Steak and Seafood
Duck Soup Inn, five miles north of Friday Harbor on Roche Harbor Rd. (360/378-4878, 5–10 p.m. daily summer only, $30), specializes in superbly done local seafood, along with a constantly changing and eclectic menu with an international flavor. The country setting adds to the relaxed and romantic atmosphere. This is where locals go for a celebration night.
The Place Restaurant & Bar (360/378-8707, 4:30–9 p.m. daily in summer, 5–8 p.m. Tues.–Sat. in winter) gets the nod from locals who come here for a creative, seafood-rich menu and a semi-casual atmosphere. The menu changes periodically, and as might be surmised from the name, this restaurant has a great location—on the marina adjacent to the ferry dock.
A mile east of Roche Harbor, Westcott Bay Seafood Farm (4071 Westcott Dr., 360/378-6388, www.westcottbay.com, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., closed in winter) supplies local restaurants with gourmet oysters and clams; get them at the source for the freshest available. The farm also features several days each summer when you can pick your own oysters; these are timed around the lowest tides.
Friday Harbor House’s Harbor View Restaurant (130 West St., 360/378-8455, www.fridayharborhouse.com, 5:30–8 p.m. Thurs.–Sun., plus Wednesday in the summer months, closed Mon.–Tues., entrées $28–34) is one of the finest local dining establishments, with a menu that changes weekly, depending upon what is fresh.
Roche Harbor Resort’s nicest fare can be found at the second-story
McMillan’s Dining Room (248 Reuben Memorial Drive, 360/378-5757, 5 p.m.–10 p.m. daily, $30). This swanky little pad is outfitted with a player piano and great views of the marina. It serves up fine steaks, mouthwatering pasta, and fresh seafood. Call for reservations at McMillan’s, especially during the summer months.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition