't found any GourMex or Divey yet, I decided to give Los Cazadores a try.

                                                                                                                                Right off the bat, I give the restaurant a brownie point for its name, which is also my favorite brand of Tequila! I went there during the week when we had all of the bad weather and I was the only person in the place. Service, as it should be with only one person to take care of was very good. I tried their house marg and felt it was a good value for the $2.75 they charged. Not my normal Cazadores, Contreau on the rocks salted choice, but not bad for a house marg and you can't beat the price. I ordered the Carne Asada dinner, with flour tortillas. I forgot to do my normal and ask if they have black beans instead of refried, but I will try that next time. The Carne Asada was good. A fairly good sized portion and spiced well. I don't really like refried beans so I can't speak for how they compare to others. Overall I would say it was decent and pending finding a divey place, it could become my local, convenient Mexican haunt.

                                                                                                                                The Patio - I have seen mixed reviews on here and I can see both sides. First off, I really like the "idea" of this place. Independent cafe orientated are my favorite places to go. I went there for dinner last night with a friend. My friend had the Fish and Chips and I had the Ravioli with Lobster sauce. I asked my friend what she thought of the fish and chips and she wasn't impressed. They weren't bad, but they weren't anything memorable either. My Raviolis were very good, but not really a big enough portion for the price ($21)and didn't really fill me up as an entree. I left with the impression that I liked this style of place and what they are trying to do, but wondered if the value was there. Did I really get my money's worth? I had a coupon for a free entree, so the Fish and Chips were free and my friend ordered water for a drink. I had two pints of Hales Ale and my Ravioli dish and my bill was in the mid $30s. Had I payed for the other meal, this would have been a $40-50 meal and it felt more like a $30 meal at best. Anyway, I will go back and try again, maybe next time trying their lunch or breakfast menu.

                                                                                                                                Billy Bob

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                                                                                                                                1. re: Billy Bob

                                                                                                                                  You have got to try the pork carnitas at Los Cazadores. I normally get the taco plate with four carnitas tacos. It is the perfect lunch.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Billy Bob

                                                                                                                                      If they've got the on-the-bone take on carnitas, they're a total winner if your style of carnitas is "crusty bits". Mmmmmn.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Billy Bob

                                                                                                                                    I like your review and have to agree. the prices I think are way too high for what they are serving. I have had both breakfast and lunch here and neither was a value for what you get and so I recomend Red Apple for breakfast and Bostons for lunch or dinner to everyone. You have a good meal for good value with friendly , prompt service. When the weather is nice I like Fritz by the fountain and if I feel like driving I like Wiskey Creek for my steak.:)

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Billy Bob

                                                                                                                                      I tried the Patio for lunch a couple weeks back, being just down hill from my work it was time.

                                                                                                                                      Order, Cup of Cream of Tomato Soup, Sweet Potato Fries, (2) Tuna Sandwiches.
                                                                                                                                      Total, $38!!!

                                                                                                                                      First of all I noticed a Table Tag that clearly states 2/$14 lunches, pick a starter, a sandwich (comes with good crispy thin cut fries) and pick of dessert.

                                                                                                                                      I was clearly overcharged and still intend to call the manager. Tomato soup were clearly canned tomato's blended to a soft, gritty, water, frothy, consistency, they forgot the cream and seasoning-soup went to garbage can. My admin asst and I both LOVED the plain fries that came with our sandwiched, and didn't care for the very think and watered down (no mayo) smelly brown tuna sandwich.
                                                                                                                                      When I heard they had sweet potato fries from another table I had to order, they are my favorite...They were cut wait to thick, came out as wet (greasy) limp sticks, horrible! Again, went to the garbage can. I will not go back unless they offer a free lunch because I was overcharged the first time, if they do-I will try another sandwich. I did get a fresh "Brisk" ice tea, does anyone NOT KNOW HOW TO MAKE FRESH ICE T anymore???

                                                                                                                                    2. Has anyone tried the new Whiskey Creek barbecue/steak place in Poulsbo? I've not been and want to go. I understand they are only open for dinner.
                                                                                                                                      Thanks for any info.

                                                                                                                                      1. Next time you go to Port Townsend, you MUST try the Hudson Point Cafe (aka Point Hudson Cafe & fka Otter Crossing Cafe)! I've only had breakfast there, but the lunch and dinner menus look amazing as well! It is at the end of the main drag (Water Street I think) at the Point Hudson Marina & RV Campground. It looks like a ramshackle place from the outside, but has lots of charm inside and has the best breakfast I've EVER had. Lots of local seafood choices (crab & shrimp omelette) and the BEST biscuits & jam with every meal! Worth the drive for a quick day trip.

                                                                                                                                        1. New to Chow, but have been reading for awhile.

                                                                                                                                          Welcome to Billy Bob, I'm in Bremerton and my DH works downtown as well.

                                                                                                                                          Unfortunately, the Bremerton-Silverdale area is sadly lacking in really good restaurants. I'm very weary of mediocre high-priced food. I can't justify driving to Poulsbo or Bainbridge very often.

                                                                                                                                          It seems like you're getting the good tips on what is available, however. Los Cazadores, is that the one on Wheaton? If so, we like it because, while the food is not exceptional but pretty good, the prices are humbly in line with where they should be. I can get a decent torta there that fills me up for $4. (Can't stand getting a huge plate of rice and beans with a little entree and being charged in the double digits.)

                                                                                                                                          We tried the Hot Iron Bar & Grill a couple times for dinner. I'm not impressed. Overpriced and overcooked, IMO.

                                                                                                                                          The one time I tried the Patio for lunch it was fairly busy, but not full and it took the better part of an hour to get a tuna sandwich. Too $$ also. I expected more creativity.

                                                                                                                                          Sadly, the best pizza I've had is in Tacoma.

                                                                                                                                          Do try Simply Pho on Wheaton Way. Very modest appearance, but the food is good.

                                                                                                                                          I'd kill for some really good Chinese food. Will have to try Koi in PO. I do notice some places in this thread that I have not tried yet. Thanks for all the tips, everyone.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: Jimisi


                                                                                                                                            Thanks for the greetings. I have been to both Los Cazadores now. The one on Kitsap Way was the first one I tried, I'd give it an eh...thumbs sideways. I also tried the one just over the Warren Ave bridge (is that Wheaton Way?) and I agree with you the price was good and the food fair. I will say I tried the house marg there and it wasn't as good as the house marg at the Kitsap Way location (both very reasonably priced at I think $2.50).

                                                                                                                                            I have also tried the Simply Pho and I agree it is an above average Pho spot and certainly close to home that I won't mind going there for a Vietnamese soup fix.

                                                                                                                                            It sounds like I liked the Patio a little more then you, but we are in agreement on value which is probably why I haven't been back yet. I do want to try La Fermata, which sounds pricey, but also sounds like it might be worth it.

                                                                                                                                            The other place I enjoyed and will probably head back to is Toad House Pizza Pub. Fairly decent pizza (although it wasn't quite hot enough oddly) and a great beer selection. Again, as it seems with a lot of the places in this area, probably a little over priced as far as value, but I enjoyed it.

                                                                                                                                            I have recently started a blog www.taoofchow.wordpress.com sharing my food thoughts. Check it out some time.

                                                                                                                                            Billy Bob

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Billy Bob

                                                                                                                                              Absolutely awful. Had Pad Thai that wasn't. Made with noodles and probably ketchup. Dear GOD--there is no ketchup in Pad Thai. Literally couldn't finish. Pho was mediocre. Try Heidi's in the Safeway plaza in Silverdale--much better!

                                                                                                                                              Simply Pho
                                                                                                                                              3900 Wheaton Way, Bremerton, WA 98310

                                                                                                                                          2. Cool blog, Billy, thanks.

                                                                                                                                            La Fermata is great. Only had dinner once, but would return. For the quality of the food, it's not overpriced. The one thing I was surprised at was the portion size, quite large. Hubby and I shared an appetizer and ended up taking half of that home, as well as some of our dinners. I even commented to the server about it. She did say they could accommodate requests and next time I would ask for smaller portions.

                                                                                                                                            Sorry to say I did not like Toad House's pizza, but I'm a pizza freak. If you get to Tacoma, try Neo Woodfired Pizza. It's quite good, except the crust could stand a little more flavor. Still dreaming of a real NY-style.

                                                                                                                                            Love the Central Market! I only go about once a month and buy what I can't get down here. Mostly meat, dairy, specialty produce, etc. I have to get my German bologna fix. Otherwise, I like Fred Meyer as they seem to have the best prices and selection of the big three. I refuse to join Safeway's club.

                                                                                                                                            Freddie's has my favorite sausage, Isernio's chicken Italian. It's a local product. Great on the grill.

                                                                                                                                            Good to see I'm not alone in my obsession with food. Did you know there's a group working on starting a food coop here? Search Kitsap Food Coop, there's a blog and meetings coming up.


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                                                                                                                                            1. re: Jimisi

                                                                                                                                              Neo Woodfired Pizza added to my "to try" list. I found the Kitsap Food Coop blog and will check it out. Thanks for the tip. The sausage I absolutely love that both Freddys and Safeway have, but I could never find in AZ is Linguica. I will give the Chicken Italian a try.

                                                                                                                                              Take Care

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Jimisi

                                                                                                                                                Being a pizza freak ? have you tried Bostons pizza? Great lunch deal and good beer selection.I love this place .

                                                                                                                                                1. re: cosmopolite

                                                                                                                                                  ^Billy, not yet. I figured it to be just another average kinda place. Since a few seem to really like it, I'll give it a try some time.


                                                                                                                                              2. 3 suggestions Fritz on a warm day for a brew by the fountains-Bostons for Italian ,calzone or pizza-Red Apple Dinner for breakfast.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: cosmopolite

                                                                                                                                                  Anyone get the impression that cosmopolite is a fan of Fritz's, Boston's, and Red Apple Diner? Seriously, you posted something to that effect 11 times today!!!

                                                                                                                                                  I need to try Red Apple, but since I live near August Winn and they are so consistently good, I have trouble leaving the neighborhood for breakfast anymore. I've has Boston's several times. I agree their pizza is good, and probably the best in Bremerton, but the bar is set REALLY low here. I would kill for a real slice of neapolitan pizza in Kitsap. No doubt though, they are one of very few decent options for lunch in Bremerton. Fritz is seriously good, but with their necessarily limited menu, I don't go there too often.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: slabbit

                                                                                                                                                    ehhhhh:) it was my first time on here and I thought i waould share what I thought . We occasionally go to August Wynn too on a Sunday morning and iit has been hit or miss for us . Love their bread pudding though.Frits is a limited menu I agree but its also nice on a warm day by the fountains so not only is the menu limited as you say but it depends on the weather as to being able to enjoy eating there. I don't know what you mean by the bar being set REALLY low at Boston's . I see they scored 100 on their last two health inspections posted on the front door and everything I have had there has been very good. They have added on a larger dining room in the back with music and its a pretty cool place for a good meal.I like the music and oldies setting at Red Apple too. I just did'nt see many postings for these three places so I thought I'd share.I usually like to check out what the food health inspection scores are before I frequent a place. It's no fun finding that out after the fact:)Besides with the economy the way it is and the amount of restaurant closings Bremerton has had this past year I think it would be a great loss to lose either Fritz or Boston's because i enjoy the Mom and Pop restaurants more than any others. Throw on top of that all the construction they have had to deal with for two years it's amazing they are still here now. Bremerton has already lost Pizza Time,Posey's JD's Steak House,ParkSt Diner,Badda Boom,Fillipe's,Frosty's,Augustino's ,Garlic Jims ,Ponderay just to name a few in the past few years.I've tried em all some were good some were'nt going to make it anyway but i intend to be a fan of the underdogs who are going through the roughest time and still putting out good food at a reasonable price and maintaining a clean healthy enviorvent for their consumers. They are few and far between.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: cosmopolite

                                                                                                                                                      I hope things haven't gotten so bad that we're ranking places on the health inspection ratings! :) I didn't say that Boston's wasn't good. Just that there is very little great pizza in the Puget Sound region generally, and particularly in Bremerton. Basically Toad House and Boston's are much better than any of the others, but I've had lots better outside the metro area.

                                                                                                                                                      I also lament all the restaurants that have failed in the last couple of years, even though most were not very good. The few remaining local places are pretty good, and I would hate to lose any, but we'll probably lose a lot of them. Good restaurants are shuttering all over the country, and we have a much worse starting situation than most here in Bremerton.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: cosmopolite

                                                                                                                                                        Just wanted to point out that Jimmy D's Steak House in Gorst is NOT closed. I was shocked when I read on here that it was and I just called over there and was assured that they are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and you can come in there ANY TIME. It's a greasy spoon of the highest level but still a giant fun meal and available in the middle of the night.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: cosmopolite

                                                                                                                                                          Tonys on Kitsap Way was the original Fillipe's, its GREAT and still there! The only item I wouldnt recommend is the eggplant parm, too watery...not fried, just baked.

                                                                                                                                                    2. Have a few thoughts after reading a little more.

                                                                                                                                                      Bahn Thai may have been great, but the last two visits I made the food was disappointingly mediocre. For excellent Thai it's Sawatdy on BI or Seattle. Is Xinh Thai? It sounds like a winner. Another choice is the Thai Hut in Gig Harbor, not the best I ever had, but good.

                                                                                                                                                      There's a small farm market in Keyport at the Caribbean restaurant there on Fridays. I went and stayed for lunch. The food is quite good and the service is nice, but it was pretty spendy. $13 for lunch.
                                                                                                                                                      At the market I got my Luigi bread, fresh eggs, and beautiful salad greens.

                                                                                                                                                      I tried Ghandi in Silverdale and the food was very good, maybe better than New Delhi. Will have to go back for more research.
                                                                                                                                                      I'll also give Boston Deli a try, although I'm doubtful.

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                                                                                                                                                        Xinh is more of a Chinese place. I went there last summer and really liked it. I also ate at Ghandi recently and I would put it in the fair/medlin range ;-). Not bad, but didn't blow my socks off either. It is part of a growing category for me near home which is places that are adequate and close to home.

                                                                                                                                                        On another note, I heard Tony's Pizza on Kitsap way was supposed to a good family style Italian place. Have you heard anything about it?

                                                                                                                                                        Billy Bob

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                                                                                                                                                          Tony's is OK, quaint atmosphere. Food is overrated, unless they have some secret weapon I haven't tried. Have had pizza and spaghetti, not much else. I do like their meatballs, though. If I go again, I'll just get a meatball sub. :)

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Jimisi

                                                                                                                                                            Tony's is not the best pizza in town, I think that would be Toad House, but it is very good if you like that style of pizza. It's loaded with toppings and it has a pretty standards crust; not real chewy or outstanding.

                                                                                                                                                            Tony's will always be on my list of places to go. Maybe it's just nostalgia but I love the place.

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Billy Bob

                                                                                                                                                            Billy Bob - Try Tony's lasagna...you will thank me!!
                                                                                                                                                            And make it a date to have dinner there on the winter night that the boat parade comes to town...great view of it!

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ljohaines


                                                                                                                                                              Here is my thank you ahead of time. When I have a hankerin for some Lasagna, I will give Tony's version a try.

                                                                                                                                                              Billy Bob

                                                                                                                                                          3. re: Jimisi

                                                                                                                                                            I cook authentic Thai, I also eat it in Federal Way (Emerald Thai-not to be confused with the one down the road by the little store, their brother in law)...nothing around here compares. If I want Phad Thai and dont want to cook it myself I might grab some at Bahn Thai in Silverdale. I was excited to try Sawatdy, the food left me feeling I'd wasted a lot of money, we tried several dishes and really none were over the top. If you havent had authentic great tasting Thai food, I guess you (generally) speaking, dont know what you're missing. Aroydy Thai Cuisines Phad Thai, was full of ketchup and bad fish sauce! The appetizers were great.

                                                                                                                                                          4. I just realized I made a serious omission. Visit Su at Nattamit Thai in old town Silverdale. Her food may cost a little more than say, Bahn Thai, but it's much better. Fresh, customized, and fast. Very nice lady making good food in her tiny little cottage restaurant.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Billy Bob

                                                                                                                                                                Hey Billy Bob next time your in portland check out Mama Mia Tratorria

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Jimisi

                                                                                                                                                                Whats next to the place?? Do you know the hours?

                                                                                                                                                              3. I have had really positive experiences with Suzy's kitchen on 6th and Callow, across from Poblanita. Good Korean for an unbeatable price. Great service.
                                                                                                                                                                Anybody know a good filipino place on the peninsula?

                                                                                                                                                                If you're headed up north for any reason, Bella Italia in Port Angeles is great- I had fig and bleu cheese ravioli with corn and chanterelles. Unstoppable!

                                                                                                                                                                Also, please please stop by Luigi's Baking in Bremerton next to Hi Lo's. Better bread(by far) than I got when I lived in Italy. The man knows baguette- I didn't even think I liked baguettes.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks for the Suzy's tip. I did try Poblanita and it perfectly fits the bill for me as far as dive Mexican goes. I will go here over Los Cazadores or Azteca any day! I even bought some Carne Asada and grilled it during my SuperBowl shindig and everyone raved about it.

                                                                                                                                                                  Billy Bob

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: dkcaudill

                                                                                                                                                                    Finally made it to Suzy's and I concur. Great food, friendly place, big portions. I think it might become my favorite ethnic restaurant in Kitsap area. I posted on my blog about our first two visits.


                                                                                                                                                                    Billy Bob

                                                                                                                                                                  2. I am kind of stunned to see this volume of posting on a Kitsap thread. I live in Seattle, but have family over there and I only knew of a few of these places.

                                                                                                                                                                    My tip isn't a restaurant, but rather a bakery, McGavin's Bakery, home of my most favorite dessert on the planet - pink champagne cake. It is on Callow and truly, it is sublime. It is sometimes alone worth the trip over.

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: karion

                                                                                                                                                                      I too have heard good things about this place, but haven't been yet. I will have to give it a try.

                                                                                                                                                                      Billy Bob


                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: karion

                                                                                                                                                                        You can special order the Pink Champagne Cupcakes, oooo so good!

                                                                                                                                                                      2. There are many web sites that will give you reviews of the local restaurants in Bremerton .The reviews are from people who live in Bremerton as well as though who visit or just come here for their favorite places.Some of these sites are Yelp.com judy'sbook .com citysearch.com and tripadvisor.com .

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: cosmopolite

                                                                                                                                                                          Rave for the rib-eye I had at Whiskey Creek in Keyport on Friday. It was the BEST rib-eye I have had there to date. I would rate it as good as anything I can make at home. Med. rare was just that yet it had a nice 'crust'. Baked potato was excellent. Although the side veggies were completely bland. Excellent salad w/home made blue cheese dressing and extra crumbles!

                                                                                                                                                                          Yet another rave for the excellent Osso Bucco at La Fermata. Melt in your mouth tender. Served on a bed of creamy, yet al-dente polenta. Expensive but I have vowed to eat there once a month to do my best to 'keeping it local'. It was so good I keep asking myself; Why go to Seattle..?!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: bfiesta

                                                                                                                                                                            I like Whiskey Creek and enjoy the atmosphere. It is great that such a small area like Keyport has a place like that but I don't think that there steaks are really all that great. The prime rib is good, the chicken Cordon Bleu is very good, the fish and chips is good, in fact I think most of the seafood is good. I've just never been blown away by the steaks.

                                                                                                                                                                            I've been out of town for a while, I haven't been to the new Poulsbo location. I here it is supposed to be a bit nicer. Has anyone been there?

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jpc8015

                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, the Creek went through quite a 'dry spell' for awhile. IMO We used to go at least once a month. However, they seem to have gotten thier act together after switching proveyors and some of the kitchen staff. I can only comment on the steaks. I am always leary of ordering anything other than a steak at a place that bills itself as a 'steak house'. Good to hear the other dishes are decent.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: bfiesta

                                                                                                                                                                                Maybe next time I am in town then we will give another go round. Even if the steaks aren't great I like the restaurant a lot more than most of the super chains you find up the road in Silverdale.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. I have lived in the area over 30 years. There are some decent restaurants now. Breezy Hill Bistro in Silverdale. Open for lunch m-f and special occasions. Very good. Don't try Victorian Tea Room in Port Orchard. Tasteless quiche, canned fruit, hard scone and $3 coffee. Sawadty in Bainbridge Island is wonderful. Sheilas in Poulsbo for breakfast. La Fermata in Bremerton is tops. Anthonys in Bremerton always has good food.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. New Place in Port Orchard call KOI's...they serve Vietnamese, Chinese and some Thai. My Husband and I went, we had the App Sampler Plate for $11.93; (2) of everything, Prawns, Wings, BBQ Pork, Gyoza (nummy), eggrolls (also nummy) and Im sure Im missing something...all was very good-the prawns slightly bready, but still good.

                                                                                                                                                                            My husband had General Tao Chicken with Jasmine Rice, the only white rice they offer...yum. I couldnt believe you dont get rice with your entrées! You have to pay extra for the rice because they use Jasmine, they aren't willing to give a free scoop-this time they did because we have never been.

                                                                                                                                                                            I had the Vegetarian Fried Rice, do delicious and fresh veggies
                                                                                                                                                                            We split 9 Flavors Beef, also very deliceous. Meats are deepfried then stirfried in sauces, my only negative would be, please fry the meat a bit tender, not extra crispy, it tends to dry out.

                                                                                                                                                                            Be prepared for a wait, even if going at 5pm on a Friday...not too long, 45 minutes? They do cook everything to order. If you want to try something the Owner will have them cook some for you and if you also are torn between two dishes she may suggest one over the other and if you don't like it she will bring your second choice. Service was very nice, I will be going back to try nearly everything on the menu, its huge. The location of Koi is in where the BAJA restaurant was across from the overpriced "Blondie's" (which does have great food), this is the 3rd restaurant to be in this location, which is large and very nicely decorated with a tropical feel and outside seating. Our bill came to $54 plus tip. Forgot to mention-they make their own sauces, I tried a Gyoza Sauce, General Sauce, Sweet orange sauce, a spice sauce, peanut sauce (a little too much hoisen) and a couple others, all are great aside from the watery very red S&S, but that too is just a quibble! Please try!

                                                                                                                                                                            For a quick bite of Thai, please go to the Port Orchard Farmers Market, "Vicki" is a true and trained Chef, she has trained in Bangkok, she goes back yearly and continues to cater and make fresh Thai food every Saturday from 9-3 located on the Port Orchard Waterfront. Ask to try the empanadas; chicken, potato and curry. Very yummy. Enjoy!

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Shanab

                                                                                                                                                                              Went back to KOI's. This time we had Mongolian Beef, Almond Chicken, Phad Thai, Pork Fried Rice, prawns, 1 pop...total $42.96. I sent back the Phad Thai, it left much to be desired...when I seen the saucy bright orange/red dish coming, I just new it wasnt going to be good..., too soft, too much chilli powder and tomato sauce, tasted a lot like goulash, the kind my Mom would make when we were low on funds, the kind with corn in it. I knew I would be ok sending it back, the Owner told me if you dont like it, let me know, so I did. The almond chicken was traditional to me, (Portions dont leave much for left overs, if any) one breast split in half, lightly tempura'd with light brown gravy and half almonds. The Mongolian beef was great, traditional, but not so much meat, and not spicy...the taste was perfect, aside from the lack of heat. The Pork Fried Rice was great, not something I usually go for, but it was good-lots of bean sprouts, peas, other veggies, meat, egg and made with jasmine rice, which may make it a little more oily, but not over kill. Again, prawns were a little over breaded, if they used the same tempura that they use on the chicken would have been so much better, less oily and not as breaded. I may call and suggest this, Definitely worth a try...next time, Vietnamese chow fun, and Hunan Beef, as I seen someone else getting it and it looked like freshly cooked veggies and lovely tender beef, as our Mongolian beef was. I also want to try Muishu pork and pancakes! Let me know if you go, there is so much on the menu I would love to hear what you have to say!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Shanab

                                                                                                                                                                                Luigi's Bakery is closed, not sure what the family plans to do with it. See post re: Luigi Ferrari above. http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2009/ma...

                                                                                                                                                                                This is so sad.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mariner

                                                                                                                                                                                  I need to put in a vote for Burrata Bistro in Poulsbo. Really good on three recent visits (dinner and lunch).

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Shanab

                                                                                                                                                                                  Kois We no longer go to Kois. Service is slow, failed 3 to-go orders, missing items each time, great on crediting, but the food just isnt worth it. 1-2 waiters at all times, pretty slow service. Food after several tries is now oily, pure and simple. Meats are over deepfried, phad thai is garlic ketchup. Not good, sad to see the changes.

                                                                                                                                                                                  I've heard the Pho' is good, I havent tried it.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. I too, was going to report that Luigi the baker has passed away. He'll be sorely missed.

                                                                                                                                                                                We drove by August Winn today and it appears to be closed now. I never got to try it. :(

                                                                                                                                                                                We got some very nice oat bread today at Pat's Bakery on Wheaton. Breakfast was mediocre, DH said it was better on a previous visit.

                                                                                                                                                                                I'll second the Victorian Tea Room, so blah and not very nice about my young child touching all their "fancy" stuff.


                                                                                                                                                                                1. Has anyone made it into the Coffee Club Diner yet (and gotten served)? We tried to go there last week and walked into a real disaster. There were dirty plates lined up on the entire counter (smelled like old food), a fairly full restaurant of people without food in front of them and a very harried gal who told us "someone would be right with us"...we lurked around for about 5 minutes...no one ever did get right with us and the unkempt nature drove us out. I desperately want new places in Bremerton to be good and succeed, and I suppose I will try this place again if I hear its worth it from someone (although from the price of the "specials" on the board it would have to be a REALLY good report).

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: vaughne

                                                                                                                                                                                    I've been there once. There were 2 other tables there when we arrived and one had already received their food. It took well over 5 minutes for the server to even acknowledge our presence! And it took a long time to get the check when it was all over. Nevertheless, I had a pretty good burger. Overall, I like diner food once in a while, and it's tough to find a decent burger in town so I sure hope they figure things out. But from my experience there, it doesn't surprise me that that one server who couldn't handle 3 tables might have had trouble with a full house!

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Thanks to all who've posted on this thread! You helped me survive a summer exile in Kitsap. Now for a little giveback... my own (highly opinionated!) short list.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Farmer George's is one of the best meat markets I've ever been to. Outstanding beef, especially the tri tip. Pork is good as well. Delicious local chickens. Raw milk. I chuckle when I see someone buying meat in Safeway or Fred Meyer down the road. They have no idea what they're missing.

                                                                                                                                                                                    La Poblanita in Bremerton for great Mexican. Tripe, carne asada and carnitas are all killer. Only the barbacoa - purportedly a 'house specialty' - has been disappointing. Beware of most Mexican places on the peninsula - many do boring food blandly and without passion. Especially bad were El Sombrero and Blue Agave in Port Orchard.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Koi's in Port Orchard does a pretty decent bowl of pho. It's nothing like you'll find in Seattle or LA or San Jose, but it'll get you by. I can't recommend the rest of the menu, it reminds me of the general Kitsap 'Asian Food' strategy - cook the hell out of the most boring cuts of meat we can find, top those with a sugary sauce, and for God's sake make sure there's no offending spices in it.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Big Apple Diner does Greasy Spoon as well as any place I've been west of the Rockies. Nothing better than biscuits and gravy with a side of scrambled eggs after a dawn run up Wildcat Trail.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Fritz's Fry House in Bremerton for frites and a beer. Heaven on a warm evening, or before catching the ferry to the ballgame. I was in Brussels this spring - Fritz's fries stand up to anything I had there.

                                                                                                                                                                                    La Fermata and Brix 25 are the two best fine dining spots on the peninsula. La Fermata especially is a labor of love - they can't be making much money doing what they're doing and paying what they must be paying for their raw materials. Neither provide a blow-you-away experience like a high-end place in Seattle may have the potential to, but that's hardly the point. This is well-done fine dining without having to ride a ferry or cross a bridge.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Rosa's Coffee Roasters in Port Orchard roasts some damn good coffee. If you stop in on a weekday afternoon, the owner may give you a tour and let you taste his creations.

                                                                                                                                                                                    As Shanab points out above, the best Thai on the peninsula may well be at the Port Orchard farmer's market. Excellent pad. Overall though the best farmer's market experience I found is the Thursday market in Bremerton. Lots of local produce, and a few vendors bringing cherries and other summer fruits in from Yakima.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Never made it to Shelton to try Xinh's. I really want to though. Next time.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Finally, Fred Meyer in Port Orchard has a very good selection of dry cooking ingredients, including many of the brands that Whole Foods carries. Their wine section is not bad either.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Good luck, and thanks again all! Kitsap really is a beautiful place, if not a little slow for a die-hard city boy like myself. And there is good food here.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jonoropeza

                                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds like you never made it north of Bremerton. Or did you just not find anything worth mentioning?

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jpc8015

                                                                                                                                                                                        You mean it's not just trees all the way to Alaska??? :)

                                                                                                                                                                                        You're right, I didn't get north of Bremerton this summer. I have been to Whiskey Creek in Keyport a few times in the past. Kinda meh about it. Bring me a Farmer George's rib eye and I'll grill ya one on our back porch that'll knock'em out of the park.

                                                                                                                                                                                        One thing I did forget to mention: Tom Farmer's oysters. He has a little shop south of Allyn, and is usually at the Port Orchard Saturday morning market. Great oysters, even in the summer season. Crisp, sweet, and very redolent of the Sound. In December they're ridiculously good. The Once A Winter Plan: Head to Esquin in Seattle, bring back the most ridiculously expensive bottle of Chablis they've got, then get a couple dozen of Tom's oysters and slurp down. Heaven.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jonoropeza

                                                                                                                                                                                          ...it's 7:30am and I am so jones'in for oysters right now it's not even funny. Thanks, Jon, thanks...

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. I know the Boat Shed is mentioned in this thread and listed as ok, but not outstanding. I can pretty much agree with that, but I would push it just a little past ok. Certainly not a high chowhound recommendation, but for locals, it is a pretty decent place to go. Said another way, its slightly above average makes it way above average in the Bremerton restaurant wasteland.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Billy Bob

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Billy Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                        It appears Bremerton finally has a taco truck. Located at the corner of NE Riddell Road & 303 parked at the 76 gas station. I've been on two occasions. The first time I had two tripe and two pastor tacos. Both were good but... just: good. The second time my lunch partner had two tongue and two pork carnitas. The tongue was VERY good but the pork carnitas did not seemed to be fried in any way. A bland, boiled pork disappointment. I had four pastor and they were VERY, VERY good... closer to excellent in fact. $11.00 (even) for eight tacos and two cans of soda. A darn good value. If you go, make sure you try the salsa (red & green) hiding in the cooler to the left of the soda bin. Both were very good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          I was also quite excited to see the taco truck. I got 4 tacos - carnitas, lengua, tripa, and cabeza. Basically I thought they were all underseasoned and the cabeza was suprisingly flavorless. That being said they were perfectly cooked otherwise. The tongue was very tender and flavorful and the tripe was wonderful. My carnitas was certainly better than what you described, but far from the best I've had. I didn't know about the salsas. It was really cheap, and I will definitely give them another chance.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: bfiesta

                                                                                                                                                                                            What is Pastor? Thanks. We'd like to try them, but not sure what they are.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ljohaines

                                                                                                                                                                                              Tacos al Pastor are made with chile marinated pork that is traditionally rotisserie grilled (think gyro meat) and served with pineapple.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: slabbit

                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks slabbit! Do you know the days/time the taco truck is there? Can't wait to try them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ljohaines

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think it said 10-8pm daily, but I didn't see if they were closed on any day. I have to say the seasoning problems seems to be fixed. The tacos I had today were excellent, with the exception of the pastor being a bit tough. They definitely don't make them the classic way. It's basically spiced pork there.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Billy Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                            I think the lure of the boat shed is the idea of having cocktails on the patio. I have never been impressed by a meal there...never.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Billy Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                              The boat shed has a bad tendency to put a slice of cheddar cheese on everything. I also think the more expensive their entree is, the worse it tends to be. That being said, for a decent sandwich, good fries, good fried oysters, and damn good chowder, in a nice setting with good service, I'll go there. I'll never order fish or steak there again though.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. This probably takes this thread in a slightly different direction, but any chance there is an apple orchard somewhere in the area? Ideally I'd like to pick apples, though would be pretty happy just to find a source for local apples (in a large enough quantity that I could can a fair amount of apple butter and applesauce).

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kkbriggs

                                                                                                                                                                                                This site may be of help to you:


                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I know you have over a hundred responses. But wanted to share with you that we had the best clam chowder this weekend at the Gig Harbor (Kitsap Peninsula), farmers market chowder cookoff. The winner was a place in Purdy/Key Center called O'Callahans. Can't go wrong with their chowder per the judges (I was one), and the people who attended. 2nd Best (And really good) was The Tides bar and grill in Gig Harbor. Enjoy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ljohaines

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks for the info. This thread is a fabulous resource for those eating in the general area of Kitsap County, which I think of as including places in Northwest Pierce County (e.g., Gig Harbor, Purdy, Key Peninsula, Bethel) and East Jefferson County on the Olympic Peninsula (e.g., Port Ludlow, Chimacum, Hadlock, Port Townsend). I hope that others, like you, will keep the thread going with new or updated information.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Tom Armitage

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Just wanted to pat everyone on the back and say, 'Congrats on 200 posts to Chowhound Kitsap'

                                                                                                                                                                                                    While we may rehash the old, every now and then a new joint opens up and that gives me (us all) hope! ...could always be worse in this one Starbucks town.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Disclaimer: I dislike Starbucks very much.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: bfiesta

                                                                                                                                                                                                      And there's nothing wrong with rehashing the old, if it brings the thread up to date and adds new information. Restaurants aren't static. They change owners, change chefs and other staff, and even without such changes, seem to go up and down in the quality of food or service, or both, over time. For me, that's what makes a single thread like this so valuable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I would have to agree with Four Swallows on Bainbridge, Barrarta Bistro in Poulsbo and La Fermata in Bremerton. Shima for sushi on Bainbridge. I am very picky once having owned my own cooking school.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  good luck

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. just curious to see if anyone has anything to report about (1) the peruvian place in bremerton where kitsap way turns into 6th or (2) the new place in the old gus and gus space, gw's just good food?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: vaughne

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Um, Kitsap Way becomes 11th St. Not sure where you mean. On 2, do you mean where August Winn was in Manette? Will have to check it out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Jimisi

                                                                                                                                                                                                        There is nothing in the August Wynn spot yet as far as I can tell. The Peruvian place is near 6th and Callow, which IS actually where Kitsap Way ends up. I haven't been there but have seen the sign.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: slabbit

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rumor has it that a brew pub is going in at the old August Wynn site. I have heard on good authority that the future owners are real ‘beer people’ and one is a current ‘restaurant’ owner in Kitsap. Then again until the paper comes off the windows and there is an open sign flashing, it’s all just rumors and innuendo…

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: bfiesta

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I just saw the liquor license application on the window at the old August Winn place. It says it will be called Der Blokken Brewery. I'm guessing it is the Heads Up brewing folks who are opening it. Pretty exciting news actually!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: slabbit

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Actually Der Blokken is being started by Andy and Jessica Husted, owner operators of Fritz Fry House. It is named after a beer Andy invented in his basement. It opens this weekend and it should be great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: vaughne

                                                                                                                                                                                                        The peruvian place has slow service and a tiny menu and FANTASTIC food. Highly recommended!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Hi Chowhound friends, I read extensively through this thread and have some specific questions for you all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        We'll be in Port Townsend in November for a week with our almost-3-year-old who eats EVERYTHING (dim sum, sushi, etc) and an infant, so needless to say we've got our hands full. But we really want to explore as much of the area's food as we can. We love to cook as well, and will want suggestions on good places to shop too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        So that said, we'd love to hear of any great seafood markets/tips on where to buy off the dock or direct from oyster farmers within an hour's drive---where do you buy the best oysters out there? Are any of the area farmers markets year-round?

                                                                                                                                                                                                        We also are looking for anything and everything great to eat within an hour's drive of Port Townsend. We are bakery lovers more than big breakfast eaters---bread/pastries/great coffee, cozy atmosphere--so those suggestions are very much appreciated.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Since we have the kiddos we'll probably be willing to travel an hour but no longer, so it looks like Poulsbo and Port Ludlow are within reachable distance. how long is the drive to Bellingham? I was thinking one day trip to Bellingham might be fun, so if you could suggest a chowhound food-hop with must-taste bites (walkable preferred) we'd love to do that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        love to hear recent opinions on:
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fountain Café
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wild Coho
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Silverwater Café
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hudson point café

                                                                                                                                                                                                        and in Pouslbo:
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Burrata Cafe, Sheila's, molly ward gardens (though this looks a bit too fancy for a kid, yes?)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sounds like agate pass cafe might be worth seeking out on our way from Seattle (in Suquamish)--anyone been there since they got the new chef? Is this relatively kid-friendly? We take our kid out to most restaurants, so we're not talking crayons-on-the-table kid-friendly, I just don't want to ruin anyone's anniversary dinner....

                                                                                                                                                                                                        other suggestions? Are there any awesome sandwich shops? Terrific delis? Any small family-owned places to buy meats/sausages/whatever?
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks SO MUCH in advance for your help. We are really looking forward to getting away. OH, and any kid must-do's are also welcome (great indoor play areas/parks nearby, etc)...we'll definitely be looking for things to keep our toddler busy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: aaustin

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow. Lots to answer. First Bellingham is at least two hours away. Depends on ferry schedule - either Port Townsend-Keystone or Kingston-Edmonds. The Whidbey Island route will take you past Penn Cove area where mussels are featured, but I have no "must eat" suggestions for OAk Harbor along the way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          With regard to markets, the Port Townsend Weds and Sat markets wind down in Nov, but will certainly be open the Sat before Thanksgiving. There is also a farmers market Sunday at Chimacum Grange.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The fishing dock in Port Townsend has fresh fish, but they are whole, so it depends upon your cooking capabilities or kitchen access if you want to try that. Key City Fish in the Port of Port Townsend will have fresh offerings. For the best in oysters, drive south along Hwy 101 toward Shelton. Several other posters have cited specific places there. But that's about a 1+ hr drive, so plan accordingly. Xinh's in Shelton is great for oyster dishes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rating your PT restaurant selection

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fountain - haven't been
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wild Coho - closed
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Silverwater - solid; had lunch there Thurs
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fins - very good; try for table overlooking harbor
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hudson Point cafe - meh

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also consider
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Banana Leaf or Khu Larb (Thai)
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ajax in Port Hadlock
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chimacum Cafe
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Brassica F, Sa only to 11/9
                                                                                                                                                                                                          For really informal
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dos okies BBQ
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Greek gyro trailer by yacht club - picnic table or take away
                                                                                                                                                                                                          C-Jays by yacht club
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Blue Moose Cafe
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Spruce Goose at airport.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Haven't been to Burrata Bistro or Sheilas. Molly Wards Garden seemed overpriced and tired
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Agate Pass Cafe website seems to indicate they are "upscale" now. Thought wine prices a bit dear, but haven't yet been.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Other posssibilities in Poulsbo are Mor Mor, JJs or Tizley (upstairs Euro-German).
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hope this helps.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          PS, your toddler might enjoy MArine Science Center aquarium pools at Ft Worden

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: etoiledunord

                                                                                                                                                                                                            wow, etoiledunord, this is way above and beyond. Thank you! Greek gyro trailor? now THAT'S a first. I'll def. try it. Agree re Agate--seems to be trending upscale. If I could bother you for a few of your favorite/best things you've had at some of these casual places, that'd be great. And thanks for the science center suggestion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: aaustin

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dos Okies - good pulled pork or ribs
                                                                                                                                                                                                              C-Jays - fish and chips or hamburgers
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Spruce Goose - I usually go for breakfast w/ corned beef hash, but lunches are OK too. Fun to watch the small planes take off and land. Get a window table unless it's nice enough to sit outside on picnic tables on deck
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Blue Moose - better than previously. It's in shipyard complex, so lots of marine tradesmen coming in for coffee or a sandwich.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Key City Fish also now has a taco window. Fish tacos are pretty good. Outside seating.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Window view at Bayside is nice, but food is ordinary. Did have a plate of Manilla clams on spaghetti once that was very good.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              There is also a new taco truck at F St and San Juan. Haven't tried it, but last time I drove by, the line was five or six deep. Has a few picnic tables.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chimicum Cafe has great pies. Otherwise standard rural cafe fare. Good value on Sunday dinners and daily specials.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Other possibilities - Inn at Port Hadlock. It's hit or miss. Have had great and awful meals/service. Not sure about today.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Shameless pitch for Inn at Port Ludlow. Restaurant manager is a friend. Chef Dan puts out great meals and reasonable prices. Many specials throughout the week.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              No problem there with your toddler anytime, but it's 20 mi from PT.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: etoiledunord

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I just found this thread! I live in Silverdale and haven't been able to afford to try places w/o hearing a recommendation. This is a great, local resourch! Thanks everyone. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. 15th St. Bakery is now open in the space where Luigi's(RIP) was! Apparently, the folks and Hi-Lo's hired lots of Luigi's assistants/proteges/students and have them baking the same menu plus a few additional things.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Seeded baguette and the scones are still there, and almost just as good- maybe without that hint of burntness that luigi was so damned good at, but still really good.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          The neighborhood is overjoyed, and there may be a line.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also, they are now open way more(Sundays too!), and they take plastic!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I used to live down in Kitsap when I was in the Navy and I would say you should try Four Swallows on Bainbridge Island. I remember gettinga a halibut wrapped in bacon that was pretty tasty and the pizza is good too, crispy and light.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Four Swallows
                                                                                                                                                                                                            481 Madison Ave N, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Would like to hear if anyone has yet been to the Patio "wine dinners"?
                                                                                                                                                                                                              We are going tomorrow for the Calif. Wine Dinner and will let you know how it goes. Wanted to attend the Harvest Dinner, but weren't able to make it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks to all for your comments, this is the best site online for dining in Kitsap.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Linda H.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Looking forward to your report out. We have tried Patio a few times and although I like the ambition, I always felt like they fell a little short on execution. I never felt like the value was right. Either portions too small or quality not quite up to their price level. I would love for it to work, since we have so few options here on this side of the water, so I am willing to try again if there is hope.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Billy Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Billy Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Billy Bob, we went, we dined, we drank good wine, and we enjoyed every bit of it! It seemed like we were out of town somewhere. The first course choices were: Wild Mushroom Brushetta, Warm Winter Salad with Baby Spinach and a warm bacon sherry vinaigrette (my choice) and Thai Seafood Chowder with Penn Cove mussels in a delicious coconut sauce (hubby's choice-he ate every bit!). Main course choices were: Macadamia Nut Crusted Halibut with a tasty sesame potato cake, baby spinach and a cream sauce (hubby's choice-loved it); a Grilled Flat Iron Steak with roasted fingerling potatoes, or (my choice-had to make myself stop eating!) a Proscuitto Wrapped Chicken Breast with green beans in a garlic wine sauce and a yummy roasted root vegetable gratin. Last course: White Chocolate Basil Mouse with strawberry sauce-oh my, and I had the Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake with a whiskey caramel sauce. We didn't try, but sure wished we had been able, were the Chocolate Amaretto Frozen Custard and the Godiva WC Cappucinno. There were 2 or 3 choices of wines for each course, the wait staff was attentive, though ours could have used a bit more experience in efficiency, she was gracious and pleasant. Chef Willam was indulgent and allowed me to take photos of them in the kitchen. He also served the main course to us himself. All in all, we were pleasantly surprised and quite happy with our experience. We will go back when we know the chef is in the house.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ljohaines

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sounds like a good time and you have convinced me to go back for another try.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We just gave Nattamit Thai a first try on Saturday and loved it! Basically a one person operation and you feel like you are eating in her dining room. Even had my hero Al Bundy on the tv behind the counter! The food was sublime and we definitely will be going back often!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Billy Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sure hope you get a good experience this time Billy Bob! And we love Nattamit Thai also. Have you tried the new "Global Bean" coffee shop in Silverdale? We were so impressed with the ambiance of the place, warm and inviting, a place you would love to go relax after a hectic day. We had a couple Moosehead beers (a bit different from most run-of-the-mill shops), and they also have wine, liquors for your coffee's, relaxing live music on some evenings, nice fireplace, small, intimate and friendly service. Was busy the evening we went, so not sure when is best to go to find a place to sit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ljohaines

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We have not tried Global Bean yet. Where is it located? Always love supporting independent coffee houses!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also, thanks for the pics from Patio.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Billy Bob


                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Billy Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's in Silverdale off Myrhe Road (spelling?) between RidgeTop and Bucklin Hill, there are 3 large commercial buildings on the West side of the street (one is Kitsap Credit Union), Global Bean is in the middle building. I think you will enjoy it...much more ambiance than our regular coffee places. Let us know what you think.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: ljohaines

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Here is a sampling of the food presentation at The Patio and also Chef Willam in his kitchen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ljohaines

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So sorry to report that the Patio is closing...Just when we get a good one in Bremerton, we can't/won't support them.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Very sad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Wow. Haven't been on here for a while. I started this thread long ago. I've both agreed with and disagreed with lots of opinions on here--we all have different tastes so it's good to hear all the opinions. I just wanted to add that in Bremerton there is a new coffee house/bakery near Evergreen Park called Samudra. Great place! Unbelievable baked goods, even some vegan. Good coffee. And a yoga studio upstairs... Also, CJs Evergreen Market has started carrying some of their catering food. It's frozen but their soups and pies are great--two tiny tables. Try both!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ultrachoclover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As the OP would you consider starting a new Kitsap post? This one is getting really unwieldy to open but would love the conversation to continue . . .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Anybody tried Rachel's in the old Spiro's/Badda Boom Badda Bing building in East Bremerton? I have heard some good things.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't live in Kitsap right now but visit my parents there a bit. If Rachel's makes a good pizza I may stop in on a visit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jpc8015

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If I'm not mistaken, Rachel's is BBBB with a new name. I've been there once and have not had the pizza, so can't help on that. Otherwise, the menu and the food seemed the same. Portions too large, prices too high, food only average. Sorry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BBgirl, try Nattamit Thai in old town Silverdale. It's the best around nearer than Bainbridge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Jimisi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Actually they denied they had any connection to BBBB, yet that may just be a way to keep people coming back! Anyway, as is typical with most pizza places around here, the crust is too doughy and there was about twice as much cheese as there should be. That being said it wasn't bad, just nothing special. It's a nice place and they were trying real hard, but it didn't seem much better than BBBB.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I so wish someone would open a real New York or New Haven style pizza place here in Bremerton, but everyone here would probably just order extra cheese and think the crust was burnt...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: slabbit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Would like to report on a recent visit to Rachel's. While the rest of the meal was unexciting, I had some excellent zucchini soup and the person who made it was happy to share in a discussion about it. The service was good too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Another mention goes to Anthony's Bremerton for a pretty good meal (our guests were very happy with their choices) and excellent service tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I, too, love good food and am having a difficult time finding it in Kitsap. However, Blondie's in Port Orchard is outstanding. The best prime rib & steaks you'll ever eat. Go there when strawberries are ripe---the strawberry shortcake is heavenly. Ginos just changed owners and menus and that can only be an improvement. Now it's called the Lighthouse, but I have not had a chance to try them again. Amy's is still mediocre; Cosmo's Italian not much better. I am still looking for a good Thai place. Any suggestions?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: BBgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Blondies? Really? I've had nothing but rank-amateur service and Sysco's Finest when I've had the misfortune to dine there. I *want* to like it, but I just can't, and the value equation is terrible, IMHO.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: BBgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gino's would actually be turning BACK into the Lighthouse. Years ago the Lighthouse had a fantastic Sunday brunch but it went downhill during the last few years they were open. I hope they bring back the good brunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: BBgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I agree with Jimisi, Nattamit Thai in Old Town is fabulous. In Port Orchard 'The Original Thai Taste' on Mile Hill has fantastic food, and in Gig Harbor the Thai Hut is really outstanding as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: monicascafe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kate's Righteous Pie... Saw a big sign in front of Kate's a couple of days ago. When I saw the words 'Hand tossed' & 'brick oven' I figured I had to try it. They offer pies after 2:00pm on the weekdays and all day Saturday. The pizzas are $12.00 and are approximately 14 inches. We ordered a cheese and pepperoni. With two medium sodas the bill was about $16.00 without tip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                First the disclaimer: As most of you know Pizza is extremely subjective. If you read the boards on this site relating to pizza you’re certain to run across a bevy of very different, very opinionated, reviews.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When someone advertises 'hand tossed' I don't expect to see dough flying through the air but I DO expect to see dough hand stretched. Not rolled with a massive rolling pin as was the case with this pie. Not only does the pin destroy the air pockets created by the yeast... it also prevents any edge or cornicione from developing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When the pizza arrived the first thing I thought was 'Darn, I've been cheesed!'. I'm a huge fan of cheese, but this was a bit much even for me. The good news was there was a fairly decent char on the bottom and around the edge. The pizza was hot. Burn the roof of your mouth hot. Big bonus points for serving a hot pie! The dough seemed to be from some sort of mix..? By that I mean it had herbs baked into the dough. The sauce seemed to be premade or canned 'pizza sauce'. It too contained dried herbs. The issue I have with premade sauce is after it bakes on the pizza it turns to paste. The pepperoni I assume is Boars Head brand and was sliced thin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Again this was our first try and to be honest I there probably won’t be a second. That said, I absolutely enjoy their sandwiches and subs! I really, really, like everything that Kate’s offers just not the pizza. Again, just my opinion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kate's Jersey Subs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2100 E 11th St, Bremerton, WA 98310

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: bfiesta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  No matter how long Kate has the place it will always be Pete's to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. EUREKA!!! HALLELUJAH!!! YES, YES, YES!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have been dying for East coast pizza and have had no luck since moving to Kitsap County.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The closest I could find was Boston Pizza in Bremerton but the crust is flavorless (must not know about letting dough chill for 24 hours and how to use starters) and the sauce tastes like tomato paste with too much oregano. But the cheese coverage and grease factor were genuine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Now I have discovered that the genuine NY style pizza is in Poulsbo at Poulsbo Woodfired Pizza House. They serve slices all day and you can buy a whole pie. They also deliver locally. The phone number is 360-598-4016.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I sampled a slice of pepperoni and sausage with tomato sauce and a second slice with artichoke hearts, tomato slices, and other goodies which was the best Northwest/NYC hybrid pizza I have eaten here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The toppings include:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              pepperoni, sausage, meatball, linguica, bacon, chicken, bbq chicken, anchovies, canadian bacon, salami, mushrooms, bell peppers, red peppers, white onions, red roma tomatoes, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, basil, lettuce, black olives, pineapple, garlic, and jalapeno. The cheeses include mozzarella, feta, and parmesan. And for sauces you can choose from pizza sauce, pesto, alfredo, garlic and olive oil, and bbq sauce. Don't ask me what the gig is with lettuce but you can see he has just about everything you could want (except my favorite roasted red peppers) .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              He has also serves wine, Hood Canal Brewery and Henry Weinhard beers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I talked with the owner. He confessed that he was mentored at one point by a baker originally from Brooklyn. You can tell.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So run, don't walk, to this place if you have been hankering for a NYC pizza fix. Tell them Annie sent you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              SORRY FOR THE DUPLICATION IN THE POST. I wanted to add the toppings section after I posted and the edit feature would not let me delete the original. But I guess it bares repeating twice since it is so hard to find great NYC style pizza here in the Northwest.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Poulsbo Woodfired Pizza House
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              18937 Front St NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: awschiller

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You post has motivated me to give this place a try. I stopped by there on a Sunday many months ago and asked the person at the front desk what style of pizza they served. He gave me a blank look that made it clear he had no idea what I was talking about. “Is it Neapolitan style, New York style, Chicago style, Sicilian style, thin crust, thick crust, or what?” I asked. He still had no clue. “It’s just regular pizza,” he said. There were some people eating a pizza outdoors, so I walked by and took a look at it. It was pale, no char, no cornichone. I walked back inside, poked my head in the kitchen, and asked the cooks how hot they kept the pizza oven. “Around 500 degrees,” they replied. Yikes. No wonder it is so pale and there’s no char, I thought. I asked a woman sitting on a bench nearby on Front Street if she had tried the pizza. “My husband is a pizza fanatic,” she replied, “and he doesn’t think it’s any good.” Given all of that, I took a pass on trying the pizza, and wound up eating at Burrata Bistro down the street – which turned out to be a wonderful discovery. I think that, at the moment, Burrata is the best restaurant in Poulsbo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Tom Armitage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Haven't tried this place either, but will give it a shot. That being said the pizza at Sogno di vino is pretty good, so I've mostly been going there recently for my (sort-of) east coast pizza fix. Sogno di vino's pastas, on the other hand, have been consistently terrible. Go to Burrata for that (or better yet La Fermata).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Off the Kitsap topic: I finally went to the fantastic Delacey in Seattle over the weekend, and it is easily the best New York style pizza in the Seattle metro area. Call it Motorino West.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: slabbit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Der Blokken Brewery rocks! It's still way early in my opinion to do any sort of review but initial impressions are super positive. The house beer is excellent. 'Guinness' like. The burger was good. The fries, or course, are good 'cause the owners other place is Fritz's Fry House. Any place that has Poutine on the menu made NOT with frozen fries gets an additional star. The service was top notch... something that the previous occupiers of that space were lacking. A welcome addition to the hood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: bfiesta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Agree completely. Haven't tried much there but it's all been good and the space is fantastic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Tom Armitage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I agree with Tom A, these places with nice ovens burning way too cool are just so ridiculous. Thumbs down. Will have to check out Burrata, I've heard good things about them. Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I tried Sogno di vino for pizza also, and I'd call it OK. I wouldn't make a special trip. Too bad, it's a nice place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've been reading and dreaming about Delancey. Thanks for the report. Did you have to wait forever?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Jimisi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Went to Sogno di Vino yesterday for the first time in a while. Unfortunately they seem to have changed their pizzas to appeal to the Kitsap palate. :( There was a TON more cheese on all the pizzas. They were heavy and squishy, and a real disappointment given my feelings about it shortly after it opened.... I can no longer recommend them as any better than the average out here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also tried the Woodfired Pizza place there a few weeks back. Meh... It was good pizza, don't get me wrong, and better than Sogno di Vino's given my last impression, but not worth the drive from Bremerton. Very similar to Boston's (also good) in my opinion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: slabbit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I was at the Silverdale Farmers market on Tuesday and stumbled onto Viaggio Pizza. They are a traveling wood fired pizzeria. They fire up a great thin crust Neapolitan style pizza with a few dark bubbles on the crust and not overloaded with toppings. The best thin crust pizza I have found in ALL of Kitsap county. I only wish they had a sit down restaurant with cold Beer!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Any fears about the new sous chef @ Agate Pass Cafe have been answered. The food is still very good, possibly even better. Four of us went yesterday and all were pleased with their choices: asparagus risotto, halibut over a bed of sauteed spinach and whipped ginger yams, and a large pork chop with rhubarb fig jus. The halibut and spinach were perfectly cooked and the gingered yams were out of this world. Even my brother, who normally dislikes yams, loved them--light and whipped. Service was a slow because we went early (4 pm on Sunday) and only the sous chef was in the kitchen, but once the second chef came on board later, items began to flow out of the kitchen. Bread pudding was pronounced the best my partner had ever had--again light with lots of pecan and bourbon flavor. My brother raved over the chocolate pots de creme and I was happy with my lemon pound cake served in a bowl of strawberry soup with creme fraiche. In the culinary wasteland of Kitsap County, this is definitely worth the journey.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Agate Pass Cafe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  7220 NE Park Way, Suquamish, WA 98392

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Some nice things happening at Hare and Hounds up in Poulsbo. Went there the week they opened and then again last week. Steadily getting better and really a nice pub. They have some classic items like Welsh Rarebit, Cock-a-Leekie soup, and Fish and Chips. That night they had Steak and Kidney Pie on special!!! 4 or 5 beers on casks and a lot of nice whisky's as well. Could end up being a real gem up there. I quite like Tizley's too, so it's going to be tough to decide which to go to when I'm looking for a pub fix.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    18928 Front St NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Also tried the Paella Bar a few weeks back. Should probably give them another try since they also had not been open long, but I was not impressed. Neither have been any of my friends that have gone since. The place looks great. Unfortunately, for them, that is the best part.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Basically, if you want to open a small Tapas (often really small) bar, and charge as much as they want to charge, you have to do them REALLY well. Nothing we had was very interesting, overly flavorful, or well-composed. It was all really sloppy actually. Their menu was really long, and that probably is part of the problem. At least two of our tapas were bathed in the same marinara-like sauce, and they tortilla was bone-dry and unseasoned. Their sangria was the worst I have ever had, and it didn't appear that they even had a bottle of sherry in the house. The cocktails we tried, on the other hand, were pretty good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm not usually one to harp when portion size is too small, but some of the items were a little ridiculous given the price. There are many small plate establishments in Seattle doing it much better with similar or better prices. I admit I was a little concerned going in, since, while I like Burrata, I wouldn't call it very authentic. You can load a pasta dish with cheese and sauce and make it pretty tasty. Unfortunately, that doesn't really fly with Spanish food, and the same people are making it. I hope they have improved, and if I hear so, I'll definitely give them another shot. Sorry to slam so hard, but it was the most-expensive bad meal I've had in a long time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: slabbit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        slabbit, I have to respectfully disagree. We've only been to Paella Bar once, but were quite impressed with the few items we had. I remember an awesome pulled pork enchilada (not really a tapa, but delicious). The paella itself was also first rate. I look forward to trying it again with friends so we can sample more dishes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Jeffo405

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I too have to give the Paella Bar kudos. Went last week with friends and we all enjoyed the dishes, beer, and the atmosphere. The pulled pork was delicious, as well as the clams with chorizo and fennel, the roasted crimini mushrooms, and the fresh asparagus wrapped in proscuitto. The potato tortilla was a bit dry but good flavor and their bread's topping was a bit sweet for our tastes. But overall, we felt like we had found a real gem and will definitely return to try other items on their menu. I plan to let all my "foodie" friends know about it. Next door at Burrata, the food and atmosphere is also quite good. Not your usual Kitsap places. I hope they get a good following and stay around.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ljohaines

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Well, glad to hear some good reviews. I will give them another shot. I thought maybe I had just been there on a bad day, but at least 2 of my friends (who usually aren't as critical as I am) both hated the place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: slabbit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              As a self-confessed hyper-critical food snob, I found most of the dishes at Paella Bar very tasty. They are still refining some of the dishes, and not all of them (e.g., the octopus) are sucessful. But, on the whole, there is a lot of very tasty stuff on the menu and I agree that it is a great addition to the Kitsap food scene. I, for one, will be anxious to return there and continue identifying my favorites on the menu.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Tom Armitage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This is a great thread! Anything new in Gig Harbor? I'm returning for the summer and looking forward to Harbor Greens Market. I've never found a truly wonderful restaurant there in the last 5 years. The quality of the vegetables and fruit more than make up for it in my mind. There are so many wonderful restaurants in Dallas that I am sort of spoiled.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What is the best restaurant in Gig Harbor? I'd love to hear opinions...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Happy Summer!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: lovetheroots

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm sorry no one has answered you on this. I don't live in GH so not sure what's still open or not. We did like Brix 25 (I think it is called) and the Green Turtle (?) when we used to dine there. Let us all know what you have found.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Green Turtle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2905 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Brix 25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  7707 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. The new Hales Brewery in Silverdale is our new favorite. The decor is relaxed and not overdone. The outside patio has umbrellas and plants, the inside patio the same, and the lounge is very cozy including couches and a fireplace. The restaurant has comfy booths. Food is good and the selection of beers is decent. My server "Jason" was a very sweet and friendly person and had his act together. I didn't have to wait long for my order, though the place was fairly busy. I tried a trio of samples: the Roslyn (a guest brew) was smooth, but would have been better had it been served colder. Hales Kolslch German Ale was a light lager with just a hint of hops, and the favorite was their El Jefe Weizen; a Bavarian style lager that was quite filling and satisfying. Hope you all get over to check them out. I think they are a great addition to Kitsap.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ljohaines

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I concur, Hales is a hit. I like their beer selection and all of the food I have tried has been good, highlighted by what I will call the best wings I have had in this area. Hales added to Silver City give our side of the water a couple of good Brew Pub choices!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Billy Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sogno di Vino, Poulsbo. Love the location of this place. Very reasonable prices on wine. Excellent cocktails. My salad of greens with local fresh mushrooms and a warm vinaigrette was sublime! The 'wood fired' pizza... <drum roll> in a word, terrible (IMO). Some people might like this ‘kind’ of pizza. I for one do not. Better term would be Cheese Pizza Bread. As far as being wood fired... they are using a what appears to be a combo oven, i.e. gas & wood. In no way were our pizzas cooked at high temps that wood fired ovens are known for. NO WAY. There was absolutely zero char. On the top or bottom. That said, the menu of pastas and other entrees looks vey appeasing. We really want to go back and try an entre or two. Most items on the menu seemed to be geared to fresh, seasonal ingredients. Moreover, the prices seemed very reasonable. We’ll go back… just not for the Cheesy Pizza Bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. The new coffee shop in Silverdale ( Forza) is a nice addition. It mimic's the Global Bean a bit, but still not your average coffee shop. Nice selection, plus pannini's for lunch and wine and beer after 5 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also, for those of you who used to love the Breezy Hill Bistro's dinners...they are back open once a month, the 3rd Friday with special meals at $50 a person. Well worth it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          5275 Olympic Dr NW Ste 101, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Breezy Hill Bistro
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3611 NW Bucklin Hill Rd, Silverdale, WA 98383

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I'm thankful for this Kitsap thread alhough it is getting so long as to be a bit unwieldy. Anyhow, I recommend the (fairly) new Bay Street Bistro in Port Orchard. Nice menu, nice atmosphere, very fresh ingredients, it does the "bistro" thing very well in all respects.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Just wanted to mention my new favorite place for real Mexican tacos. (Have not judged anything else on the menu. Oh, except for that beef foot tostada, which they were very kind about when I found it inedible.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              La Esperanza is a small tienda with a few tables for food service, located in the south end of the Goodwill plaza on Wheaton Way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The tacos I've had (de pollo and de carnitas) were perfectly made, IMO, and generously portioned.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Give them a try!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. We moved to POULSBO about seven years ago and it's always a challenge to find restaurants that are noteworthy, but here's a few - both good and bad:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                *Tizley's EuroPub* - Front Street - essentially above Sluy's Bakery (pronounced "Sly's") has the best Wienerschnitzel this side of...well...Vienna. SheWhoMustBeObeyed (SWMBO) has ordered other things on the menu and raves about them, but I need only my Weinerschnitzel fix...and a Guinness...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                *Himalayan Chutney* - relatively new - offers NORTH Indian and Nepalese cuisine, and it's excellent - with unique flavors nicely done. It's the best Indian food I've had since I lived in Wolverhampton :-) East end of the main car park in downtown Poulsbo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                *Taqueria Los Cazadores* - as close to authentic Mexican food as I've found in Washington. Not much for atmosphere - formica tables and a full bar where you order the food and drink and then sit down - or take-away. Pictures above the bar. How authentic? Pregunte a los otros clientes - que es más probable de México. A knowledge of Spanish won't go amiss, but the charming lady behind the bar is bilingual.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                *Casa de Luna* - in the alley off Front street in the downtown - looks authentically Mexican, and the food is good. A good place for a fun date.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                *Mor Mor* - also on Front street - IMHO is so pretentious it belongs on Bainbridge. The two or three times we've eaten there ('can't remember how many times - I've tried to block the experience) - I've come to realize that the name is apt. After the meal which consists of a large dinner plate with a sliver of entree, three peas, a dollop of mystery sauce, and something yellow - you'll drop a bundle of your hard-earned and leave crying, "More, More!" in a manner most Dickensian. Go there to impress a date or a client - but carry enough ready cash to get a cheeseburger on the way home!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                *Oak Table* - OK it's in Kingston - has the best brunch - Sunday or otherwise. Large menu. Good food. It's an offshoot of the one in Sequim.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                *Teriyaki something-or-other" - is rather like Taqueria Los Cazadores - not much for atmosphere, but Mrs Cho will charm the pants off you. The food is Asian - a mix of Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, etc. entrees. Pictures above the ordering bar. Our favorite is Chicken Katsu - with more chicken than you'll get at the Colonel's, sticky rice, and a microsalad. Yum. Near to WalMart - across the street in fact - next to the Sleep Number store and the Subway. A canny businesswoman, Mrs Cho states - even advertises the fact - that it is a family restaurant, and outside food is permitted. So if little Britney or Jacob just has to have a taco (Taco de Mer is two doors down) you can still eat together as a family. We do take away, and after ordering, have a cup of complimentary miso soup (great on a cold, rainy day!) Hats off to Mrs Cho!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                *Aroy Dy* - near the junction of Kitsap Way and Finn Hill - is a Thai restaurant with a large menu and elegant decor - and prices to match. We used to go there before we met Mrs Cho (above).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Guten appetit!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Taqueria Los Cazadores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                19559 Viking Ave NW # 2, Poulsbo, WA 98370

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Rotebarone

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks for the run-down, Rotebarone. I didn’t know about Himalayan Chutney, so special thanks for that. The operative phrase regarding Taqueria Los Cazadores is “as authentic as I’ve found in Washington.” As one who spent many years exploring Mexican restaurants and food trucks in the Greater Los Angeles area, especially in the barrios of East Los Angeles, as well as spending a lot of time in Mexico (most recently Oaxaca), I find the Mexican food in the Greater Puget Sound area to be pretty tame and Americanized, including Taqueria Los Cazadores. Given the limited choices in Poulsbo, however, I confess that I do go there from time to time for the lunch special. Your list omits my favorite restaurant in Poulsbo, Pho T & N. The Vietnamese food there is reasonably authentic, tasty, and inexpensive. Combined with friendly service, it’s a winner. Your list also doesn’t mention Burrata Bistro or Paella Bar (neighboring restaurants under common ownership and management). Have you tried those places? They don’t stand up to the best Italian and Spanish tapas restaurants in Seattle, but are, in my opinion, among the best that Poulsbo has to offer. I agree with you about Mor Mor. I’ve had the occasional worthy dish there, but the quality is very inconsistent for the high prices charged. There are those, however, who violently disagree with my assessment. See http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/420464. I have never liked Aroy Dy. The Thai food there is the typical dumbed-down, overly sweet, Americanized version of Thai food that is so prevalent in the Greater Puget Sound Area. Oak Table is a little too precious and expensive for my taste, although it’s okay for what it is. My preference for breakfasts runs more to truck-stop type places with simple preparations, good bacon and sausage, and good hash browns (and typically terrible coffee). I usually venture out of the immediate Poulsbo area either to the Chimacum Café (in Chimacum, of course) or the Big Apple Diner on Kitsap Way in Bremerton. On a good day, The Junction Diner on Viking Way in Poulsbo can be perfectly swell, and I love the downscale dive ambience there, but I’ve also had some not-so-good breakfasts there (burned bacon, overcooked eggs, etc.). I’m very fond of the orange-vanilla French toast at the 12 Trees Café. If I’m in the mood for a more upscale breakfast, I’ve lately been going to the café in the back of the Port Gamble General Store in nearby Port Gamble. I recently had a very delicious oyster hash with poached eggs there for breakfast. They serve lunch there too. Also in the upscale category, the Sunday brunch at Molly Ward Gardens usually has some tasty and interesting dishes, although they are a little pricey. Then there’s the first Saturday breakfast at Farm Kitchen on Old Port Gamble Road. Other than the good pastries and baked goods prepared by Hollis Fay, the food here is nothing to write home about, but it’s perfectly fine, and on a warm, sunny morning (will we ever see one of those again?), it’s a lovely venue to sit out in the lovely garden and dine al fresco. Finally, your list omits Mike’s Four Star BBQ in nearby Port Gamble. Have you been there? I think it’s another of the best options in the Greater Poulsbo Area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Tom Armitage


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for your input. Interestingly, my favorite stateside Mexican restaurant is Mission Jarrito in Mission San Jose, California. My all time best burrito came from a taco stand just outside the Santa Ana Register (Orange County Register nowadays), so I agree with you about the Mexican food being tame hereabouts. If Pho T&N is the one near the Albertson's on 305, I'd agree. Great Pho on those dark, cold, (need I say rainy) days. I haven't tried Burrata Bistro, but I have tried the Tapas bar, not bad at all, but Tapas aren't my thing. I went there with my Spanish class a year or so ago. Chimacum Café for sure (love their pies), but a friend turned me on to the most worthy Airport Cafe on the way to Port Townsend (don't know the name). The Junction Diner (was it always named that? I just noticed their new sign - used to be just "Diner"). I've been waiting for someone to tell me about the place - 'cause it looks - dare I say it? - a little down market for me. It's near to our house, though. Sheila's Portside Cafe is good, but I feel a little claustrophobic therein, like there's no room for my elbows. 'Haven't tried the Port Gamble General Store lately - it's changed hands yet again, I am told. I'll try Molly Ward Gardens' Sunday brunch. I'd thought it was a catering operation only. Thank you. We've some friends that have wanted us to join them at the Farm Kitchen, but the timing just wasn't right. We'll get there. Warm, sunny days, eh? I saw the sun yesterday for about the first time this year and I'd forgotten what it looked like (and I was sore afraid). Mike's Four Star BBQ is new to me, and while I don't care for BBQ, SWMBO *loves* it, so I'll take her there straightaway. FWIW, I heard that Gandhi's in Silverdale and Himalayan Chutney in Poulsbo are owned and run by the same family, but I've no way to confirm that, not that it matters. As aforementioned, HC offers Nepalese and North Indian cuisine, and I like it very much. Is it good and authentic Nepalese food? How would I know;-) A couple of acquaintances have told me that the some of the times they've gone to HC they've been unaccountably closed. No sign. Just closed during thie normal opening hours. I'd be disappointed, but as long as I'd found a parking space, I'd walk to Tizley's. (I'm easy to please).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for your input, Tom. I'll watch for your reviews. Cheers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Molly Ward Gardens
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    27462 Big Valley Rd NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    18928 Front St NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Port Gamble General Store & Cafe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    32400 Rainier Ave NE, Port Gamble, WA 98364

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Rotebarone

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, Pho T & N is the one near the Albertson’s on Highway 305. They have lots of stuff other than pho. I’ve heard lots of good things about the café at the Port Townsend Airport, but haven’t tried it yet. It’s now moved up on my list. The Junction Diner (formerly, as you point out, just the “Diner”) is definitely downscale and not everybody’s cup of tea. But you can get a generously sized, inexpensive breakfast there, and when it’s good, I don’t mind the downscale ambience.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Tom Armitage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The cafe at PT airport is the Spruce Goose, I haven't eaten there. Sorry, can't agree with the enthusiasm for the Chimacum Cafe, scores well on serving size v $$ but quality? Meh. Much prefer the Hudson Point Cafe in Port Townsend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hudson Point Cafe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        130 Hudson St, Port Townsend, WA 98368

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Spruce Goose Cafe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        310 Airport Rd, Port Townsend, WA 98368

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Tom Armitage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Very nice home style breakfasts at Salmon Canyon Cafe on the south end of Bainbridge Island and they serve them 'till 3pm closing. Its in the complex just north of the old Lynwood Theatre. Lunches are good too. Agree most Thai food around here is barely edible. Had a great lunch recently at PG General Store. I'm heading for Tizley's at next opportunity, sounds deelish . . .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Salmon Canyon Cafe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4765 Lynwood Center Rd NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      18928 Front St NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Chaps

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chaps, have you tried Sawatdy Thai on BI? Last I knew, it was quite good. The only other Thai I can recommend is Nattamit in Silverdale. Went to Aroydy twice, I think. It had a couple good points as I recall, but overall, pretty bad. The deal-breaker was old dried-up veggies for garnish. Inexcusable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also, thanks Tom for your recos. I will check some of them out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Had to take my car in for maintenance over on Auto Center in Bremerton about noon today.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Asked where nearest coffee shop/cafe was, and told that there was one up at West Hills Auto Center. Started walking up that way and low and behold, ran into an outside hot dog tent called Hot Stuff, right in front of Minder Meats. They offer a BBQ 1/4 pounder, Spicy Cajun sausage or Polish Dog with over 15 condiments. My lunch cost $6 and included chips and a drink. Pretty good value and the proprietors were friendly and business is fairly new. I hope you all get a chance to give them some business.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Some new (and old) ideas after spending a week in Kitsap. And because this ol thread needed a bump.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The best food in Port Orchard still comes from a pair of farmers. Farmer George's meats on Bethel. Tom Farmer doing his oysters and clams at the weekend farmer's market. Wholesale prices at both for meat and seafood that stands up to anything you can get in Seattle. Farmer George also stocks local eggs and raw milk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nattamit in Silverdale is still awesome. A bit of a victim of its own success? I tried to go one afternoon. Packed. 3 deep at the counter to order, two parties waiting for tables. Too bad. Su's cooking is wonderful. I just wish she had a partner to handle the logistics.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was impressed by Toro Lounge in Bremerton. A solid take on Local/Spanish/Pub Grub. Nothing earthshattering, expect maybe the idea of getting food like this in Bremerton.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Whiskey Gulch Coffee is a new coffee shop in Port Orchard next to the Annapolis foot ferry. Victrola coffee. Well made macchiato. A slice of civilization in the north woods? :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Super Wok on Mile Hill in Port Orchard is fairly new. They're doing the Pacific Northwest version of the Chinese-American canon really well. Particularly liked the General Tso's. Pho was good. Didn't care for their Thai dishes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      La Fermata and Brix 25 are still my favorite fine dining on the peninsula. Between the two, I prefer La Fermata. It's a lovely little space and the food, especially the seafood, has been excellent each time I've been.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. This seems to be a great thread to get some advice on where to eat. My girlfriend and I are heading out to this area from Philadelphia for a long weekend. We arrive at Seatac around 2:30 PM this Thursday. We're renting a car and driving to Port Angeles through Tacoma. After a long cross-country flight, we want to stop and get some good, local food to start of our vacation, preferably seafood/oysters on our ride out to PA. Thanks in advance for the suggestions.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: phillykyle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hmm, it's not Kitsap, but that puts you in Tacoma near happy hour. I'm not necessarily too fond of Anthony's, but some are better than others. The menu has a lot of seafood, I'd stick to the simpler preparations. They have great raw oysters, if you're so inclined. If you search on Yelp or some such for seafood in Tacoma, you'll find more. Across the bridge, Gig Harbor has some choices, although I haven't been there in a long time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          HTH and hope some others will add ideas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: phillykyle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My daughter from Tacoma recommends Johnny 's or the Lobster Shop. Truthfully....I hear the best Oyster eating is on the other side of the Hood Canal bridge. Port Hadlock comes to my mind for some reason. There is a tiny little kitchy cafe there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Heads Up Kids! The new name of the restaurant at the hotel is Inlet Grille. I just spent an hour at their opening, and tasted the Brie & Mushroom Burger...The Best! Now listen up...the lounge is very nice and has its own snack/bar menu. What is so exciting is that they also have a fine dining area that will be great not only for anniversaries and birthdays, but Date Night. The menu and ambiance is upscale, the service is friendly and you will love the menu: Appetizers that include Dungeness Crab and Artichoke Dip, and Spicy Honey Wings; Soups/Salads: Smoked Salmon Bisque and down-right old fashioned/new age Iceberg Wedge BLT; Entrees: Choice Beef including Filet, Tenderloin or New York with choice of toppings or Proscuitto and Red Pepper Penne. These dishes are just a portion of what is offered. And you know from Hop Jack's that everything is fresh and prepared perfectly. Oh yes, as I mentioned before, the delicious breakfasts that you have been enjoying at Hop Jacks has moved to the hotel. So come on down Kitsap and check out our new "Hot Spot" You won't be sorry!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ljohaines

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Uh, 'The Hotel" is a bit vague....... could you be more specific?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hi Gingershelley. Fancy meeting you on this board.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Inlet Grille is in the Silverdale Beach Hotel, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road, in Silverdale. I haven’t eaten there, but it sounds like the menu has lots of standard stuff on it (e.g., crab-and-artichoke dip, smoked salmon bisque) – at least “standard” for places that are aiming at a somewhat upscale market without trying anything too different or out of the mainstream. I agree with Mom2two’s post about Pho T&N in Poulsbo. I eat there a lot and it’s one of the few places in North Kitsap that rises above ho-hum for me. Green Garden Pho wasn’t on my radar, so I was glad to learn about that.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Tom Armitage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hi Tom,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I remember your posts from a long time ago. There is a newer Kitsap thread here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/837242
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This one is old and very long. Please feel free to give the other a bump with any new thoughts. I hope to try your reco in Poulsbo. IMO, Green Garden has nice soup, but I haven't been as impressed with a couple other menu items. YMMV. I do want to try the banh mi as well.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Jimisi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Re Green Garden: Soups good--Try the viet Sandwich. I like to ask for extra meat but at under $5--it's amazing! (I usually solit a snadwich and soup with a friend). Also highly recommend the skewer beef appetizer!! The spring rolls don't measure up IMO. Noodle dish is good--much more vegies than T & N. ANd the chicken rice platter is also quite good. Been told the clay pot is good. But I often go for soup and sandwich!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Our two favorite places these days both are Vietnamese and both cost about the same. Their menus are fairly different as is their food. Though PHO is in both names, they have so much more than just Pho and it's all been tasty! PHO T & N (Poulsbo) is in the strip mall by Albertsons. Great food in a very tacky looking restaurant. Owners are wonderful and Joe has an interesting history! It's always packed--even on weeknights. (Must pay for hot tea.) I love the "salad" with beef and my kids LOVE the chicken broad noodles. Seriously, anything you get is fantastic. GREEN GARDEN PHO in Silverdale is a pretty place with lovely waitresses and the food is also really good! We love splitting a bowl of pho and a sandwich--but everything has been great. Oh YUM--the beef satay appetizer is delish! Ask for the pan fried dumplings to be more crispy and they are yum too. The peanut sauce at these places is very different--not sure which is better....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Quickly: I'm surprised no one has mentioned Port Gamble General Store. I've had a few breakfasts/lunches there going back 2 years or so and they've been consistently excellent. Nothing too terribly adventurous (though the Fry Bread with Gravy -- meant as homage to Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe -- is cool), but it's all well executed. I had a very nice Reuben with outrageously good onion rings last Sat; my wife had a surprisingly excellent burger. Worth a stop.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Fatman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I agree. PGGS is a little pricey, but the quality is mostly pretty good. One advantage at breakfast is the good coffee. For lunch, the chicken salad (either as a salad or in a sandwich) is excellent. I also like the upscale version of the meatloaf sandwich. They serve dinners on the weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Went to Hale's at the Kitsap Mall for breakfast on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. I was not too impressed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Been to Hale's twice for burgers...also not too impressed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Imscrappymom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I grew up in the area but moved away about seven years ago. I was really hoping that Hale's would be a good spot.