Brewster’s Fine Foods: Take the trip
by Aaron Apple and Aaron Kayser
photo by Ryan Russell
Because this is one of our final editions of Stuff Yer Face before Apple relocates to the Big Apple, we adventured to one of the most remote areas of Whatcom County; one that required us to bring our passports. Point Roberts, WA is a small town of about 1,300 located on a small peninsula just south of Delta, BC, a suburb of Vancouver. Since it is located below the 49th parallel, it is part of the mainland United States, even though there is no way to get there by land without driving through Canada. This involves two border crossings each way and driving around much of Boundary Bay (the body of water, not the brewery). There are beaches and parks on all four corners of Point Roberts, so we recommend doing some exploring and making a full day of it. Just make sure to save your appetite and stop by Brewster’s Fine Foods for some delicious home-style meals, and wine to take home.
Brewster’s is a purveyor of fine wine and specialty foods, operating both a restaurant and small market year round. The building, which appears to have once been a residential home, also includes a dedicated wine tasting room filled with a vast selection of wines from around the world. They even offer a wine club to reward their most loyal shoppers with various discounts. A large selection of craft beer and non-alcoholic drinks are also available for purchase, as well as a selection of cured meats and cheeses, crackers, pickles, spreads, and everything else needed to create a masterful charcuterie plate. A selection of house-made baked goods like muffins, scones, cakes, and cookies can be eaten there or take on the road.
The menu offers a variety of sandwiches, seafood and signature dishes like homemade meatloaf, lasagna, and sirloin steak. Apple ordered the Salmon BLT ($14.95) from the lunch menu with a cup of New England clam chowder ($4.95), his favorite soup in the world. The sandwich was simple and super tasty – who knew salmon and bacon would go so well together? The abundance of mayo slathered on toasted whole wheat bread didn’t hurt either, making this one the best BLTs that Apple has ever tasted. The clam chowder was thick and rich just like it should be, with just the right amount of saltiness. If he lived anywhere near Brewster’s, that would definitely be a regular lunch spot.
Kayser decided to order from his favorite meal of the day, breakfast. There was no physical breakfast menu to peruse so we overheard a brief conversation between kitchen staff and it was determined that the day’s breakfast would be bacon and eggs. This sounded perfect to Kayser so he promptly ordered the breakfast ($8.95) and a cup of coffee ($2.50). As advised, the breakfast included 2 eggs and style (over easy), 2 slices of crispy fried bacon, seasoned roasted potatoes, and two slices of toast (rye) with butter on the side. Given the comfortable atmosphere, it almost like visiting home for a classic family breakfast. Needless to say, it was quite delicious and not a crumb was left on the plate. Thanks, mama Brewster!
Though we were quite satisfied with our meals (and we can’t say no to sweet treats), we decided to split a generous slice of warm apple pie ($6.95) a la mode. The buttery rich crust had the perfect amount of flakiness while maintaining the integrity of the slice. The addition of several big scoops of vanilla ice cream really helped to make this a great finish to any meal – breakfast, lunch and dinner.
If making a trip to the only community in the U.S. that displays their fuel prices in liters instead of gallons, be sure to stop by Brewster’s Fine Foods.
Brewster’s is located at 1379 Gulf Road in Point Roberts, and is open at 11 a.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. for dinner on Wednesday through Saturday. Breakfast is available from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, and are closed Monday and Tuesday. Call (360) 945-4545 and visit www.brewstersfinefoods.com.
Published in the March 2016 issue of What’s Up! Magazine