Located near the Bremerton Ferry Terminal, Bremerton Bar & Grill serves up fresh American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a casual and family-friendly atmosphere. The menu includes entrees hot off the grill, including burgers and steaks as well as 18 draft beers, wine, and specialty cocktails. If the weather’s nice, diners can relax on the outdoor patio and heckle slow-moving seagulls.
Not content to conquer only the realm of family-style breakfast eats, Family Pancake House owner Robert Mathwig decided to try his hand at creating a classic sports bar with delicious eats and a variety of drinks. To that end, he helped his chefs assemble a menu of bar fare gussied up with fine ingredients, from asiago, parmesan, and romano mac 'n' cheese to beer-battered Alaskan cod served with chips.
The standard-with-a-twist dishes arrive at tables awash in the electronic glow of 15 flat-screen TVs and a jumbo projector screen broadcasting stimulating sports action or congressional-subcommittee meetings. Contests of skill play out on two pool tables, and outdoors, a patio with heated seating fends off Jack Frost's touch.
Formerly a funeral home—and the site of Bruce Lee's memorial in 1973—The Pine Box takes its cheeky name in part from the building's history (it's also on the corner of Pine Street). The stained-glass windows, church-pew seating, and cathedral ceilings are carryovers from the space's previous life as The Chapel Bar, but it's since been transformed into what can only be described as a beer heaven. With about 30 brews on tap, beer-lovers make regular pilgrimages to check out the new varieties. The choices change so frequently, a paper menu can't keep up, so an LCD screen, website, and town crier are used instead. Customers overwhelmed by the selection can hit up the daily three-hour happy hour to try drinks at a discounted rate or check out tastings and other special events. Of course, the easy choice would be to drink whatever is running through the bar's built-in randall––a contraption that infuses tap brews with different ingredients such as orange peel and lemongrass or maple bacon and peanut butter chips. For those who like their suds served with something more substantial, the Pine Box also serves a contemporary dinner menu that features dishes such as pizza with pulled pork and habanero pineapple salsa or cold curry poached sockeye salmon. Come weekends, cocktails and creative eats share equal billing on a brunch menu, where favorites include mezcal bloody marys and skewers of bacon and house-pickled eggs.
When to Go: Stop by for happy hour (5 p.m. to 7 p.m. or 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.), which features $4 pints, $4.50 well drinks, and daily drink specials.
Inside Tip: In addition to plenty of vegetarian-friendly options, guests can get any sandwich and burger made with a gluten-free baguette or bun.
While You’re Waiting: Peruse the collection of HoneyHole swag, which includes T-shirts, pint glasses, beer cozies, and trucker hats.
Though specializing in classic bar food, writes The Stranger, every dish on Bad Albert's Tap & Grill's menu has "got a little something special." With the burger dip, for instance, cooks fancy up the traditional sandwich by crowning a garlic baguette with Angus beef, grilled onions, and smoked provolone. Housemade sauce and smoked bacon top the more traditional Dock Street burger, while burger alternatives range from fried wild Alaskan cod to daily housemade soups. Amidst live blues and sports on 12 flat-screen TVs, Bad Albert's feasts have unfolded inside the same exposed brick dining room for more than 17 years.
Tony and Thurston Tsui created Thurston's Bistro and Lounge by applying a simple recipe: great food, drinks, and music. In the kitchen, they cook everything from a classic French filet mignon in bordelaise sauce to mac and cheese in a homemade cheese sauce filled with buttery bites of lobster and crab. Meanwhile, bartenders prepare craft cocktails with house-made syrups and infusions. Local musicians such as vocalist Kate Rowley and pianist Matt McKlousky entertain four nights a week. On Saturdays, they relinquish the microphone to other patrons for an evening of karaoke.