Kalaloch Lodge, a favorite getaway destination on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, provides visitors with locally-sourced traditional Northwest cuisine. Prepared by Creekside Restaurant’s chefs, three meals a day, all including Northwest specialty items, are a draw for locals and visitors alike. Explore Olympic National Park trails and then sit down to a meal featuring expertly prepared cuisine from the area.
During the growing season, at least 60% of all food and beverage at Kalaloch Lodge is sourced within 150 miles of Kalaloch and/or is certified organic. Their wine list consists of 100% Washington wines. The restaurant’s practices have earned them an official Certified Green Restaurant® status.
Before I tell you about their Neah Bay Salmon, I have to share that staying at Kalaloch Lodge should be where your adventure starts. Kalaloch Lodge has several types of rooms plus campsites, but the cabins right on the bluff make for the most memorable getaway. We had a large studio cabin with kitchen, dining nook and carport. The views of the sunset each night from the grassy sitting area in front of the cabin were eagerly anticipated and accompanied with a glass of Washington wine and small plates from the resort’s general store.
After watching the sun set from your cabin or from the restaurant, you’ll be ready for one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails. Most places in the dining room have an ocean view, but make a reservation for a window table.
You can start your dinner with a soup such as the Creekside Clam Chowder. The soup was made with local clams, Applewood smoked bacon and just the right amount of finely diced potatoes. It wasn’t too thick and the bacon provided a light, smoky taste.
Then enjoy such satisfying entrees as the Grilled Wild Salmon, freshly caught in close-by Neah Bay. The six-ounce Miso marinated filet, with ginger buerre blanc, organic jasmine rice pilaf, cilantro fennel slaw and perfectly cooked vegetables was fresh, lightly seasoned and beautifully presented. I paired the entree with yet another excellent Washington wine. Your server will be happy to advise you on pairings.
Of course I didn’t need more after that. The meals are hearty and satisfy the appetites of kayakers and hikers who frequent the Olympic Peninsula. Despite the an enticing list of Chef John’s 1st Place winners from the Chocolate on the Beach Competition, (an annual event in Ocean Shores),I succumbed to the Warm Blackberry Crisp with local berries and a dollop of ice cream and it was a great choice.
After dinner, walk down to the beach via a winding stairway and build a fire. The glow of sunset often lasts well into the evening. And then, much to your delight, the moon may appear to add soft light to the sand. The beach is known for the huge driftwood logs transported here by wild winter storms. They make for great places to sit while you enjoy the scenery and your beach bonfire.
Creekside Restaurant does its best to help you stay healthy on the Olympic Peninsula. Calorie counts are provided on their menu and they offer a variety of healthy food options. They also accommodate guests with various dietary needs.
Kalaloch Lodge provides breakfast, lunch and dinner. In addition look for their special culinary events with accommodation package deals. If you want fresh, Olympic Coast cuisine that will satisfy even the heartiest appetite, a trip to Kalaloch and Creekside Restaurant makes an excellent getaway.
Kalaloch Lodge and Creekside Restaurant
157151 Hwy 101, Forks, WA 98331
Interested in more culinary delights on the Olympic Peninsula? Check out the Olympic Peninsula Culinary Loop Tour olympicculinaryloop.com