With its mountains, lakes, beaches and woods, Whatcom County has plenty of attractions to offer its visitors. And for a culinary experience to match the outdoor splendor, the county has a wide variety of outstanding eateries waiting to tempt the taste buds.
119 N. Commercial St., 14th floor
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Hours: Monday to Wednesday 4 p.m.-Midnight, Thursday to Saturday 4 p.m.-1 a.m.
Located on the 14th floor of the Bellingham Towers, Nimbus’ fine cuisine and amazing view will make you feel miles above the city and show visitors what the county can create with local ingredients.
These innovative and beautiful dishes change seasonally, ranging from seared rare ahi tuna to vegetarian dishes such as crispy potato-wrapped tofu. Nimbus co-owner Josh Silverman suggests trying something new with the raw bar, which features oysters, tuna tartar and gazpacho.
CLIFF HOUSE RESTAURANT
331 N. State St.
Hours: Daily 4:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood setting, the Cliff House serves its food alongside a gorgeous view of Bellingham Bay. The whiskey crab soup is the item to try, though manager Chris Volker says the fresh halibut and wild salmon are also strong picks.
If seafood isn’t your thing, the restaurant offers a variety of steaks, as well as chicken and pasta dishes.
NORTH FORK BREWERY
6186 Mount Baker Highway, Deming
Hours: Monday to Friday 2 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon-9 p.m.
For a spot that utilizes its natural surroundings for views as well as ingredients, this brewery is the place to go. Found on scenic Mount Baker Highway, the North Fork offers up what co-owner Vicki Savage calls a scratch menu, where everything from the salad dressings and pizza crusts to the root beer are all made from scratch with local produce when available.
Must-have menu items include the generous house salad and the house meat pizza. Wash it down with a Bavarian wheat beer or an India pale ale, or root beer for the kids.