Last weekend, Wahine and I went "Glamping" on beautiful San Juan Island. After soliciting recs and searching reviews, we chose for our Saturday night meal the nearby Duck Soup Inn, and are we glad we did.
This rural place is apparently a stealth resto (There is no Inn) that has been in operation for about 40 years. This is unlike the high-turnover establishments in downtown Friday Harbor or the Yachtsman-Money separator that is McMillan's at Roche Harbor. Only one person on the island volunteered the place, but when we asked about it in particular, it got some approving nods followed by: "Their ________ is my absolute favorite anywhere." We got the impression the locals wanted to keep DSI for themselves.
For mains, Wahine had a delightful Steak Dianne with roast potatoes, and I had a fabulous and large piece of grilled halibut on creamy polenta.
The service was top-notch; the other offerings were innovative takes on more classic dishes. But what hooked us was the space--*this* is what a welcoming restaurant should be like. A small atrium dining room in front, and a large, inviting main room behind, all done in natural, unfinished, tight-grain wood. Simultaneously casual an extraordinarily classy. Very comfortable booths, excellent lighting, great art, and good music rounded out the excellent fare.
DSI is now my Go-To place on SJI.