A Bellingham Foodie Blog Restaurant Reviews Bellingham Washington 98225

November 18, 2009

Super Mario Foods – Not a Truck

Heads up – one of my favorite food trucks now has a building to serve its customers in! Super Mario Foods opened the beginning of the month and the parking lot has been packed since. Clue: very good sign of freshness and business. Who wants to go?

They serve traditional Salvadoran cuisine. A signature dish is pupusas: thick tortilla stuffed with meat, beans or cheese. The burrito is called a ‘Wonder” with many filling choices and ditto for fajitas. It’s the same kitchen the food for the TRUCK is made, so it will be good. Visit the website and print the coupon and GO!

3008 Northwest Ave, Bellingham     888-499-3646     Mon-Sun 11-10

November 16, 2009

Fiamma Burger

Fiamma Fiamma Fiamma. You want a pizza? Go to Railroad & Chestnut. You want a burger? Go to Railroad & Holly.

I visit often. The menu seems to expand each time. I’m sitting here looking at an old menu. They’ve added kids deals, Hempler dogs, junior sizes, chili and my favorite – salmon burger. I haven’t tasted a better one yet. Combined with sweet potato fries it is a perfect meal for me. Sometimes I admit to CRAVING it. AND everyone in my family can find something they like. Although pizza is always king with my kids, burgers and dogs are not far behind.

I am particular, though, and so is Fiamma. The beef is Misty Isle Farms, the salmon is wild Alaska Sockeye, the dogs are Hempler’s all-natural beef, the buns are homemade, the greens are local & organic. And they have a zero waste policy. I have a 3 gallon can – working on it.

If you are looking for meatless days, options would be their excellent veggie burger and the sides.  Heck, a gourmet meal for me would be the onion rings and sweet potato fries. Done.

You’ll soon see us at Fiamma Burger.

Fiamma Burger
360-733-7374     1309 Railroad Ave, Bellingham
M-Th 11:30-9:30  F-Sat to 11pm  Sun 12-9:30

November 12, 2009

Bowl ‘n Roll – Back East BBQ

The options and variations never end – it still tastes SO good. Bowl ‘n Roll has included its Farmer’s Market specials to its menu. I’ve sampled most of them and always come away with a surprised smile. Soo good! How does she do that??

  • Jamaican Jerked Chicken – 1/2 chicken
  • Texas BBQ Beef Brisket – 1/2 lb
  • Smoked Ribs – oh how I loved ribs when I was pregnant…I was a regular at Pal’s Cabin in West Orange, NJ.
  • Persian Lamb & Beef Kabob – I’ve had the vegan version of this: mushroom & yam at the Farmer’s Market – excellent!
  • Cuban Pulled Pork Sandwich
  • BBQ Brisket Sandwich

I’ve eaten BBQ at Bowl ‘n Roll, Speak Ez’s Memphis BBQ and Bayou on the Bay. They are all delicious, especially since each BBQer has there own recipes. It all depends what you’re in the mood for…which reminds me of the Bacon Explosion BBQ. There are no words.

Bowl ‘n Roll Back East BBQ
360-733-9355     207 E Holly St, Bellingham
M-F 11:30-8;  Sat @ Bellingham Farmers Market 10-3

October 28, 2009

Bloom Bellingham

I’ll eat most any kind of food – I thrive on variety. Sometimes I like to eat a LOT of vegetables. And to meet this desire, vegan options abound in Bellingham. However, the detective work involved can be tiring. Are there animal products in this dish, in this dressing, etc. Now I can walk in to Bloom and order carefree.

The owner, Justin Bilancieri, hearkens from Marlboro, MA and more recently from Colorado. His roots are New England where the ole saying goes:  use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without. The original reduce, reuse, recycle! So it seems apropos his restaurant is vegan. Veganism is a diet/lifestyle excluding animal products. A vegan is concerned about animal welfare, the environment and human health. In particular, the practices of factory farming and animal testing. Now back to your regularly scheduled review…

Justin has created a comfortable atmosphere from the old Kendrick’s billiards space. There are picnic tables, community dining tables, plush seating and bar stools in the front of the restaurant. Shelves filled with books on varied subjects (engineering, food, art) divide the space. He will create a music/art venue in the restaurant; there are two stages. Sitting here was almost like being at home. It is open and comfy with a kitchen attached where I can watch men preparing a meal for me. See my happy face? And with free wi-fi, Bloom is an office away from home.

You can’t go wrong ordering anything from the menu. Even though Tom calls vegan meals food’s food. I ate a raw tomato cucumber coconut soup with a salad and quinoa bowl. The quinoa spiced with curry and dill. The salad is a superfood salad with kale, collard, chard, mixed greens, cabbage and carrots with their superfood dressing. What a serving! The heat from the quinoa warmed the greens and the combo was delicious. I could eat it daily. Tom had the sun dried tomato hummus platter ( the soup came with his meal) with a superfood salad. The hummus serving was huge and it was adorned with carrot spears and cucumber rounds. We’ve eaten hummus for decades and this was the best – except for *MIL’s, of course!

Dessert was a  raw shortbread with a smear of raw dark chocolate. It was our antidote for an evening of wine from across the street. Bing, you are now again energized! Along with hazelnut chocolate coconut ice cream we were too happy.

The menu (PDF) changes along with the seasons, and so do the business hours. Be sure to call/check the website for updates.

*MIL = mother-in-law

Bloom Vegan Restaurant, Bellingham WA

360-733-2381     1320 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham
Thur-Sat  11am – 9pm (varies)

October 2, 2009

Bloom Vegan Restaurant, Bellingham

Bloom is a new restaurant that will be opening this year. So what? Lots of restaurants open every year? Well, not vegan restaurants, and in Bellingham to boot! A Community Food Coopster told me it will be located on Cornwall Avenue in the old Billiards space (across the street from The Vines).

Vegan/Vegetarian. PERFECT. Although there are many places to eat in Bellingham that serve vegetarian options, it can get a little dicey if you’re concerned about cross contamination the way a vegan or gluten free diner would be. So a restaurant serving exclusively vegetarian meals could address this concern.

I will be sampling the menu when they open. I do eat poultry and fish, but I thrive on veggie meals – light, filling and easily digested keeps me going. And I have a LOT going.

Bloom  (restaurant)   1320 Cornwall Ave Bellingham WA

Update:  Gluten-Free Doctor reports Bloom had a soft opening October 13th. It will be open Tuesdays thru Fridays 8am-2pm and on Fridays it will reopen as a lounge at 5pm.

Update 10/2009: Been visiting Bloom on a regular basis.. super foods, super greens, super comfortable. Enjoying the big tables and wifi as well. They have posted their daily menu on their new website – so check it out BloomBellingham.com.

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