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Westside Pizza Moves, Expands, Offers Beer on Tap

Bainbridge Island’s Westside Pizza has new owners, with a new vision. That vision was just unveiled last Friday, when the greatly expanded ‘za joint opened its spiffy new doors to hungry customers. Formerly located upstairs in a small spot in Winslow mall, Westside Pizza is now in the Safeway/Rite Aid commercial center in a stand-alone…

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Blackbird Bakery Gives Its $1,000 July 4th Parade Award to the Library

If you saw the Fourth of July parade this year, you most certainly remember the Blackbird entry: toque- and apron-wearing people pushing giant slices of pie in wheelbarrows and then, periodically, in formation, bringing them together to make the whole pie. That entry won this year’s second annual Most Humorous Parade Entry Award, which comes…

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Hammy’s: Lynwood Center’s New Old-Style Hamburger Joint

Ryan and Amber Welch, the managers of Hammy’s, Pleasant Beach Village’s about-to-open hamburger spot, want people to be able to go out for a casual family meal and not spend a fortune. They’ve managed to put together a menu that will ensure people can eat out for under about $10 per person. That’s not the…

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The Second Voyage of Cafe Trios: New Owners Try Their Luck on Land

Angela Veeder and her boyfriend Michael Doctor arrived on Bainbridge after careers at sea—she was a captain for Argosy Cruises, and he worked on oil rigs. Now they’re trying a land-based career as the owners of the relaunched Cafe Trios, at the corner of Ferncliff and Winslow Way. The original owners, who ran the successful…

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Council Set to Lay Down the Law for Bainbridge Sidewalk Cafes and Displays

The Wild West of wanton Winslow sidewalk use is about to be tamed. The Council has pushed Ordinance No, 2014-16 relating to the retail use of sidewalks to a second reading, which means that the City is close to enacting rules for regulating sidewalk use throughout the island. The main provisions of the ordinance are…

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New Crêperie Set to Open on Madrone Lane

Paul Pluska took some time out from busily readying his new crêperie on Winslow’s Madrone Lane to tell me about his plans for his authentic French-style Bainbridge Island eatery. Pluska, who opened the popular little crêperie at the Kingston ferry terminal in 2003, has had his eye on Bainbridge Island for a long time. He said…

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Aaron Bludorn

BHS Grad Just Named Exec Chef at NYC’s Michelin-Starred Cafe Boulud

Aaron Bludorn, who graduated from BHS in 2002, just achieved what in the food world is the equivalent of being named a department head at an Ivy League school: He is the new Executive Chef at a Michelin-starred restaurant, New York City’s elite and très bon Café Boulud, which Michelin says “seldom disappoints.” That’s Michelingo…

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Bainbridge Bakers

Bainbridge Bakers Turns 28, Celebrates with a Party and Another Expansion

I don’t remember my 28th birthday as being an especially big deal. But Bainbridge Bakers wants you to remember theirs. They have just completed an expansion at their Winslow Green location. And now they’re going even bigger with an off-site expansion at Island Gateway, next to the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. To celebrate it…

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tokyo tapa japanese restaurant

Tokyo Tapas Gets Ready for Its Bainbridge Island Debut

Takao Saito, owner and main chef of Winslow’s latest culinary experiment, is just about ready to roll out the goods in the former space of Shima Sushi on Madison Avenue, just a(n authentic) Ramen noodle north of Winslow Way. When I popped in on Saito today, March 19, he was standing in a state of controlled chaos…

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Blackbird Expected to Reopen March 7 (or so) with a New Behind the Scenes

Blackbird Bakery co-owner Heidi Umphenour doesn’t know exactly when her cafe will reopen because the contractors have been inching back the date. But she’s hoping for March 7 or 8, next Thursday or Friday. Since Monday, February 24, workers have been giving the cafe a badly needed behind-the-scenes remodel. The majority of the work is…

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brendan mcgill beer restaurant

Hitchcock’s ‘Best New Chef’ Brendan McGill Opens German Beer Hall in Pioneer Square

Bainbridge Island’s award-winning restaurateur Brendan McGill, owner of Hitchcock and its companion Hitchcock Deli, celebrates the grand opening of his new venture, German Beer Hall Altstadt (209 1st Ave S), tonight, December 5. Located in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, this authentic German bierhaus serves up a wide variety of beers and locally sourced hand-made brats, pretzels, kraut, frites,…

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The Pub Reopens This Week

The Public Harbour House is planning to reopen its doors to customers Thursday evening, October 24, at 5 p.m. Bainbridge Island hot spot for burgers, micro brews, and harbor views closed its doors two weeks ago, on October 13, for a kitchen remodel. When I stopped by today, pretty much the entire contents of the…

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Gelarto Brings Sweet Italy to Winslow

With the opening of Gelarto, excellent artisan gelato has found a home on Bainbridge Island. Teachers by trade, owners Jennifer and Fareed Al-Abboud gave me a lesson in close cousins gelato, ice cream, and sorbet. Italian-style ice cream, gelato is denser and lower in fat than American-style ice cream because it is churned slower (and…

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Is Bay Hay & Feed Opening an Irish Pub in Rolling Bay?

Like The Blob, rumors have a way of getting bigger and spreading. And yet there is often a core of truth to rumors, as there is a core of alien life animating The Blob and feeding its cinematically “terrifying” growth. Bay Hay & Feed owner Howard Block dispelled the expanding rumor that he and his…

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Bainbridge Bakers Selected for America’s Best Coffeehouse Competition: Vote for Them Here

Our own Bainbridge Bakers has been selected as one of 9 semifinalists in the second annual Western Regional Championships of DaVinci Gourmet’s America’s Best Coffeehouse Competition. Having passed the first hurdle, Bainbridge Bakers will be visited sometime before September 4 by a “secret shopper” from CoffeeFest who will in part decide if BB advances to the finalist…

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Commuter Comforts Surprises Ferry Travelers, Plus Fun Facts

This morning, June 6, Bainbridge-to-Seattle ferry commuters were treated to a pleasantly bracing surprise (in addition to serenades from long-time barista and actor Tim Tully). To celebrate coming of age, 21-year-old Commuter Comforts, the beloved kiosk-deluxe outside the Bainbridge ferry terminal, gave out free coffee and espresso to its customers on the 4:40 a.m. through…

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Kate Berry Sweet Dahlia Baking

Bainbridge’s Sweet Dahlia Baking Makes Eating Sublime

If you are attempting to slim down to fit into your summer shorts, read no further. Sweet Dahlia puts good things into its delicious baked goods, and that includes butter. For butter loyalists this is a wonderful thing, especially when mixed with local, fresh, and as often as possible organic ingredients. Sweet Dahlia owner Kate…

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Get Happy for Bainbridge Island’s Happy Hours

[This article is an update of a previously published article on August 4, 2011.] Happy hour is a happy alternative to full-priced eating and drinking these days as we all look for ways to save with a smile. A lot of restaurants are rolling out longer happy hours, more enticing pricing, and late-night happy hours…

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Bainbridge Thai Cuisine new bar

Bainbridge Thai Cuisine Expands, Opens Bar with Daily Happy Hour

Teddy Siriboom and his chef wife Tum have been serving up tasty Thai fare at Bainbridge Thai Cuisine for some 20 years now. What’s new is that this little Island favorite on the water at the far south end of Madison Avenue is expanding with an attractive new full bar with indoor seating room for…

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An Interview with “Best Chef” Hitchcock Owner Brendan McGill

If Brendan McGill has a “thing” it’s the real thing, as in real food and being a real guy. Sound simple? It is, and yet it’s hard to find in the food(ie) world, where pomp and pomposity often posture as good eats and talent. Localism is a big-time buzz word these days, often paid more…

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