South Lake Union
Seattle’s South Lake Union Neighborhood, home of Kenmore Air’s Seaplane Terminal.
Duke Moscrip’s Famous Chowder House By Rebecca Agiewich What started as a lark changed the face, and name, of Duke’s Bar and Grill. Back in the mid-eighties, Duke Moscrip and the then chef from Duke’s Bar and Grill entered the Seattle Chowder Cook Off and went on to win it by a landslide, three years in a row. Surprisingly, at that time, they didn’t even have a chowder on the 52
menu. Eventually, contest officials politely asked Moscrip to retire so that others could have a shot. “My grandfather made chowder in New England and he was a great cook,” says Moscrip “I thought, let’s give New England clam chowder a try.” It wasn’t until the third year of the Cook Off that Moscrip’s now-famous
chowder made it onto the Duke’s menu. “The chef said it was way too much work,” says Moscrip. Concocting the creamy chowder became second nature, and it eventually landed a starring role on the menu and the marquee. Duke’s Bar and Grill became Duke’s Chowder House, with six locations around Puget Sound and five different chowder recipes.
One of the Best Decks in the City : Fly into Seattle on Kenmore Air, and you’re just a mile from Duke’s South Lake Union location, with its sought-after deck. “This is one of the best decks in the city,” says Moscrip. “On a sunny summer day, our business quadruples.” And no wonder. The deck offers up ringside seats to Lake Union’s glories. The scenic hustle and bustle of boats and seaplanes, yachts bobbing quietly at anchor. And let’s not forget those pink and orange sunsets that streak the summer sky. Combine all that with a delicious happy-hour “Duketail,” such as the Killer Cherry Mojito or the Blueberry Lemon Drop, paired with the Fresh Dungeness Crab Slider and you’ve got the makings of a perfect Seattle evening.
Bustling South Lake Union: Duke’s South Lake Union is a convenient lunch spot too. “It’s right in the middle of the city, and a great place for people to meet for events,” says Moscrip. “There are a lot of business people around, and a lot more things going on here now.” He’s referring to the growth of South Lake Union, fueled by the relocation of Amazon’s headquarters there in 2010. The neighborhood is bursting with new businesses, restaurants and residences. Duke’s has been in South Lake Union since 1989 and holds its own among the profusion of hip new eateries in this once-sleepy neighborhood. You don’t flourish for decades in the Seattle restaurant world unless you’ve got great business smarts, combined with top-notch food and consummate The Kenmore Air Destination Magazine
Summer 2013 issue of HARBORS Magazine, the Kenmore Air Destination Magazine