Great Experience at the Oyster Bar in Bellingham
I was recently in Bellingham, Washington, and I made an unexpected stop at The Oyster Bar (http://www.theoysterbar.net/) restaurant south of town. While it isn't convenient to walk to, it is worth the drive! I was with my uncle who originally called it "The Oyster Shack." Being from Connecticut, I envisioned a place where you order at a counter, sit at a picnic table, and then eat fried seafood from a red and white checked paper fry container. Boy was I surprised!
We sat down to one of the most gorgeous views I've seen in a while, at a really lovely table with a rose and a white linen table cloth and were greeted by one of the friendliest waiter I've ever had.
I don't even know where to begin. EVERYTHING was wonderful. We shared a bowl of lobster bisque, which was divine (though I was surprised to see it pureed). The rolls were wonderful and steamed when you broke into them. We received kumquat sorbet with champagne between courses.
I order the fried oysters. They came with a green apple aioli which worked really well with the salty crunchy oily oysters. The oysters were huge (you only got maybe 6) and crusted in panko. They came on some really buttery vegetables.
Anyway, though really expensive, this was totally worth it! Give it a try!
Hi, lucia: "[I]t isn't convenient to walk to..."
There's the understatement of the month! Chuckanut Drive is possibly *the* most dangerous stretch of road in the state for pedestrians--it's only marginally safe to get to the resto from its own parking spots.
The food and view are well worth a little danger, though.
Ain't that the truth !
But just pay attention, keep your eyes on the road (no talking on the you-know-what) and keep your speed down and you'll be fine. I've done the drive in both directions probably upwards of 100 times and it's only ever made me nervous in very heavy rain at night with slick road surface and poor visibility (and usually I'm more concerned about the oncoming traffic than my own driving).
Good to hear an updated report of Oyster Bar, it's been a long time since I was there.
" I envisioned a place where you order at a counter, sit at a picnic table, and then eat fried seafood from a red and white checked paper fry container ..... "
For that experience you'd need to drive a bit further down Chuckanut Drive to Burlington, then west along SR20 towards Anacortes, then swing south still on SR20 towards Deception Pass, where you will find Sweet D's Shrimp Shack: