My partner and I stopped in Gig Harbor on our way back from a driving trip to have some lunch. The idea was to go to Anthony's, a tried and true establishment. Alas, Anthony's wasn't open for lunch. Alas?? Really, How lucky could we be? Just down the block was the unassuming-looking little restaurant called the Marketplace Grill. Thank heavens we went in and tried it out.
The lovely Carlene greeted us and seated us at a table overlooking the harbor. The experience was instantly elevated just by her beautiful smile and lilting Trinidadian accent. What a sweetheart! Her husband Richard, we learned, was the chef and would be making to-order whatever we chose. The only thing prepared in advance was chowder, which my partner and I decided to share a "cup" of while we waited for our entrees. It was very different from the normal white looking potato soup with a few clams thrown on, and very good! I ordered peppered spot prawn salad, and my guy had a turkey and cheese grilled sandwich with fries. While his was very good, he said, both of us agreed that my salad was a very special treat, indeed. The dressing was a combination of coconut lime sauce that you could mix with a slightly sweet and herbed sauce. Along with the perfectly cooked spot prawns, the salad had butter lettuce, beautiful avocado wedges, sliced strawberries, raspberries, grapes and mandarin orange segments. None of it was overdone, but all applied with a light hand that showed chef Richard's gifts in the kitchen. Fabulous!
Carlene tells us that soon there will be remodeling and rebranding coming. I look forward to seeing this next phase of their business plan. The restaurant is spare and friendly, which makes the food and hospitality shine through even more. But a bit of sprucing up would do this lovely couple proud, and perhaps lure in some if those customers who look for creature comforts before sampling the food. Silly folks. :-)
Thank you, Carlene and Richard for the wonderful experience and exceptional food! We'll see you soon, that's for sure (even if Anthony's is open.)