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,
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.
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.
the sumas crossing hilite is http://www.edaleendairy.com/
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