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Apr 5, 2012 07:38 PM

road detours on drive to seattle?

looking for any chowworthy detours on the way south to seattle...vegetarian friendly, please.

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  1. the sumas crossing hilite is

    and then take chuckanut drive from bellingham to mt vernon

    at this time of year, there should be some tulips in the skagit valley

    check out La Connor - it's kitsch but still a bit cute.

    i remember going to a good bakery in arlington once.

    the rhododendron cafe in skagit valley used to be one of the Nw best places - don't know if it still exists or how it fares these days -- it is in Bow, WA

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    1. re: Georgia Strait

      Yup the Rhody Cafe is still there. Haven't eaten there for a long time since the last time we did the Tulip Festival in La Conner about 3-4 years ago, but memory serves they were v. good (not vegetarian tho', FWIW).

      1. re: Georgia Strait

        Is the dairy really worth a stop? I wonder if it is hormone free.

        1. re: Georgia Strait

          Edaleen Dairy has two stores, the main one in Lynden (just over the border from Aldergrove) and a 2nd one in Sumas (just over the border from Abbotsford). Their ice cream is really good, and the servings are generous for what they charge.

        2. In Bellingham there's:

          - Cafe Rumba! (newly opened on State St.)
          - Pepper Sisters (about 2 blocks south of Cafe Rumba!, opposite side of road)
          - Curry Cafe (off of Kellogg & Meridian)

          Further south, there's the Calico Cupboard in La Conner and Mt. Vernon who does brekkies and lunches well, with vegetarian options.

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          1. re: LotusRapper

            FYI: in Bellingham, there's Soy House--a Vietnamese place with awesome vegetarian options.

            Thanks for the La Connor heads up, looks like a fun place to stop...I'm open to spending the day elsewhere.

            1. re: 1newyorkguy

              Yes, I'm been advised by a fellow B'ham CH about Soy House that they have this unique Vietnamese wood-fired pizza with the cilantro pesto sauce. That got my attention.

          2. I'm a big beerhound so Boundary Bay brewing in Bellingham is a regular stop for a half pint and a bite. Pub food but is well executed.

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            1. re: kinnickinnik

              On brewing companies, there's also Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen on W. Holly, just northwest of downtown, right off the train tracks. They have an interesting, diverse menu, albeit gastropub-like. Of note is their locavore menu, a really cheal $5-ish "hoppy hour" menu, and a regular menu of pizzas, burgers/'wiches, soups/salads ...... made with care and good ingredients. The mac & cheese, & meatloaf, are really really good ..... I've been known to eat both in the same meal :-D

              For a casual (but refined) tapas/small bites repertoire, try The Temple Bar on Champion St, also downtown.

              And for similar, but even more refined (and +$), there's the Prospect Street Cafe (on Prospect Street, in case you were wondering), around the corner from The Temple Bar. Larger portions,

              1. re: LotusRapper

                Went yesterday. Rhody cafe was very cute and pretty good. I had a finnish pancake that was almost like a savory cheesecake, with berries on top; enjoyable. I really liked the Chuckanut drive from Bellingham to Bow..gorgeous, may have to look into living there--surely much much cheaper than living here.

                1. re: 1newyorkguy

                  Glad you had a good time and meal.

                  Yes that drive is great, but can be a bit white knuckles when the weather is crappy, esp. driving SB. But the view out to Samish Bay is priceless.

                  For future trips, here's a few more recs: