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Chowing Down at Bob’s Chowder Bar & BBQ Salmon

written by John Chow on April 25, 2011

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After our tulip adventure in the Skagit Valley, we drove over to the nearby town of Anacortes to try the best clam chowder in the Valley. Bob’s Chowder Bar & BBQ Salmon is a small roadside restaurant nestled at the end of the town’s main commercial avenue. The restaurant has a very interesting history.

It’s about the love. That’s the Bob philosophy. It’s about the love of food, the love of friends and the love of Babs and Bob.

Bob’s started because Babs used to sell jam at the farmer’s market. Bob was gone to sea for seven months of the year and Babs had to keep busy, so she jammed. Bob was lonely on Saturdays, so he grabbed a grill and a big soup pot and started making chowder and grilled salmon for visitors to eat while shopping at the farmers market. Soon enough, Bob was outselling Babs, so Babs quit jamming and joined Bob.

Bob decided to not go to sea anymore. He took all of his years as an Executive Chef and Chief Steward and put them to work. Now Babs and Bob have Bob’s.

Bob's Chowder Bar

Bob’s reminds me of Wally’s Burger. They both offer great food at great prices. Most of the seats (red picnic tables) are outside the restaurant. There’s really no tables inside. Just a few chairs, and a long red broad that run the length of the restaurant, to place your food. I would say no more than ten people can dine inside at any one time.

Bob’s New England style clam chowder cost only $3.95 a bowl and is the most popular item on the menu. One taste and you’ll understand why. The chowder was simply delicious, but I thought it could have been a bit hotter temperature wise. The other signature item is the grilled wild salmon. You think it would come in a plate but it a unique twist, it’s wrapped in a fresh tortilla. I also had a chance to sample the fish taco. It was good but not as good as the fish taco from the South Shore Grill in Waikiki.

Overall, I’m very happy I made the trip to Bob’s Chowder Bar & BBQ Salmon. They server some the best chowder in the west coast and offer great value for the money. I would definitely go there again if I’m in Anacortes. Bob’s Chowder Bar capped a great ending to an awesome tulip adventure.

Bob's Chowder Bar

Bob's Chowder Bar

Bob's Chowder Bar

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Penny Bid Auction Sites April 25, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Finally John, some really healthy looking food!

Bradley Nordstrom April 25, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Haha.Good one.Other wise,the food looks very delicious.I wish I had some of that food.If only Bob’s Chowder Bar & BBQ Salmon was in Wellington,Florida.

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips April 25, 2011 at 8:49 pm

And look at the history behind that …

Everything starts from small amount :)

PPC Ian April 26, 2011 at 12:04 am

John, that looks absolutely delicious! I love chowder and salmon. That looks like the perfect meal to me!

d3so April 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Though I’m not an avid seafood eater, the food is looking good.

binh7figures April 25, 2011 at 6:26 pm

I can’t wait to try this, when it is coming to AZ? Not soon enough!

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips April 25, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I do not think that they are going to do business like a chain shop or on franchises model.

PPC Ian April 26, 2011 at 12:04 am

Yeah, we need this in the SF Bay Area! :-) I would go for sure. I love this type of food!

Justin | Mazzastick April 25, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Nothing like some good old fashioned BBQ when the weather gets warm.

Mathew Day April 25, 2011 at 10:57 pm

And a few brewskies to go along with it.

Stocks on Wall Street April 25, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Looks like a great place John.

Deepak April 25, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Mouth Water started reading the text and photos.

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips April 25, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Now read the full menu here –

Let more water come … lollzzz :)

Kavya Hari April 25, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Great list ZK :) See you again :)

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips April 25, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Any time my friend …

Hoan Huynh April 25, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Good foods & nice place. I wish I could have some.

James April 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm

High-end food in low-end prices!!

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips April 25, 2011 at 11:34 pm

and with that just have a look …. How they have managed it.

Simply awesome.

Hasan April 25, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Wow john, The food there looks super! And excellent snaps! I really like the red picnic tables idea!

Mathew Day April 25, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Great pics, John. I could eat that several times a week. 8)

PPC Ian April 26, 2011 at 12:05 am

Me too! I really could. I could eat that for lunch at least 3 times a week, it looks so delicious.

Abhik April 25, 2011 at 11:23 pm

Man!! All those foods always make me hungry. Even if my stomach is full.

Techabouts April 25, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Really Good images, John.

Work online April 26, 2011 at 12:50 am

Awesome pictures,and looks like a great place John.

Work online April 26, 2011 at 12:53 am

And i like sallied too,so i would like to eat it,hummm.

Joel April 26, 2011 at 3:13 am

Looks like a very neat place.

Nagarasa Pandi April 26, 2011 at 3:51 am

You are enjoying the tourism and welcome to India too.

fas April 26, 2011 at 5:21 am

That food looks utterly delicious. Makes me hungry all the times.

Free Landing Page April 26, 2011 at 6:46 am

I love clam chowder! some nice healthy food pictures you got here. :)

Fazal @ Make Money Online April 26, 2011 at 9:04 am

BBQ stuff is absolutely delicious but ive been known to like meat too much. :)

John | Affiliate Marketing April 26, 2011 at 9:43 am

I think that John moved from Vancouver because he’d tried every restaurant in the area and needed more restaurants to review!

latest technology updates April 26, 2011 at 10:57 pm

i like you always putting articles with some recipes, it is good to see.

guru April 27, 2011 at 12:07 pm

At $3.95, it sounds like a super deal. Imperious picturres a usual.

Sweet Deal's Reviews,Products,and Online Shopping April 28, 2011 at 12:10 am

the food looks great,and thanks for all the great tips

semmy @ Make Money Online April 28, 2011 at 9:02 am

it’s look like kebab.

Favourite Hobbies May 3, 2011 at 4:48 am

Love to eat it food looks so delicious

flash game May 24, 2011 at 1:28 pm

by seeing it ,i can say that it is delicious yummyy….