A seven-minute walk from Port Townsend’s Boat Haven you’ll find the Blue Moose Cafe and Key City Fish Co. Tacos-To-Go. For boaters moored at the Boat Haven, both offer a great nearby option for breakfast and lunch. If you are at Point Hudson Marina, it’s a 40-minute walk or a 15-minute bus ride.
Don’t Miss These Two Eateries Near Port Townsend’s Boat Haven
Blue Moose Cafe
The Blue Moose Cafe is a Port Townsend favorite for breakfast and lunch and on the smaller side, which means you might have to wait to get seated. The wait is worth it. If there is only one or two in your party, you might be able to snag a seat at the 4-seat bar, which gives you a great view of the hustle and bustle in the small kitchen.
There is always a lot of activity at the boat yard.
If you find that you do have to wait, guests can self-serve themselves a coffee, which is located along the wall near the door, or for specialty coffee drinks walk over to Sunrise Coffee Company (about a 1-minute away). If you do have to wait, the Blue Moose Cafe is located in a working boatyard, so there are always lots of interesting things to look at nearby, just don’t wander too far.
Tip: It’s important to note that the Blue Moose Cafe only takes cash, so come prepared.
The Blue Moose Cafe serves both breakfast, lunch, and daily specials. Their breakfast is what we go for, and they have plenty of options like three-egg omelets, scrambles, hashes, and cakes n’ fancy toast. They have plenty of tasty breakfast items to choose. Some will even bring a smile to your face like a biscuit and gravy with corned beef hash called This Ain’t No Atkins’ Special, or a scramble with bacon, jalapenos, spinach, onions, and sharp cheddar called Some Like it Hot, and a large pancake with peanut butter and bananas called Last Night I was Dreaming About Elvis.
Blue Moose Cafe
On a recent trip to Port Townsend, I stopped by the Blue Moose Café around 10:30 a.m. on a summer weekday. I thought that the breakfast rush would be over by then. I was wrong; it was packed. I decided to wait it out, which turned out to be around 20 minutes. It was almost a full house when I was seated, so I didn’t bother my server with chit-chat. Instead, I checked out the unusual décor and collection of moose, some of which were blue.
What did I order for breakfast? The Morgan Craves Bacon scramble which comes with bacon topped with cheddar and jack cheeses and an avocado, along with a side of red potatoes and yams for $9.25. I’d definitely recommend it.
Blue Moose Cafe
Where: 311 B Haines Place (Boat Haven), Port Townsend, WA 98368
What: Breakfast and lunch (Cash only)
Hours: Monday to Friday 6:30 am to 2 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Key City Fish Tacos-To-Go
On that same trip, I decided to check out the neighboring Key City Fish Tacos-To-Go, which serves up tacos, burritos, quesadillas, taco salad, seafood chowder and jambalaya. The restaurant is attached to the fish market, and orders are placed and picked up at the window. If you aren’t taking your meal to go, dine at the covered tables to the side.
What did I order? A chicken and pork taco for $3.75 each. They were topped with cheese, cilantro, onions, and tomatoes. I was pleasantly surprised how big each taco was, and one would have been enough. I was in a rush as I needed to catch the ferry, so I took my tacos to go. I did wish I’d opted to get a side of sour cream and guacamole.
Key City Fish Co. Tacos-To-Go
Where: 307 10th St., Port Townsend, Wa 98368
Hours: Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Check out our other Port Townsend articles.
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- Cocktails, Popcorn and the Rose Theatre
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Lara Dunning is a member of the Waggoner Cruising Guide team and has made one trip up the Inside Passage to Ketchikan, AK. She is enthusiastic about small town living, and you can read more about her discoveries at Small Town Washington. She has been published in Bainbridge Island Magazine, Experience Anacortes, Northwest Travel & Life Magazine, realfoodtraveler.com and Whidbey Life Magazine.