Fairmount Diner in Port Angeles WA: Much better than expected casual and classic dining experience. Breakfast served all day, lunch and dinner specials, great family friendly environment. Details, reviews, photos.
Location: 1127 U.S. 101 Port Angeles, WA 98363 United States
Website and Menu: https://fairmount-restaurant.business.site/
Hours: Mon-Sat:10am-6pm (7am-8pm*)
Trip Advisor: Tripadvisor Reviews of Fairmount Restaurant in Port Angeles, WA
Yelp: Yelp Reviews of Fairmount Restaurant in Port Angeles, WA
Fairmount Diner is located directly on Highway 101 to the west of downtown Port Angeles. With the exception of Granny's at a distance in Indian Valley, it is the first Port Angeles restaurant you will find as you approach Port Angeles from Forks or Lake Crescent. It'll be on the left of the highway.
It is therefore the last restaurant you'll pass before leaving Port Angeles heading west, and there is a Shell gas station right there. You can tank up both your car and your tummies.
Fairmount Diner has been ably serving Port Angeles residents and travelers since the late 1950's. A look at the photos on their website and menu reveals a restaurant virtually unchanged on the outside since that day, with the exception of normal paint and upkeep, and the makes and models of the cars parked outside. Even the sign out front is virtually unchanged.
Throughout the latter half of the 1900's, Fairmount Diner was the place to go for coffee and conversation. In the 1960's, there was no such thing as street corners taken up with coffee kiosks and coffee lounges as there are today. In those days, old friends came, savored their cups of joe, and chatted together for as long as the topics held up.
Even today, the parking lot was nearly packed. The two booths next to mine were occupied with old-time well-acquainted friends engrossed in conversation, breakfasts partially eaten and coffee mugs no longer steaming. One woman had even brought a book to read in the off-chance that her visit would outlast the conversation. The wait staff were very attentive to customer needs.
I'm guessing it might be due to great service and a commitment to good food.
Okay, granted, this is a down-home typical American cuisine restaurant. Like nearly all American restaurants, there is no comparison to haute European cuisine. But greasy spoon this is NOT.
There is a magic that happens, even at American restaurants, when the chef uses butter on the grill. Impressive! That one small attention to important detail portends a passion to please the palate and subsequently excellent results throughout the menu. The biscuits and gravy were amazing, as was a cobb salad, made with ultra-fresh lettuce and ingredients. That is real butter on the accompanying garlic toast. So delish!
We recommend that you stop by! You can be sure we'll be back before long.
Just a little tip: If you're a coffee snob (like me) and heading west after your meal, drive less than a mile (1.52 km) to the west on Hwy 101 to the Coffee Cottage, a small but awesome coffee kiosk offering some of the best brew and snacks to be had.
Out of 25 reviews on Trip Advisor, 6 of them rate Fairmount Restaurant as Excellent, and 10 of them rate the restaurant as Very Good.
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As of July, 2021, Washington State is now generally open. However, current state mandates require masking for all indoor activity outside of ones own home. Additionally, there is a state mandate requiring restaurant patrons to provide proof of vaccination for indoor dining. Due to logistical difficulties, some restaurants are still open only for takeout/drive thru. HIPAA guidelines about privacy for medical information regarding indoor dining does not permit enforcement of covid mandates.