The Eatery & Ice Cream shop at Edmonds Marina is a small restaurant on the first floor of the Arnie’s Restaurant building south of Brakett’s Landing in Edmonds. If there is another name for it besides “Eatery & Ice Cream” they do not advertise.
You will find the place easily if you head out to the Edmonds public fishing pier, just south of the ferry dock. Once there, walk halfway out to the pier then turn around and ask any small child if they know where an ice cream shop is. Children are born with extra-special ‘ice cream sensors’ in their noses and can find it anywhere. My children especially.
This evening, after an unsuccessful attempt at fishing (this time with actual fish-hooks!) we stopped by the Eatery & Ice Cream. They have a short breakfast menu which probably ends at some appointed hour of the morning, but most likely “when the breakfast rush is over”. They also serve hamburgers, sandwiches (Reuben, BLT, grilled cheese, tuna) and fancy hot dogs during the afternoon and evening hours. They also have espresso and ice cream. (Two seconds after he ordered, my son also discovered a small shop in the back that sells lures and jigs.)
Both children had the hamburger basket ($5.95/$6.95 w/cheese) - plain burgers with ketchup and potato chips. They also got Gatorade ($2) because it was a celebration meal. Both parents had hamburger baskets (fries, not potato chips) and fountain sodas (also $2). The entire meal was about $40 (add in kids’ ice cream it was $48).
FYI: they carry Pepsi products.
So kids, on a scale of 1 to 5, how would you rate this restaurant?
S: Nuh-uh, the scale only goes up to five.
W: I know.
What would you say is your favorite part of the meal (and by meal I mean specifically the hamburger basket part):
S: The hamburger.
W: The nuts.* They’re like decorations for the bun. Like the Decorations of Independence.
Okaaay? How about the drinks? What would you say your favorite part of the drinks is?
S: I got blue. I don’t even know what flavor this is.
After dinner, both children got ice cream cones ($4 each for wafer or sugar cones/$6 for waffle cones).
Sadly, ten minutes after this picture, the boy learned a very harsh lesson involving physics, gravity and the tensile strength of soggy wafer cone. Because we were at the beach, the cone was un-salvageable (it was covered with sand). When the tears finally dried up, we did an exit interview:
What did you guys think of the ice cream cones?
W: You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit but Sagan is throwing a fit because he got what he got.
S (in very sad voice): It was pretty good…while it lasted.
The Eatery & Ice Cream is usually open at times that you would be on the pier. That said, the Edmonds pier is open to the public 365 days of the year.
Parent Point-of-View: For $6 you get a pretty decent burger. The fries weren’t that great but they were freshly made. If you make the Edmonds pier into an evening’s entertainment (highly recommended), you can get some awesome family time for less than $60. And that’s including ice cream.
The ice cream is expensive but, to be fair, the cones are really big. For a little less than $20 you can get 4 ice cream cones to munch on while you stroll down the dock and check out all the sea-life behind the breakwater. Starfish, crabs, perch, smelt, twisty sea shells, those big googly-looking sea-star thingies, they got all sorts of stuff! 3 hour parking on the street, and free parking near the beach access. And, because this is Edmonds, you also get trains!
Fishing on the pier as a family activity: If you are under 15 years of age, you do not need a permit to fish public waters of Washington state. Here are the basic state rules. If you would like a permit, you can purchase one on-line here or in person at any of these stores in King, Snohomish, and Island counties. (You can look up additional counties through one of those links). Here is some information on the Edmonds Pier. And here is a short blurb about dock fishing etiquette
Please note: Dogs are NOT ALLOWED ON THE PIER and you may be ticketed for an infraction.
Eatery & Ice Cream at the Edmonds Pier
Address: 300 Admiral Way Edmonds, WA 98020
Hours: 7am – (about) 8pm most days. (Probably shorter in winter)