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Any recent info on dining in Friday Harbor?

girlwonder88 Aug 26, 2013 09:40 AM

My family will be in Friday Harbor for 3 nights in mid-September for a wedding. We'll be renting a house. Looking for ideas for meals out-both simple and celebratory (good coffee ideas, too) and for groceries. The posts on the board are pretty old. Any info?

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  1. kaleokahu RE: girlwonder88 Aug 26, 2013 12:03 PM

    Hi, Girl:

    Duck Soup Inn remains the class act of San Juan Island, IMHO.


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      hoodie123 RE: girlwonder88 Aug 26, 2013 12:35 PM

      There is a restaurant called The Back Door ___ (Cafe? not sure) which is lovely -- upscale, seasonal food. It's a bit hard to find -- right behind downtown-- but it's a beautiful restaurant with delicious and interesting food. Absolutely the best place I"ve found in Friday Harbor. There is also a great little fish market down at the end of the dock -- we love to get fresh oysters to shuck when we are there. The seaweed salad they sell is a fav of mine.

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        geminigirl RE: hoodie123 Aug 29, 2013 05:55 PM

        We had a really nice meal here. My vote was Duck Soup, but I was out voted by the group....next time:)

      2. LotusRapper RE: girlwonder88 Aug 26, 2013 03:46 PM

        Here's a listing:


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          coney with everything RE: LotusRapper Aug 27, 2013 04:52 AM

          is there any further news about Downriggers? I know it was touristy but we enjoyed it (of course, when we are in the PNW we are tourists!)

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          pettifogger58 RE: girlwonder88 Aug 26, 2013 06:42 PM

          Both the Backdoor Kitchen and Duck Soup Inn are excellent. Small and intimate? Coho. Sushi? Tops'l. Nice family dinner in great atmosphere? Cask and Schooner. Casual family with great food? Haley's Bar and Grill (good bar). Food and music? Rumor Mill. Avoid?? Hungry Clam. Blue Water. Kung Fu Pizza. Hidden gem? Vinnys Ristorante....lasagne to die for!

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            girlwonder88 RE: girlwonder88 Sep 4, 2013 01:06 PM

            Wow, thanks all! I'll start checking all these places out. We're here for a family wedding with reception at the yacht club, but we have three nights on the island, at a rental house. We'll probably eat at least a couple of meals out-with kids and adults-and maybe one meal for us as a couple, sans kids.

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