Duke Holding Fish 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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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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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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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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Pacific prawns

by Duke Moscrip Handled With Care At Duke’s, exceptional quality is our top priority. If food is headed to our kitchens, you can bet that I have invested a lot of time and energy into sourcing it. I search long and hard to ensure I am providing my customers with the best-tasting and most sustainable…

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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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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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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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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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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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