Lunch ideas in Port Townsend
I will have six to eight people with me later in the month, on a day trip to Pt Townsend. Need lunch ideas that are reasonably priced, casual and offer some choices for vegetarians. Prefer restaurants that support local growers. A view would be a plus, but not critical.
I would highly recommend The Fountain Cafe, Sweet Laurette's or Khu Larb Thai. I've only eaten at The Fountain Cafe for dinner, but the lunch menu looks similar. A favorite for local foodies, they are perhaps best known for their inventive fresh pasta dishes, but I believe the lunch menu includes soups, sandwiches and some specials as well. My favorite pasta dish is one they make with chicken, spinach and pinenuts in a gorgonzola cream sauce. The flavor is much more complex than the list of ingredients would suggest. The salad, fresh bread and spread (butter mixed with cream cheese and fresh rosemary) that accompany the meal are all very good as well. Whatever you do, be sure to save room for their signature dessert of warm gingerbread served with creme anglaise. It's a generous enough portion that two can share it. Also, Fountain Cafe is very small, so be sure to get there early to secure a couple of tables. Sweet Laurette's started as a small French bakery but expanded into a bigger space and became a restaurant. They have great soups and sandwiches, as well as daily specials, and of course, the baked goods are excellent. They do have a small patio that is nice when the weather is warm. If you like Thai food, Khu Larb Thai is very good. I've only tried a few dishes, but what I had was some of the best Thai I've found on the Puget Sound. None of these restaurants have a view, but they meet all of your other requirements and have menus that offer items a bit more interesting than the standard restaurant fare. If any of these restaurants appeal to you, I'd recommend going online to see if they have a website so you can check out their menu in advance. I would also recommend you check out a copy of Northwest Best Places from your local library and and read the section on Port Townsend as their restaurant recommendations are very reliable.
Check out Better Living Through Coffee - just off Water Street - I think the cross street is Tyler. They use all natural ingredients but are very competitive price wise. Plus they have a frozen drink caled Espresso Freeze that's to die for - Starbucks, eat your heart out. For lunch, they have Salmon Chowder with Line Caught wild salmon, quiche, sandwiches, soups etc.
My only complaint is they need more salads. Website http://www.bltcoffee.com/
Silverwater Cafe is my favorite, but no view. Fins may be a tad more expensive and if you get reservation may look at the bay. Haven't tried T's in their new location at Port Hudson, but assured view, either inside or on the patio. Lunches are very affordable at the Commons in Fort Worden, but again no view.