gordonsRecently I was In Washington State, on Whidbey Island. On my first day I asked the concierge at my hotel to recommend a quiet, perfect place to enjoy a leisurely dinner. She steered me in the right direction, as the cliché goes, to a charming “house” restaurant on Blueberry Hill overlooking Honeymoon Bay. (I kid you not.) Every table (I counted 12) had a view of the water below, and there was a soft, quiet feeling about the place set in rustic but clearly expensive surroundings. If you are lucky enough to visit this charming Island, it is worth a trip to Gordon’s Restaurant. (It is closed on Mondays.) The food was beautifully served by one able lady, and Gordon himself took occasional strolls through his dining room to greet the guests and inquire about his cooking. I ate the most delicately prepared salmon on a plank with wasabi sauce (what else would you eat in the Pacific Northwest if it is on the menu?) but the choices run from mac and cheese (The menu: “Baked pasta in a creamy white cheddar sauce topped with a crispy panko crust.”) to Filet Mignon (“Hand cut beef tenderloin wrapped in hickory smoked bacon, charbroiled, served with sautéed cimini mushrooms, smoked blue cheese and balsamic reduction.”) Hungry yet? And, believe it, the prices are very low for the quality and service of this fine restaurant. For example, my epicurean entrée was $20. and the aforementioned Filet is priced at $25. As I said, “If you are lucky enough….” My highest recommendation. You will thank me for steering you in the right direction if you want “fine” dining. Gordon’s at 5438 Woodard Ave. Freeland, Washington. Check it out at: Gordon’sonblueberryhill.com for pictures.