Posted July 12, 2019
Eating al fresco is one of the best things about the Pacific Northwest summers. Whether you fire up the backyard barbecue or take a picnic to a neighborhood park, fresh air seems to add more enjoyment to your meal.
But why not leave the cooking and cleaning to others? Dining outdoors at a restaurant is the perfect way to take advantage of our summer weather.
To get you started with some ideas, here are some of our favorite places that are around McCormick.
The McCormick Clubhouse Restaurant & Bar, of course, is at the top of our list — and not just because we may be a little biased. An easy stroll through the neighborhood takes you to the Clubhouse in no time, but just as amazing as having a great restaurant in your backyard is the view from the patio of North Lake and the green. The serene landscape of the golf course is especially gorgeous in summertime.
The diverse Clubhouse menu ranges from salads and burgers to pasta. You’ll find the Pacific Northwest’s must-have summer seasonal fare: wild caught salmon. There are also Happy Hour specials and a kids’ menu, along with special events like Wine Wednesdays and Prime Rib Night.
The Home Made Café has become one of Port Orchard’s popular breakfast and lunch destinations. Located in a unique setting — a purple church building — the cozy café has outdoor seating in the courtyard that’s an excellent choice during good weather.
The menu offers made-from-scratch, homestyle comfort food. You’ll find a surprising variety of omelets, breakfast burritos and sandwiches for breakfast. For lunch, there are two dozen types of sandwiches and burgers, plus salads and more — and that’s not including the kids’ menu.
Everybody’s American Cookhouse and Sport Theater is well known for its unique sports-viewing experience on a gigantic video wall, but in the summer, we recommend opting for the courtyard seating. The rustic atmosphere, complete with picnic benches, makes you feel like you’re in your friends’ backyard.
The made-from-scratch menu lives up to the restaurant’s name to offer something for everybody — salads, wraps, sandwiches, burgers, entrees and even small bites or lighter choices for the health-conscious. And since summer is for indulging, why not save room for a banana split or sundae.
Boat Shed in Bremerton’s Manette neighborhood is where you’ll find an eclectic atmosphere that’s casual enough for an everyday lunch and upscale enough for a special dinner occasion. Dining on the huge outdoor deck puts you right on the waterfront, with a view of the Manette Bridge and Port Washington Narrows.
The lunch and dinner menus, which change with the season, will please you whether you like to eat “from the sea” or “from land,” with additional Happy Hour choices. Come between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and you can have breakfast instead.
Anthony’s at Sinclair Inlet is another great waterfront dining experience in Bremerton. From the large outdoor deck, you can see the marine traffic going about Sinclair Inlet. You’ll find easy parking under the restaurant, in Anthony’s underground lot, which saves you time and hassle.
The lunch and dinner menus are a seafood lover’s delight, while also keeping other tastes in mind. If you arrive Monday-Friday before 6 p.m., check out the Sunset Dinner menu, a four-course meal at a great fixed price. And if you prefer Mount Rainier in the backdrop, head to the Gig Harbor location instead (called Anthony’s Home Port).
Netshed No. 9 on Gig Harbor’s waterfront is a unique breakfast and lunch experience in a building that was once a working netshed. The large deck gives you a gorgeous view of sailboats and the harbor, with Mount Rainier in the distance.
The creative menu has unique food you won’t find anywhere else, like a Lemon Curd and Blueberry French Toast, and Chilaquiles (a breakfast twist on Mexican nachos). Then, there’s the famous Skillet of Warm Cinnamon Rolls — if you dare.
The Tides Tavern is a Gig Harbor waterfront mainstay where the locals have been hanging out for decades. If you like a lively, 21-and-older-only atmosphere, then Tides is for you — and don’t let the name “tavern” fool you, as the menu is very diverse.
Known for its clam chowder and its beer-battered fish and chips, Tides is no longer a local “secret” — earlier this year, Coastal Living named it one of six best places in America for fish and chips. Other lunch and dinner fare ranges from salads and sandwiches to Happy Hour specials and seasonal entrees.
Don’t let the summer get away from you before you take some time to share a meal with friends or family under the beautiful sky. As we all know, great weather can be fleeting in the Puget Sound region, so make sure to make the most out of it!