Drayton Harbor Oyster Company is without question my favorite restaurant. It’s located in Blaine, WA right near the border and if you find yourself there you should stop to buy a half dozen oysters and a beer.
First, a little bit of backstory to set this up…
As a boat owner, I’m always looking for areas in the budget to trim back so that I can keep funds flowing into the sailing kitty. When it comes to food and beer I am 100% down for paying great quality, but I’m super picky. Nothing bugs me more than visiting a restaurant that charges a premium for:
- A view – I sail, run and hike whenever I can. My standards are pretty high.
- Atmosphere – I can park my own car, thanks
- Dress codes – Please, please, please don’t make me wear business attire outside of business hours.
The worst restaurants do all of these things and then serve food that is mediocre, beer brewed in giant vats, and stress me out with an extra fork that has an unclear purpose.
So what kind of restaurant makes me want to visit again and again and even spend time writing up an article on my fledgling running and sailing blog? Before answering that maybe I should list what makes a great restaurant.
To me, the best restaurants have some or all of the following requirements:
- They brew their own beer on site. If they can’t brew on site, they keep a well developed tap list of great local craft beer.
- They have a menu with some healthy options. A little more on the meat and veggies, a little less on the cake and pie.
- They specialize in something.
- They don’t care how I dress. On the best weekends I am usually dressed badly and haven’t even showered.
- They are independently owned and operated. God bless the entrepreneurs.
- They have a little farm to fork action and have partnered up and are sourcing products locally with other small businesses.
So anyhow, if you aren’t picking up what I’m throwing down I’m picky when it comes to restaurants. Now, back to the point of this post, I love the Drayton Harbor Oyster Company because they check every box for me.
If you like them raw, grilled, stewed, sweet or savory this little shop has you covered.
And by the way, I have no affiliation with them other than an appreciation for what they do and how they do it.