Residents of Fife have probably noticed some big changes at the Poodle Dog in recent months. Last August, new general manager Charles Amner, formerly of Fife restaurant Mitzel's, took over the Poodle Dog, bringing 24 of his old employees with him. Currently, the Poodle Dog has a full staff of 40.
“Come on in and meet the Fife team,” Amner said.
The next thing on tap for the Poodle Dog is a complete remodel of both the front and back of the restaurant.
Amner introduced several other big shifts in direction for the restaurant, including the introduction of seasonal menus.
Starting with the harvest menu in the fall, the Poodle Dog has since developed a winter menu of Chef Jim's Favorites.
The introduction of the winter menu has led to several other popular new items, including:
Grilled Wild Salmon – a fillet of wild salmon grilled in herb butter, with house made rice-pilaf and a blend of fresh broccoli and whole baby carrots. Served with your choice of house-made soup or salad. Great for lunch or dinner! $13.49
The Cheese Blintz Crepes Combo – two house made crepes filled with cottage cheese and topped with strawberry compote, and a dusting of powdered sugar. Served with two farm fresh eggs any style and your choice of ham, bacon or sausage. $9.99
The Brownie Thunder – a large brownie topped with ice cream, chocolate sauce and whipped cream! Taste the Boom!! $4.29
The Skagit Valley Omelet – fresh Spinach, bacon, mushrooms, melted Swiss cheese, topped with hollandaise sauce and fresh chives. This is a classic! Served with buttermilk pancakes or hash browns and toast. $9.99
The Very Berry Crepes Combo – a blend of the best! Strawberries, blackberries and blueberries, served in house made crepes, topped with berries, powdered sugar and a drizzle of cream cheese icing. Served with two two farm fresh eggs any style and your choice of ham, bacon or sausage. $9.99
The Buffalo Chicken Ranch Burger – crispy chicken tossed in buffalo sauce served with lettuce, tomato, onion and ranch dressing. Not too hot, not too spicy; just a blend of flavors. It's delicious! Choice of fries, potato salad, coleslaw or cottage cheese. $10.49
The Crispy Chicken Salad – diced crispy chicken, chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, bacon, cheddar cheese and croutons all tossed together with salad mix and the Poodle Dog's classic ranch dressing. $10.79 full size/ $9.29 lighter size
Popular items from the Harvest Menu have also stuck around, like the Fireside and Harvest omelet.
The changes instituted by Amner and his staff have already had an effect, as profits are up greatly from this time last year he said.
“We want to be clean, friendly and serve quality food,” Amner said.
The Poodle Dog has lounges that can serve anywhere between 15 and 150 people. and is open from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:30 a.m. to 11p.m. on Friday and Saturday.