Cover Story

Dinner at the End of the Land

Seattle’s roiling restaurant climate is driving ambitious chefs farther afield. Maybe that’s why some of the best meals in the state now happen way out of town at places like Ælder, Ursa Minor, and Finistère.

08/14/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Destination: Whidbey Island

Saltwater Is All About Seafood

Towers of shrimp, crab, and oysters await at Prima Bistro's new sibling restaurant.

08/14/2018 By James Ross Gardner

Destination: Vashon Island

Bramble House Makes Comfort Exciting

Lia Lira's seasonal fare is at once homey and surprising—and only a 20-minute ferry ride away.

08/14/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Destination: Orcas Island

Diametric Dinners at Hogstone and Ælder

From alfresco pizza to lengthy tasting menus, Jay Blackinton finds balance in two unlikely companion restaurants.

08/14/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Destination: Bainbridge Island

The Accessible Magic of Hitchcock and Bruciato

Whether it's sublime charcuterie or Neapolitan pizza, chef Brendan McGill puts comfort first.

08/14/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Destination: Bremerton

A Food Scene Rises in Manette

Craft beer, flaky croissants, and seasonal fare—these three restaurants are worth the hour-long journey.

08/14/2018 By Rosin Saez

Destination: Port Townsend

Finistère Celebrates Each Season with Pasta

From mussels to oyster mushrooms, Canlis alum Deborah Taylor puts the Olympic Peninsula on full display.

08/14/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Destination: Lummi Island

Willows Inn: The One That Started It All

Blaine Wetzel transformed a sleepy bed and breakfast into an international fine dining destination.

08/14/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Destination Dinner

Washington’s Best Ferry Feasts

Make a reservation (for your table, but probably also the boat) and set sail for some incredible meals.

08/14/2018 By Allecia Vermillion, James Ross Gardner, Rosin Saez, and Allison Williams

Explainer

How to Cope with Labor Day Traffic

Thanks to a growing population and booming economy, Seattle has some of the worst traffic in the country. So it’s no surprise that drivers have more to fear than the “usual” rush hour come Labor Day weekend. Brace yourself for the gridlock.

08/14/2018 By Jaime Archer

Editor’s Note

An Island Mystery on Lopez

The lure of our local archipelago is strong.

08/14/2018 By James Ross Gardner

Shade Index

7 More Reasons Why Dining by Ferry Rules

Who knew taking public transit to dinner could be so magical?

08/14/2018 By Seattle Met Staff

Dining Way Out

Washington's Ferry Fleet Got an Impressive Food and Drink Overhaul

Local coffee, cheese, chowder, and beer are among the new galley offerings.

04/17/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

On a Boat

Washington's Ferries Are Getting a Food Makeover

With lots of local ingredients.

03/30/2016 By Allecia Vermillion

The Columbia River

This Is What Washington’s Tiniest Ferry Looks Like

Who’s says there’s no such thing as a free ride?

07/24/2015 By Allison Williams

Travel

Alaska, Eventually: The Great Northern Boat Trip

A dream, the reality, and one very long ferry trip to the last frontier.

01/05/2015 By Allison Williams

Guide to the San Juans

San Juan Island Ferry Hacks

How to survive the hardest part of the San Juans: getting there

08/01/2014 By Allison Williams