As the seasons change, we are presented with fresh opportunities to discover new things. Lucky for those of us residing in the Pacific Northwest, we have the privilege of exploring the latest dining destinations San Juan Islands have to offer this summer. From renowned foodie havens to new female-owned eateries, the following is a glimpse into summer dining in San Juan Islands.
Three woman-owned restaurants will debut this summer in Friday Harbor, each offering unique items reflecting the fresh bounty from the sea, fields and forest. Each owner understands the challenges faced when opening a restaurant on a small island, so they have formed a support group marked by camaraderie, not competition. The trio will support one another when sourcing staff, procuring ingredients and sharing plates. Though each destination has no definite opening date, visitors can expect to enjoy locally-sourced oysters at Oystertale; elevated dishes at supper club Walden (pictured above); and artisanal goods from Everelse (new name coming soon), including locally-sourced food, natural wines, cider and craft beer.
With a mission to serve as the go-to destination for slowing down and enjoying small moments, the new Blue Heron Bistro is a cozy restaurant in the heart of Lopez Village. The bistro is owned by the iconic duo from the famous Poutine Your Mouth food truck, Jen Buckallew and Ted Warner. The fare lineup features a variety of comfort foods served daily, including breakfast, lunch and dinner menus during the week and brunch on the weekends. Opt for the Dungeness crab melt or savor brunch with crepes and an eggs benedict.
In addition to new restaurants to try, a duo of San Juan Islands faves are now award-winning destinations, both receiving the 2023 Good Food Awards. Madrone Cellars’ 2021 Island Perry cider earned the coveted blue ribbon for best cider, and Girl Meets Dirt’s new orchard apricot preserves also earned an award, adding to its growing collection of trophies.
Plus, Friday’s Crabhouse, a landmark in Downtown Friday Harbor, is celebrating its 30th season serving seafood this summer. Famed items include the Dungeness crab, oysters, clams and other American classics like cheeseburgers and BLTs. The spot is perfect for those who enjoy panoramic views of water traffic and a fun, tiki-inspired atmosphere.
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