Restaurants, Happy Hours and Libation HousesWaggoner eNews


For tequila drinkers, I suggest the Mariposa.

We enjoy eating out and often search for prix fixe dining options, as it means more money in our pockets for boating.

At 5th Street Bistro, in the Majestic Inn & Spa in Anacortes, they have an early evening trio, which is a 3-course meal for $25, served during the hours of 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. If you have concerns about portion size―don’t―they are generous and leave you satisfied.

Where: 419 Commercial Ave. Anacortes, WA 98221

What: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Menus here.

Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner hours listed here. Early Evening Trio: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Happy Hour: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., as well as, Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Rooftop Lounge: May, June & September 4 p.m. to sunset, and July and August, Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Note: The early evening trio is not available in the rooftop lounge.)

5th Street Bistro in Anacortes

A couple of weeks ago, I dined at 5th Street Bistro with the sole purpose of sampling their early evening trio.

House Salad or Soup Du Jour

Guests have the option of a house salad or a cup of soup du jour. I ordered the salad which came with assorted lettuce, feta, apricots, carrots, and dressing. I chose a citrus oil-based dressing and requested it on-the-side. The dressing was zingy and paired well with the apricots.

5th Street Bistro


Sockeye Salmon

For my second course, I chose the sockeye salmon with longanberry beurre rogue and seasonal vegetables. The flavor of the loganberry sauce mixed well with the salmon, but the fish was a little overcooked on the edges. The garlic Swiss chard was cooked perfectly, leaving the stalks crisp and flavorful.

5th Street Bistro

On 5th Street Bistro’s early evening trio menu, there are four entree options.

  • A flat iron steak with mushroom sauce, and seasonal vegetables.
  • Truffle mac with white cheddar, dried tomatoes, truffle oil, cavatappi and chicken breast.
  • Roasted and herbed half chicken and seasonal vegetables.
  • Vegetarian lasagna with house-made pasta, spinach, eggplant, mushrooms, ricotta, parmesan and mozzarella.

Dessert Selection

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There are three dessert options. A seasonal creme brulee, a house-made lemon tart with fresh lemon custard, and the bartender’s choice of port. They were out of the lemon tart, so I opted for the special offer of cannoli pie. I couldn’t have gone wrong with either choice.

―Lara Dunning

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 The Crossing Guide, Explore Anacortes, Whidbey Island Life Magazine and Waggoner’s Pacific Northwest Boating. 

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