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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Nell Thorn Restaurant and Pub (La Conner, Washington)

Nell Thorn Restaurant and Pub. on the hill side @ 205 East Washington Street, LaConner, Washington U.S.A. Phone 260-466-4261. This was truly a good find, it is about 1/2 block up from the water front of the Swinomish Channel. All a long the main drag are all the shops and restaurants. The pub is on the main floor with an outside patio and the restaurant is upstairs. The pub which is finished off in nice wood is very tiny. We sat up at the bar which seats about 6 people at best. This place is very cozy with very cozy seating and a couple of small little booths. You kind of feel like you are in some resort in the Alps! They have 5 types of beer on tap and a full bar. The Nell Thorn has a good wine selection and I had the Road 22 Pinot Gris, which was very nice. Their food is very fresh and a very good menu. I had the Panko breaded Halibut and chips. It came with a very fresh salad with a Champagne vinaigrette dressing. The fries were a surprise, they were fresh cut fries but came dressed with garlic and a dusting of hot sauce, very good but had some zing to them! My wife had the ploughman's lunch with came with the same salad, fresh baked rustic bread part loaf, a white bean and arugula soup, and some brie cheese. The service was very good. I love this place and can not wait to come back. It is well worth making the trip to try it out!!

Red Top Tavern (Darrington, Washington)

Red Top Tavern, 1020 Darrington Street, Darrington, Washington, United States
Phone (360) 436-1590
When my wife and I tried this place out, I said if you want to leave right away that is OK! When we walked in I though what did I get my self in to! All the seating in this small little place is around the large horse shoe shaped bar. The owner has obviously not put any money in to this place in many years, if ever. Most of the bar stools are worn out and fixed with duct tape and the duct tape has worn out. So you are left sitting on tattered seats and the stuffing coming out. In the crappy picture I took you can see the only good chairs in the place, what gives?? My wife had to change seats as the duct tape glue was sticking to her pants. There are no lunch specials and the menu has about 5 items on it. Once we ordered our drinks the fun began. Our bartender Jennifer was great, a real sweetheart! My wife and I both ordered wine. Jennifer apologized that all the wine glasses were broken and they don't have any more. She brought us one pint beer glasses and filled them right up to the top. She said it was the same price and maybe the owner will now order some wine glasses. Well hell ya! We are going to stay for a while. Jennifer's Mother in Law was in for a beer as she is the bar manager. Well everyone was very friendly and we had a great time taking. Jennifer is a 3rd generation Darrington person. When It came time to eat we ordered the Pizza as the hot dogs on that wire rack that goes around didn't look so good. The Pizza was a McCains frozen pizza, but not bad for frozen. The tavern has a logging theme to it with lots of old pictures. I guess it has been around for ever according to the old timers. It burnt down in the 1950's and this is the one that replaced the burnt one. The wall to the left of the door is made of cinder blocks and for $5.00 you can buy a block and write what ever you want. Some people have written what they wanted!! This place hasn't been cleaned or dusted in ages. I can't believe that I took my wife here for lunch, but if not for Jennifer, her Mother In Law and the other friendly locals, we would have run!! Oh ya! Our bill for 2 pints of wine and a medium pizza! Taxes in $12.75!! I kid you not!! Jennifer even asked if we wanted another glass of wine!

Porterhouse Pub (Mount Vernon, Washington)

Porterhouse Pub, 416 Gates, Old Town, Mount Vernon, Washington, USA Phone 360-336-9989. The Porterhouse is in downtown Mount Vernon just across the street from the Skagit River. There is tons of parking over looking the the river. It doesn't look like much from the outside but it is much nicer in the inside. They pride themselves on having 21 different types of local beer on tap. Our waitress/ bartender was Malana and she was nice and friendly and worked her butt off keeping every one looked after. You never had to go looking for service! The sit up bar seats 10 people. They have about 10 booths and lots of tables and chairs. The area we sat in had nice wood plank floors. The other side is down a couple of steps and has a pool table aswell. The food was outstanding, I had the pulled pork sandwich on fresh artisan sour dough hoagie style bun. It was very good and I needed a good wash once I was done eating it. The pulled pork came with home made fries and they were very good! My wife had a bowl of the soup of the day which was Beef and Chilli soup which came with several big slices of artisan sour dough bread. The soup was so thick your spoon could stand up straight in it. I snuck a taste and it was great. This place is one that I look forward in coming back to. Great food, great beer and wine selection how can you go wrong!

Brown Bridge Pub (Princeton, British Columbia)

Brown Bridge Pub, 265 Vermilion Avenue, Princeton, British Columbia, Canada. The Brown Bridge is right off Hwy #3 when you are going through Princeton. You can't miss it. This is a really nice place and from what I am told it is the place to go in Princeton. The bar is finished off in copper due to the history of copper mining. It was a really nice touch. The front of the bar was finished off in round river rocks and look great. There is lots of seating and quite a few people were in for lunch. There were two girls working the floor and the bar and both were very friendly and made you feel welcome. The waitress suggested the hamburger as they are made fresh. My buddy and I took her up on her suggestion. She was right on, the burgers were great. They came with fresh home cut fries and they were also very good. The daily special today was Beef and Onion pie. The bartender came over and she talked to us for about 10 minutes. She even told us about her year long trip to Africa that she had been on. Very interesting indeed. There is lots of parking and I am sure if you are towing a trailer you can find parking very close by. This place was very clean as were the washrooms. If you are ever in the area I highly recommend trying this place out, you will enjoy your self!
Summer 2014, was here again and the food and service was still very good!!

Skagit River Brewery (Mount Vernon, Washington)

Skagit River Brewery, 404 South Third Street, Mount Vernon, USA. It is located in the old Pacific Fruit and Produce Warehouse. The Brewery opened up in the mid 1990's and have been brewing their own beer ever since. They have 12 different types of beer on tap. This place is divided in to two parts, the restaurant and the bar area. We sat in the bar area which seats about 25-30 people. The restaurant has much bigger area. The sit up bar seats about 6 to 7 people. The service was very good and very friendly. Since I am a wine drinker, the wine list was very good. As for the food everything looked good coming out of the kitchen. There is a very good selection of foods with daily specials. I tried the pizza which is cooked in their wood fired brick oven. The pizza was outstanding. Tons of cheese and loads of toppings all on a thin crust! There is an outside patio area, but I think that it could get a bit noisy being right on a busy intersection. They are located right off the Interstate 5 and are easy to find. As a matter of fact you can see it from the I 5! I suggest if you are in the area try this place out for sure!!

August 2, 2015, went back again and the food was awesome.  I had the 3rd Street Combo pizza which is on a 9 inch scratch dough crust with pepperoni, Italian sausage, sliced mushrooms with melted mozzarella and parmesan cheese, roasted garlic tomato sauce with fresh tomatoes on top .  It was very good indeed!  My wife had the Fish Tacos which came with either flower or corn tortillas.  She had the corn tortillas, pan seared cod (and lots of it) shredded cabbage, black beans, fresh pico de gallo and cheddar jack cheese.  She rated it as one of the best fish tacos anywhere! There is a out door patio as you can see in the picture, but when the freight train flew by with 100 empty coal cars, you couldn't hear a thing so we opted to eat in side.  Still really like this place.