Sometimes all it takes is a five-minute ferry ride to land you in foodie heaven. That was the case yesterday when I took the ferry from Anacortes to Guemes Island to visit with a friend. After a great hike and a tour around the island, we dined at Guemes Island General Store (formally known as Anderson’s General Store). The store is under new ownership and this summer they are offering a select menu for lunch and dinner, and a few breakfast items. This fall, they plan to do some spot renovations and expand the retail portion of the store.
Foodie Friday: Guemes Island General Store
I’d been to Guemes Island General Store years ago and while some if it looked the same, the majority of it was new to me. First, most of the store part has been removed to make space for dining. There is also dining on a long covered porch and an outside patio where every seat has an amazing view.
The menu isn’t long, and I think that’s a good thing, as it means what they do serve has serious foodie potential. There is a focus on house-made products, grass-fed meats, organic vegetables and using local when possible, like Skagit Valley vegetables, Breadfarm bread, and Guemes Island mushrooms.
Lunch is served from 11-3, and their menu has five items including a grass-fed burger, build-your-own sandwich, Greek, potato and a green salad. Dinner is from 4-close and has 12 items including some of the items above in a bigger portion and other tasty items like Dungeness crab cakes, grilled Copper River sockeye salmon, a burger, vegetarian lasagna, and unusual items like house-breaded and deep-fried artichoke hearts and pickles. The prices on the menu are very reasonable too with the cheapest items under five dollars and the most expensive under seventeen.
The Best Hamburger in Anacortes
For my late lunch, I opted for the Classic Char-Broiled Beach Burger with grass-fed beef with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, their special sauce on a pretzel bun ($14.95). You also have a choice of whole wheat or sesame seed bun. For lunch it comes with a side salad with balsamic dressing, and since we were very close to the 4 p.m. dinner time they added a baked potato with sour cream and bacon.
The Verdict: I’ve had a hamburger at every location in Anacortes, and this is THE BEST burger in town, or in this case near town. This grass-fed burger is loaded with condiments, juicy, and their special sauce gave it a tang that made all the flavors meld together.
Guemes Island General Store Info
Where: 7885 Guemes Island Rd. Anacortes, WA 98221
What: Mostly lunch and dinner with a few breakfast items.
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Pet policy: Unfortunately, no pets are allowed on the outdoor patio.
Want to Try:
- Green Monsta mixed organic greens tossed in a light vinaigrette ($4.95)
- Greek Salad with feta, olives, onions, broccoli, sweet peppers and sun-dried tomatoes ($4.95)
- Crab Cakes with three Dungeness cakes on a bed of organic greens with fresh vegetables and chili aioli ($13.95)
- The Local Burger with grass-fed beef, Tillamook white cheddar, island-grown mushrooms sautéed with onions, lettuce, and aioli on a Breadfarm bun and a baked potato or side salad ($14.95).
Riding the Ferry to Guemes Island General Store
Unless you plan on touring the island, there is no need to drive to Guemes Island, as the store is within walking distance of the Guemes Island Ferry. There is also a long sand and pebble beach on either side of the ferry dock so if you wanted to have some beach time on your trip it is easy enough. If you decide to walk on, park in the FREE parking lot on 6th and K and then follow the sidewalk to I Ave. where the ferry landing is. The day we were there, the attendant was taking money outside instead of in the inside ticket booth.
Guemes Island Ferry: Riders only pay one-way. Prices: Adult $4, Senior and Youth 6-17 $2.50, Children under 5 Free. If you are going over on a bike, add $1 to your fare. If you plan to drive over it is $12 including the driver, and then a charge for each additional person. Senor rate is $10. For those driving it’s important to note that the ferry is very small and can only take around a dozen or so cars depending on their size.