Here's a hidden gem ! One of a kind interior with each chair colorfully painted and each table different from the other .As you enter the cute funky entry area and are greeted , you will pass through the thick red curtains and seated in the dining room.
Hats all over the walls for you to choose to wear for your dining experience, if you wish ! Nostalgic rock n roll posters and photographs decorate the walls, and a small elevated corner stage showcases live music on the weekends. A small nice complete bar combined with the whimsical ambiance will make you smile and laugh. A fun experience.
The location of the restaurant in a historic building that goes back to the late 1800's . It is right across a little street from a small boat dock and a cute little bay. So you can arrive by boat or car. They are just about 15-20 min from Port Townsend, and 10 min from Kala Point and Port Ludlow. Take the Port Hadlock/Ft Flagler exit off of Hwy 20, and within 5 min you will be at the only signal in town . Go thru the signal about a mile and keep looking on the left for a large sign that says AJAX CAFE' . Turn left , which is down toward the water , and you will end up at their parking lot. You would never know this great restaurant existed unless someone told you about it and how to get there. They have a website too.
The service is outstanding and friendly. The wonderful owner is always present and usually mixing the cocktails, and overseeing the the dining room. She may take your order as they get very busy on the weekends.
They serve local wines , as well as those from other wine growing regions. They have wine and food pairing dinners usually once per month too. They serve local hard apple ciders , which is an unusual specialty of the Chimacum Valley area just 10 min from them . If you haven't tried hard ciders , it is a real treat. They are not all sweet , and come in a wide spectrum of tastes from very dry, wine like (not sweet) , to beer like , to sparkling, to very sweet apple Brandy. All made locally.
The food is outstanding and all ingredients are sourced locally . There are many small organic family farms that service the Olympic Peninsula with fresh grown and raised produce, chicken , eggs, pork, and beef. The farms are all within 15-20 min from the restaurant.
Your menu will be inside an old authentic rock n roll album cover ! I have had their perfectly prepared salmon served on top of potatoes au gratin with a rich creamy Chardonay sauce . Fresh local roasted vegetables accompany this very tasty dish. They have great salads and one of the best clam chowders I have ever tasted . The chowder is made with local clams in the shell, in a rich creamy soup with tiny potatoes and a few vegetables,simmered in wine and herbs ...wow.
They serve chicken dishes , as well as stuffed pork chops , and steaks too. Vegetarian dishes as well as pastas are available also.
Personally this is a place you would just have to experience if you live in the Port Townsend and surrounding areas, or you are just passing through as a tourist . This is a restaurant not to miss.
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