Nestling in the serene setting of Vashon Island, The Hardware Store Restaurant is a culinary gem that beautifully encapsulates the island’s historical charm and vibrant food culture. Set in a structure that functioned as an actual hardware store dating back to 1890, the restaurant offers a harmonious blend of traditional and contemporary elements, with its rustic architecture and modern culinary offerings. The warm ambiance, enhanced by local artistry adorning the walls, establishes it as an enchanting destination for locals and visitors.
In addition to The Hardware Store Restaurant, Vashon Island boasts other culinary delights like Snapdragon, known for its homey atmosphere and delectable homemade pastries; May’s Kitchen and Bar, a haven for Thai cuisine enthusiasts; and Pure Vegan, which offers a diverse menu catering to those preferring plant-based diets. Each establishment contributes uniquely to the island’s eclectic gastronomic landscape, offering dishes crafted from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients reflective of the rich agricultural heritage of Vashon. Whether indulging in a hearty meal at The Hardware Store, enjoying the exotic flavors at May’s, or savoring the wholesome goodness at Pure Vegan, visitors are sure to experience the essence of Vashon Island living.
THE HARDWARE STORE
It’s the bistro with the name just as quirky as the Island itself. The building itself built over 125 years ago, the location itself was, in fact, a Hardware Store prior to becoming a restaurant. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places the owners of this unique location’s mission was to create a “great good food” place where the community could come together. The food is bistro style with great hamburgers, farm fresh salads, soft tacos, fish and chips, and their famous truffle fries.
Pure Vegan Cafe
Whether your dietary requirements have sent you down the vegan path or not, this quaint little cafe an organic, all vegan and gluten-free cafe located on Vashon Island. just across the street from the famous Cafe Luna. They have a seasonal menu with locally sourced farm fresh ingredients that make up their soups, salads, sandwiches, bowls and desserts.
Just a short drive through town brings you to Snapdragon Bakery and Cafe with delectable cakes, cookies, muffins and plenty of vegetarian breakfast and lunch options available. Wednesday and Sunday evenings starting at 6pm you can enjoy an evening of music entertainment. On a nice sunny day there is plenty of room on the back patio where the sounds of the water fountain and singing birds provide a peaceful tranquil surrounding while you enjoy your unique vegetarian meal.
May Kitchen and Bar
May Kitchen and Bar was started in 2012 and located in the heart of Vashon Island’s “town”. Just past the stop light on the left with parking located on the street. May’s calm atmosphere is very homey and inviting. Their food is a Thai inspired cuisine with signature cocktails that are sure to kick start your evening.
In their own words Bramble House was opened with the premise that delicious food in a simple, sophisticated environment is the key to a happy life.
A simple cozy restaurant located just as you arrive into the main part of town, Bramble House is a simple home turned into a well known restaurant. Owned and operated by Top Chef Alum Lia Lira this quaint little restaurant is teaming with an array of gourmet meals influenced by Lia’s world travels all made with local fresh fair.
On Vashon Island, the culinary adventure is complemented by an array of engaging activities and sights that truly capture the island’s eclectic charm. For those keen on exploring the island’s artistic side, numerous galleries and studios dot the landscape, showcasing the work of local artists and craftsmen. Nature enthusiasts will find solace in the myriad of trails winding through lush forests, along scenic beaches, and across rolling hills, offering a tranquil escape and breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. The Point Robinson Lighthouse stands as a historic landmark, providing picturesque vistas and a peek into the island’s maritime heritage.
Vashon Island also hosts a variety of events and festivals throughout the year, celebrating everything from music and art to agriculture, embodying the community’s vibrant spirit and diverse interests. The lively farmers’ market is a weekly highlight, where locals and visitors mingle to purchase fresh produce, artisanal goods, and unique crafts, all while enjoying live music and the convivial atmosphere. For those seeking a more leisurely pace, the charming boutiques and quaint shops scattered around the island offer a delightful shopping experience. With its blend of natural beauty, rich culture, and inviting community, Vashon Island provides a myriad of opportunities for exploration and enjoyment.