You can always count on Honor Bar chef and owner Alan Davis to do something interesting.
His seasonal menu is often inspired by the nearby Bremerton Farmers Market and features American classics with a twist. The cheese and cracker plate has a housemade, melt-in-your-mouth cracker. The chicken wings, which are half-off every Wednesday, have a Vietnamese glaze. And the hearty rib-eye might be served with foraged fiddlehead ferns in spring.
The menu varies, but there’s always grass-fed beef and Hama Hama oysters. Prices range from $6 to $12 for small plates to mid-$20 for steaks and there’s a $5 hot dog on the menu that can be served with ketchup for kids. Happy hours are 4-6 and 9:30-11 daily and offer drink specials as well as affordable small plates, including delectable shrimp cakes served with a buttery red pepper sauce
The restaurant is at once chic and unpretentious, a neighborhood joint next to Bremerton’s Evergreen Park that also attracts Seattleites, who remember Davis’s stint as chef at the Queen City Grill and the Sorrento Hotel’s Hunt Club.
Honor Bar seats for dinner until 11 to attract the post-theater crowd and is known for creative cocktails by bartender Claire Kinzel, who uses local fruit, botanicals and spirits with delicious results. Examples include a hibiscus- and herb-infused homage to a Tom Collins and a honey and mint mixture with Seattle Oola bourbon and fresh honeycomb. Martinis are half-off all night on “Thirsty Thursdays.”
In the summer, Davis fires up his smoker for ribs. The pet-friendly patio seats 20 and affords a view of the park and the Port Washington Narrows. Be sure to look for Honor Bar’s whimsical wall of dog portraits next to the garden, a fund-raiser for the Humane Society that has become a local landmark.
Davis is a frequent guest chef at pop-up dinners around the state and hosts his own version at Honor Bar one Sunday a month, alternating between paella dinners and six-course, family-style meals served at a communal table. Ask for info when you visit or follow the restaurant on Facebook.
Address: 1223 McKenzie Ave, Bremerton, close to Bremerton and Silverdale hotels and the Bremerton ferry
Hours: 4-11 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays
Reservations: For parties of six or more