Restaurant News & Reviews

Bellingham restaurants offer a world of specials

Patrons watch the Tour de France on television at Mount Bakery in 2005, when the restaurant began offering cycling enthusiasts to watch the race together.
Patrons watch the Tour de France on television at Mount Bakery in 2005, when the restaurant began offering cycling enthusiasts to watch the race together. The Bellingham Herald

Get your taco Tuesday fill at the three Jalapeños Family Mexican Restaurants at 2945 Newmarket Place, 501 West Holly and 1007 Harris Ave.

Their Facebook page notes Big Mamas happy hour price all day with $1.50 tacos and $3 chica margaritas all day.

Tour de yum

The next best thing to being in France for the Tour de France bicycle race is watching the race at The Mount Bakery cafe, which is showing the race every morning until July 24.

Every race day the cafe at 308 W. Champion St. will open at 5 a.m. with fresh pastries arriving at 6 a.m. and full menu available at 7 a.m. The bakery’s Facebook page notes the race runs until approximately 9 a.m., depending on how fast the racers pedal.

Happiness Hour

Have you checked out the patio at the Colophon Cafe, 1208 11th St.? It offers great viewing for the outdoor movies on the Village Green, and a sunny place for Sunday brunch, according to its Facebook page. The patio also is a great place to take part in “Happiness Hour” from 3-6 p.m.

Summer salad

FatPie Pizza, 1015 Harris Ave., offers up Grilled Chicken Caprese as the salad of the summer. Its Facebook page says it’s the perfect balance of lightness and substance. Mixed greens, fresh roma tomatoes and basil, and white balsamic pesto drizzle bring brightness, while sliced grilled chicken and mozzarella will satisfy your hunger.

Mediterranean event

Giuseppes’s Al Porto, 21 Bellwether Way is holding a wine dinner Sunday, July 24, featuring the wines from the islands of Sicily and Sardenai.

The first of six courses of Mediterranean dishes will be served on the patio facing Bellingham Bay. The main course features swordfish and blackened ahi tuna.

Make reservations for the 6 p.m. event at or call 360-714-8412.

New Hilltop coordinator

Danielle Byrum, a longtime Bellingham resident with six years of experience in catering events, has been named catering and events coordinator for Windows on the Bay Events and Hilltop Restaurant and Catering.

She handles bookings and event planning for Windows on the Bay Events, a waterfront site for social and business gatherings at 2625 Harbor Loop Drive in the Bellingham Yacht Club building. She also oversees off-site events for Hilltop Restaurant and Catering.

“We handle many weddings, but also assist clients with fundraisers, open houses, office parties, business meetings and family gatherings,” Byrum said.

Wine Spectator awards

Wine Spectator’s 2016 restaurant awards include two local restaurants: The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive and The Steak House at the Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa. Wine Spectator’s website says the awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.

The Oyster Bar’s wine strengths are listed as California, Washington, France and Oregon. The restaurant at 2578 Chuckanut Drive, Bow, offers a selection of 615 wines with prices listed as moderate.

The Steak House, at 4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale, was cited as offering 620 selections with moderate prices, with strengths in Washington, California and French wines.

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