So the other day I did a quick ferry trip to Bainbridge Island and trekked about Winslow, eating until my stomach gave up. Here’s what I managed to try. Have you visited them all?
First, some tips:
- Check the ferry times before you go. Earlier seems to be better, but so is cloudy weather. I went on a 9:35 ferry on a cloudy day, and it was nearly empty. (Even the next ferry departure looked twice as packed when I saw them all walking to town.)
- The First Hill Streetcar all but gets you there. However, there are a lot of pedestrian detours going on from construction. A lot. I’d avoid Western until the very end.
- Walk-on passengers can board up until two minutes before the planned departure time. No worries about being super early like at the airport!
- It’s free to take the ferry from Winslow to Seattle.
- Walking around downtown Winslow will take you all of fifteen minutes – if you go slowly. If you’re hoping to walk off the food, make other plans.
- Town & Country Market sells pints of this ice cream from Poulsbo, Viking Feast, that I’ve never seen in Seattle. I didn’t get to try it this round, and it’s already on my ‘next time’ plans.
- If you’re visiting Blackbird Bakery, bring cash.
I picked up with the Strawberry Hill crepe, stuffed full with their homemade cheesecake mousse and fresh strawberries.
I admit, it was nice to eat a crepe early-ish in the day with no one else in the place. The crepe maker and I got into a short chat about getting about town, and then I was left alone with my deceptively giant crepe.
No, really. I thought I’d be fine with this much food, but the mousse was dense and creamy, like eating a huge NYC deli cheese blintz. This is not a complaint. Well, it is, in the sense that I was too full to try out J’aime Les Crepes. Though now I have an excuse to go back next week.
I also should have asked if the savory buckwheat crepes, which I saw being made for another order as I was finishing up, could be used on the dessert crepes. They looked super tasty, and I’m a geek for buckwheat anything. Next time.
Even though I got there pretty early in my trek, the line was already long. And someone in front of me casually bought a whole pie, while others had a mini-reunion in line. It was a family affair.
I got the downtowner, a vanilla sugar swirled dough, and a hefty cream scone. The scone was tasty, too tasty to survive to be photographed. The downtowner was pretty much a tribute to morning buns: a gooey base, and crispy sugar top. And all too easy to eat.
I mean, look at it. Look at that swirl. Magic.
The real problem is that half the stuff they sell really needs to be eaten on site, and I was way too full to try the pies or plated desserts. Though I am so going back for the key lime pie. It looked amazing.
This is the tiniest, most precious museum, just two stories of art with a cafe hidden right past the front desk. It looked like any basic cafe, a handful of tables and a sleek counter. Then I saw the desserts – they could have graced any magazine spread. We’re talking ricotta pound cake, slightly collapsed chocolate cake, and a nectarine and raspberry galette.
I’m the first to admit that museum food can be hit or miss. This galette? Lovely. A very thin, crispy golden crust, and almond paste hidden under a pile of in-season nectarine slices and raspberries.
It was also empty when I went after noon. Based on who was walking by, the cafe was the place for older generations to catch up over tea. Maybe it gets more popular in the afternoon? Any way you slice it, it was a quiet treat.
Sure, everyone goes here for sandwiches. (I even got reminded on twitter while I was out there that I should pick up one for the ferry.) Since it’s me, I went for their Theo-chocolate studded chocolate chip cookie instead.
This cookie is a beast, with a really lovely balance of chocolate mini-chunks and topped with cacao nibs and salt. It’s not the most caramelized cookie ever, going instead for dense chocolate chunk overload. But you won’t care, because you’ve got a tasty cookie the size of your head.
I admit I’m super excited that Mora has vanilla ice cream now at the Roastery, though it is way awesome to visit the store and try everything. And since it was empty, I was really tempted to try everything. Pity I went here last and was stuffed.
Whenever you go, start with what’s seasonal – it’s usually where their best flavors are. Like the cantaloupe sorbet – it’s like eating a cold cantaloupe. I opted for raspberry instead, because it was cold raspberry jam and I am such a geek for raspberry anything.
And yes, I ordered the smallest size. Can you tell?
So, have you been to Winslow or Bainbridge Island? What did you try?