Posts by Duke Moscrip

Desserts To Die For

Marionberry pie

When you come to Duke’s, we aim to provide a meal that not only tastes great but also makes you feel good inside. We infuse every dish we create with that comforting feeling – including our desserts. We Get By With A Little Help From Our Friends Just because you know how to cook does NOT…

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Farmed vs. Wild Salmon: What’s the Difference?

Duke Moscrip holding salmon with Jimi

The debate surrounding wild and farmed salmon is complex and often contradictory. The issues and arguments generally fall into three main categories: environmental concerns, contamination problems, and the heath concerns of eating farmed salmon. Environmental Concerns Farmed fish are most commonly raised in net pens in the ocean, usually in a protected area such as…

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Farmed Fish Does Not Have a Place at Duke’s

The Farmed Salmon Fad Back in the 90’s a hot new trend was sweeping the restaurant industry: farmed salmon. The farmed fish companies promised restaurants consistent access to quality salmon, with no difference between wild-caught fish and their product. The idea of a streamlined delivery system for high-caliber salmon with no apparent drawbacks took the…

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Not One; Not Two; Not Three; but Four Chowders

Lobster and Crab on Barrell

At Duke’s, it’s not just about the clams Many Seattle restaurants offer clam chowder. We get that—it’s a Northwest necessity. And at Duke’s, we love clams, too, but why stop with clams? We offer at least four chowders every day, and not only are they full of flavor, they are all gluten free! Can’t choose…

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Innovative Mixology = Custom Blend of Woodford Reserve Bourbon

Bourbon Taste Test

My son John and I recently returned from our annual trip to Versailles, Kentucky, where we blended seven Personal Selections Barrels at Woodford Reserve. We’ve blended our own bourbon with these good folks since 2008 and each time, the flavor profiles just get better and better. Blending bourbon is tough work—no, I really mean it.…

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DukeWorthy Defined 

Everything on the menu has passed the “DukeWorthy” test, a word coined by a boat captain friend of mine many years ago on a fishing trip. He caught a Halibut that was too small, tossed it back and said, “that’s not DukeWorthy.” It stuck, and it helps define everything we do. If you eat at…

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Where have all the Salmon Gone? Smart Catch Knows.

That wild salmon populations are disappearing can no longer be ignored. It’s my passion to save salmon for future generations, not just so we can serve it to our guests at Duke’s, but because it is the treasure of the Pacific Northwest. This post is not going to preach to you or spew out fact…

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Lopez Island Creamery Makes Dessert a Necessity

Here’s a challenge: try to find ice cream that isn’t loaded with high fructose corn syrup. Trust me, you’ll have little to no luck at the supermarket. I searched high and low for ice cream that I could serve with a clear conscience. That search led me to local ice cream maker Alex Thieman, owner…

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Happy Chickens; How They Are Raised Matters

Free range and cage-free are terms tossed around wildly in the chicken world. Why does it matter?  Chickens raised in a cage-free environment and served only a natural diet grow bigger, are nutritionally richer, taste better, and, frankly, are raised more humanely. That matters to us. Harvestland/Perdue, our only chicken supplier, shares these values. They…

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Get Fresh with your Fish

Fresh salmon over asparagus

Fresh fish is revered by fishmongers, grocery stores, and restaurants worldwide, but how do you really know it is “fresh?” Studies show that the fish they serve could be three weeks old, and here’s the kicker: the restaurant may not even know it! A fish that isn’t cleaned and frozen within hours of being caught…

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