One of the things we enjoy about visiting different parts of the United States or different parts of the world, is having the opportunity to sample the many different foods that have become iconic for that particular location. The Pacific Northwest has established itself as a source for a wide variety of fresh seafood.
Oysters on the half shell, steamed mussels from Penn Cove on Whidbey Island, crab cakes, salmon, steamed clams in roasted garlic pesto, oyster shooters and fish and chips. All fresh and locally sourced.
Steamed Penn Cove Mussels with Garlic Bread
Clams in roasted garlic pesto
City Fish Co.
Shrimp Fritters w/Spicy Remoulade & Blackened Fish Taco w/Tamatillo Mayo & Salsa
Dozen Fresh Local Oysters
Patio at Salty’s
Happy hour at Salty’s
Also on Whidbey Island is the town of Coupeville, WA. It is about 20 minutes south of Oak Harbor and has a lovely main street along the waterfront.
On the day we visited there was a sailboat race taking place out in the harbor. We’re not sure where the sailboats came from since Coupeville doesn’t really have a marina. Our visit also coincided with their Farmer’s Market so we took a look at that as well.
One of the joys of taking a road trip is to be able to sample local foods in different parts of the country. Whidbey Island, and specifically Penn Cove is a source for mussels for this part of the Northwest. Penn Cove is just around the corner from Coupeville. We stopped into Toby’s Tavern to sample some of the local mussels. We had one pound of the steamed mussels in a garlic broth along with toasted garlic bread for dipping. Delish.
Oak Harbor, WA, (pics) is located on Whidbey Island in Western Washington alongside the Strait of Juan de Fuca. At 55 miles long it is one of the longest and largest islands in the contiguous United States. The island is home to the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The town of Oak Harbor is located on the south perimeter of the Naval Air Station with many of its residents economically related to it. The Dutch were among the early settlers of Oak Harbor and you can still see that influence in some of the architecture around town. After leaving Vancouver, we spent a few days on Whidbey Island.