Restaurant News & Reviews

Best Bite: Take Mom out for Mother’s Day in Bellingham

Few holiday rituals are as de rigueur as the Mother’s Day brunch. It’s an American institution, so much so that many restaurants — such as The Table in downtown Bellingham — are offering a special menu aimed at drawing families for an early Sunday meal.

Whitney Pearce of Sudden Valley thoroughly enjoys Shuksan Golf Club, which has a catering service to handle golf tournaments, weddings and other special occasions at the public course on East Axton Road north of Bellingham.

“Had a great brunch there and beautiful views ... worth the drive,” Pearce said.

Chef Darcie Givens at Shuksan said Mother’s Day is one of two days (Easter is the other) when the catering staff offers meals not related to events at the golf course, where there’s a grill for golfers but no restaurant in the traditional sense. She wasn’t surprised to hear praise from customers like Pearce.

“We don’t cut corners here,” Givens said, noting that everything is made on the premises, from main courses to desserts.

Many people take Mom out to eat on this holiday in her honor, but some choose a special restaurant instead of the brunch. Doug Clark of Sudden Valley raves about The Fork at Agate Bay, a rustic little restaurant on the north shore of Lake Whatcom, where the staff uses local and organic ingredients to create imaginative dishes such as “firebreads” and apple-brined chicken.

For some of the most popular local brunch buffets, it may be too late to get a reservation at the last minute, although all had space available earlier this week. Here’s a selection of local buffets and restaurants to show mom your gratitude.

Shuksan Golf Club

The brunch menu this Sunday features herb-crusted prime rib ; bourbon and brown sugar glazed ham, and lemon chicken picatta. That’s in addition to traditional breakfast-brunch fare such as seafood quiche featuring Northwest salmon, Belgian waffles, Eggs Benedict, potatoes au gratin, scrambled eggs and assorted breakfast meats. Givens — whose specialty is pastries — says there will be a variety of desserts, including salted caramel cobbler and berry cobbler.

Brunch: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pricing: $24.95 adults; $22.95 seniors; children 11 and younger, $14.95; children under 6 free

Reservations: 360-398-8888 Online: Address: 1500 E. Axton Road

Chuckanut Manor

Mother’s Day features an “upscale” version of the restaurant’s Sunday brunch buffet that offers grilled oysters, cold poached salmon, roast beef, baked ham and traditional breakfast fare including an omelette station, crepes, assorted meats and potatoes, fruits and salads.

Brunch: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pricing: $32.95 adults; $15.95 children 5-12; children under 5 free

Reservations: 360-766-6191 Online: Address: 3056 Chuckanut Drive, Bow

Lighthouse Bar and Grill

There’s a salad station; a carving station featuring prime rib, cedar-planked wild salmon with a brown sugar and miso glaze, maple-glazed ham, and cider-brined pork loin; a seafood display with shrimp, crab legs, calamari salad, steamed clams and mussels, and seaweed salad. There’s also herb-roasted chicken with white bean cassoulet, and traditional breakfast offerings that include a Belgian waffle station, eggs, potatoes and breakfast meats.

Brunch: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pricing: $42.95 per person

Reservations: 360- 392-3200 Online: Address: Bellwether Hotel, 1 Bellwether Way

The Fork at Agate Bay

Only the regular menu is offered on Mother’s Day, including breakfast lunch and dinner.

For breakfast, try creamy polenta and eggs, featuring roasted red peppers, roasted garlic, mushrooms, pickled red onion, arugula, poached eggs ($10). At lunch, a pizza-like “firebread” boasts sausage and apple house-made sausage, carmelized onions, apples, curried almonds, and white Cheddar ($16). Dinner brings such delights as apple-brined chicken with butter-braised thumbelina carrots and Tokyo turnips, goat cheese gnocchi, natural jus ($24), or roasted red pepper linguine with oven-dried tomatoes, dry cured olives, oyster mushrooms, toasted hazelnuts, fried sage, blue cheese-Madiera cream ($22).

Hours: 8 a.m. to close Reservations: 360-733-1126 O nline: Address: 2530 North Shore Road

Over Easy

One of Bellingham’s newest restaurants serves breakfast with a side of sass that Mom’s sure to enjoy. Over Easy is the fifth location of an Arizona diner featured in the Food Network show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” It’s known for its homemade breakfast dishes such as chicken-fried steak, brioche French toast, caramelized banana & pecan French toast, and a waffle dog, which is a sausage on a stick dipped in waffle batter.

Hours: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Phone: 360-656-6585 Online: Address: 2430 James St.

Reach Robert Mittendorf at 360-756-2805 or