Port Townsend, and the surrounding area, has a vibrant and growing food and beverage scene. Due close proximity to farmers, foragers, and artisans - our restaurants, cafes, and bars are comprised of mostly local, in-season foods and ingredients as well as craft cocktails and local beer, wine, cider, and mead!
We wanted to share with you some of the new (and newer!) kids on the block who are creating unique and delicious delicacies for you!
Howell’s Sandwich Co.
Located in downtown Port Townsend, this sandwich shop is not to be missed! Their amazing sandwiches, wraps, and salads (plus craft beers!) might just rival their stunning view of Puget Sound with a deck perfect for warm spring day. Howell’s has options for most diet types including gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian.
My favorite is one of their vegetarian sandwiches the Farmer Ed...Toasted Ciabatta Bread with Apple, Purple Carrot, Sweet Onion, Lettuce, Goat Cheese, Lively Olive Italian Herb Oil, and if you’re looking for an appetizer to share I highly recommend the Naan Yo Business with Seasonal Local Vegetables, Garlic Pesto, Naan. Their Ruben is fantastic, I have heard a quite a few people say that it is the best that they have ever had. You really can’t go wrong with anything you pick!
Howell’s is open Tuesday - Sunday from 11:00am - 6:00pm (food service ends at 5:45pm).
The In Between
The In Between is Port Townsend’s newest cocktail bar also serving wine, small plates, and spirit free cocktails. The cozy atmosphere is beautiful, imagine The Great Gatsby meets a classy speakeasy. (Just peek at their instagram to see.)
Warm up in this unseasonably chilly weather with your favorite person with classics like hot toddies or a one-of-a-kind drink like their Wish Bone made with Surete Tequila, Italicus, Beramotto Liqueur, Olive & Cucumber Bitters or The Northwest Negroni made with Admiralty Distiller's Pennant Gin, Bruto Americano, and their own House Vermouth concoction. Their spirit free cocktails are just as unique and thoughtfully crafted as their spirited menu.
The In Between is open Thursday - Monday from 3pm - 11pm and is located on the floor below Sirens Pub.
The Castle is a new restaurant, bar, and late-night hangout in Port Townsend in the historic Manresa Castle.
The Castle’s creative menu features classics and bar food infused with Southeast Asian flavors, offering tapas and larger plates. Tapas include dishes like Shrimp Chips and The Notorious PIG (marinated and grilled pork shoulder) and larger plates like The Amazing Sliders, Man (Nash Farm pork paddys) and Soba is as Soba Does (a vegetarian noodle dish). The Castle’s kitchen is open daily from 3pm - 9pm and brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 1pm.
In addition to great drinks and food, The Castle hosts a variety of events including Scary Stories at The Castle (Sunday Nights), Night of Games (Wednesdays), and special events like tomorrow’s Vaudevilla Valentine’s Burlesque Show. Check out the website or instagram for upcoming events.
Mead Werks at Wilderbee Farm
Our friends at Wilderbee Farm have expanded from their beautiful flower garden and lavender field to mead! For those not familiar with mead, it is a fermented beverage made with honey, known as honey wine.
For their first offerings, Mead Werks is currently serving three types of mead a dry, semi-sweet, and sweet all made with raw, unfiltered blackberry blossom honey. And coming soon is a semi-sweet cyser (mead fermented with juice from organic sweet apples on the farm) and a metheglin (spiced) mead made with orange blossom honey and finished with an infusion of vanilla bean.
Mead Werks at the farm is now open every Saturday from 12pm - 5pm for tastings, pours, and to purchase bottles. Wilderbee’s Instagram
Written by: Kaitlin Chester