Bob’s Chowder Bar & BBQ Salmon

Treasured for its fresh and local seafood, Bob’s Chowder Bar & BBQ Salmon has been a favorite dining destination in Anacortes for a decade now. The restaurant’s 10-year anniversary coincides with some changes, including a store remodel, tasty new menu items, and a rotating tap featuring local brews.

The restaurant’s atmosphere reflects the owners’ backgrounds. Bob Atterberry grew up in Anacortes and spent much of his time at sea; his wife, Barbara, is a New Jersey gal with fond memories of summers on the beach and boardwalk. The result is a bright red chowder house with cutouts of mermaids and a trio of pirates made by Bill Mitchell. At the door, a stoic, bearded seaman directs you inside, where the bright colors continue and fish swim across the wall.

The restaurant specializes in all things seafood, from fried calamari to oyster burgers and grilled wild prawns. Everything—except the ketchup—is made from scratch. To start, order Bob’s New England Style Clam Chowder, one of my personal favorites. Pair it with Bob’s Salmon Wrap with greens, huckleberries, and Lemon Love dressing or Bob’s Tacos with house taco sauce, cabbage, and cilantro.

New savory additions include the Rock Crab Tater Tots with stoneground Bing cherry mustard, Fried Avocados tossed in a spicy panko and served with a cilantro lime sauce and the Rock Crab Roll with crab salad and Lemon Love dressing. Landlubbers can dive into a Sweet Chile Pork Belly with cabbage and Tangerine Tango dressing on ciabatta bread or the Triple Cheese Grilled Cheese. Pair your meal with a huckleberry or sarsaparilla soda, wine by the glass, hard cider, bottled beer, or a featured beer on tap.

Little tykes can order off a special menu and when it’s time for something sweet, choose from tempting dessert creations such as the Mt. Baker Macaroon, Aunt Cinde’s Coconut Cake, or Marty’s Magnificent Brownie.

If you’re looking for local seafood or want to stock up on an award-winning line of dressings, Bob’s Chowder Bar & BBQ Salmon is the place to go. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

3320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes
360.299.8000 |

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"The restaurant specializes in all things seafood, from fried calamari to oyster burgers and grilled wild prawns."