Orcas Island seems to inspire great cooking and creative menus. We happened upon Doe Bay as we explored the island when we first arrived. The menu looked enticing, and proved to be when we dined that evening. The chef, Abigail Birrell, designs her meals around what's growing in her garden, and ready to eat. Everything served seems to come from local growers and fishermen, all recognized by name. I enjoyed a salad full of wonderful flavors...snap peas, green peas, feta,, cherry tomatoes and mint. Each bite unlocked a new series of complex flavors. My main course was local roasted salmon on a bed of grilled radicchio, and offered an surprising combination of tastes, all thoroughly enjoyable. It is also clear that the waitstaff admires the cuisine, and does a superb job of describing each of the menu offerings...doing a great service to the chef, while helping to guide a diner to the best choices for each palette.
The setting is very relaxed and it is clear that the locals enjoy the cuisine as much as visitors. We have heard that pizza night is great!