Best of Seattle: Restaurant Worth Traveling To

Let’s just put it out there: We’d all go to The Willows Inn if we could get a reservation and afford it. Alternatively, there’s Doe Bay Café. It takes quite a bit of effort to get there, but every step of the way is worth it, from the ferry ride through the San Juans to the winding country road through Orcas Island farms. The cafe sits on the grounds of Doe Bay Resort and Retreat, a dreamy place in its own right with views of a quiet cove and an outdoor spa built over a waterfall. The food here draws heavily from the islands and from the resort’s own garden, with generously portioned rustic dishes like buttermilk biscuits and gravy; nettle risotto; and king salmon with goat-cheese quinoa cakes, all served as you look out over the cove at kingfishers and sailboats.

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