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The Table, Bellingham WA

Patience is a virtue that pays off.  I was driving to the library and found The Table open for business!

A long table down the center of the restaurant draws your eye invitingly. Open space, high ceiling, earth tones with wood tables and chairs surround you for casual dining.  A look at the menu had me wanting it all.

Starters: Antipasti Platter or Ralf’s Pretzel & Sausage or Beet Caprese (sliced red beets, goat cheese w/reduced balsamic and basil chiffonade, pepper).

Salads: Spinach-Goat cheese or Caeser or Fusilli Pasta.

Sandwiches: come with a side of fusilli pasta salad – Meatball Grinder (pork/bison), Sausage Sub (grilled w/carmelized onions, portobellos) or Veggie Sandwich (toasted foccacia w/lime-red jalapeno hummus, portobellos, spinach, carmellized onions, goat cheese).

Are you drooling yet? Rumor has it the chef is from NY. Italian chef from NY; now there’s a surprise. Here’s more-

Pasta (of course): Mac ‘n Cheese (fusilli, Twin Brooks cream, mozzarella, Tillamook cheddar in a crock topped w/bread crumbs, browned in oven) opt for Italian sausage mixed in, Spaghetti & Meatballs (bison/pork, house marinara), Pink Vodka Penne or Chicken Cacciatore (over roasted red pepper linguine).

A major + is the beer list. Can you say LOCAL?  They will always have Chuckanut Brewery’s Kolsch (my favorite – see Tuesday’s Kolsch night), Leavenworth Whistling Pig, Yakima Craft Brewery Pale and others.  Reds and whites will vary. The wines are pricey and the Townshend Cellars “Table” Blend disappointing at $9 for a small glass. I would be a regular for Thurston Wolfe caliber wines!

I hope they keep their menu small and varied with the season. I like small plates and large plates,  local sources of good wine and cold beer (see Du Jour Bistro & The Vines – they set the bar). 7-29-10

The Table

360-594-6000     100 North Commercial St     M 11-5 T-Sat 11-9

Setting ‘The Table’ @ Bellingham Pasta Company

Update: see The Table Bellingham

Some call it noodles and some call it pasta. I think it depends whether your upbringing had ethnic influences. Pasta is Italian food. Noodles is what everyone else calls the wonderful strands and shapes of wheat dough. In NY and NJ, it was called pasta. Period. And there were so many Italian restaurants, it was impossible to choose. Unless. Unless the pasta was freshly made. Those restaurants won hands down.

And so I am waiting patiently for the opening of Bellingham Pasta Company’s restaurant ‘The Table”. I was driving by the corner of Champion and Commercial last week (old Pacific Cafe space sob sob I still pester Robert Fong). Someone was sitting outside the open door. I chanced a shout out the car window hoping the restaurant was serving. “3 more weeks… maybe”. They will have a retail shop and restaurant in the space.

And so I am waiting patiently. 7-14-10

Bellingham Pasta Co.

360-303-8435  Katie Hinton     360-441-7855  Anna Rankin