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Bremerton to welcome second restaurant this year

Steven Gardner reports for Saturday’s paper that the Bremerton Bar & Grill is slated to open April 18.

It, like its brethren Neighborhood Grills establishments, will offer for dinner steaks, fish and chicken dishes with prices ranging from $13 for burger plates to $17 for a surf and turf, based on a look through the site’s menus. For lunch, offerings include the same burgers, sandwiches and salads on the dinner menu for a slightly cheaper price on some items (about a $1 off on sandwiches).

For nice days, the restaurant will have outdoor seating that faces the park.

When opened, it will be the second new restaurant to open in Bremerton this year. The other, Orion in Manette, opened in February. I’ll have more details on that one for an upcoming edition of of the paper and this blog.

New Bremerton Restaurant to offer ‘accessible fine dining’ in Manette

A new “accessible fine dining” restaurant will open in the former spot of The Patio in Manette. That’s what executive chef Timm Higgins calls the soon-to-open Orion.

The restaurant will feature local, seasonal foods, and Higgins plans to change the menu monthly. Higgins, who was trained in french technique at Le Cordon Bleu Collage of Culinary Arts in Portland, has created an opening menu that includes such dishes as scallops in brown butter with Brussels sprouts, bacon, apple and champagne; chicken with roasted garlic gnocchi, peas and carrots with hunter sauce; or wild mushrooms with Parmesan risotto croquette, blue cheese and Marsala.

The full opening menu is posted below as well as in the window of the restaurant. Continue reading

Bremerton Cooking Classes Offered Jan. 29

Creative Cooking School plans to offer a day full of classes on Jan. 29 at the Westgate Fire Hall on Rocky Point in Bremerton.

Five classes are offered:

  • Breakfast and breads (demonstration of muffins, scones, quick breads and cinnamon rolls) from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Pizzas and calzones (demonstration including making crust, sauces and toppings) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Gum Paste flowers (hands-on class to make these cake decorations) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Basic cake decorating (demonstrations of icing, borders, flowers and figure piping) 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • An Evening Out (menu TBA, appetizer, main course and dessert) 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost is $25 per person per class. E-mail sietman@juno.com or call (360) 731-0288 by Jan. 26 to register for classes.

The Rest of the New Kitsap Restaurants of 2010 (Part 4 o 4)

This brings to a close our look back at the new eateries that have graced Kitsap in the past year, according to the the Kitsap County Health Department. If  you missed any, you can read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. If I’ve missed any, please let me know.

Seabeck Pizza (Silverdale) – The locally famous pizza chain that offers delivery by boat opened a sixth shop in Silverdale. The new spot is a bit more landlocked near the corner of Myhre and Ridgetop. I’m still waiting for the day when they’ll deliver to the city of Bremerton.
Location: 9919 Trident Lane, Silverdale

Seoul Korean BBQ – Kitsap now has two Korean restaurants with this more recent addition to the local food scene. (The other being Suzy’s Kitchen near Sixth and Callow in Bremerton). It offers Korean barbecue shared and cooked at the table, tried it over the holidays, and said the place did not disappoint.
Location: 10408 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale

Shima Express – Though they’ve offered such and other Japanese fare on the Island for quite some time, Shima last year opened an addition for sushi and bento boxes on the go.
Location: 112 Madison Ave. N, Bainbridge Island

Taqueria El Huarache – This Mexican restaurant opened during the summer. They offer standard fare like fajitas and burritos that you’d expect at an American Mexican restaurant, but they also offer a few more authentic dishes, such as menudo and lengua as well as homemade Horchata.
Location: 19424 7th Ave NE, Poulsbo

The Daily Dish: I have to say this nearly every time I talk about this place. Pasties. It’s pronounced pass-tees. They’re not the things you find at local espresso stands. They hail from the midwest and they’re like pot pies you can hold in your hand in beef or veggie with a side of gravy for dipping. Plus, the Dish offers early morning breakfast muffins and fresh mini doughnuts with a variety of dipping sauces, such as strawberry cream cheese or chipotle chocolate. Doughnuts also are offered in “Donut Offense” size to serve about 10 shipyard workers (60 donuts) who forgot their badges, got promoted, engaged, etc. I’ve been looking for something with character to fill the old home of the West Side Burrito Connection, and early last year I did.
Location: 208 First Street (near the ferry terminal), Bremerton

New Kitsap Restaurants of 2010: Part 2 of 4

Last week, I started giving a roundup of the new eateries that opened in Kitsap in 2010 A through E. Today, we continue with G through L:

Gluten Free Bakery & Market – The market, formerly known as Gluten Free Foodies Bakery & Market, is devoted to offerings including pizza crusts, breads, hamburger buns, cookies and cakes that are wheat-free as well as free of other gluten-filled grains. The shop opened in Poulsbo Village in May. Location: 19351 8th Ave. NE, Suite 208, Poulsbo

Hales Alehouse – While the Hales beers aren’t exactly local in that it’s not brewed in Kitsap, it’s owner Mike Hale is a longtime Kitsap resident. When Hale announced that he would open a brew pub in Kitsap, some speculated (or wished) that it would go to Bremerton or South Kitsap. However, he settled on a spot at the Kitsap Mall, which opened in July. They offer, of course, Hales beers on taps as well as a rotating group of guest taps. The menu comprises salads, pizzas, burgers sandwiches and specials such as bangers and mash, meatloaf and fish and chips. Location: In the Kitsap Mall

Himalayan Chutney – This Poulsbo restaurant offers Indian and Nepaliese food, including curries, tandoori and, as the name implies, chutney. On my to-try list are the Himalayan moms, which are spiced chicken dumplings with a sesame seed sauce. Entrees are about $7-$16, and they have a lunch buffet on weekdays. Location: 18801 Front St., Poulsbo

Hitchcock – Fresh and local are the two primary words used to describe this and another restaurant that opened this spring on Bainbridge Island. Hitchcock aims for a find-dining experience. They offer $2 to $5 appetizers, such as macron almonds or a rabbit mousse with a spiced pear gelée Hot entrees range from a $16 yakitori-grilled pork belly to a $24 pork chop with brussels sprouts, bacon and applesauce. Location: 133 Winslow Way, Bainbridge Island.

Itza Pizza TimeThis little building by Albertsons has been home to Skippers, Southern food, Mexican and more. First they were in the spot near Albertson’s and now they’ve moved to the old Denny’s building. This is a traditional pizza place that also serves pasta. Entrees are under $10. Location: 3621 Wheaton Way, Bremerton.

La Pan Asian Cuisine – This downtown Bremerton restaurant blends foods of the Asian persuasion, including Thai-style curries, Chinese entrees, Vietnamese pho and Filipino pancit. Average meal price is about $8. The food is well-flavored, but word to those with short lunch break: call and order ahead; they have a small kitchen back there. Location: 200 1ST Street, Bremerton, near the ferry terminal

Local Havest Restaurant – One of two restaurants that opened last year on Bainbridge to focus on locally sourced foods. The menu lists the farms from which some of the dishes come from, such as potatoes and carrots from Farmhouse Organics or chicken (stuffed with wild mushrooms and grits) from Draper Valley Farms. Prices range from $14 to $21. Location: 403 Madison Avenue, Bainbridge Island

Read Part 1 of the new Kitsap restaurants of 2010.

New Kitsap Restaurants of 2010: Part 1 of 4

So, so much to eat and try. In 2010, nearly 30 new eateries opened in Kitsap County, and nine got new owners.

Some new eateries were highlighted in various Kitsap Sun articles and blog posts throughout the year, though some we admittedly missed. I plan to visit the new restaurants in more detail in the coming months and invite you to share your impressions on any of the new eateries of 2010.

I’ll be stretching this blog post out into four parts through this week because that many restaurants makes for one awfully long blog post and — let’s be honest — so I can get as many eyeballs back to the Food Life blog as I can.

We’ll go alphabetically based on a list of new restaurants provided by the Kitsap County Health Department:

John Strasinger the owner/ chef at the new Bay Street Bistro cooks zucchini at the downtown Port Orchard location.

Bay Street Bistro – I talked with chef and co-owner John Strasinger about his new restaurant a month and a half after it opened in late July. Strasinger tries to procure as many ingredients as he can from local farmers, and has worked to build up the restaurant as a neighborhood dinner spot. Recently, they’ve started serving lunches and this fall put a savory gorgonzola-laced cheesecake that’s just as good as a mouthful on its own or on a cracker.

Boogaloo’s – The name filed with the health department is “Boogaloo’s Shrimp Shack”, but the sign out front says Boogaloo’s Bar-B-Que. I’ve also seen it referenced on sandwich-board signs around town and in a Kitasp Sun sports story as Boogaloo’s BBQ and Boogaloo’s Barbeque Pit. Whatever it’s called, it opened this summer in a tiny building on Bremerton’s waterfront boardwalk. Owned by Tony Thomas of the former Soul Brothers restaurant chain in Bremerton, which had its local heyday in the late ’90s. I was away in college, so I missed it the first time around, but word is that the brisket is just as heavily smoked and tender as it was back then.

Burger Me Now – This spot on the plaza at Highway 303 and McWilliams, between Safeway and Toad House is exactly what the name would imply: a burger joint. Burger Me Now offers a variety of burgers, from a $6 standard to a $7.45 teriyaki chicken burger as well as seafood and chips. I’ve not tried it yet. I can’t seem to go near the Toad House without wanting a beer, and get distracted. We’ve been talking about it for months, but someday Mike Moore and I are going to put out a roundup of burger joints — including this one — on the Kitsap Peninsula and immediately surrounding areas.

Chet’s Place – This is the latest offering at 610 Callow Avenue in Bremerton, spot to a former Mongolian Grill/Nightclub, the Ponderay Cafe and Lounge (gosh, I loved the Ponderay’s German sausage and potato pancakes), El Camino’s and others. Chet’s Place serves up soul food including grits, hush puppies and fried okra. It also has a lounge because there has to be some place to get a 9 a.m. beer on Callow Avenue, right?

Deane’s Pizza a& Subs – I feel that I almost have to like this place since I almost share a middle name with it. That said, I haven’t actually tried it, but if you want to, it’s across from Fred Meyers in that plaza with the 24-hour fitness place and Emerald City Smoothies. They offer — you guessed it — pizza and subs and opened in May. The pizzas offerings seem to go beyond the standards with things like taco pizza and alfredo pizza.

Der Blokken Brewery – This Manette brewpub opened in spring to fanfare from the local brew geek community. In addition to a hard-to-find-on tap lineup of beers, such as Old Rasputin Imperial Stout, 90 Minute IPA from Dogfish and Der Blokken’s own Black stout, they offer a lineup of pub fare including a gorgonzola burger, chicken wings, occasional steak special and a personal favorite poutine, the gravy and curd smothered fries of French Canadian fame.

El Pueblito Mexican Restaurant – This Gig Harbor-based restaurant opened a Port Orchard branch on Lund Avenue, near Bethel, this spring. It’s family-style Mexican with dishes such as arroz con pollo, burritos, enchiladas, etc. The handful of online reviews for this place are mixed.

Bremerton’s FreshLocal Celebrates Its First Anniversary Next Week

FreshLocal's Jean Schanen

[Note: The date of the anniversary party was initially incorrect. It has been corrected.]

Operating a grocery store for the past year has been a learning experience, said FreshLocal‘s Jean Schanen.

When the store opened in downtown Bremerton last November, it focused on Kitsap-grown produce, organic bulk products and soup made from scratch.

A year later, Kitsap-grown produce can still be found in bins at the back of the store, but so too can some produce from other Pacific Northwest farms.

They also carry more prepared products, such as locally made salsas and nuts as well as other sauces and boxed pastas.

“We’ve expanded our stock tremendously,” Schanen said.

They’ve included some requests from customers and from the growing number of connections Schanen has made in the local food community.

Though the store originally offered a few non-food items, they’re focusing on now on food.

Soon, they’ll add more meat. They’ll bring in another freezer next week to hold a shipment of lamb from the Willamette Valley. They currently also offer beef from Chimacum and pork raised in Kitsap.

The soup, two kinds each day, also still is there, cooked in the commercial kitchen across the street.

Schanen makes them herself, drawing from her experience running “Beautiful Soup” in the early ’90s. She took organic vegetables from her Wisconsin farm and made hundreds of kinds soups.

And FreshLocal plans to stay in Bremerton.

“Many people think we’re crazy for being downtown,” Schanen said. But there’s a need, she said, shown by the several hundred people who’ve supported the store.

She hopes to continue building relationships with local growers and food makers.

“We’re really excited that we’re supporting 30 other small, independent local businesses,” and keeping consumers’ dollars in the community, she said.

Going into a new year, FreshLocal will look at expanding hours, possibly staying open later to catch ferry commuters and opening on Mondays.

Schanen hopes to encourage and find more urban farmers.

They also plan to try out offering carryout meals. They’ll start with a couple types for lunches, but Schanen would like to take a note from the Eat Local company in Seattle and offer frozen, take-home dinners. Schanen said she’s been experimenting with a baked mac-and-cheese recipe that uses Beecher’s cheese.

This Next week, they’re preparing to celebrate their first anniversary. FreshLocal will host a party starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19. Local producers will be there as will folk musicians Hank and Claire.

Fake Farmers Markets?

The Wall Street Journal has a story today that’s sure to get local food lovers angry: Safeway and Albertsons stores in Seattle this year caught the ire of Seattle farmers when they designated outdoor fruit and veggie displays “farmers markets” (Safeway later changed the name of its to “outdoor market.”

As the WSJ points out, it brings to question how should farmers market me defined?Many believe that an essential part of the definition involves farmers selling directly to consumers, though some suggest even stricter guidelines, requiring the market to have produce as the only or majority of products available at the market. Others might also add that the produce comes only from local sources, and the definition of “local” varies from grown in the town or county it’s sold to region or state.

Most – if not all – of Kitsap’s markets have such rules. Bainbridge Island’s, for example, requires all produce to be grown on the Island or in North Kitsap. Poulsbo’s, Silverdale’s, Bremerton’s and Port Orchard’s market say vendors’ goods must be from Washington State. Poulsbo and Port Orchard make an exception for where seafood can come from, though the vendors themselves must be from Washington. All the markets post their vendor guidelines on their website.

So how do you consumers and farmers out there think the term “farmers market” should be defined?

Food, Wine and Beer Events Happening Soon

Ideally, I’d write a blog post and expand upon each of these, but with time ticking away, I feel I should at least make sure I let everyone know about these upcoming food-related events. If you go, take a few photos and send them to me (adice@kitsapsun.com), and I’ll post them. I promise to do the same with the events I go to. If you know of more events, I’ll add ’em:

Saturday, September 18: Taste of Lynwood
The Taste of Lynwood celebrates the Bainbridge Island neighborhood. From noon to 8 p.m., the neighborhood will host food, live music and family activities.

Sunday, Sept. 19: KCCA Harvest Meal/Local Food chef Showoff
Foods from Kitsap farms are prepared by local chef and served buffet style. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bremer Student Center at Olympic College If you’re going, you should probably get tickets now. The Buy Local Food in Kitsap blog has more on the event at buylocalfoodinkitsap.org.

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Bremerton’s Cora’s Diner Closing It’s Doors

Cora’s gave us the Bremersaurus burger (two beef patties, bacon, cheese and all the fixin’s), lumpia, on Thursdays, a decent pork adobo at pretty affordable prices. And for anyone who ate there with even the slightest frequency, a familiar greeting.

For us here at the Kitsap Sun, Cora’s was a place we could always feel welcome, get some bits of conversation, and an occasional video tip from co-owner Rick Foxworth. After about the third time I went in, Cora already knew my name.

And if you went pretty frequently, it was a place you could get the occasional special extra like ice cream sundaes (maybe Cora let everyone have those, but we’d just like to feel special).

I wish I had gone more frequently.

Because today, we’re going to have to say goodbye to that spot on Fourth Street. Their rising rent was just too much, Cora told me a couple weeks ago. I haven’t yet heard final plans for what she’ll do next. I wasn’t sure if she was just joking or if she’s actually going to do it, but Cora mentioned a mobile food cart. I hope whatever she does, food and Bremerton are both involved.

I and others at the Sun plan on having lunch there today, and I imagine others working downtown will join us. I’ll update this post after lunch.