The bountiful waters surrounding Bellingham serve as inspiration for chefs throughout the county, many of whom draw from the depths to create stunning seaside cuisine.
THE OYSTER BAR ON CHUCKANUT DRIVE
2578 Chuckanut Drive, Bow
Hours: Daily, lunch 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., dinner 4 p.m.-10 p.m.
For a meal that takes you from the deep blue sea to the high heavens, The Oyster Bar is the place to go. Owner Guy Colbert recommends the Copper River King Salmon and the Alaskan King crab as two of his favorites, and hardest to find, dishes on the menu. And remember the myriad fresh oysters on the half shell.
ANTHONY’S HOMEPORT RESTAURANT
No. 25 Bellwether Way
Hours: Lunch 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily with dinner, Sunday to Thursday 4 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
With a spot right on the water, you know the fish has to be good. From rich crab fettuccini to grilled halibut cheeks, savor the meal and the view at this harborside eatery.
400 W. Holly St.
Hours: Monday to Thursday, Saturday 6 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 6 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Seafood without all the fancy stuff is Boss Tweed’s specialty. A simple menu of fish and chips will stem the tide of any seafood craving, and it won’t leave you with an empty wallet.
CHUCKANUT MANOR SEAFOOD AND GRILL
3056 Chuckanut Drive, Bow
Hours: Closed Mondays, lunch starts at 11:30 a.m., dinner Tuesday to Saturday 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-9 p.m.
To satisfy the yen for seafood — and plenty of it — spend Friday night at Chuckanut Manor. Starting at 5 p.m., the restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat seafood smorgasbord, replete with crab, prawns, scallops and many other things edible under the sea. For any other night, owner Pat Woodcock recommends the wild salmon, the Samish Bay oysters or the Manor Stew for a great marine-inspired meal.
THE BIG FAT FISH CO.
1304 12th St.
Hours: Lunch daily 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., dinner Sunday to Thursday 4 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Seafood dishes in all their varied forms grace the plates of this recently opened Fairhaven eatery. The popular Northwest seafood boil, crab cakes and summer fruit salad are dishes to try, or go global with Asian-inspired sushi rolls and fish tacos for a menu that’s as broad as the Pacific.