Northwest Washington weather can be a cruel mistress.
The gray, drizzly months can stretch on without end until you almost forget what the sun is like. And then July hits and the skies clear (usually after the Fourth), and the glorious spectacle that is summer in the Northwest begins.
Soak up those spirit-lifting sunny days and ask to be seated outside next time you go out to eat. Here are a few local restaurants where eating al fresco is a treat:
The Loft at Latitude 48.5
Located in the former Bayside Café spot, The Loft offers up a view of boats coming in and out of Squalicum Harbor. Take a seat on the deck or stay inside and enjoy the breeze from the roll-up doors while enjoying a mix of higher-priced seafood and more casual fare.
1801 Roeder Ave.
Keenan's at the Pier
Soak up the view of Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands at Keenan's at the Pier, in the Chrysalis Inn and Spa. Enjoy an afternoon in the sun and order from the more casual lunch menu, featuring salads, sandwiches and simpler dishes, or come for sunset and the more sophisticated dinner menu.
804 10th St.
Fairhaven Fish and Chips
If you've got a craving for fresh fish and chips on a sunny afternoon, you can't miss Fairhaven Fish and Chips, which serves seafood and ice cream out of a red double-decker bus. A fenced-in seating area full of picnic tables means there's plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy your meal while watching shoppers stroll by in the heart of Fairhaven.
1020 Harris Ave.
CJ's Beach House Restaurant
Take in a view of Birch Bay and listen to the waves from the deck of CJ's Beach House Restaurant. The menu offers plenty of options for burgers and seafood, so take advantage of the nice weather and eat them al fresco.
7878 Birch Bay Drive, Birch Bay
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