Here are a few of my favorite dining out options on Whidbey Island. Whidbey is a short ferry ride away from Seattle, but you’ll definitely feel like you’ve been transported into the country. Check them out and I am confident you will find plenty of Paleo options.
Simply Good Food is their tagline and they surely deliver. I also love supporting young chefs who are committed to providing local, sustainable Whidbey Island products. The chef’s parents are both gluten free, so the kitchen happily accommodates this request. The open kitchen is also immaculate. You have never seen such well used pots and pans sparkle. The chef’s parents come in and personally scour them. The restaurant is casual and kid friendly. I started my dinner with the cream of asparagus soup- light and velvety. I also enjoyed the market fish, which was halibut that night. It was prepared gluten free, with spring baby turnips and a lemon prawn sauce. On a previous visit I had the Penn Cove Mussels, which were practically hand delivered from Penn Cove. They were so fresh and delicious. Simply, good food.
I am not a fan of the actual city of Oak Harbor, but it is worth the extra time in the car to eat at Fraser’s Gourmet Hideaway. We have eaten here twice with the Paleo Toddler. I usually bring her dinner from home, as I don’t want to pay for a full entrée for her. Although, I am sure Chef Fraser would be happy to put something together for her. On our last visit, we asked if she could have one of the bacon wrapped dates that came as a part of an appetizer. They happily obliged. They also supplied crayons and a few visits to view the open kitchen to keep her entertained. The blood orange vinaigrette on the young green salad is something I want to take home in a bottle. I had the salmon special on my last visit with a mango salsa on top. It was cooked perfectly and a hearty portion of fish that filled me up. Luckily, being full kept me from being tempted by the dessert tray that they parade over to your table.
I was lucky enough to feast on the authentic Southern goodness whipped up by Fred Bennett in his mobile smoker at the Coupeville Farmer’s Market on a Saturday morning. Who said you can’t eat barbeque at 10:30am? I’ve been able to sample the chicken, pulled pork and the brisket. All are delicious. Fred said he wouldn’t cook it if it didn’t taste good. I usually avoid eating from food trucks because there aren’t many Paleo options, however Fred assured me there is no gluten in the sauce (which comes on the side). I just ordered the meat, no bread and no sides. It’s really all you need to get you through the rest of your morning.