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“Best grilled cheese sandwiches”

San Juan Island Cheese
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$30
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: Lunch, Takeout
Description: Welcome to San Juan Island Cheese. We are your local cheese counter and lunch bistro with an ideal location across from the Brickworks Farmer's Market and within walking distance to the ferry. Sit outside in our patio oasis and enjoy a glass of wine, beer, cider or shrub with our ever changing cheese and meat boards. Here for lunch? Try one of our house made quiches, salads, daily soup made with seasonal ingredients or panini for lunch! Room for dessert? We offer cheesecake and chocolate cheese truffles, just to name a few. San Juan Island Cheese showcases artisan cheese, beers, and wines from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Explore and take home amazing cheeses custom cut and wrapped by knowledgeable and passionate mongers for your enjoyment.
Reviewed 24 August 2014

we ate here when we first arrived at Friday harbor and made sure to come again before we left because it was so good. We had 2 different grilled cheese sandwiches. A veggie, and one with pesto, tomato and cheese. They were delicious, perfectly crunchy, best grilled cheese we've had. The outside back seating is very nice with a beautiful little garden. The staff was very friendly. They unfortunatley are closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We came back before we left though and had more grilled cheese and a delicious northwest cheese plate. We came here with the trip advisor recommendation that had it ranked #1 in Friday harbor. We completely agree. Loved it!

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Hannah D, General Manager at San Juan Island Cheese, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2014

That's cheese-tastic!
Thank you for your kind words.
Our grilled cheeses are made with sharp white cheddar, french raclette, a housemade pesto with parmigiano reggiano, and fresh slices of tomato. Now you're making me hungry!

Please visit us again!

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Reviewed 17 August 2014

Excellent service! Great addition to Friday harbor. Nice outdoor patio with the fragrance of fresh herbs.

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Hannah D, General Manager at San Juan Island Cheese, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2014

Thank you!

Our herb garden went wild this summer with parsley, sage, oregano, chives, thyme... Plus we have arugula and tomatoes. We're glad you enjoyed the fresh fragrance.

See you soon!

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Reviewed 13 August 2014

This place is an absolute gem! The wine we had was a one of a kind, cheese was superb, ambience out of a movie and service impeccable. A perfect afternoon. Highly recommended. Will return in the near future!

Thank AshleyS830
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Hannah D, General Manager at San Juan Island Cheese, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2014

Wow, thanks!
We work hard to create a comfortable atmosphere with delicious fare and one of a kind wines for all our guests to enjoy. We're thrilled you had a great time!

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Reviewed 6 August 2014

Had read good things about this lunch only place and the reviews were spot on. Their cheese boards are amazing in texture, taste and variety. The red blend I drank with the cheese was from Walla Walla Washington and I wish I could purchase it here in Arizona!

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Hannah D, General Manager at San Juan Island Cheese, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2014

Thank you for your review!

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

My friend and I had lunch here on a sunny day. There are many options for cheese plates, and other lunches if you aren't a cheese head. We each had a 2 choice cheese plate. I added lox, and she added some garlicky green beans that came with another lunch option. Our waitress was very nice and the service was great. We ate outdoors in a marvelous little screened off space they have created between old buildings.
Good local beers on tap, too! Highly recommended.

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Richard D, Owner at San Juan Island Cheese, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2014

Thanks for visiting our shop!
Glad you enjoyed our cheese boards and the lox.
We change the cheeses on the boards on a regular basis to keep it interesting.
The beers we have on tap are from Island Hoppin Brewery on Orcas Island.
Great combo indeed.
Hope to see you next time!

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