Chowing Down at Bob’s Chowder Bar & BBQ Salmon

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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37 thoughts on “Chowing Down at Bob’s Chowder Bar & BBQ Salmon”

  1. Finally John, some really healthy looking food!

    1. 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.

      1. And look at the history behind that …

        Everything starts from small amount 🙂

        1. PPC Ian says:

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

    2. d3so says:

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

  2. binh7figures says:

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

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

    2. PPC Ian says:

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

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

    1. Mathew Day says:

      And a few brewskies to go along with it.

  4. Looks like a great place John.

  5. Deepak says:

    Mouth Water started reading the text and photos.

    1. Now read the full menu here –

      Let more water come … lollzzz 🙂

      1. Kavya Hari says:

        Great list ZK 🙂 See you again 🙂

  6. Hoan Huynh says:

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

  7. James says:

    High-end food in low-end prices!!

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

      Simply awesome.

  8. Hasan says:

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

  9. Mathew Day says:

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

    1. PPC Ian says:

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

  10. Abhik says:

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

  11. Techabouts says:

    Really Good images, John.

  12. Work online says:

    Awesome pictures,and looks like a great place John.

  13. Work online says:

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

  14. Joel says:

    Looks like a very neat place.

  15. You are enjoying the tourism and welcome to India too.

  16. fas says:

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

  17. I love clam chowder! some nice healthy food pictures you got here. 🙂

  18. BBQ stuff is absolutely delicious but ive been known to like meat too much. 🙂

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

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

  21. guru says:

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

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

  23. Love to eat it food looks so delicious

  24. flash game says:

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

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