A Bellingham Foodie Blog Restaurant Reviews Bellingham Washington 98225

June 13, 2008

Cicchitti’s Pizza in Bellingham, WA

Pizza is a very personal food. Anyone I ask will have a favorite style pizza. Thick crust, thin crust, mozzarella cheese, mixed cheese, sweet versus sour tomato sauce. And don’t forget the extras!

My pizza memories began when Dad would give me $2 and my sister and I would walk down to the corner pizzeria at 38th avenue and Francis Lewis Boulevard in Bayside. We would each get a slice of pizza and have enough money left for Italian ices. And pizza has been a staple in my diet ever since.

Cicchitti’s Pizza tastes very much like those early memories: thin, crisp crust with a sour/spicy tomato sauce and mozzarella trails left hanging after a bite. It even drips a bit of oil when I fold it in half (the real way to eat a slice). And although the Bayside pizzeria had a linoleum floor, the wood floor at Cicchitti’s looks way better. They bake delicious calzones and strombolis, too. The salad bar is simple and fresh with crisp lettuce, black olives and pepperocini among the choices.

The kids and I really enjoy the atmosphere in its big wide open room and red/white striped table clothes. And when a server comes out with a meal they try to guess who’s order it is. I suggest numbers on the table. She touches her fingertips together and bounces her wrist in the old Italian gesture saying: Honor system, you know. Just like back in NY.

June 12, 2008

Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

Filed under: Bellingham Restaurants,restaurants — Tags: , — Bellinghamster @ 12:49 pm

It was lunchtime and raining. Again. See the date on this post? June 9. Raining and 54 degrees. Mother Nature needs to remind Heat Miser to visit Bellingham and give the East Coast people a break!

We went to Boundary Bay looking for two things: for it to live up to the recommendations and to liven the rainy day. Well. I think what might have gotten in the way was only 1server during the lunch rush and pub complacency.

The group ordered a kid cheeseburger, sweet & spicy red pepper chicken soup, smoked salmon chowder, spinach salad and a beef burger. The spicy chicken soup is an award winner, and it was delicious. My partner and I shared the spinach salad with its baked goat cheese medallion, cranberries and candied pecans. Excellent. The kid devoured her cheeseburger, chips, carrots and the garlic toast that came with the chowder. She was wholly satisfied with her meal. And the requisite crayons and coloring menu helped pass the time.

A patron just needs a simple, satisfying meal. Hot food hot, cold food cold. My partner sent back the chowder because it was not hot enough and quickly got a steaming bowl in return. My chicken soup was lukewarm, but I was hungry and ate it before realizing I should have opted for a steamy cup, too. The burger was ok (not hot). It’s bun was great – tasted like Ralf’s Bavarian.

A beer would have rounded out the meal. After all, everything seems better after a drink.

June 6, 2008

Calico Cupboard in Mount Vernon Washington

Filed under: restaurants — Tags: , , — Bellinghamster @ 2:29 pm

We’re looking to add to the family. NO, not more children; a dog. We went to visit the most adorable puppies on the face of the earth, doodles, in Mount Vernon. I can’t call them purebread because they’re a mix. I can’t call them mutts because their parents are purebreads. So they’re called doodles. Well, they were tons of fun and we left them to mull over which we loved the best.

We tried to decide over lunch at Calico Cupboard. I expected calico designs and cupboards of china and servers in pioneer garb, but it was simple country.

Our server was all nice and smiles and was patient while we tried to pick from the variety on the menu. To be perfectly honest, our eyes kept straying to the dessert cabinet. It reminded us of Serendipity in NYC. A place I fondly remember. My partner (pal back then) always let me get two desserts because I couldn’t decide.

We ordered kids’ mac and cheese, kids’ grilled cheese, clam chowder, beef and cabbage soup, and 2 half sandwiches (more variety, not more filling) of roast turkey and veggie avocado. And green salad. Well, the soup was perfect – too hot to eat first. Our salad was cold, crunchy and good. The soup was fresh and tasty. The roast turkey got a thumbs up from my girlfriend and my veggie avocado sandwich on thick homemade bread was great. The kids’ cheese dishes disappeared, and my sample of it was yummy.

We got dessert to go (a little pressed for time – always squeezing as much living into life we can). The kids ate monster sugar cookies in the car and I watched my girlfriend eat her pecan fudge pie with satisfaction (she shared while I drove back to Bellingham). I ate my slice after dinner later that night. It is, without doubt, one of the BEST pies I’ve ever eaten. Fresh, a little sweet, a little fudge, a little crunch. It was perfect.

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