I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about the Agate Pass Café in Suquamish,
and it seems the Kitsap Sun’s restaurant reviewer Bernard Jacobson
is among them. In
his review, which will come out in our A&E section on
Friday, he says:
“Her offerings combine with co-owner Stacy Grega’s warmly
welcoming front-of-house direction, service by the equally pleasant
and efficient Rachael, attractive decor featuring red lamp-shades
and some intriguing light-boxes, and unusually elegant menu cards
to confirm a place among the top half-dozen fine-dining spots
within an hour’s drive of Bremerton.”
It seems the North end has become an apparent epicenter of good
eating in Kitsap. Poulsbo has Burrata Bistro. Bainbridge
Island has its Four
Swallows, which recieved very good to excellent ratings in the
latest Zagat’s Seattle survey (25 for food, 21 for decor, 23 for
service on a 0 to 30 scale, and managed to be the only place in
Kitsap listed in the guide .) I’m also partial to Sawatdy’s Thai on
Bainbridge, but that could be because I had one of my first real
dates with my now-husband there. Also in Poulsbo-ish, Molly Ward
Gardens, but again, I’m biased. I was married there.
I’m drooling. Just about a pool forming at the keyboard. It’s
definitely time for dinner. I’ll be back later this week with some
info on some food that’s not quite fine dining: the humble dog.
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
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 tend to leave much of the local food reviewing to him or to
you readers because as I’ve said before, I’m still learning about
food and taking you along for the ride. It might be a little
presumptuous of me for now. Plus, I’ve recently been reading a lot
about restaurant reviewing ethics.
There’s rules to this thing, and recently a group of bloggers
have set up — what else? — a blog about food reviewing
ethics. Many newspaper and magazine restaurant reviewers,
“food journalists,” have
adhered to most of these rules for a long time, both to be fair to
the restaurants and fair to the readers.
The guidelines suggest that reviewers give new establishments at
least a month (sometimes six months the
Kitsap Sun and some other papers used to require six months) to
refine their recipes, atmosphere and service before being judged.
They also say reviewers should eat there several times and sample
all or at least multiple items from the menu, which also can make
the job a pretty expensive one.
Knowing some of Bernard Jacbson’s
background and from the reviews I’ve read, I consider
him to be a fairly knowledgeable and ethical source of food reviews
for our local restaurants.
Who are some of your favorite food reviewers? Do you prefer
sites with regular eater reviews, such as Yelp or UrbanSpoon?