Sep 16 2011

Spud’s Fish and Chips

Kristi

Besides the fact that it’s one of the closest restaurants to our house, we love Spuds because they have some really good fish and chips! I like the fact that it’s more on the flat side, and well fried… just the way I personally prefer my fish and chips. Simple, and tasty. What more could you ask for?

We’ve been noticing that whenever the sun is out, this place gets PACKED. I guess the fact that Juanita Beach is right across the street doesn’t hurt, either. Guess people like fish and chips on a sunny day!

Cost: $
9702 NE Juanita Dr, Kirkland, WA 98034
www.spudfishandchips.com
(425) 823-0607
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Jun 12 2011

Toby’s Tavern, Whidbey Island

Kristi

Last weekend the weather was gorgeous here in Seattle. FINALLY! I’ve been waiting for this ‘gorgeous spring/summer’ weather that everyone keeps telling me about, and to be honest, was starting to think it was a myth!

Anyway, we decided to take a short day trip to Whidbey Island to take advantage of the sun. Off we went on the ferry, and drove through a good part of the island, which was relaxing, and quite lovely.

As for food? We were walking through the small town of Coupeville, and stopped in at this little bar. Even though it didn’t look like much from the outside (or from the inside), I’m glad we picked this place. After hearing about the local Penn Cove mussels, I had to give them a try.

Now, I rarely eat mussels, but I think it would be hard for anyone to not appreciate the freshness of these. They were served up steaming hot, had a bit of sweetness to them, and were incredibly tender.  Cooked simply in a broth of white wine and onions, they made for a delectable lunch! And even though at first glance it didn’t look like a lot of food, I struggled to finish the entire pound of mussels in this dish. Thankfully Adam was there to help out (turns out he’s not allergic to mussels. Whew!).

Adam went with one of his favorites, fish and chips. While I think it was a good version, this place is all about the mussels!

Speaking of mussels, after lunch, we went for a walk along the pier right outside the bar. I wonder if the owners of the bar just scoop up the incredible amount of mussels sitting in this cove?!

Cost: $
8 NW Front St, Coupeville, WA 98239
(360) 678-4222

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Apr 30 2011

Anthony’s Homeport

Kristi

On the lookout for what will be our ‘favorite’ seafood restaurant in the Seattle area, having a craving for salmon, and remembering that it was still Seattle Restaurant week, we headed to downtown Kirkland’s Anthony’s for dinner one Thursday evening. Finding the dining room absolutely packed, we headed upstairs to the bar area, which is quite large, appears to have a better view of the lake, and serves the full menu. Once again, we ordered one SRW menu, as well as some items from the regular menu.

Although this was technically my appetizer choice, it wasn’t exactly my first choice… but Adam twisted my arm to give it a try. Ahi tuna nachos on taro chips. It was good, but I’d likely try a different appetizer next time. The tuna was fresh, but slightly oversauced. Adam also ordered a cup of the clam chowder, which he quite liked.

My entree was the wild Alaskan salmon, roasted on an alder plank and finished with smoked sweet red pepper beurre blanc, with grilled asparagus. The salmon was well cooked, but I wasn’t overly fond of the amount of creamy sauce over it.

Adam ordered one of his favorite dishes, fish N chips. This version was Alaska cod dipped in tempura batter, with Anthony’s seafood seasoning. I think the version was good, but definitely not the best in the city.

For dessert, we ordered the Bailey’s Irish cream chocolate mousse. It definitely had the flavor of Bailey’s, but the chocolate mousse portion was quite sweet.

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Overall, the food was good, and the seafood quite fresh. We’ll likely return for the view, and because it’s relatively close to where we live. I think the bar area would be a nice place to relax, and enjoy drinks and appetizers, especially now that the weather is getting better!

Cost: $$
135 Lake St S, Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 822-0225
www.anthonys.com/restaurants/info…
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