Toby’s Tavern, Whidbey Island


Last weekend the weather was gorgeous here in Seattle. FINALLY! I’ve been waiting for this ‘gorgeous spring/summer’ weather that everyone keeps telling me about, and to be honest, was starting to think it was a myth!

Anyway, we decided to take a short day trip to Whidbey Island to take advantage of the sun. Off we went on the ferry, and drove through a good part of the island, which was relaxing, and quite lovely.

As for food? We were walking through the small town of Coupeville, and stopped in at this little bar. Even though it didn’t look like much from the outside (or from the inside), I’m glad we picked this place. After hearing about the local Penn Cove mussels, I had to give them a try.

Now, I rarely eat mussels, but I think it would be hard for anyone to not appreciate the freshness of these. They were served up steaming hot, had a bit of sweetness to them, and were incredibly tender.  Cooked simply in a broth of white wine and onions, they made for a delectable lunch! And even though at first glance it didn’t look like a lot of food, I struggled to finish the entire pound of mussels in this dish. Thankfully Adam was there to help out (turns out he’s not allergic to mussels. Whew!).

Adam went with one of his favorites, fish and chips. While I think it was a good version, this place is all about the mussels!

Speaking of mussels, after lunch, we went for a walk along the pier right outside the bar. I wonder if the owners of the bar just scoop up the incredible amount of mussels sitting in this cove?!

Cost: $
8 NW Front St, Coupeville, WA 98239
(360) 678-4222

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