I love going to my favorite spot on Whidbey Island! Langley is a very small town on the south end of the island, but it has all you need for a fun afternoon and evening. That includes dining and having a glass of microbrew (or Chardonnay) at The Dog House. First of all, the view is the best of any restaurant in Langley. You can virtually walk right to the beach after lunch. The first thing you do if you enter from the street, is walk through the original swinging saloon doors. The building was built in 1908, and has retained that character, as the floor boards creek and the architect didn't foresee a modern restaurant. But if you wanted same ol'- same ol', you can go to Seattle, right? (Or the Beachfire Grill in Freeland!) This place is a slice of the past and a fun, relaxing place to eat.
Favorite Dish: Fish & Chips!
You enter into the Creamery. Warmth exudes. An old wood stove, a comfy couch, tables, oversized wooden chess table set, wing back chairs, a seating bar, hardwood floors. Even a huge TV to watch Nemo or Harry Potter on a mommy ice cream date in the afternoon. Walls are painted in a soft pearlized paint. There is a huge freezer containing the most outrageously wonderful ice cream ever...death by chocolate, huckleberry heaven, heath toffee, espresso almond fudge...and a full espresso/latte bar. The barista's smile and say thank you. The small restaurant to the back of the building is packed with people. When you see the policemen and sheriffs of the island it must be good. Homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner. The cook comes in at 4:30 a.m. and prepares all the sauces, gravies, pancake mixes, cobblers, turnovers, meatloaf, crabcakes and the list goes on. Different specials, different days. Homemade soups of different varieties and the best clam chowder served in potato bread bowls. Everyone seems in a hurry because the waitresses are trying to keep up with crowd. And everyone is watching what everyone is ordering..observing these plates being delivered have incredible meals which cause you salivate. This is not a place for folks on a diet..well, there are Ceasar salads, taco salads, cobb salads and fruit if that is your choice. After dinner there is the ice cream again..or one of the homemade desserts. And of course there are the pina colada smoothies with a shot of coconut. No libations! Children are welcome! Puzzles, books, & coloring papers are served too!
Favorite Dish: Hopple Popple is a German breakfast six egg omlette prepared with chopped green onions, country fried potatoes (all trans 0 fat), ham and cheese, served with a healthy portion of hash brown potations and your choice of English muffin or biscuits jam and honey. Somehow the dish just gets bigger as you finish it and there is more left for at least two more meals. It is so good. Any one of the omlettes are excellent. This is my favorite. And breakfast is served all day long and in the evening. Boaters visit this restaurant and take to go boxes back!
This restaurant is located right on the harbor in Oak Harbor, across from the city park. Therefore, the view is awesome, even when it's stormy (which it is 8 months out of the year.) Anyway, I go here regularly because I love the food and I love to have a few good drinks along with it. Atmosphere: During the day, the restaurant is usually pretty empty (this is Oak Harbor we're talking about) but on Fridays and Saturday nights has quite a party crowd, complete with DJ and dance floor. There's also a juke box with good variety (not all Rap/R&B, not all country, but Christopher Cross?) Anyway, the service is always friendly and the chips and salsa are always warm and fresh. The bathrooms (women's) have always been clean and stocked and amenities include a reasonably priced ATM in the lobby. Cuisine: The pork verde burrito is awesome, as well as the Tijuana Taco Salad - lots of fresh ingredients, no extra charge for sour cream & guacamole like some places. The prices are very reasonable and the drinks are strong. Although the furnishings and carpet are pretty old, the food, service, and price makes it the best Mexican restaurant on the Island. (La Paz in Clinton is closed!)
Favorite Dish: Too many good dishes to pick one. (If you order nachos, order extra chips to go along with it!)
This place has no inside seating, but they have some great sandwiches & other take-out foods. We stopped by on a rainy Sunday looking for lunch, had a wonderful hot grilled chicken sandwich & some soup - tasted so fresh and homemade. They have some pretty neat gifts too, we bought a sweatshirt and headed off to see Fort Casey in the afternoon; lucky for us, the sun came out!
Favorite Dish: I'd try anything these people make, friendly and nice staff here.
I keep giving this place a chance, and I'm fed up. The seating arrangement is very crowded, and they have lots of hard sound-reflective surfaces. A couple of times we got a little attitude from the hostess because we were walk-ins with a toddler--we even got turned away once when it was clear they had openings. The bloomin' onion ("awesome blossom" in some places) is grossly oversalted. One time I ordered lobster ravioli and got a tiny portion of overcooked, rewarmed pasta filled with lobster processed and cooked into nothing more than Bumblebee tuna. Once, we were in a group of 5, the orders took nearly an hour, and 2 of them were wrong. After each of these experiences, my wife and I would wait 2-3 months, get tempted by appearances, and go back and try it again. So--the other night, it had been a while, and we'd heard that they had reduced the menu "to match the kitchen talent." I ordered 3 mixed drinks, and they were all watered down to juice. I don't normally drink and I can't claim a high tolerance, but what they gave me were "virgin" drinks. 3 drinks, not even a mild buzz--at $7 a pop, that's bad. We both ordered Thai chicken, but it was very plain and the noodles were doughy. Again, we left, swearing that it would be the last time, and this time, it will be. We've given them enough chances, and even when we complained diplomatically, the service is all lip. They never did enough to actually fix their mistakes or try to appear that they valued us as customers. TIP: stay away from Beachfire. If you are up late and need to hit it for drinks, remain aware that your drinks will be watered. Thad, the older bartender, is visibly stingy with the booze, and if he overpours a shot, he will actually take the time to pour it back into the bottle. TIP: don't expect a nightlife on Whidbey, and don't count on BF to make up for it. TIP: for normal dining, try Mike's in Langley, Giuseppe's, or La Paz. They are not as pretentious as BF, but they sure are good places with friendly service and solid fare.
Favorite Dish: Stay away
Stopped at Cafe Langley for a snack and drinks. The menu mostly consists of Mediterranean dishes. The gyros were popular among patrons. We shared pita, hummus, baba ganoush, and mini spanakopitas. Service was prompt, food was tasty (good value), and the restrooms were clean.
Stopped at this place for lunch after leaving a bar of a hole in Langley. Decided to try it after reading it in a tip on VT. Found the place to be casual, comfortable, and good. Service by Lynn was excellent, food was tasty, and the prices are a good value. Bathrooms were clean. We ate caesar salad with grilled chicken, roast beef dip, grilled chicken burger, peanut noodle salad, and clam chowder. All was good and well presented. Unfortuately, no room for dessert!
The Beachfire Grill is the best restaurant on the south end of Whidbey Island, hands down. It is located on beautiful Holmes Harbor with a picturesque view of the water. The food is always excellent and the service is great. The menu is diverse, with a variety of foods from fresh seafood to quality steaks to huge burgers and crisp salads. However you will not have to pay for the variety as the entree prices vary from around $7 to $25. You will surely find something for everyone at this wonderful restaurant in a gorgeous setting.
Favorite Dish: As a steak lover, I love the Prime Rib and the Ribeye Steaks. The seasoning is flavorful and the meat is always tender. Being that it is an island, don't miss your chance to experience the wonderful seafood. Be sure to try the steamed clams and the seared halibut.
The Bistro in Langley is one of the best restaurants on Whidbey Island. There is a narrow doorway leading to the top floor restaurant. During the summer there is outside seating and many times you will see whales swim by. The Bistro also has an excellent wine menu.
Giuseppe is a very nice Italian restaurant. It can match any restaurant in Seattle for quality of food and service. From the outside it looks like just an ordinary strip mall restaurant. But once inside you will be pleased. Usually on weekends there is entertainment.
The Inn at Langley is one of the best restaurant in the Northwest. In fact, the Inn has been written up as one of the top Inns on the west coast of the United States.
If you would like to eat there you must make reservations very, very, early. I know that the locals must make reservations a couple months in advance. I probably presume if you are staying at the Inn they would work you in, but be sure and confirm that when you make your hotel reservations.
The Inn at Langley sits right on the water and is in the center of the town of Langley. The dinners are very, expensive.