Road Trip Lunch: Muk Cafe at Mukilteo Coffee Roasters
Whidbey Island is a favorite weekend destination for Seattle residents who love to walk the empty beaches, kayak and explore gorgeous Deception Pass State Park. But even the most frequent visitors aren't likely to stumble onto the Muk Cafe at Mukilteo Coffee Roasters, located near Langley. It's worth making the effort to find this locals' hot spot.
The details: Owners Gary and Beth Smith call their place "the cafe in the woods." There's no sign and cell coverage is spotty, so it's impossible to count on GPS to find it. From the ferry landing in Clinton, head northwest on Highway 525, the make a right on Crawford Road and drive one mile before taking a right on Lake Leo Way. When you finally arrive, it feels like discovering a secret. As soon as you step inside, you'll realize it's not: the dining area is likely to be packed around lunch.
Eat this: Breakfast is served all day, with hearty blueberry pancakes made with emmer wheat ($12) and a massive breakfast burrito ($12) smothered in verde sauce leading the filling plates. The signature burger ($12 is a superstar, made with local, grass-fed ground beef from 3 Sisters Family Farms, a thick, hand-formed patty that's seasoned with salt and plenty of black pepper. It's topped with cheddar, a juicy slice of tomato and butter lettuce, all sandwiched between an organic kaiser roll that's smeared with spicy mayo.
Drink this: Try the house-roasted beans in an espresso drink, the flavors are bright and the finish is smooth. There's also a juice bar, specializing in super-healthy combinations like kale and beet.
3228 Lake Leo Way, Langley; 360-321-5262