Anthony's always picks off the best waterfront locations for their chain of restaurants, and that is the biggest selling point in Olympia - the view. Sitting on the Hearthfire deck on a sunny afternoon or evening with drinks is mighty fine.
The food is another matter. Today I had the BLT sandwich. It was very small, with maybe two slices of bland, unevenly cooked bacon. Menu said it came with a pesto mayo, but I did not detect it. It came with a "slaw," and the dressing was mostly missing so it was basically shredded cabbage, sloppily put into a small bowl. My husband had the seafood mac and cheese, which is our "go-to" dish there, and it was ok. (Try the lobster mac and cheese at Six Seven's bar in Seattle's Edgewater Hotel sometime - it's dang good.) After two requests, we finally got bread. The hostess never made eye contact with us, seeming distracted and frazzled.
It would be great if the owners of this chain started paying attention to the food served in their restaurants and stopped relying just on their good locations and their old reputation for serving good food.
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