On the road to Vancouver
Hi all- I'm seeking some assistance on 2 matters.
First, my wife and I are travelling from Seattle to Vancouver in early July and we would like to find a nice eating establishment outside Seattle to stop for lunch. We'll start out taking I-5 north but can branch off it to wherever has something good to serve. We aren't picky on the type food, just something that would be serving a wholesome, filling menu and where the "locals" would go to eat, rather than something set up to attract the tourist crowd.
Second, I'm hoping to relocate an establishment I ate at about 20 years ago outside of Mt. Vernon, WA. If I remember correctly, it was on the coast road going north from Mt. Vernon. The road climbed up the cliffs alongside the strait and the place was on the coast (left) side of the road, looked out over the strait & had at least 3 levels of seatings. For the life of me I cannot remember its name but if it still exists I'd like to revisit as the views while dining were spectacular.
Many thanks for any info. to either of my requests.
Lunch possibilities near the freeway: Lots of pubs in downtown Mount Vernon (Trumpeter, Porterhouse, Empire, Skagit Brewery), plus the co-op deli and Rachawadee Cafe (very nice Thai food in a tiny diner). Cafe Burlington is good, too - locally grown/organic/diner food.
The restaurant you ate at was on Chuckanut Drive, and it was probably the Oyster Bar, but it might have been Chuckanut Manor. Both of them are still open. It probably wasn't the Oyster Creek Inn, which looked onto Oyster Creek instead of Samish Bay, and anyway is now closed.
If you're heading out to Chuckanut Drive from Mount Vernon, you might stop for lunch at the Rhododendron Cafe, they're open Wed-Sun and have some great food and a good wine list.