Best comfort food near the U.S. Open

by Roger Ward \ Photo ©  Devoted Kiss Cafe

The communities near the USGA Championship course at Chambers Bay welcome visitors and residents with down-home comfort food and friendly service.  Continue your celebration of history-making golf while dining at these casual, but top quality eateries.

Ranch House BBQ (  Lunch and dinner. World-championship Texas-style BBQ with smoked sauce on the side; a short 20-minute drive from town. Can’t choose? Go for the sampler.

Basilico ( Dinner only. Scratch-made pasta and sauces in a cozy, family-owned downtown setting. Try the hand-made lamb ravioli with lots of garlic.


Crockett’s Public House ( Lunch and dinner; breakfast on weekends. Popular and busy with a large menu of favorites. Try the fried chicken and waffle or the house-made guacamole and a green-chili cheeseburger; coconut and lime martini optional.


Carr’s Restaurant ( Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Huge portions, a family-friendly menu and a great happy hour at the bar make it popular with nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Food is prepared to order, so wait times can be a bit longer at peak times. Tip: Have a big appetite, share orders or be ready to take half home. Warning: Hash browns with breakfast orders are mountainous.

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Tides Tavern ( Lunch and dinner; breakfast on weekends. Casual adults-only dining on water’s edge with a great view from the deck. Try the wild-caught fish and chips (cod or halibut) or have a cup of New England-style chowder with one of their great burgers.

Devoted Kiss Cafe ( Breakfast and lunch only. Unassuming cafe, but a spectacular view and well-crafted American staples. Try the Smoked Salmon Benedict, generous Breakfast Burrito or any one of an array of flavorful paninis.


Dirty Oscar’s Annex ( Lunch and dinner; breakfast on weekends. A pub featuring a host of moonshine and classic cocktail offerings with an eclectic adults-only clientele who gather for simple, but well crafted food and drinks. Try the Elk Sliders or the Quinoa Burger, or look at the weekly Hot Sheet for tasty specials.

Tacoma Cabana ( Lunch and dinner. Tiki bar with a huge selection of rum, serving all styles of tropical drinks that pair with anything on the menu. If you are missing New Orleans, try an authentic Hurricane.

Smoke + Cedar ( Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Golfers will feel at home here overlooking the Allenmore Golf Course while dining on top quality selections. Try the house-made pastrami in hash at breakfast, or relive the glory days of prime rib with top quality beef.