This is a local (Seattle, Tacoma, etc.) chain, and they always seem to have a restaurant that has a decent view of the water, no matter where they have managed to find a place.
As the Anthony's in Bremerton is right next door to the passenger terminal for the Washington State Ferries, and since there is a huge sign advertising their presence over the Bremerton waterfront area, it is hard to miss this place and is the most obvious choice for anyone visiting Bremerton.
Which may explain why I have never eaten in this particular Anthony's. It seems like such an obvious place to go.
Yet, I have had positive experiences in other Anthony's, and while not an extremely great deal they are generally also not extremely overpriced either.
The direction of the window here suggests they may have a view of Mount Rainier over the water on a clear day, and almost certainly some of the smaller Cascade peaks, but it must be a clear day for this to happen. Otherwise, you do get a view of Sinclair Inlet and the marina.
Favorite Dish: In the Tacoma / Point Defiance Anthony's I really enjoyed the "Baker's Bowl" of chowder, which was a "bowl" of chowder fashioned from a loaf of bread. As I have not eaten in the one in Bremerton yet, I do not know if this is offered here or not. It is highly likely, however.
When I was talking to one of the cooks I was told that there was once a blind man visiting the hotel up the hill from this little restaurant. As it turned out, he found his way to this place entirely by following the smell of cooking.
According to the huge banner on the side, this little shed on the edge of the water in Bremerton was recently voted the "#1 Best Barbecue in Western Washington" by some poll or other by one of the TV or radio stations. I would not be surprised at all.
Now, I will offer one word of warning: this is a true African-American style barbecue restaurant, and you can not expect that the food here will be very healthy at all. It will be very good, but not good for you.
However, is it such a problem to eat such food just once in your life?
This place is absolutely tiny, and other than the cash register and the order desk, there really isn't much inside. Therefore, be prepared to eat outside in the weather, whatever the weather happens to be at the time. There are several tables set up along the waterfront, and the chairs are usually tipped up to prevent them from filling with rain water when there isn't someone sitting in them.
Favorite Dish: I asked the person cooking what they thought was their best work that day, and he suggested the barbecue pork. Yes, in fact, it was absolutely wonderful, for $9. I also got a small order of cole slaw for $3, which was probably a bit overpriced based on the amount of cole slaw for the price. However, the babecue was definitely very good.
The "Southern Style Sweet Tea" is also quite good.
The vast majority of the traffic at this restaurant is phone-in, and therefore there is not very much in the restaurant in terms of seating.
The fountain for the soft drinks sit on one of the counters that appear to have been originally intended for patrons to sit.
However, the food is warm and good, and the staff is friendly. Decor is simple but certainly uniquely a Bremerton variation of Asian.
Favorite Dish: I've always been a big fan of sweet & sour items, and the Sweet and Sour chicken ($5.99, or $6.51 after tax) is a wonderful meal on a cold rainy day.
An assortment of spices is available next to the soft drink fountain.
Ihad just eaten lunch and so didn't really have any motivation for eating in Bremerton. However, there are a number of places that look to be quite interesting for those who do want to stop here and have a meal.
The most obvious places are the Cold Stone Creamery, Bremerton Market, and a few other places that are just north of the Ferry Terminal. The Market (closest to the ferry terminal) is the only one that appears to be a local place of any sort.
Further north, at the junction of Burwell Street and Washington Avenue, there is Boston's Deli and Pizza, which looks like it might have a good old-world pub type atmosphere in it. (photo1)
Further north, through the trees on the west side of Washington Street, I caught a view of an interesting looking waterfront restaurant called "The Boat Shed" (photo 2). From the map, it appears this is near the intersection of Wheaton Way, E 11th Street, and Shore Drive. It appears that to get to it you have to go turn into the driveway at E10th and Shore Drive.
Much further north, near Evergreen Park, there is CJ's General Store. While officially it isn't a restaurant, it does appear from the outside to have restaurant type parts to it. For example, the fact that there are tables out front for people to eat what they buy. (Photo 3) This is located near the intersection of 15th Street and Park Avenue, on the other side of the street from Evergreen Park.
Also across the street from Evergreen Park is Samudra Yoga. Officially speaking, this is also not supposed to be a restaurant, but they offer "Coffee, Tea and Treats". The sign out front says "Vegan Options". (photo 4)
Either of these above options look like they would be a great place to go into, grab something, and eat it in Evergreen Park.
Back down by the Ferry Terminal, on the way back I noticed the New Delhi Indian Cuisine, which is even closer to the Ferry Terminal than Boston's.
There seemed to be a number of places way off in the distance, either over on the other side of the water near The Boat Shed, or further west into town, but in either case I was unable to make out names on signs and didn't feel like making any further investigations.
So, there seem to be a lot of interesting local options that offer food in Bremerton, and there is no reason to go to a chain restaurant here, unless you really insist upon a particular chain.
I always try to support local restaurants when visiting cities, especially those who set up shop in a Downtown area. Boston's is such a place.
Here you can find wondeful pizza by the slice, as well as many other Italian favorites like calzones, pastas and salads. There are lunch specials, and it is reasonably priced.
I think highly of the place mainly because, when I first visited right after Hurricane Katrina, the owner was donating all proceeds for the day to the hurricane victims in addition to having a collection at the counter. All this despite being over 2000 miles away from New Orleans. I was impressed by this, and will continue to come back.
Favorite Dish: Excellent slices
Good bbq. I have only been here for lunch (twice). Both times the smokers out back were billowing smoke. Good sign. Good selection on the menu. The food is not smothered in sauce. No covering or masking bad meat smoking here. Restaurant is on the water overlooking the shipyard and Dyes inlet. Great views.
Favorite Dish: Pulled pork sandwich with a side of slaw (homemade) and spicy beans (excelent spice on the beans... the kind that creeps up on 'ya slowly).
There are two FPHs in Bremerton. I prefer the one closer to East Bremerton. The chefs and line cooks usually get in right every time. The place is clean (remodeled this year) and the food is hot. Solid breakfast.
Favorite Dish: Chicken fried chicken (gravy on the side), two eggs (poached), hashbrowns, & rye toast. Banana pancakes rock!
Park Avenue Dinner is a Bremerton icon. Recently celebrating it's 75th year in business. Believe me, it looks like its been around that long (or longer)! The dinner is close to the ship yard and many of the workers as well as many retired workers make this place thier first stop before punching the clock. If you frequent the place long enough you get to bring in your own coffee mug and hang it on the wall. They offer a great breakfast. This is a bacon & eggs sort of place. The home fried potatoes are great.
Favorite Dish: Bacon and eggs w/ home fried potatoes. Coffee, black.
First off let me say that I used to live on the East Coast (PA., NJ., etc.) This is a nice local place where everyone is very friendly and they don't mind if you put ice cubes in the house Chianti. The pizza is good for this area. We like this restaurant because they know us and are friendly.
Favorite Dish: Cheese and pepperoni, THIN CRUST with a litre of house red.
Good food everytime. Sometimes local fish specials. But hey, this is a 'steakhouse'. The restaurant is a little out of the way (Keyport) from Bremerton. Rustic. About a 25 minute drive. $5 corkage fee! Piano bar with live music (usually a duo with piano and stand up bass). They have a small private dock in case you come by boat.
Favorite Dish: Salad with homemade blue cheese dressing and extra blue cheese crumbles. Rib eye, medium rare with garlic mashed potatoes. Lemon cake (if they have it).
Best french frys I have had in a very, very long time. Belgium fry house. Good selection of Belgium beers. A hole in the wall kinda place... that once found you'll go back to again and again. I do!
Favorite Dish: A small fry, wasabi mayo, & a pint of Naughty Nellie!
Call for a reservation. Very good food... I should know, I'm Sicilian from the East Coast. Decent wine list albeit small.
Favorite Dish: Go traditional... Antipasti, primi, secondi and dolce... Share plates so everyone gets a taste!
Good food. Big portions. Usually Mexican futbol on the TV in the bar area. Good service. Locally owner/operator.
Favorite Dish: Carne asada.