Café Adrift: "Swell Food for Salty Dogs" above the door
There is no mistaking the sea theme of this restaurant. While the logical conclusion would be, I suppose, to order seafood here, you will find that the place also has a variety of other types of food, including burgers.
There is a reasonably good selection of local beverages too, including beer made in nearby communities.
There is outdoor seating, and while the street is the busiest in town, this location is towards teh end of town that faces the water and the end of the Peninsula on which Anacortes sits. Therefore, the traffic isn't a huge issue as it is in other restaurants located on main streets. The interior is divided into two sections: the kitchen and lunch counter section on one end, and the dining room with tables on the other. To get a seat in the main dining room, it is necessary to walk past the lunch counter to the very back of the restaurant.
Each of these sections has separate restrooms as well, so if one is occupied try the restrooms in the other section of the restaurant.
Favorite Dish: I highly suggest ordering something that comes with the "oven roasted herb fries".
The wee Skagit is a 1/4 pound burger cooked to order with toppings and your choice of the above fries or kettle-style chips for $8.50. The Skagit Burger is a version of this with 1/2 burger instead for $11.75. The meat is very lean due to being naturally fed and will therefore retain a pink color even when well cooked.
The honey lemonade is wonderful ($3 per pint or $2 per smaller glass).
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Bella Rosa Coffee House: Try to stop by and have coffee...
The coffee house has a nice ambiance for relaxing, chatting, or just plain reading your early newspaper! There are awards of the restaurant on the walls - priding itself for being voted as the number one coffee house in Anacortes! There are stools and tables and comfortable brown leather couches where you can lounge while sipping your freshly brewed coffee or freshly made mocha!
Favorite Dish: Americano and mocha.
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Gotta be Gepetto's, though...
Gotta be Gepetto's, though it's much smaller than your typical restaurant.
You just can't get food that good that cheap anywhere else
Favorite Dish: Panini, but it's all good, and way more than you can finish, and way inexpensive
Rockfish Grill: Great beer, great food, great service
The Rockfish Grill has great food, great beer and great service. Their menu includes lots of seafood as well as plain fare like burgers and pizza. The food is fresh and well prepared. It has a bit of a gourmet flair without being pretentious. They are a microbrewery with quite a complete beer list. They feature many amber ales and lagers as well as several pales and several darker offerings. The two we tried seemed clean, fresh and true to type. The service really set this place apart. It was quick, friendly and efficient. All in all, we really enjoyed our experience and definitely look forward to going there again.
Favorite Dish: I had a salmon sandwich, Jeff had the pulled pork sandwich and my daughter had pepperoni pizza. Each of our meals was very delicious.
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El Jinete: Reasonably Good Value Mexican
There really isn't too much to say about this place. It is a fairly typical Americanized Mexican restaurant - and provides a reasonably good value for its prices. As it is located quite close to the post office and the core downtown area, this can be a pretty popular place.
I'm always amazed at how much Margaritas cost. They have a number of different types available, and in two sizes. The Old Fashioned Margarita is $9 in the smallest size, and $15 in the large size. The Gold Margarita is only $6.50 and $9.50. The El Jinete Margarita is $5.75 and $9 respectively. So, you may want to try something other than the standard margarita when visiting here.
The food comes reasonably quickly, most of the time (depending on what is being prepared).
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Village Pizza: By Slice or By Pie
I can't tell you how the fresh baked pizzas are, or their other foods (they have various other things), but I went for the pizza by the slice available on the rack. Sure it may have been a bit old, but it was fine with me. They have a few varieties that they had available this way - not as many as you might find in a similar pizza restaurant in a much larger community, but for Anacortes what is available this way seems to make sense.
There is free wifi available here and it came in useful.
The structure is one of the older Anacortes store fronts on the exterior, but on the inside it has been modernized to suit current styles.
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