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Jul 16, 2008 07:15 AM

Seattle to Vancouver, BC

What are some good lunch options off of I-5? Anything worthy of a 15 minute detour on our way up and back?


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  1. In Lynnwood, there's a Kirirom for Cambodian. Very nicely executed. Right off I-5.

    In Everett, there's Pasteur for above-average pho with a selection of banh xeo, etc. Right off Highway 99.

    Both of these should be pretty nice for lunch. Of course, there are many Korean places on Highway 99 around Shoreline and Edmonds, but that's even closer to Seattle. There's not too much past Everett until Bellingham. But by then you might as well go to Vancouver.

    1. Everett has the Depot Smokehouse - great barbeque. Near the train station, obviously.

      The Conway Pub is known for its fried oysters and burgers, and is easy to get to from the freeway.

      Mount Vernon has Thai House, Poor Siamese, Pacioni's Pizzeria and the Porterhouse all available for lunch downtown, depending on your mood. We are also very well supplied with taco wagons here.

      The Burlington Cafe has excellent organic/local food, and makes great sandwiches.

      1. For a scenic detour, try the Rhododendron Cafe on Chuckanut Drive. Their constantly changing menu is currently serving Northwest summer fare:

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        1. re: Roo

          I don't think I knew the Rhody did lunch. They're a bit of a drive out, but a lot of fun. Good wine list, too.

        2. Unless you're going to the Lynden/Aldergrove crossing, you're going to be sitting in a long, long line at the border in your car. You might consider packing a lunch or grabbing a takeout sandwich (one that will survive a couple of unrefrigerated hours) from one of the aforementioned places in or close to Seattle. (Banh Xeo are great for this purpose, though I'd still throw them in a small cooler with a couple of cold bottles of water and an ice pack to keep the pickled veg from going too funky.)

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          1. re: terrier

            We may go across via Lynden or even Route 9. Depending on the time and how early we start, we may make a side trip to Mt. Baker. Of course, if there was a little lunch spot near Mt. Baker, that would seal the deal.

            1. re: scscr

              Milano's, in Glacier - enormous plates of great Italian food!

          2. There's a very good little barbecue in Burlington. Right where the road to Sedro Woolley takes a 90 degree turn. Also, the food co-op in Mt Vernon has a nice cafe.

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            1. re: PAO

              Do you mean Double Barrel BBQ (at the corner of Burlington Blvd and Hwy 20)? They burned down last year...

              1. re: Freida

                Don't know the name, and as I recall, it went through a few names. It was sort of a shack with picnic tables and peanut shells on the floor. if they're gone, I'm sorry to hear it. It was always a good place to stop going to or coming back from Mt Baker.