You can’t visit Seattle and not order piles of seafood (never mind that we just had Thanksgiving dinner a few nights before!). So on the last night of our trip, my family and I headed to Adrift restaurant in Anacortes, a small seaside town on Fidalgo Island, just north of Seattle.
The restaurant had the coolest decor: books!
Apparently we were taking too long to order, because my grandma jokingly sighed and said “well you may as well hand me a book too!”
Now here comes the good part: the food!
We started with the Dungeness Crab Au Gratin because Josh promised that it would be amazing. And it was! It came with chunks of fresh dungeness crab in a rich blend of cheeses, and was baked until bubbly hot and served with a toasted baguette.
Because we were right by the sea, we also began with delicious fresh oysters.
I ordered the Fish Tacos, which had three grilled corn tortillas stuffed with blackened catfish, mozzarella cheese, cinnamon black beans (yes, cinnamon!) and roasted tomatillo salsa. They were served with a delicious mango pico de gallo. At first the cinnamon was a surprise flavor, but after a few bites you couldn’t imagine eating the tacos without it!
My grandma selected the Dungeness Crab Cakes, which had fresh dungeness crab, scallions, cilantro and roasted red pepper rolled into crispy cakes with panko and lightly pan fried. They were served with lemony avocado dressing and a sweet Thai chili sauce.
Josh chose the Roasted Garlic Brie Burger which was topped with roasted garlic cloves, brie cheese, toasted garlic aioli and lettuce. Ask for extra garlic aioli to make it even better!
I kept referring to it as garlic aioli sauce, to which my brother Josh smartly informed me that aioli meant sauce, and suggested I “read a book” while gesturing to the restaurant’s decor! Ha. Thanks Josh!
My other grandma ordered the Baked Catfish, which was baked with a sun-dried tomato aioli (sauce, Josh!) and parmesan, paired with herbed risotto and seasonal vegetables.
And finally, my mom selected the Tugboat Burger which was topped with Pickapeppa Sauce, avocado, gorgonzola cheese, toasted garlic aioli, balsamic glazed red onions and lettuce. It was delicious!
It was a perfect final meal of the trip.
You can find Adrift at 510 Commercial Avenue. For reservations, call (360) 588-0653.
Until next time, Seattle!