Comments by local residents had discouraged us from coming here for the entire ten years we have been visiting this area. Finally, we decided to give it a try. The menu is extensive, which is a good things, and the prices a little high (but then again, this is Anacortes). Service was attentive. My wife had the salmon special of the day, which was well to her liking. I had their “world famous” fish and chips made with authentic Alaskan cod. Ho hum. Not different from most other fish and chips I have had. I asked for them nice and crispy, which they were, which means also a little over cooked, but that can’t be avoided. My disappointment was with the French fries. This is a new campaign for me as a reviewer. It is not a culinary feat to have nice crispy crunchy French fries. Whenever I have gone places that had fries like that, people loved them. Here, in an effort to make them crispy, they kept them in the fryer longer. They were indeed darker, but still soft and not crispy. To make crispy French fries you must fry them once, in advance perhaps, and then fry them a second time in 375 degree oil. This process is described in many cookbooks (Julia Child, Bobby Flay, others). The outside becomes crunchy while the inside remains tender. Yum. Granted, I shouldn’t even be eating French fires if I care about my health. But if I do, I now how I like them and won’t give five stars to anyplace at which they are just ordinary. The bottom line is, I needn’t have waited ten years. This place has a following for a good reason.
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