The Ajax Cafe is the kind of place you go with friends or people you want to be friends with, unless you’re comfortable putting on a jester’s hat with any old person.
If you’ve never been, it’s a small, quirky place in Port Hadlock with hats for the borrowing hanging on the wall, posters, pictures and paintings of a hodgepodge of things including Shakespeare, Duncan Hines, Elvis. The poem “Purple” (also known as “Warning”) by Jenny Joseph hangs as though it’s a theme song for the restaurant:
“When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves …”
I visit the place at least once a year (with friends) and have written about it before, as have many other publications from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, when it was a newspaper, to guidebooks such as Frommers and online reviewers such as UrbanSpoon.
I went again recently and rather than give you a written out review of the place, I broke out the camera so you can see for yourself in this series of 10 photos: