Eating/Drinking


We're not in Frosty's anymore, Toto. Retro Dogz is at 701 Pacific Avenue in downtown Bremerton.

We're not in Frosty's anymore, Toto. Retro Dogz opens in the next couple weeks at 701 Pacific Avenue in downtown Bremerton.

“(Customers) can expect the same quality,” says Chris Bortisser, the proprietor of Retro Dogz and former owner of Manette’s August Wynn. But that’s basically the extent of the similarities between his old digs and the hot dog restaurant he and co-owner Michelle Golden have planned for the space formerly inhabited by Frosty’s on Pacific Avenue. They hope to serve their first dogs within the next two weeks.

For this project, Bortisser says he’s all about offering a laid-back hot dog experience with an adventurous array of toppings, weekly specials, and a few other sandwiches — egg salad, tuna salad — that can be served on a hot dog bun. He also plans to bring in black and white cookies and knishes to a menu that will be hardly any longer than that of a street vendor you’d find in Manhattan. “Which is to say, not a whole lot of choices, usually,” Bortisser says.
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Yes, they serve tacos for 99 cents.

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Yes, they’re right across the street from the Big Apple Diner.

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Yes, we haven’t tried them yet. Yes, Big Apple’s prime rib is really filling for breakfast.

People who make green eggs and ham like this should be able to bake bread, cakes, and cookies that make you swoon.

People who make green eggs and ham like this should be able to bake bread, cakes, and cookies that make you swoon. BTW, Hi-Lo's will be closed from Sept. 7 to 21 to make some repairs.

Over my usual plate (above, 7 seconds in) at Hi-Lo’s 15th Street Cafe this afternoon, my lady and I were let in on what the crew has planned for the space formerly occupied by Luigi’s Bakery, vacant since Luigi’s death in May. Heidi and Lowell Yoxsimer, who own Hi-Lo’s and the Luigi space between them and the neighborhood bodega, are opening The 15th Street Bakery.

“It’s gonna be like artisan bread, kind of similar to what Luigi was doing,” Lowell told me this evening, “but we’re definitely not going to try to mimic that.”

Do look for lots of pies — miniature and full sized — cakes, muffins, and various specialty items.

“We’re looking at doing a lot more special order kind of stuff,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of people asking for gluten free, sugar free…”

Because of the way the bathroom is set up, Lowell says they’ll only be able to sell retail — read: no tables or silverware — but that loitering will be allowed, particularly in the space’s hallway that Heidi has plans to showcase local CDs and art.

Lowell hopes to have the bakery open between October 1 and 15. We’ll keep ya posted.

P.S. Hi-Lo’s will be closed from Sept. 7 to 21 for repairs. I’m sure The Family Pancake House will be open and serving banana splits.

Check out the art in this picture. You can see the pie-flipper waiting to take my order.

Check out the art in this picture. You can see the pie-flipper waiting to take my order.

Yeah, I was surprised, too. I wandered into Boston’s (206 Burwell, Bremerton), absolutely starving — for food and clear-headed thinking — after Norm Dicks’ town hall meeting at the conference center. And because Fritz was closed — dude, there were hundreds of people streaming out after the town hall — I made my way up to a freshly baked pepperoni pizza, served by the slice at Boston’s, and found a new place to drink beer.

Anyway, I’m not hear to go long on the Boston’s experience, only that they serve cheap, GOOD beer all day every day, and they’re open past 9 p.m. That’s $2.35 for their bottles — Stella, Heineken, etc. — and $2 for draft beer — Sam Adams (woof!). I’ll be stickin’ with Stella.

photohifiSo, there I was, sitting at the bar at Bremerton’s Hi-Fidelity last weekend when a sailor took notice of my beverage. I informed him that it was, indeed, a gimlet: gin, sugar, and lime juice. He was intrigued, and I offered him a chance to get his lips around it. He did, and he loved it. For the next 35 minutes, he an I kept ordering gimlets and we each drank from all the glasses that came our way. A little strange, I admit.

At any rate, gimlets and cheeseburgers are flowing this weekend at Hi-Fidelity. I only order gimlets at the Hi-Fi. I mean, I have the occasional beer, but this is the only place I drink gimlets. It’s also the only place I share gimlets with sailors.

wsbrewWEB“If you can die at any moment, you might as well drink beer.”

Check out the results of the club-sponsored 2009 Kitsap County Fair Homebrew Competition.

This photo does not do the tamales justice. I blame the photographer.

This photo does not do the tamales justice. I blame the photographer.

Yes, La Poblanita is the taqueria next to the Hot Iron Bar & Grill, that thing that used to be The Ponderay. The tamales are only $1.25, and come in chicken or pork. I suggest the pork, but if you’re having more than a couple, I’d mix it up.

Yes, have more than a couple. They have tacos, too. Seriously, for $5, you can get a pair of tamales and a pair of tacos. Best. Deal. In. Bremerton. Seriously, if you don’t believe me, ask Angela.

Yes, the tamales are handmade. Daily. Which is why they’re delicious. I think. Though if I found out tomorrow that they were actually from the frozen food section at Costco, I wouldn’t be let down.

Yes, you can also buy paper-think carne asada in the back.

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