Winter on Orcas Island

Orcas Island has been one of our favorite local spots to vacation. Our family used to camp regularly in the summers at Moran State Park, memories that our daughters still hold today. Lately, with the kids now grown and having their own families, my wife and I have been going to Orcas during off-seasons to avoid crowds.... Continue Reading →

Dinner at Sazio’s (Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA)

Ever since the closure of La Famiglia many years ago, Orcas Island didn't have a good Italian restaurant to go to. Portofino hardly qualifies since it's mainly a pizza joint. That all changed when Bill Patterson purchased Chimayo and opened Sazio di Notte. His plan was to convert Chimayo, a favorite Southwest restaurant among locals, to a... Continue Reading →

Dinner at Chiladas (Eastsound, WA)

The venerable Bilbo's Festivo, a popular and long-time Mexican restaurant in Eastsound, is now Chiladas, after having gone through several ownership changes. The current one is Bilbo's original owner. While the menu has changed and aims higher than standard Tex-Mex fare that mostly (though not entirely) made up its previous menu. Now, the entrees represent... Continue Reading →

Dinner at Allium (Eastsound, WA)—CLOSED

Chef Lisa Nakamura has impressive credentials, having served under Thomas Keller (The French Laundry) and Jerry Traunfeld (The Herbfarm). When the opportunity arose to take over Christina's, the venerable and highly regarded restaurant on Orcas Island, with a stunning view overlooking East Sound, she jumped at the chance and opened Allium this year. You always... Continue Reading →

Chimayo’s (Eastsound, WA)

Located at the rear of a building of shops, Chimayo's is difficult to find. We happened across it a few years ago when strolling through the complex. We probably weren't the first, but it's easy to mistake it as a Mexican restaurant, when in fact the emphasis is on Southwest cooking. For me, and I... Continue Reading →

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