Summer feasting is in full swing in San Juan Islands with two fresh dining additions and a new chef at the helm of a favorite local café.
Husband-and-wife duo, Chef John Cox and Julia Felder, have brought a new dining destination to the landmark Orcas Hotel at San Juan Islands: Norbu’s. The spot serves up Hawaiian-inspired fare, featuring fresh, tropical flavors. Every menu item is crafted with high-quality ingredients, including tuna, fruit, rums and high-quality spirits directly from Honolulu. Norbu’s will only be open Friday through Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. for dinner service. To learn more about Norbu’s, visit orcashotel.com/eat-and-drink.
New Leaf Café
A new chef at New Leaf Café at Outlook Inn, Chef Andrew Martin, is offering patrons his regional spin on Northern Italian cuisine, balancing modern flavors with traditional techniques. With Chef Martin now at the helm, the New Leaf Café fare lineup features a new brunch menu with bites like the the fan-favorite twist on a BLT, with bacon, lettuce, avocado, hearth bread and smoked tomato jam. New Leaf Café is open Thursday through Monday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for brunch and 4 to 9 p.m. for dinner service. To learn more about New Leaf Café, visit outlookinn.com/newleaf.
A former old fire station now houses Monti, the latest in dining to hit San Juan Islands. The spot offers Roman-style fare, inspired by owner Erin Gainey’s fond memories of her youth in Rome. Some items guests can expect to enjoy at the Orcas Island eatery include authentic antipasti, pasta, pizza, indulgent desserts and more. In addition to the restaurant, Monti also houses a quaint market and wine shop on-site. Monti is open Friday through Tuesday from 5 to 10 p.m. To learn more about Monti, visit montimontimonti.com.