According to their website Cafe Nola on Bainbridge Island was recently featured on an episode of Giada’s Weekend Getaways where it was declared the best brunch spot in Seattle. Many of the reviews for the restaurant on Yelp herald their french toast, unfortunately brunch is only served on the weekends and CK and I were in Seattle Monday-Friday. Although I was disappointed not to have the opportunity to stuff my face with challah bread drenched in an Orange Bourbon Butter sauce, our lunch of fish and chips held its own admirably.
The restaurant was quite busy, but we were seated after only a short wait. Mere minutes after we ordered, large golden battered pieces of flaky cod without a hint of “fishy” taste (just the way we both like it) were brought to the table. Our fish was plated alongside thick french fries and a serving of cole slaw with generously cut veggies splashed with malt vinegar. I even dipped my fish in the tartar sauce, which in general I find revolting, but this one had a sweet pickle-like flavor that I really liked.
Cafe Nola is a very sweet little restaurant and a perfect place to enjoy a meal after the quick ferry ride over from Seattle. CK and I enjoyed being seated next to the window so we could people watch. Bainbridge is quite a bustling place! I definitely think a special return trip to Seattle is in order so I can sample some of these famously fabulous brunches though.