The Marketplace Grille at 8825 North Harborview Drive in Gig Harbor has been in place for 16 years, but dear husband and I just discovered it and we are glad we did. The reasonably priced restaurant has a quirky layout with seating on either side of an open air hallway. We arrive at about 2:30 for a late lunch and were seated at a table for two with an impressive view of the harbor (see photo). Marketplace Grille is known for its clam chowder, made without bacon, and it was indeed delectable. We each had our own chowder and then we shared the three piece halibut and chips. There was enough left over that we got a to go box. Our server, Carline, was professional, warm and upbeat. I felt like I made a friend! Afterward dear husband drove off to a bookstore and I took a chilly, but stunning, walk into town. As you can see with the last photo, the mountain (Mt. Rainer) was out.
More information, including a menu, can be found here.
Today’s new place was Duke’s Chowder House on Ruston Way. I’ve been to this building before when it was other restaurants, but not to Duke’s. We had a great table right by the window and enjoyed the combination of sunshine and bay. The fish and chips was top notch and we also tried most of the chowders (clam, nw seafood, crab and lobster). Duke’s has six locations, all in Pierce and King Counties. Afterward, we drove through Pt. Defiance and saw an amazing number of raccoons!