Good Foodie Spot in Bellingham/Fairhaven???
Anyone in Bellingham that can recommend a good foodie spot or great non-chain spot. I will be up there for the weekend but the only meal I will be having out is dinner on Saturday. If found a few spots:
Flats Tapas Bar
I have done the yelp.com thing and looked a local food blog, but any pointers from locals in Bellingham or people that have eaten around there would be great!
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I haven't yet been to Nimbus or Cliff House, but I can vouch for Flats. It's cozy, the food is reliably delicious (the anchovies on baguette, the lamb-stuffed piquillos and the grilled sausage sandwich are favorites), and the waitstaff are friendly and helpful and have great taste in wine. We've been there many, many times.
Another great spot is Tivoli on Commercial. Elegant food, well prepared, and really nice ambience. The short rib is one of my husband's favorite dishes anywhere. We like to go around the corner to the Temple Bar for a coffee afterwards.
My long, passionate reply was moderated right off the board, so I'll try again.
I think Nimbus is a waste of your time as a foodie. Food science tricks and good raw ingredients does not a wonderful meal make. I suppose if you want my full tirade, you can email me, but I bet that's what got my post deleted. And it's inaccessible, if that matters to you.
I think Tivoli is a wonderful place that is really deserving of a Saturday night out. It's on Commercial Street next to the Irish bar Uisce. The food is made with heart and care. I highly recommend the coq au vin, duck preparations, steak and wine specials.
I've heard wonderful things about Flats as well, but it's inaccessible.
Maybe check out Quel Fromage in Fairhaven for a snack or picnic? It's an exceptional cheese shop.
Big Fat Fish Co. is definitely Sysco food. I've been there a couple times as a guest of friends. It's a nice dinner out for people who aren't foodies/hounds.
If you want to stick to Fairhaven, you could also try the AW Asian Bistro just down the street. I've been underwhelmed by most of the noodle dishes I've had there, but the sushi has been very good, creative and neat to look at.
Two of my favorite places to visit when in Bellingham are:
Pepper Sisters (Southbound on State Street). They have been there for years and serve consistently good Southwestern food. Not fancy but lots of character. Sometimes there is a wait on weekends.
Le Chat Noir (12th and Harris, upstairs in the Sycamore Bidg.). This is a small bar and restaurant serving wine , beer, and mixed drinks along with excellent food. The bar is nearly always full. Get a seat by the window for a great view of Fairhaven Harbor.