Lunch at The Hardware Store, Vashon

Lunch at The Hardware Store Vashon

This year I spent Christmas in Seattle, Washington, with Kiyo and his family. If you can believe it, we’ve been dating for four years now and I’d never been to his hometown, a small island called Vashon (only 37 square miles with just over 10,000 residents). I had only met his family once, at our college graduation; obviously, it was time to fix that. We spent a lovely four days between Seattle, where his brother and sister-in-law live, and Vashon. On Christmas Eve, Kiyo and I had a nice lunch in the large but cozy Hardware Store. No, it’s not what it sounds like, but it is the oldest commercial building on Vashon and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Right in the middle of “town” (a couple blocks of restaurants, a grocery store, bank, one bar, etc… I’m telling you, this island is small!), the restaurant offers free wifi, classic American food, and many gluten-free options.

I began with an Oregon Chai, blended with steamed milk and finished with a dash of cinnamon. It was delicious and perfect for the chilly holiday.


I ordered the gluten-free buttermilk fried-chicken salad: mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, grilled corn, bacon and ranch dressing. This dish made me realize that if all salads included bacon and fried chicken, I would eat them more often! It was the perfect size for an entrée, large but not overwhelming, and all the ingredients tasted really fresh. I loved it. 


Kiyo started with a small salad with apples and walnuts…


…and then indulged in the artisan cured meat lahvosh (an Armenian flat-bread) which, in true meat-lovers fashion, was topped with pancetta, salami, capicola, ham, house-made chorizo, Tillamook sharp white cheddar and fresh herbs with paprika oil drizzle. He ate the whole thing, so it must have been good!

The Hardware Store

Location: 17601 Vashon Hwy SW Vashon, WA 98070 Phone: (206) 463-1800

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