Look up stylish bistro in the dictionary and you'll find a little picture of Cafe Nola, the sunny-by-day, twinkling-by-night haunt Bainbridge Islanders depend on for classy renditions of global noshes from mu shu duck to roasted-beet chile relleno; from Oregon rabbit pappardelle to tandoori lamb pita salad. It's not perfect—recent run-ins with bland risotto cakes and an acidic panzanella prove that. But dropping in—for cocktails, summer afternoons on the patio, and weekend brunches especially—has become as indispensable to Island life as ferry commuter cards and deer repellent. Mainlanders can walk on the ferry; Nola's just a five-minute stroll from the dock. Accommodates all pocketbooks.