Willows Inn

2579 W Shore Dr
Lummi Island, 98262
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If you can afford the price, go. Just go. No need to read all the reviews or find out everything about the restaurant. Just go. The less you know, the better your experience will be.
Saw Willows Inn on Today show as the top 10 places to fly to and have dinner! Told my boyfriend about and he quickly found it was on the NY Times top 10 places to eat, and quickly booked us a dinner there. Absolutely the best dinner we have had in our lives. Service is excellent, food is innovative,extremely friendly,Chef Blaine Wetzel is amazingly talented, and the wine and cocktails are awesome too. This is a most go to destination. You should only be so lucky, it's worth every penny. I will be back but this time we will stay on the Island for a few days!
Smoked Salmon- The first pre-dinner snack was served in a wooden box, where smoke puffed out dramatically when you opened it. But honestly, was awful. Having eaten some of the best smoked salmon in Alaska: this was dry and tasted very ashy. Salmon Roe Rolls- This was a thin tube-like pastry filled with roe and cream and chives. The roe was wonderful and burst in your mouth. Kelp w/ truffle- Kelp was deep fried crispy in butter and had some savory truffle crumble on the top. One of our favorites of the night. Nettle's farm veggies and dip- We stayed at the Nettles farm cabin on our first visit out here, so we appreciated the fresh veggies. The dip was light (and served in a mini flower pot) and the veggies came covered in, at first glace looked like dirt. We asked the waiter and it he said it was ground nuts mixed with stout and other ingredients. It had a crunch texture and had a good burnt taste to it. Local caught herring w/ parsley- This was served in a sardine tin, the fish was slightly citrusy and sweet kind of like Swedish pickled herring. I enjoyed the bits that had parsley on it, but I didn't care for it much. Cod on sauerkraut and potato chip- Overall I didn't think the cod was seasoned too well. I enjoyed the chip and wish that I could have understand what the waitress was trying to tell us. Pickled Oysters- Another dish, which was wonderful. I've never had pickled oysters before and they were perfect. The presentation was also very pretty served on a bed of iced rocks. Dungeness Crab meat- A pile of crabmeat with a light lemon juice on it. Can't go wrong with that! Fresh-baked bread w/ local butter- We were seated right in front of the kitchen, so I anticipated getting the bread since I could see it baking in the woodfire oven. I enjoyed the crusty end pieces the best. *Clams on cucumbers & potatoes - The presentation was beautiful with the clams resting on top of circles of cumbers and tomato. They were garnished with dill sauce and a waterfall of horseradish snow. Herring eggs- They were lain in kelp and had tasted of it. They were blanched in hot water and slightly overdone. *Spot Prawns w/ Kohlrabi and seaweed- They say they keep the prawns alive in a tank outside the kitchen and you can tell because of how soft they were. BBQ Oysters on tequila salt- Another favorite, they were warm and spicy. I enjoyed the use of fennel seed in there. *Purple Chantrelles and other wild mushrooms with fresh cheese- We are avid mushroom pickers and we grilled the waiter about where they went foraging: Mt Baker and the Lummi Island Mountain area. There were raw thinly sliced purple chanterelles, cooked boletus, pig ears, and orange chanterelles. The cheese simply melted in your mouth. Nettles Farm Chicken dipping sauce- We joked that we had seen this chicken when we had stayed at the farm. The sauce was very dark and very rich. Perfect right before the main course. *Keta salmon w/ mustard sauce, radishes, and woodruff- This was just beautiful to look at: the radish was arranged leaning on top of blanched celery slices so it looked like origami. The mustard sauce with the whole mustard seeds in it went very well with the salmon. *Apple sorbet w/ buttermilk. Sliced apples and circles of caramelized licorice- This was very light, the green apples added a perfect amount of sourness. I usually don't care for licorice, but it was not overwhelming. Chocolate and nut Crème Brule- We joked after the dessert that there was still more to come and here this came. The brown sugar was caramelized a big too hard, in my experience it's usually just a thin layer and that made it taste more like propane than it should. Flax bar- Delicious. I could only manage a bit since I was so full, I wish I could have wrapped it up for later. My only complaint would be about the service. In a restaurant setting where people are really going to want to hear about what they are eating, why would you hire a waitress with such a thick accent that it is difficult to comprehend what they are saying. I would have asked more questions about the food had I been confident that she would be able to give me an answer that I could understand. We had to place our reservation two weeks in advance. There was already a waiting list as they give "preference to Inn guests." When we stayed at the Inn, we had not been able to get a table. So make sure you have a reservation. I'm not sure If I would call this one of the greatest restaurants in the world, but it's the best place to eat for a special night out in Bellingham especially since the Nimbus was closed down.

(360) 758-2620

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Beach Store Cafe

2200 N Nugent Rd
Lummi Island, 98262
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(360) 758-2233

Seafood

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