The Hardware Store

Written by on December 16, 2017 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Vashon Island, Washington

How I heard of this place: On our first overnight visit to the Island to visit some old friends, we were introduced to their go-to brunch spot. And here we are!

Type of cuisine: Nearly a decade and a half ago, Melinda Powers peered through the expansive windows of the oldest commercial building on Vashon Island and where others might have seen only the empty shell of a beloved old hardware store, she saw a restaurant. Not just any restaurant, but one that would serve ‘great good food’, perfectly prepared and gracefully presented, the ingredients locally-sourced, organic and all-natural, hormone-free, and in many cases gluten-free — and would do so from breakfast through dinner, seven days a week.


Ambiance:But that was not her only objective. She wanted The Hardware Store, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, to become a community gathering place that embodied the unique spirit and character of the island and the people of Vashon — relaxed, informal, welcoming, caring.

Over the years, The Hardware Store also has served as a stage for island artists and musicians and a venue for special events that have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for dozens of island organizations and institutions.

Today, the restaurant and event catering staff has grown to fifty devoted employees. And Melinda’s vision has been made real: The Hardware Store is a place where regulars are embraced and strangers become friends, a place for friends to visit together, for milestones to be celebrated, and for all customers to feel at home.

What I ordered: Signature Omelet’s ($12 each) for each of the three of us, we all enjoyed the Havarti, bacon, spinach and basil pesto stuffed omelet with signature potatoes and selection of toast.

Two drip coffees, one each for my dining companions, and a special treat for me, a Mocha ($4.50) to warm up my insides on this chilly morning.

For our little one, we were pleased to see a mini selection of Kid Sized Breakfasts, each priced at $5.50.

Our little gourmand selected pancakes and bacon, his breakfast of champions.

What I loved: The creamy, dark chocolatey mocha hit the spot right off! The pesto stuffed eggs, with crispy bacon and gooey Havarti truly made for a perfect first meal of our day.

Why I loved it: A fun, vibrant, neighborhood joint, bustling as everyone on the island – or so it seemed – was ready to meet and greet their neighbors over a cuppa java and hot breakfast. The good food was a lovely bonus!

Cost: Average ($10 – $14 per entree)

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