I last reviewed Anthony's Homeport in Gig Harbor in October, 2012 and gave it an enthusiastic five stars, but now it has slipped down to four stars. Why? Well, the view is the greatest of any eatery in the entire area, right at the foot of beautiful little Gig Harbor bay, with the ones of Millionaire's Row on your lefts you look out the window, and the little businesses and more ordinary, smaller, older homes on your right. It is a scenic postcard view, with the boats in a marina right in front of you, and with visitors coming to the restaurant by boat, tying up also right in front. On a scale of 1 to ten for marine vistas, this is easily a 13 or 14. Its that good.
And the service is still very good and professional from mostly younger wait staff. But the problem is that the quantity of the food has gone south, while the prices have gone north -- in some cases, way north. The food is still pretty good, but the last two or thee times we have been there, we have left a little disappointed. The cioppino, a signature seafood/fish stew, no longer had the big pieces of salmon chunks or the big shrimp, replaced by cheaper cuts of fish. And for the price they charge for this wonderful fish stew, I would expect more fish and more shrimp, and fewer of the less expensive seafood items. This dish has been a favorite of mine for many years, and I have ordered it in many cities and countries, and sad to say, their version was a little lacking. Then on our last visit in late May, on our 51st wedding anniversary, we both had the bowl of steamed mussels, a cup of their fabulous clam chowder, and their version of a Cobb Salad, done with cocktail shrimp, mango and avocado, instead of the usual Cobb Salad ingredients. Sad to say, the portions of the tiny shrimp was, well, tiny, as was the equally tiny amounts of mango and avocado. Lots of mixed greens of course, but you don't order a Cobb Salad to eat a plate full of mixed greens. And it was already tossed with a oil and vinegar style dressing, something neither of us realized. This salad requites a more creamy dressing, not a vinaigrette style.
On the other hand, the mussels were delicious and some of them were very large and plump, the creamy clam chowder was as good as it has always been, and the star of the meal was their thick chunks of warm, chewy sourdough bread. It is very easy to go overboard on the bread, and actually, next time we go there, it may be to totally skip all of the increasingly pricey entrees, and just do the mussels, a bowl of clam chowder and that delicious bread! Speaking of the entrees, they don't seem to have changed much, if at all, since our last review in 2012. The fresh sheet changes on a regular basis of course, and it does offer a nice variety of fresh seafood and fish.
Bottom line is that if this is a special occasion, birthday, anniversary, etc., which calls for a bit of a splurge, then go there and reveal in the great views, while inhaling the warm fragrance of that fantastic sourdough bread. But if you are just looking to have a nice dinner out, there are a lot of other places that can fill the bill, without emptying your wallet.
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