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Bainbridge For Foodies

Bainbridge for Foodies

There’s no doubt that those of us lucky enough to call Bainbridge Island home lead a charmed life in more ways than one. Our community is friendly and rural; we commute via a relaxing and beautiful ferry boat into downtown Seattle; and we enjoy many of the amenities you’d expect from a much larger city.  Seattle may have a big, competing foodie reputation, but we have a little secret to share. Some of  “Seattle’s” best foodie finds are located on Bainbridge Island!

Day 1: Get Charmed in Winslow

Your first stop in Winslow after disembarking the ferry? Step into the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (free), where you will find a beautifully curated collection from Puget Sound artists —  and a delightful Bistro serving up artfully created and seasonally inspired Pacific Northwest cuisine for breakfast and lunch. 

Next stop? Learn more about our fascinating history, the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum is a just block off Winslow Way and admission is free! As you head back up Winslow way,  check out the many interesting shops and art galleries along as you head towards the historic Harbor Public House for truly local pub fare, spirits, wine & craft beers.  

Consider renting bikes to explore the island from Bike Barn or Classic Cycle or kayaks from Exotic Aquatics. As the afternoon winds down, sample award-winning artisanal wines and small plates at one of the three tasting rooms along Winslow Way.

Moving into the evening, try the tasting menu at Hitchcock, where Chef Brendan McGill will wow you with his impeccable knowledge of local ingredients.  For authentic seafood try the new English-style Proper Fish or find sushi at SuBi.

If you’re in the mood for something simpler, one of Seattle’s most talked-about newcomers to the foodie scene is just across the street. Bruciato is loved by locals for its hip and trendy atmosphere. Beyond that, they serve unbeatable cocktails, delicious and locally sourced small plates, and the finest slice of Neapolitan pizza you’ll find outside of Italy.

Day Two: Good morning, Bainbridge Island!

Start your day with a delicious cup of coffee and baked goods at Blackbird Bakery or Pegasus Coffee House, local legends. Other breakfast favorites include Good Egg in Winslow Green and Town & Country Market’s hot breakfast bar (before 9:30 AM). 

If you have wheels, venture beyond Winslow to explore Storyville Coffee Shop & Roasting Studio at Coppertop, Pane d’Amore Artisan Bakery or the Marketplace in Lynwood Center, or head over to the rustic Rolling Bay Café near Bay Hay and Feed. 

If you happen to be here on a Saturday, don’t miss the local Farmers Market. It’s just up the hill behind Blackbird, and offers a tantalizing selection of locally grown goods, handmade treasures, live music, freshly made food, and so much more.

Dedicate the rest of the day to exploring Bainbridge’s must-see attractions.  Book with Tour Bainbridge to experience the island’s top attractions, wineries, and distilleries. A 90-minute sightseeing excursion gives you a taste of the Island history and beauty.  Or reserve a spot on a fun wine-tasting tour or the full-day Best of Bainbridge for a VIP field trip to all the must-see attractions like Bloedel Reserve, Fay Bainbridge, and the Japanese Exclusion Memorial.

When it’s time for dinner, the lovely Restaurant Marché  and nearby Agate Restaurant in Winslow offer fresh, seasonal, upscale fine dining.  Or head to Lynwood Center, an increasingly popular local hotspot, to shoot some pool or listen to live music at the popular Treehouse Café, or have some comfort seafood at the new BI Fish Co.  Across the street, check out the great all-day happy hour (craft beer are only $3 / pint) at the MarketPlace, where you can also order large and small plates from the Beach House Cafe. Looking for something different? Family-run Sawan Thai Kitchen, another local favorite, is tucked away in apartment complex up the street.  Another option? Check-in with Heyday Farm to see if they are hosting their weekly farm-to-table community dinners, featuring some of the region’s freshest seasonal dishes, created by Chef Tad Mitsui.

Ready for something sweet and local? Nothing beats the world-famous Mora Iced Creamery. Blackberry is a signature scoop, but you can’t go wrong with any of the seasonal and traditional flavors. It’s a rare summer night when Mora doesn’t have a line out the door — and it’s worth the wait.

Day 3: Beyond Bainbridge

Before you leave Bainbridge Island, breakfast at a classic diner is a must. We have two: Streamliner Diner and Madison Diner, but you’ll want to get an early start before there’s a line out the door! Both feature made-to-order food, local coffee, and classic old-diner décor.

Explore beyond Bainbridge, head north over the Agate Pass Bridge, for new adventures on the greater Kitsap Peninsula. Your first stop should be Port Gamble. It’s a quaint, historic mill town, situated along the Hood Canal. It’s one of Washington’s oldest towns, and there are plenty of shops to explore and an interesting museum. For lunch, we recommend noshing on something from the Port Gamble General Store and Cafe. It was once named “the best out-of-the-way restaurant” by West Sound Home & Garden Magazine. If you’re still feeling full from breakfast, you can find smaller plates at Butcher & Baker Provisions. Once you’ve fully explored the town, the rest of the Kitsap Peninsula is your oyster.  Popular foodie destinations include places like Finn River Cider in Chimacum, Mt. Townsend Creamery in Port Townsend, and Hama Hama Oysters along the Hood Canal.

Come adventurous, and come hungry.  Bainbridge Island is waiting!

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