Ciao Thyme is a catering company which also features a café serving lunches from Tuesday through to Friday. A casual dining venue, guests can order from the counter and sit at family-style tables. This friendly café focuses on quality local and sustainable ingredients, creating monthly menus to highlight the finest seasonal products available. Recent offerings included the beef bahn mi sandwich featuring organic grass fed beef, pickled carrots, red onions, krimson lee peppers, lettuce, lemongrass mayo, plus cilantro on a hoagie roll and roasted tomato and pepper soup. With gluten free, dairy free and vegan options, everyone is sure to find something to tickle their taste buds. Check out Ciao Thyme’s website to learn about cooking classes and special dinners on offer.
Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St., Bellingham, WA, USA, + 1 360 733 1267
Owned by husband and wife duo John and Gina Russell, The Fork at Agate Bay specializes in contemporary American cuisine. Featuring classic dishes with a creative spin, the culinary team procures the freshest locally sourced ingredients, including organic and free range, for the seasonal menus. Within an inviting and casual environment, guests have a host of delectable items from which to choose, including fire-bread with shrimp, chorizo, serrano chilies, and manchego or herb and chevre stuffed chicken served with Tokyo turnips, breakfast radishes, fingerling potatoes and natural jus. Seeking to attract a wide range of tastes, they also feature vegetarian items and host weekend breakfasts and lunches.
The Fork at Agate Bay, 2530 N. Shore Rd., Bellingham, WA, USA, +1 360 733 1126
Brightly colored HomeSkillet is easy to find. Serving up generous portions of American cuisine to hungry diners since 2012, this fun café, complete with clown décor in the bathrooms, has been recognized as having the best breakfast in Bellingham. With so many appetizing options it’s easy to see why. Flavorsome options of note are the homemade cinnamon roll, French toast, pulled pork tater tot hash and eggs,; and the home skillet with home fries, scrambled eggs, a variety of veggies, and cheese. A small interior means diners may have to wait a while, but it is a wait that is undoubtedly worthwhile.
HomeSkillet, 521 Kentucky St., Bellingham, WA, USA, +1 360 676 6218
Strictly for those looking to satisfy their sweet tooth, Mallard Ice Cream is a fun spot specializing in the creamy frozen treat. Mallard Ice Cream has two locations in Bellingham, the downtown flagship store, which is open daily, and a seasonal ice cream stand. Using local and organic ingredients when available, hand processing those ingredients and using the ice and salt method, has allowed the team to make some of the best tasting ice cream around. There are traditional flavors, such as strawberry and super chocolate, as well as more unique flavors, including coconut lime and olive oil, plus tasty dairy free options,try the tamarind apricot ghost pepper ice.
Mallard Ice Cream, 1323 Railroad Ave., Bellingham, WA, USA, +1 360 734 3884
Founded in 2001, Mount Bakery is a delicious establishment with two locations: a downtown café featuring breakfast and lunch, and a bakery in the Fairhaven area, which serves a host of baked treats. A locally owned business that has garnered numerous awards, guests can expect nothing but the best ingredients, including locally sourced, organic fare. The café offers a host of sweet and savory items; from crêpes to waffles to egg dishes to sandwiches. One highlight is arguably ‘Bellingham’s best eggs benedict,’ which is a half of a Belgian waffle topped with ham, Swiss Emmental cheese, poached eggs, and hollandaise sauce. If looking for something a little sweeter, why not try the lemon curd crêpes topped with whipped cream and powdered sugar. As for baked goods, there are croissants, muffins, scones, and cinnamon rolls to name but a few.
Mount Bakery Café, 308 W. Champion St., Bellingham, WA, USA, +1 360 715 2195
Mount Bakery Fairhaven, 1217 Harris Ave., Bellingham, WA, USA, +1 360 778 1261