A couple weeks ago, I had the amazing opportunity to adventure around the Olympic peninsula and after a long day of lavender fields, hiking in the mountains, and wandering through old growth forests untouched by man, I felt my belly rumble and so I sought out to try one of Port Angeles’ premier eateries. I ended up at Spruce Restaurant, which is described as a down-home restaurant with local menu featuring burgers and fried bites, plus craft cocktails and beer. Upon entering Spruce, it feels like a dive bar that embraced its American origins and instead of trying to be what it’s not, found a way to get creative and artsy with their aesthetic as well as their menu. It feels a bit small, and there’s often a line to get a table in the evenings, especially on the weekends, but it’s well worth the wait. You can find Spruce Restaurant at 128 E Front St, Port Angeles, WA 98362, or online at www.spruceportangeles.com.
You can taste the care they put into the preparation of my meal. The cheese was delicious and creamy, and the bacon was thick, smokey, meaty and crispy with a satisfying gush of fat. I hate when bacon turns into a potato chip consistency without any of the fatty goodness, and these chefs know their art and respected the art of cooking bacon properly. The fries were a marriage of perfection as well, bringing flavor and crisp together into its own mesmerizing experience of flavor and experience. All in all, I couldn’t even reach to try and find something that wasn’t perfectly performed by Spruce and their staff. Hats off to their entire crew and kitchen staff.