Isla Bonita Mexican Restaurant: In the Core of the Island's Commercial District
Bainbridge Island doesn't have a huge commercial area. Most of the commercial activity here, including the restaurants, is concentrated in the community of Winslow, which is where Bainbridge Island is linked to Seattle with the Bainbridge Island Ferry.
Isla Bonita is the only Mexican restaurant in the core business district of that community.
The front of the restaurant faces south, and the structures across the street are only one floor tall. That means, if you are craving some sunlight on a rare winter sunny day, this is one of the places to come to get a window in the sunlight.
The entire restaurant, which has a huge number of tables going deep into the building, is heavily decorated with all manner of unique artwork, and in fact each table itself is a work of art. While your food is being prepared, I suggest trying to explore these wonderful works as much as you can.
There are some bad reviews of the restaurant that say the food is only lukewarm and that it is fairly greasy. This was not our experience at all. On the other hand, the last Sunday of December is not a peak tourist day on Bainbridge Island! Possibly if the restaurant gets too crowded there is a problem with the quality, but this review is based on what I experienced, not what others have said (but I do like to check them to make sure that what I experienced tend to be the norm or not - and this place has a wide variety of both good and bad reviews).
Portions are reasonably large for the price paid, compared to Seattle.
Favorite Dish: Be sure to check the specials board! The specials may not be great deals, but a dollar or two off wouldn't hurt anybody either!
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Cafe Nola: A Fortunate Accident
A narrow storefront and not particularly flashy signage makes it easy to go past this gem if you aren't looking for it. A simple, quiet, bistro like interior allows relaxation and easy conversation. The wait staff was experienced and careful and patient and proper. The portions were good to generous. The menu was eclectic/bistro/continental/with a little french thrown in. Everything we had was quite well done from salad through dessert.
This is on Bainbridge Island, across the sound from Seattle, Washington. One of the nice things you can do from Seattle is to check sunset times and take the ferry to Bainbridge Island at the time of sunset and watch it happen as you cross over. Once there it is about a third to half mile walk to the main street of town where there are a number of restaurants. Cafe Nola is on the left at the far end. They stop serving at 9PM, so plan for that.
Favorite Dish: I have only been there once. I had a very good pear and spinach salad, seared scallops, and an amazingly good and suprisingly large white chocolate bread pudding.
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while you are there look for the pig cookie jar on the shelf behind the counter. it used to rest in my father's kitchen and get us kids in trouble.
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