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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Toby's Tavern (Coupeville, Washington)

Toby's Tavern, 8 Front Street, Coupeville, Washington, USA Ph# 360-678-4222  This was another fantastic fine, and thanks goes out to my good friend Dean Sr. for this one!!  It is located right on the water in down town Coupeville, Washington.  It is on Whidbey Island which is also home to the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Here is from Toby's website:
"The building is on the shore of tranquil Penn Cove, waters known for its abundant crop of Mussels. Originally a mercantile built in approximately 1890, the structure has housed many businesses. Following prohibition, it became a beer parlor and has been a Tavern/restaurant since the early sixties.
The back bar was originally brought around the horn and placed in the Fort Warden officers club in about 1900. It then moved to Fort Casey and then eventually to the Central Hotel in Coupeville. When the Hotel suffered a serious fire, the back bar was then moved to its current location at Toby's."
Toby's opened up in 1938.  The Front street is full of shops and places to eat all of the buildings are from around the late 1800's early 1900's.
They have beautiful ornate sit up bar that is full of history.  The sit up bar was full for the 1 1/2 hours that we were there.  I would say it sits around 15 people or so on backless stools!
The food here is awesome! We were there with a bunch of friends and ordered the 2 pounds of steamed Mussels. which came with wonderful fresh toasted bread.  These were probably the best mussels that I have ever eaten.  One of our friends ordered the Ruben sandwich, which came on fresh dark rye bread and lots for french fries.  Other friends had the fish and chips which were also very good.  The service was fantastic and the girls were running all the time keeping every one happy!
There is a good variety of beer on tap, as well as a decent wine list.  It is great sitting here, looking out at the water and watching all of the boats passing by. 
They have one pool table, but no one was using it when we were there.  This place was packed the entire time we were there.  There are all kinds of things on the walls from a moose head, buffalo head, a 5 person rowing shell from the 1950's from the University of Washington.  Just come in and check it all out.
You have to go to Coupeville as it is so beautiful here, great shopping and of course you have to go to Toby's Tavern!  It is a definite two thumbs up for sure!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Overflow Bar (Sedro Woolley, Washington)

Overflow Bar, 109 Ferry Street Sedro Wolley, Washington, USA.  A small little local bar that was once a Livery then an automotive shop and finally a bar.  The sit up bar seats 12 people and there are 2 pool tables in the middle of the bar.  There are smaller tables around the edges and a large round table towards the back.  Pool on suynday's is free and there are food and drink specials through out the week.  Out back they have a fenced in patio area and is mosly filled up by smokers.  There is no smoking in the bar.  The entire bar isn't that big, probablyt not much bigger than some one's basement rec room.  There was only one bartender/ waitress, but she worked hard and efficient to keep everyone happy.  The first bartender was replaced by Stephanie the bar manager and she too was great.  If only everyone worked that hard and maintained a smile on their face as these girls did!  People were very friendly and one person in particualr was great and that was "Big Mike".  He was very friendly and it was enjoyable to sit and talk to him.  Big Mike told us that this bar is a good local bar and the prices are better then some of the more fancier bars around.  I didn't try any of the food so I can't tell  you about the food.  We had a great time here having a drink, playing some pool and visiting with every one!!   There is no reason why I would't come back here, I had a great time!