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Orcas Island: Cafe Olga


I just got back from a weekend on Orcas Island in the San Juans.  It’s a gorgeous place, although it rained a bit much even for me.  Still, I managed to get out and about and enjoy much of the island. 
On my first day there I had lunch at Cafe Olga a little place co-located with the Orcas Island Artworks, an artist co-op, in the little hamlet of Olga.  Located in a historic strawberry packing building it’s a charming place with great food.  The regular menu is small but creative and the numerous daily specials add seasonal variety. 
For my lunch I had the special Crab Quesadilla. It was packed with amazingly fresh, sweet Dungeness crab, Monterey Jack cheese (a bit too much) and mild green chilies.  Really quite wonderful. 
Cafe Olga
103 Olga Road
Orcas Island
  1. Sigrún permalink
    06-May-2008 9:43 am

    Hi there!  This place looks divine!!  Where on earth are these Orca Islands?

  2. Culinary permalink
    06-May-2008 10:37 am

    Hi VV!
    Orcas Island is part of the San Juan Islands which are off the coast of Washington – between Washington and Canada, specifically Vancouver Island in British Columbia.  To get to them you take a ferry from Anacortes, Washington (which is about 80 miles north of Seattle).  They are very beautiful and rather wild places.  The most populated island is San Juan Island (confusing as that is also the name of the island group…).  Orcas is the largest area-wise but doesn\’t have as many people as San Juan.  The ferry also stops at Lopez and Shaw – I\’m not even sure there are any real services on Shaw!  There are other islands in the group – some privately owned – but all the rest are only accessible by private boat (or I guess float plan if you happen to have one of those!).  ;-)
    ~ B

  3. Culinary permalink
    06-May-2008 10:39 am

    Also, I’m in process of uploading but you can see more photos here

  4. HEDGE permalink
    06-May-2008 9:21 pm

    Crab Quesadilla!     I know these islands quite well  :)  I\’m feeling at home!

  5. Culinary permalink
    07-May-2008 6:27 am

    Hi Hedge!
    Yes, I think they are actually closer to you than to me.  ;-)
    ~ B

  6. Jennifer permalink
    07-May-2008 6:56 pm

    You live a dreamy sensual life-style. -Delicious!Your photography and commentary are always outstanding and so are your recipes.Thanks for your time and effort and exquisite taste.-jenj

  7. Culinary permalink
    07-May-2008 9:02 pm

    Jenj:  That makes me smile!  ;-)  I think I have a good life and I really try to enjoy as much as possible – which I think anyone can do with very little effort and I wish more people would.  Thank you very much for your kind comments. 
    ~ B

  8. Michael permalink
    20-Apr-2011 6:06 am

    We stopped in while touring the island and had a late lunch. The food and service were wonderful! My wife had the scallibut cakes…very good!We stayed the night and would suggest anyone that goes to try Olga’s. We are from Solvang CA just north of Santa Barbara.Washington is beautiful,but some made comments about California people. We are not all bad really.

  9. 20-Apr-2011 6:57 am

    I’m glad you enjoyed your time on Orcas. The San Juan Islands are so beautiful. I’m sorry about the comments. Mostly they are in jest but that’s not always obvious. Many “Washingtonians” are rather recent transplants themselves.

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