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“Best bet for locals and Harstine Island folks” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fresh Start Market & Deli

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Fresh Start Market & Deli
2810 East Spencer Lake Rd., Shelton, WA 98548
(360) 462-4620
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Ranked #12 of 68 Restaurants in Shelton
Cuisines: Eclectic
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Seattle, Washington
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“Best bet for locals and Harstine Island folks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012 via mobile

We're regulars now and stop by anytime we head down to Harstine Island. The service is pretty slow since they need to keep staffing to a minimum to make ends meet. Clean bathrooms and nice indoor or outdoor dining.

The food is pretty good with nice quiches and deli foods. Great brownies. Avoid the scones. If you're lucky you may find pizza by the slice. Sandwiches are made to order and fairly good. A little skimpy on the meat and cheese but I like mine thick and messy. Homemade kraut or pickled red cabbage is very good. The non-mayo slaw is lightly herby and refreshing.

Grocery selection is eclectic and very unique. Local produce may be a little soft and dried out but it's LOCAL. Beer, cheese and other items is usually top shelf or hard to find stuff.

Fun and quirky family operation.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Not all it's cracked up to be”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

We traveled 1.5 hours to meet friends and we chose this location for the ratings on another site claiming how healthy their selections were. I get the fact that the market sells local produce, organic foods and things made by local artisans.

The deli had very few things to choose from and being a vegetarian it was difficult. The wait staff clearly treated the locals differently than someone they didn't recognize. The "house" salad was a pile of dandelion greens & two grape tomatoes. I didn't mind the greens, but our friends don't eat trendy salads. They could have done more to the salad by adding a couple slices of cucumber, some peppers or something else. When the waitress came to take away the salad plates, she stood tableside, plate near her face, examining how much of the salad was consumed by one of us at the table. She must have engaged in this behavior for a good 20 to 30 seconds. Then said she'd take the salads off the bill since they weren't consumed. I ate mine, however. The salads were not removed from the bill.

I ordered a veggie pita sandwich as I am vegan. It was piled high with fresh vegetables which was nice, the hummus was a little tangy for my liking and there was a LOT of parsley on the sandwich, which did help in contradicting the many onions that were loaded on the flat, COLD, white pita that was cut in half to make the "bread." Much more could have been done to this sandwich to make it a bit more appetizing. Say, try warming up the pita on the grill for a minute to soften it a bit. The bread was dry and hard to get down with the two inches of veggies that were contained within it (I'm not complaining about the amount of ingredients). Basically, the sandwich was one pita flat cut in half. Very small, but with the optionally purchased dandelion greens, I was satisfied.

Hubby and friends had pizza and it looked good. It is artisan-style so the focus is on the bread, not the ingredients. Good thing too, because ingredients were lacking. It didn't appear that you could "make your own" pizza. One vegetarian option in the pizza department, and one vegetarian option on the salad/sandwich menu.

Wait staff was a bit rude and inattentive. Salads were not comp'd like they said they would be and since they never brought the bill to the table & we paid at the register, didn't know that until after payment was made.

We bought dinner that night for our friends because we were actually a bit embarrassed by our selection. We won't be returning.

Tables are close together and when it's busy, it's a tad loud to try to carry on a conversation with the folks just on the other side of our table.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“Pizza is available!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

Cannot wait to get our pizza next week; if it anything like the rest of what we got and what we watered over- then we are in for an additional treat.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great home made food + local groceries”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2011

Wow, what a surprise! Tiny grocery near Spencer Lake, Shelton, has top knotch organic selection and locally produced items to boot. Came in looking for a snack for our drive home but left walking out with great foccacia, made to order sandwiches and a gift for a friend.
Can't wait for their pizza oven to be installed. Wonderful wall mural too. A class act that has to be supported by the community.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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