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Jacci's Fish & Chips in Bellingham, WA?

miss.foodie Oct 15, 2010 11:59 PM

Just curious if Jacci's is any good or is it overrated? I can't seem to find any mention of it here on CH but I read rave reviews on other sites. I'm a hound from Calgary, AB and will be in the Bellingham area on a Friday morning to mid-afternoon in Nov. I travel to Vancouver, BC multiple times a year and will also be visiting Portland, OR later on during this trip.

I'm looking for a must-try place for either breakfast or lunch in the Bellingham area. I don't mind if it's a hole-in-the-wall kind of place or even a food truck. Jacci's caught my eye because of all the rave reviews...

Any comments or suggestions you have would be much appreciated.

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  1. Freida RE: miss.foodie Oct 16, 2010 02:43 PM

    That's the place in the double decker bus? We've never actually eaten there, as we're always on our way to Flats (www.flatstapas.com), less than a block away. The fish and chips smell good, but when it's raining (as it so often is) I don't really feel like sitting outside to eat.

    Besides Flats, our other B'ham go-to is La Fiamma pizza on Railroad, or Boundary Bay Brewery if we can get in.

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      reliablersk7obert RE: miss.foodie Oct 16, 2010 06:30 PM

      For breakfast wehre the locals go, 3 choices. Old Town Cafe on Holly St by the bay, Harris St cafe in Fairhaven near 11th and Harris, south side of Bham, and Diamond Jim's on Meridian near Broadway where they serve lumberjack sized breakfasts. Bon Apetite

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        miss.foodie RE: reliablersk7obert Oct 16, 2010 09:05 PM

        Thank you both for the suggestions. I guess the fish & chip bus must be a tourist trap as it seems like no local hounds have ever eaten there, nevermind rave about it.

      2. puzzler RE: miss.foodie Oct 18, 2010 12:03 PM

        Shrimp Shack, 1200 Cornwall (corner of Chestnut)

        Best Fish & Chips in Bellingham!


        Rhodes Cafe, 1046 Lakeway (next to Costcutter supermarket)

        Best breakfast in Bellingham!

        1. Vetter RE: miss.foodie Oct 24, 2010 02:55 PM

          I'm just up the road from Jacci's and my fella gets takeout there once in a while in the summer. He says "it's ok, it's just Sysco food". That sounds accurate to me.

          I think Diamond Jim's isn't unique to the area. Old Town is VERY hamster-ish, as is Little Cheerful. Or The Mount Bakery. Or the Bagelry. An onion bagel with lox and cream cheese? A really, really good bagel? NOM.

          I hope you enjoy our town!

          Little Cheerful Cafe
          133 E Holly St, Bellingham, WA 98225

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            miss.foodie RE: Vetter Oct 24, 2010 05:52 PM

            Thanks for confirming that Jacci's is meh. I certainly didn't come all the way to eat Sysco-like food! How is the soft serve at Jacci's? Probably no worth trying either? Some people raved about the soft server on another site.. but I tend to trust the recommendations and reviews here on CH more. Should I head to Mallard Ice Cream instead if I'm looking for a dairy treat?

            Mallard Ice Cream
            1323 Railroad Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225

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              Vetter RE: miss.foodie Oct 28, 2010 04:18 PM

              I have no idea about Jacci's soft serve, but Mallards is a YES. Yes, yes, yes.

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                sasha1 RE: miss.foodie Nov 30, 2010 10:49 AM

                I disagree that it's meh. We eat there a few times each summer, and their goods are good. Particularly recommend their salmon fry, which is not something you see everywhere. Pretty tasty. Soft serve, I don't know much about - not my thing. But you won't be disappointed in Mallards. I do second Vetter's other suggestions - we'll have to agree to disagree on the fish bus :)

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              kennyw RE: miss.foodie Oct 26, 2010 10:37 PM

              Try the Copper Hog for lunch! They have several pretty tasty dishes plus all the normal pub fare.

              They have a website I think its thecopperhog.com

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                laurachow RE: miss.foodie Nov 10, 2010 09:11 AM

                The clam chowder at Jacci's is excellent! Made fresh every day and they sometimes sell out. If you go, don't miss the chowder! Also, there is very (and I mean very!) limited seating inside. So you can sit in there on a rainy day. It's not a tourist trap, lots of locals eat there.

                The fish/chips are good, but basically the same as you can get at most fish/chips places. They do offer halibut and maybe salmon, in addition to the usual cod fish/chips. Also a nice touch.

                The best deal is fish/chips at Shrimp Shack because you can order double fish and get enough for two for something like $11. Great deal. But, they aren't anything spectacular, either.

                I don't think I've had any spectacular fish/chips, yet. If it is specifically fish/chips in Bellingham that you are looking for, you can check out this previous post:

                For ice cream, that's a no-brainer. Go to Mallard.

                Shrimp Shack
                1200 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225

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                  laurachow RE: miss.foodie Nov 10, 2010 09:26 AM

                  PS: There is good buzz about this food truck in Ferndale. I haven't eaten there, yet, but hope to soon!


                  For breakfast or lunch I'd try any of these: Bagelry, Little Cheerful, Mount Bakery, The Fountain Bistro, La Fiamma (if you want pizza).

                  Little Cheerful Cafe
                  133 E Holly St, Bellingham, WA 98225

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                    miss.foodie RE: laurachow Nov 17, 2010 10:29 AM

                    Thanks to you all for the suggestions. The food truck (Streat Food) in Ferndale really caught my eye... I had my heart set on trying it this Fri. but it looks like it's not meant to be... According to their twitter site, it looks like they are closed this week because they are still trying to sort out personal stuff from the past week (read that their house had burnt down... so sad). Guess I'll have to keep them in mind for my next trip in the area...

                    I didn't have my heart set on f&c... just thought the Jacci bus was sort of like a food truck/cart and would be neat to try out. I may still stop by Jacci's to have some chowder...

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