Watering Holes & Eats

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The bars & restaurants where we’re regulars, plus the recipes & beverages that keep us coming back for second helpings.

JANUARY 2021

PRIDE OF BRISTOL BAY

ALASKA

“Pride of Bristol bay is a Fisherman-owned, direct to consumer company selling wild caught sockeye from Bristol Bay, Alaska. The salmon is flash frozen within 8 hours of being caught, and available in 10lb or 20lb cases of fillets or portions. My good friend Steve, who I fished with in Bristol Bay is a captain and owner of this company. I can personally vouch that it is this some of the best salmon you can get your hands on.” — Wil Claussen, Studio Production Manager

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DECEMBER 2020

JOE’S KANSAS CITY BBQ

KANSAS

Joe’s was born out of a gas station food counter. Lines wrap around their now three locations, with guests waiting to get their hands on the famous Z-Man sandwich; a melty mix of smoked brisket, onion rings, and provolone served up on a kaiser roll with Joe’s signature sauce.

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  SEXY ALLEY PUFFY TACOS

BALLARD, WASHINGTON

“Quite literally a “hole in the wall” this place serves the best tacos in Ballard, WA—period. Right next to Hotel Albatross, a local watering hole.” — Jameson Clifton, Content Producer

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BROWN LANTERN

ANACORTES, WASHINGTON

“A laid-back tavern offering pub grub in Anacortes, WA, with an extensive beer list and, during normal times, live music, all amidst exposed beams and retro signage. Axel Jorgensen, a commercial fisherman, originally opened the alehouse in 1933, during the Depression. He named his new establishment the Brown Lantern because fishermen’s families traditionally held lanterns on the dock as they welcomed them home. Neither the name nor the location has changed since.” — Will Kutscher, Content Producer

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SEA WOLF

FREMONT, WASHINGTON

“A small-batch bakery in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, serving up one of the best made from scratch cinnamon rolls I’ve ever had.” — Jameson Clifton, Content Producer

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MOCCASIN BAR

HAYWARD, WISCONSIN

When in musky country, be sure to grab a cold one at the Moccasin Bar in Hayward, home to creative taxidermies like Cal Johnson’s world record musky and the boxing raccoons.

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THREE TWENTY BREWING

PINE CITY, MINNESOTA

“Three Twenty’s taproom is an essential pit stop for fresh beer on your way north. Nestled in the town of Pine City, Minnesota, it’s their first new brewery since 1915. Be sure to grab some crowlers of their Cubicle Fugitive IPA, Blood Orange Blonde, and the award-winning Happy Wife Porter.” — Geoff Samples, Wholesale Account Representative

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NOVEMBER 2020

Frank’s Smokehouse

Ballard, WASHINGTON

Small batch, locally smoked BBQ, and handmade sides at the Water Wheel Lounge in Ballard, Washington.

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Buck Bay Shellfish Farm

Orcas Island, WASHINGTON

Third generation family farm serving up fresh Buck Bay oysters, Dungeness crab, locally caught fish, baked goods, and much more.

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Fiddler’s Inn

Seattle, WASHINGTON

Really good local beer and awesome food in an eclectic space.

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Samak Smokehouse & Country Store

Kamas, UTAH

The Samak Smoke House & Country Store is located on the scenic byway in Kamas, Utah, on the High Uintas Wilderness foothills. It’s a local staple for dry goods and supplies, jerky, and locally caught smoked trout made the “old fashioned way” for over 25 years.

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Knotty Pine

Victor, IDAHO

When the guides at WorldCast Anglers tell you to meet at the Knotty Pine for BBQ and beers, we listen. This log-cabin and live music venue leaves the pretense behind while still delivering the goods. Pro tip—don’t sleep on the Buffalo Meatloaf.

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Little Bear Saloon

Evergreen, COLORADO

This former church, dance hall, and drugstore turned watering hole knows how to win us over.

Kathleen C. from Downingtown, PA said it better than we could—“Major Dive bar. Plastic cups, foam plates. Bras hanging over the stage. (Classy with a K) if you don’t mind the gouging on the tables and writing on the walls or sticking to the floor it’s your place. It’s a complete pit.”

Thanks Kathleen, we’re on our way.

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Cougar Bar & Grill

Cougar, WASHINGTON

Any place that advertises themselves with a sign reading ‘Warm Beer. Lousy Service’ has our interest; especially after a long day trekking through nearby National Forests or legendary Mt. St. Helens.

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Great Northern Bar & Grill

Whitefish, MONTANA

Not to be confused with the nearby brewery of the same name, this Whitefish staple since 1919 has seen it all—including being home to a former taxidermy shop. Known to some as the ‘foreclosure museum’, thanks to its eclectic collection of signs from bygone business; we tend to just know it as that place we go after a day fishing the Flathead.

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