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Restaurant View: Ajax Cafe in Port Hadlock

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.

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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:

The Ajax is on Water Street, across from the wooden boat school.
The Ajax is on Water Street, across from the wooden boat school.

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