Christopher’s, Coupeville, Whidbey Island

15Apr08

While there are not many options on Whidbey Island, there are always treasures to be found in franchise-free areas brimming locally-owned family businesses perfecting the art of tasty home-cookin. Unfortunately, Christopher’s is not one of them.

Much like many other parts of the planet, this area is divided between the Haves and the Have-nots. The Haves are dreadful Eastsiders and cantankerous Microsofties who bought a second (or fifth) house on the island as a weekend getaway. For the majority of the year these houses sit cold and empty, as vacant as the soulless beings who bought them. The Have-nots are the hordes of coupon-toting retired folks which moved here, on their fixed SS income, unable to afford a proper retirement in Yuma. Parallel parking should be outlawed.

So here we have Christopher’s, an eatery dedicated to serving the elitist population and the middle income masses menus of over-priced, over-dressed and over-worked dishes. Here’s the top three things wrong with this place:

  1. Too family friendly. As the island is primary a tourist destination, all restaurants, even those posing as fine dining, are required to welcome the family tree, including munchkins in tote. Most disturbingly was an obnoxious, screaming, unruly little redhead that threw food particles with reckless abandon. Worse yet, they sat this troublesome child at my table. Uncool.
  2. Too expensive. I don’t care that they moved to a new building, I shouldn’t have to pay for it.
  3. Ridiculous garnishment overload. Each and every entree was littered with spinach leaves and carrot strings – which were not just visually unappealing, but they had no relation to the actual dishes. There was even a load of nonsense piled on scalloped potatoes. While they may have been on special at the food co-op, nobody wants trivial crap on their plate.

I’d recommend avoiding Christopher’s for dinner. Lunch is more palatable if you select the soup/sandwich combo, at least until the hot dog stand returns in the summer.

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2 Responses to “Christopher’s, Coupeville, Whidbey Island”

  1. 1 Aiden

    You forgot to mention to your loyal readers tha the “unruly little redhead” is related to you….

  2. 2 Karen

    In my mind, there is only one place to eat in Coupeville. No other options. It must be the Knead & Feed, where my family has been going since 1976.
    Bowl of soup, thick slices of homemade bread with fresh butter, and a to-go cinnamon roll to take home for breakfast the next day. Mmmmmmm.
    They make cinnamon rolls with or without raisins, which makes them BRILLIANT.


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