At 169 square miles, Whidbey Island — the fourth largest island in the contiguous United States — is so big that there’s a distinct culture shift between the north end of the isle, where the city of Oak Harbor and its naval base set the tone, and the rural south end, an hour away, where it’s all about agriculture. South Whidbey’s got all the heavenly beauty of the San Juans, but it’s a little less touristy, and a lot more accessible from Seattle (as well as a bit more affordable). Here’s where to eat in the villages on the sleepy, farm-focused south end, with places listed geographically.
The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.Read More