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Bellingham restaurants - any great foodie & ambiance recs?

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Our group of 7 girls will be heading down to the Bellingham area for an annual golf getaway. Any suggestions for restos near the Hotel Bellwether that have both great food & ambiance? We have 2 mid-week evenings open and so far I'm thinking - Tivoli, Giuseppe's, either Anthony's (is one better than the other?) or maybe Pacific Cafe. No real budget issues - thankfully, some where fun and with excellent food. Many thanks for any suggestions!

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  1. Pacific Cafe is closed (for a couple of years now, actually). I think Tivoli is by far your best bet in this town. Guiseppe's is fine for happy hour, but I think it's overpriced and kind of boring for meals. It's certainly not foodie-food; they definitely fall back on blah-veggies-on-the-side-of-protein. There is one place in town that consistently makes my "I'm ALWAYS ready to go there" list: Soy House, just off of Bakerview, by Cordata. Top notch Vietnamese prepared with real love and care in a spotless, hospitable little place. It's in a strip mall, but the food is stand out good (try the banh mi!) and the service is excellent. It would be an great place to do apps, entree and dessert, with vietnamese coffee and wine. Lots of bang for the buck.

    It would also be fun to hit Quel Fromage, grab some lovely cheese, wine and nibbles, and have some quality girl time in the hotel or out along the water somewhere.

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    1. re: Vetter

      Terrific! Thanks for your comments. I especially love the idea of Quel Fromage!

      1. re: sundogcat

        btw, any thoughts on either Anthony's or the Harbourside Bistro?

        1. re: sundogcat

          Both Anthony's & the Harborside Bistro are decent, though I wouldn't consider them foodie destinations. Harborside Bistro has better food but it is pricier.

    2. Prospect Street Cafe has been consistently good over six or so visits. Similar vibe as Tivoli, but the food is more adventurous. Downtown, across the street from the Whatcom County Museum. They are only open Wed - Sun for dinner.
      www.prospectstreetcafe.com