Restaurant News & Reviews

Best Bite: Take Dad on a downtown Bellingham ‘food crawl’

You want to spend the day with Pop on Father’s Day, right? Here’s a fun way to do it: Explore downtown Bellingham on a “food crawl.” Following is a suggested itinerary, but feel free to modify it to suit yourself and Dad. Downtown teems with museums, climbing walls and activities to suit your tastes. Walk, take the bus, ride your bikes — or a combination of these. A day pass for the Whatcom Transportation Authority is $3, offering unlimited rides (check schedules at

Breakfast: Old Town Cafe

Start your day at the raucous and venerable Old Town Cafe near the Bellingham waterfront. This place is always hoppin’ and you might need to wait for a table, so bring a dad-themed book he can read to you — such as “Fortunately the Milk” by Neil Gaiman, “What Dads Can’t Do” by Douglas Wood or the classic Dr. Seuss “Hop on Pop.” Order the No. 10, two whole grain buttermilk hotcakes and get them with blueberries and maple syrup.

Afterward, take the behind-the-scenes library tour from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 20, at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Or hike the trail along Whatcom Creek to Whatcom Falls Park. Hail bus No. 512 or No. 525 on Lakeway Drive for the trip back downtown.

•  316 W. Holly St.,

, 360-671-4431

Lunch: Taco Truck

Super Mario’s restaurant in the Birchwood area has a mobile site, too. It serves Salvadorian food, which is a crisp twist on traditional Mexican street fare. Get the three taco plate with carne asada or the carne en salsa. Hang out at the folding tables, sipping a tamarind or orange soda. Now head for Fairhaven on the South Bay Trail.

•  Corner of North Forest and Ellis streets,

, 360-393-4637

Coffee: The Woods Coffee, Boulevard Park

By now, Dad needs a pick-me-up and you could use a hot chocolate. Enjoy the bayside vista and the afternoon sea breeze. Stop and play at the new playground or keep going to Fairhaven. Return to downtown on the No. 14 bus.

•  471 Bayview Road.

, 360-738-4771

Dinner: Fiamma Burger

You’ve worked up a good appetite, so get in line at Fiamma Burger, where traditional fast-food fare is served fresh and cafeteria style. Want something other than a burger and fries? They’ve got you covered with a pulled pork sandwich and various chicken, salmon and vegetarian options. Psst: Tell Dad to order his fries with chili and cheese.

•  1309 Railroad Ave.,

, 360-733-7374

Dessert: Mallard Ice Cream

Roll right next door to wash your dinner down with a cone (or a shake!) in one of Mallard’s fabulous flavors made from fresh, local ingredients. The menu changes frequently with treats such as licorice, chocolate espresso, strawberry and rosemary-lemon ice.

•  1323 Railroad Ave.,

, 360-734-3884