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Silver City – Revisited

I’m enjoying being back in the NW and especially in Kitsap County where the restaurants are unique and homey.  The franchises are few and far between but the food is still wonderful!  Silver City Brewery in Silverdale, WA is no exception.

This past Saturday I had the pleasure to revisit one of my favorite dining spots in Silverdale with a good friend.  Although Silver City is undergoing a remodel, that did not keep the staff from being as accommodating as usual.  The waitstaff in this establishment always goes the extra mile in this blogger’s opinion – something that makes the dining experience all the more pleasurable.  The cost may be a bit above others, but the ambience, the food and the service make it well worth it!

I dined on my favorite entree – filet mignon.  This was served with clam chowder and Silver City does it well, I do believe that only Ivar’s compares.  I have missed this meal since I’ve been away for the last year.  A filet mignon topped with my favorite treat of (not on the menu, this must be asked for), haystack onion strings or garlic butter if you so choose.  I opted not to a bulb of roasted garlic.  An addition of asparagus – my favorite veggie and I favor very few of those!

A great meal with a good friend sharing a fun time – who could ask for more?  Me, that’s who!  We added creme brulee cheesecake and it was so creamy and delightful and I wanted a second piece.  I was hesitant as I usually like my cheesecake with fruit topping but when my friend received her piece it looked so delightful, I couldn’t resist and ordered one for myself!

I will always recommend Silver City — in the heart of Silverdale and worth every bite!!

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Famous Dave’s BBQ

This week was my first week in my new neighborhood in Silverdale.   I decided to try Famous Dave’s BBQ for the first time.  On a quick break from work, I spotted a burger on their on line menu that looked promising.

Upon entering the restaurant, it had a definite feel of southern BBQ joint – very down home like.  I was asked if I’d been there before and responded “no”.  Although I was prepared with what I wanted to order having seen the menu ahead of time, the waitress did offer a sampling of sauces so I could sample for future visits and possible try on my fries or burger if desired.  I was quite glad she did this.  Being a fan of BBQ, it was a pleasure to be able to try the sauces in advance of a future visit.

I ordered a plain burger which was cooked perfectly – a bit large for my appetite, but prepared well and with an added mustard sauce provided, quite satisfying.  Fries were potato wedges and quite good as well.  I had ordered “a few” onion tanglers but ended up with a large bowl.  Good at first, but some had little or no flavor so became dissatisfying.  When prepared well, these are a favorite of mine and I was a little disappointed.

Other than the onions, I was very pleased with my lunch.  Portion sizes are abundant so one must be prepared for that.  For those with a smaller appetite like mine, sharing a meal may be a good plan but for this type of venue, it almost is expected I think.

I would definitely return to try something else “with sauce”.

http://www.famousdaves.com


 

 

My Return to the PNW – So Good To Be Home!

After spending 9 months in Northern Minnesota with my family, I have finally returned to the home I love – the great PNW!  Where the mountains are stupendous, the food is fabulous and the people are the friendliest on the planet.  Having lived in Montana and now in the Midwest, I can easily say that there is no place I would rather be living for a multitude of reasons.  One day, while in a salon I met a young woman who was planning to move to Portland.  She asked what the best thing about Seattle was… I paused for a moment to think, there were so many reasons I could think of.  I first thought of my friends that meant so much to me but they would mean nothing to her.  I then thought of Mt. Rainier and the other mountain ranges whose daily views I had grown to miss as much as the air I took in.  But it all came down to the food.  Living in a rural small town and suddenly having limited culinary choices was almost painful to me.  I yearned to have sushi once again – sushi that was prepared by a true sushi chef, not in a grocery store.  Chinese food that was not in a buffet line.  Thai food I didn’t have to drive 200 miles to taste.  Seafood and quality chowder… well, we were miles from the ocean so that was pretty much out of the question.

So let my new adventure begin… in the kitchen and in restaurants… I hope to challenge myself to try foods I haven’t tried before.  Please join me on my adventure!