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Dec 4, 2011 08:29 PM

Fountain Cafe, Pt. Townsend

I happened to spend an unplanned evening in Port Townsend over the past weekend. My wife had heard that this small place had been featured on the Discovery Channel as some sort of "Best of..." so we tried it. Only later did I find that Discovery had indeed named it the best cafe in the *state* in September.

We found it lived up to the nascent hype. I had paella of local fresh seafood and my wife had the minted rack of lamb. We shared a dinner salad and the roast garlic/cheese/salsa fresca appetizer and enjoyed a Semillon-Sauv Blanc Bordeau-style WA blend. Coffee and a ginger creme brulee had us waddling out the door for under $100.

Judging from eating our dishes and reading the others, I can't say that there is anything groundbreaking or adventurous here. The wine list is short (and inexpensive--our white was the second-most pricey on the list at $34).

But the "smile" factor here is tremendous, the setting oddly perfect, and the food here outstandingly good. I am not easy to please, and this backstreet gem left me with absolutely nothing to criticize.

Apparently, Pt. Townsendites have been shushing about Fountain Cafe, keeping it to themselves, for about 10 years now. Bastards.


Fountain Cafe
920 Washington St, Port Townsend, WA 98368

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  1. Yes, this is a peculiarly wonderful restaurant, infused with good feeling.

    1. More than ten years--I think I first stumbled on the place in around 1990. It's never failed to please.

      6 Replies
      1. re: MsMaryMc

        Hi, MsMaryMc:

        I was misinformed then. What *else* is being hidden by the townfolk of Pt.T? I know about Siren's.


          1. re: rcallner

            Hi, r:

            Wow, and good citizens too? Thanks for this tip. I will definitely try Pane d'Amore

            What do you especially like from there? Are they doing only breads, or pastries as well?


            1. re: kaleokahu

              I especially love the pizza foccacia. The savory and sweet croissants. It's the carbohydrate lover's dream.

              1. re: kaleokahu

                They do pastries, though I generally don't. Their breads are divine, and are served at many of the restaurants in town.

                Khu Larb is a lovely Thai restaurant in town that you may enjoy:

                1. re: rcallner

                  Hi, rcallner:

                  If Khu Larb explains your smile, I'm going...


        1. Tried the Fountain Cafe on our short trip to Port Townsend this weekend.

          I am going to have to argue with some of what has been said above. It's not just standard fare done well and in a good environment. I ordered their special pasta, an adobo/coconut milk with flank steak and peppers over linguine. Oh my goodness, I swear I woke up thinking about it and have already tried to google a recipe that will get me close. It was divine. My husband ordered steak which was well prepared, but fairly standard.

          We started with the pan fried oysters, which were so delicately battered and served with a slightly sweet, slightly horseradished cocktail sauce. One of the best meals anywhere, I have enjoyed in a long time.

          I wonder if they'd be willing share that recipe? I may have to ask as we don't get to Pt. Townsend often.