A Bellingham Foodie Blog Restaurant Reviews Bellingham Washington 98225

June 19, 2009

The Fork

The Fork. It conjures images of food. It will also conjure images of white table linens, muted lighting and soft moss colored walls.

Go ahead and take the drive to North Whatcom Lake. Enjoy the scenery, the winding road, the smell of green. At journey’s end, you will find a restaurant with touches of perfection. Solid wood floors, comfortable seating. 2 bars: 1 for imbibing and 1 for the wood fire cooking. And your server will be very nice and subtle in her attention to your needs. The table is kept clean – no tea bag pouches, no dirty dishes, never an empty coffee cup. The Fork serves Stumptown Direct Trade Coffee. My breakfast partner rated it a 7 out of 10. He gave  Moka Joe a 9+ and Starbuck’s a 5. You decide. I drank Mighty Leaf chamomile tea and was very pleased; an 8 to Spice Hut‘s 10.

Obviously, we went for breakfast. I ordered the Smoked Salmon & Baked Egg Sando in red onion, cucumber, tomatoes and yogurt dill sauce. It came gyro style and was delicious. Tom ordered the Daily Omelet with house potatoes and toast. The omelet had Italian sausage,  sun-dried tomatoes, baby spinach and manchego cheese. I was allowed a small taste – he thoroughly enjoyed it. What stood out with our meal were the flavor bursts. My salad had some stewed tomatoes and the sun-dried tomatoes in the omelet were very tasty. Tom’s omelet included ample whole gently-baked garlic cloves.

In fact, Tom very much liked The Fork and said we would be back. He doesn’t say that about very many places at all. It makes perfect sense once you know the restaurant’s he has worked/trained in.  He had humored me this morning by agreeing to play guinea pig with me,  but later noted that the wine list included his favorite Pinot Noir (Argyle) by the glass, which demonstrated  good taste as well as economic wisdom.  Needless to say I was relieved the experience didn’t dissappoint.  Tom did come away with a few mosquito bites… a wet morning on the north side of the lake, doors wide open for the fresh morning air. Or perhaps it was because of the fresh fruit berry compote he enjoyed.

Some other breakfast offerings at The Fork at Agate Bay are Biscuits & Country Gravy with 2 eggs, house potatoes; Georgia’s Peach-Stuffed French Toast with Russell’s Chantilly Cream. There’s more – including a large tray of morning breads/muffins/pastries. Visit and find out.

Stand-outs on the lunch menu are Curried Marcona Almonds, Nectarine & Strawberry Salad with organic greens, candied walnuts, manchego and balsamic vinaigrette. There is a Grilled Jerk Chicken Sandwich and a Wood-Fired Portobello Sandwich. The Fork makes what they call ‘Firebreads’: Sausage & Apple and “Mario & Luigi” (pepperoni or cheese).

What I would like to try for dinner on my next visit: Dungeoness Crab Cake-Potato Napolean, Nectarine & Strawberry Salad, and Cedar Plank Wild Salmon (sunchoke potato puree, wild mushroom & asparagus succotash with black pepper butter).

Breakfast 8-2pm, lunch 10-2pm and dinner 5:30 til closing.

See also “the Fork at Agate Bay“. Find it at the fork of Y and North Shore Roads in Bellingham.   733-1126

May 29, 2009

The Daisy Cafe Needs to Offer a Meal Plan

Filed under: Bellingham local,Bellingham Restaurants,local,Pacific Northwest,restaurants — Tags: , , , , , — Bellinghamster @ 9:48 pm

I was looking for comfort food this morning and my partner was looking for some company before the day’s work consumed HIM. The Daisy Cafe was the place.

I had eaten lunch with the children there, but was eager to sample breakfast. The space is bright and airy with tables and a counter. The counter is always a draw for us because we both love to watch the kitchen at work. We were impressed. This was not the typical kitchen. No griddle here – lots of flames going; each meal cooked from scratch.  All menu choices could be customized without anyone making a face. FRESH FRESH FRESH.

Our server was Chase and he was as sweet and sunny as the generous wedges of orange on our dishes. Our first question was if they had a meal plan for people who would like to eat here often. He laughed and said ‘Get a job here, that’s what I did!’

The menu had so many great choices: scrambles and frittatas, pancakes and their famous cinnamon orange french toast. I ordered the french toast and one scrambled egg and it was excellent. It went down very fast – good thing my partner had ordered something big enough to share:  the ‘Geneva – a scramble of eggs, chorizo, spinach, cheese and some secret ingredient that made it taste prefect (kidding on the secret ingredient). It came with well seasoned potatoes, delicious dark rye toast and home made Pico de Gallo. The Pico de Gallo was fresh and the best touch to flavor the scramble. The Daisy Cafe serves Tony’s Coffee for him and BIG individual pots of tea for me.

While we were there, Baker Drew made his first bagels and I had to get a taste. Bagels are a devil of a thing to get right. My partner made them in a past life  – mmm, I can smell them now. Drew did alright, just rose a little to high so there was no hole. Keep at it!! Toasted bagel sandwiches look good on the menu.

Since we will be returning, I glanced at the children’s menu:

The O’le Onsie – 1 pancake, 1 egg, 1 meat
The O’le Twosie – 2 famous cinnamon orange french toast
The O’le Cheesie – 2 scrambled w/American, potatoes and toast
The O’le Wellatleasthey’reating – a bowl of Post cereal w/milk
The O’le Plate of Fresh Fruit

I love a place with a sense of reality AND humor! Chase serves breakfast on the weekends. I told him we’d all be back and fill the counter…

114 W Magnolia   733-8996    open 7 days from 7:30-2

September 23, 2008

Torre Caffe Italiano

Filed under: local,Pacific Northwest,restaurants — Tags: , , , , , , — Bellinghamster @ 6:23 pm

Mary, I chose Torre Caffe Italiano as my birthday breakfast treat.

Beautiful Italian music wafted through the air outside the caffe; a traditional draw for street passerby. I sat outside in a wrought iron chair in the sun waiting for Wendy to share the experience.

We both ate the veggie breakfast meal: toasted rosemary english muffin with egg cheese tomato and pesto (no pesto for Wendy). It was simply the perfect taste and portion for breakfast (served by my mother, oops, Mary’s mother). I had a pot of Numi tea and Wendy had the best cup of coffee she’s ever had in Bellingham.

That should say it all.

The caffe is clean and cozy with warm earthy colors throughout. The best part for me is the owners’ Italian accent. I am in NYC again. Amen.

I will be going back to sample LUNCH (lasagna) and dessert (cannoli).

119 N Commercial St


September 5, 2008

The Old Town Cafe Bellingham

Hungry? Don’t know where to go? Old reliable is in downtown Bellingham and its name is Old Town Cafe.

Ever watch a debate team (NO, not presidential) fire pro and con stats? When Wendy and I are hungry and we are trying to decide where to eat, our exchange resembles just that. We are very serious about eating. She’s trying vegan with great results (feeling healthy and energized). So I copy a little – imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

The Kindergarteners are in school! What’s for brunch?! Eggs, homefries (slim red potato wedges spiced just right), black beans, tortillas are too good. Breakfast is served all day; lunch begins at 11am and the menu is extensive, varied. Many of the ingredients are organic and local. The atmosphere is very friendly and the decor polished painted clean old. Most times there’s a line, but it’s always worth the wait; just figure it into your time schedule. You will be rewarded.

PS You MUST try the jam on the table.

Q: What is it that makes people want to work the kitchen in this restaurant? It’s a fascinating watch – get a table with a kitchen view sometime.

316 W Holly St Bellingham

June 12, 2008

Arlis’s Restaurant Bellingham

I spent the entire morning playing. It’s hard work, but sometimes school volunteering is tough. And I got to take the 5 year old with me. She was hesitant once she stepped outside to 46 degrees and drizzle (on June 10?), but the trooper in her came out. She, too, believes in the hard work of play. We lucked out and the drizzle abated and she got to play floor hockey as much as she wanted. (It was Play Day at the Carl Cozier Elementary School.)

And then lunch time rolled around. She suggested a restaurant. She and I are going to enjoy being grown-ups together. Off we went to Arlis’s Restaurant where ‘Breakfast Anytime’ is the motto on their sign.

It is a diner in the true old fashioned sense. Simple, clean and good eats. They have lots to pick from on the menu. We ordered the chicken finger and fries and a Mariner Melt: tuna with grilled onions and mushrooms and cheese on grilled sourdough. I also got their homemade baked beans and a side of onion rings.

The kids’ food disappeared after a huge portion of onion rings. We really liked the onion rings (it was her first time). They were fresh with crunch to spare. Her chicken was spicy, just the way she likes it. My tuna melt was really delicious and hot. The homemade baked beans were excellent. They weren’t mushy and they tasted chocolaty and sweet with onions and small firm chunks of bacon. Very good.

Now, the placard next to the front door says ‘homemade pies’. Not going home without a taste of one. We picked cherry pie warmed with vanilla ice cream on the side (wasn’t sure how much would be shared). And, yes, this pie was homemade fantastic! The crust was light, flaky and latticed letting big delicious cherries pop through. It was nice and tart, and only a little sweet. Wonderful.

There was some left for at home sharing (and the takeout container was recyclable cardboard – not foam!). When we got home my partner was just taking a food break. What luck! The container was emptied right there and then. And I quote: ‘I just knew that Arlis’s would be a good place to eat. Are you going to write about it, or keep this one a secret?’ Well, now you know.

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