Friday, March 5, 2010
Restaurant Review- Plunkin' Shack
Across from the boatyard, fishing docks, graving yard and marina in Port Angeles, and named Plunkin' Shack, you expect this will be a fish place. But in fact, fish plays a very, very small part on the menu, as it does in the local economy. As the dreaded Bolt decision changed the economic landscape in this area, the Plunkin' Shack has changed too. And thrives. The same atmosphere of a local dive prevails, the same tiny, crowded half dozen tables and four stools keep the sense of being part of a dock workers early cup of coffee and sandwich place. But there are subtle updates reflecting the fact that the customers are local businessmen and women, or retirees.
We like the Plunkin' Shack. It represents a couple of hard working people who craft a menu with care, even if they don't prep everything from scratch, and make artful use of ingredients that have been processed elsewhere. They tiny kitchen and dining room, the lunch-only hours appeal to my iconoclastic nature. I like to go to eat at places that are balanced- price, atmosphere, quality and service. Plunkin' Shack is a place like that- comfortable, and comfortable with itself.