written by Cara Strickland
If you’re looking for a taste of the islands, look no further than Duck Soup, recently reopened after a full renovation—the restaurant sources as many ingredients as possible from the bounty of the island, making its seafood, meats and produce fresh and delicious, and constantly changing based on the season. You won’t want to miss the cedar-infused crème brûlée, for one, but each dish is beautifully presented and usually features an unexpected or interesting ingredient. The creativity doesn’t stop with the food—the cocktails are well balanced and carefully constructed, often from fresh and local ingredients. Try the Oh, Snap!, with snap pea and mint purée, peppermint, lime, agave and gin for a refreshing thirst quencher. One of the bartenders makes a local line of shrubs, and syrups are made in house, perfect for mixing up a mocktail.
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island