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Jun 8, 2014 10:19 PM

A Bellingham driveby report

On our way back from Portland, we were able to stop at a couple of spots in sunny Bellingham. First we hit Kulshan's to try some beer and a food truck. Alas it wasn't the food truck listed so we demurred -- nothing against cheesesteaks! The beer sampler was well priced and showed off Kulshan's wares nicely, and their patio is a good spot to while away an hour. Loved the 75 cent whole peanuts and the fact that the whole place save just at the bar welcomes kids.

We pushed on to Old World Deli which looked lovely but wasn't quite the ticket for us that day either. Just down the street we found what we desired: the butifarra sanguche and a couple of sides at Café Rumba. We washed them down with a maracuya (passionfruit) juice. Side of potato came with the sandwich, the choclo or Peruvian corn was fun to try. Some pix: sampler, front door, and peanuts at Kulshan; interior, butifarra outside and in, choclo at Café Rumba.

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  1. Well done, GE !

    So the BBQ truck isn't always at Kulshan ? Cheesecake truck beside a brewpub ? .... un-orthodox ! :-)

    Another BBQ truck is Bare Bones BBQ, by default on N. State at the Applied Digital Imaging parking lot Mon to Fri:

    Saturdays on Meridian & Smith. But the Urbanspoon info is out-of-date and incorrect (never on Hannegan anymore). Kelly's a good guy and puts a lot of heart into what he does.

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    1. re: LotusRapper

      Apparently not. And the truck that was there had cheesesteak sandos, not cheesecake. Time to get the eyeglass prescription checked, LR? ;-)

      I like bbq but the SO isn't such a fan. And it was a Wednesday...

      1. re: grayelf

        Doh !!!! I obviously made a 'spectacle' of myself .........

      2. re: LotusRapper

        Kelly can also be found out at Noon Road and Mt. Baker Hwy. Agreed on the good guy - he smoked a prime rib for us several Christmases ago.

        StreatFood is also at Kulshan, and both Bare Bones and StreatFood can now be found at Wander Brewery on Ohio near Cornwall. They are both good with the updates on Facebook as to their whereabouts.

        1. re: cmvbbay

          I smell a future BBQ Smoke-Off between JT's and BareBones :-D

          BB now has a table + chairs, sure beats eating in my car and getting all messy:

          BTW, here's the food vendors schedule at Kulshan:

          1. re: cmvbbay

            It was Streatfood that was scheduled to be at Kulshan the Wednesday we went and our main reason for stopping. Will deffo try to find them next time we're in B'ham.

            1. re: grayelf

              We tend to go to Streatfood at Kulshan on Saturdays when the gyro is available. I've been addicted for 3 years now. They have them on Fridays and Saturdays. Hard to get to Samuel's in Ferndale for Friday lunch, but they've recently been at Wander on Friday nights.

        2. Nice! Going to Bellingham in a couple weeks! Will have to check this out. Also love Rocket donuts there...

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          1. re: chung006

            Do the downtown store of Rocket Donuts. The Fairhaven store gets all theirs sent over from downtown ..... not as fresh.

            1. re: chung006

              We are fans of Johnny's donuts on Cornwall. Nice people, but only open Wednesday through Saturday. When they sell out, they shut the door. On National Donut Day, they made 200 dozen and closed at 9:00 AM.

              1. re: cmvbbay

                Wow thx. I had no idea that was a donut shop, I guess I drive by too quickly (incumbent of having BC plates ;-) ) and always thought that's a coffee hut:


                Will check 'em out next time, if I get there early 'nuff.

                1. re: LotusRapper

                  Johnny's is up for sale. I don't know how fast it may sell, but they are looking to move onto other projects. Good people.