Fresh, Local & Happy Bellies…
Locavores have made their mark on the Anacortes restaurant scene. Their innovative food philosophies have inspired the flavor of old school BBQ, gourmet hot, Southern Northwest fusion, rustic scratch and Northwest creations, just to name a few. By promoting fresh and local these restaurants nourish our bellies.
Land in BBQ heaven at Dad’s Diner Old School BBQ. Neil Stuchal and Fletcher McLean, proudly brought the “food truck scene” to Anacortes, which has become a beacon for BBQ and smokehouse lovers. Stuchal and McLean’s food philosophy is to make it from scratch, which means they grind their own meat, make their own sauces, sides, fixings and rubs. Their menu offers apple wood smoked meats, fresh ground burgers, plates and sandwiches with homemade sides, such as, honey horseradish coleslaw, smoked seasonal veggies and house smoked gorgonzola. Dad’s Diner a Go-Go Old School BBQ was inspired by “a true passion, a real friendship and a shared loved for the simplicity of great food prepared from scratch.” Both Stuchal and McLean give back to the community by supporting local events, such as the Friends of the Forest and Punch Out at the Port, plus serving hungry crowds at the Anacortes Waterfront Festival.
Location: Find their food truck at the corner of Commercial and 22nd Street, plus the brick and mortar diner at 906 Commercial Avenue
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Check out Facebook for daily specials.
Rustic and Scratch
Old world food and rustic scratch defines A’Town Bistro, the most recent restaurant to make their mark on the locavore scene. Owner, L.M. Libby, was inspired by two things; her Maine childhood and her love of the Pacific Northwest. Libby’s food philosophy is to create a fresh and simple menu and let “the product speak for itself.” The setting with natural wood tones and handmade tables and chairs reflects the rustic nature of the menu that includes old fashioned Irish pate, Tuscan angel hair pasta, wild boar burger and quinoa salad, and mussels, just to name a few. Each bowl of clam chowder is made to order and its well worth the wait. A’Town Bistro smokes their own meats, including ribeye, pork, duck and the meats for the Charcuterie Board; Libby honors her flavor filled relationships with local farmers, fisherman and foragers. A list of about twenty purveyors that range approximately 30 miles distance from A’Town, greet you at the door. Libby’s enthusiasm for “rustic, scratch food” is contagious and the staff hones their skills beside her in the “teaching kitchen.” Libby gives back by supporting local events.
Location: 418 Commercial Avenue
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday Brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Check out A’Town Bistro’s Facebook for new menu items, tapped beers and specials.
Southern Meets Northern
Need a bit of Southern comfort food? 5th Street Bistro, part of the Majestic Inn and Spa, fuses both Southern and Northwest flavor. Their restaurant has a fresh attitude, fresh northwest menu prepared with fresh local products, featured northwest wines and local micro brews, prepared and served by a great team. The Skagit Valley with an abundance of fresh produce and local seafood has given the chefs there the opportunity to seeks local purveyors and buy locally.
Location: 419 Commercial Avenue
Hours: Breakfast, Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday and Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Lunch Monday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Dinner, Sunday to Thursday 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Check out Facebook for information about the Inn, Spa and Bistro.
Enjoy local art, literature and the bounty of the Pacific Northwest, all in one place. Adrift is owned by two sisters, Nicole and Maggie Holbert. Their food philosophy is to create a unique dining experience that combines their love of art and camaraderie with the bounty of the Pacific Northwest and “present it in an atmosphere that will nurture both body and spirit.” For the Holbert sisters “food and community are inextricably entwined.” In between the dining tables are shelves lined with books that one can pursue while eating or purchase on your way out. Adrift is a cell phone free zone which means your attention is focused on the food in front of you and those at your table.
Location: 510 Commercial Avenue
Hours: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Check out their Facebook page for pictures of menu items, specials and wine.
Anacortes restaurants are proving that locavores give us more than happy bellies. They support the very heart of our community; from our local farmers to town events. This philosophy has touched other Anacortes restaurants as well, such as, Frida’s Gourmet Mexican Restaurant, Bob’s Chowder Bar and BBQ Salmon, and Penguin Coffee, just to name a few. One bite will reveal they’ve cultivated the art of local flavor.
Locate a complete list of Anacortes Dining opportunities at here on our website.
originally written February 15, 2013 – edited August 2017