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Outdoors, food a delicious mix

Summer in Whatcom County can be an unpredictable creature, but don’t let that cramp your summer eat-ing. The county has loads of outdoor-eating options to take advantage of this unusually warm, idyllic weather. So eat up while the sunshine lasts.


Summer hours: Monday to Friday 3 p.m.-midnight, Saturday and Sunday 9 p.m.-midnight

If you can’t afford a Caribbean vacation, you can always try a Caribbean meal. Bite into the curried avo-cado, fried plantains or coconut prawns for good island eats. Pair the tropical fare with a mangorita and a cool summer breeze through the restaurant’s easy-open façade, and maybe you won’t need a vacation when you’re done.

MALLARD ICE CREAM1323 Railroad Ave.734-3884

Hours: Monday to Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Nothing can bring a smile to your face on a summer day like an ice cream cone melting slowly under the sun. With its garage-door-style front and spacious, mod interior, Mallard offers a prime spot to relish some of itsmore unusual flavors of ice cream. Top your cone with a taste of white Russian, vanilla black pepper or basil ice cream, or go for the classic vanilla and chocolate.

If dairy doesn’t do it for you, try one of their ices in a refreshing flavor such as strawberry rose. And when one scoop isn’t enough, pints are available to enjoy at your leisure.

STEPHANI’S BEACH CAFÉ7878 Birch Bay Drive, Birch Bay371-3724

Hours: Summer Monday to Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Take a seat on the patio overlooking Birch Bay and enjoy some casual, beachy meals in the sunshine. Soak up the relaxed atmosphere with the restaurant’s myriad seafood options, from clams and mussels to halibut and chips; co-owner Eric Smith recommends the Cajun fish tacos. Stay cool with a tart margarita or an icy beer and savor the view.

JACCI’S FISH-N-CHIPSHarris Ave.733-5021

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Monday

A classic double-decker bus meets classic English fare at Jacci’s. The simple menu features Alaskan hali-but, cod and king salmon served with coleslaw and garlic-seasoned fries. Enjoy your meal on the spacious patio in front of the bus, or seek shelter in a small, attached gazebo if the weather doesn’t cooperate.