Restaurant News & Reviews

Aloha Poke opens in Fairhaven and other restaurant specials for summer nights

The Bellingham Herald

Three pizzas sit on the edge of the wood-burning oven at La Fiamma Wood Fire Pizza in downtown Bellingham.
Three pizzas sit on the edge of the wood-burning oven at La Fiamma Wood Fire Pizza in downtown Bellingham. The Bellingham Herald

Aloha Poke at 1102 Harris Ave. in Fairhaven is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The restaurant offers poke (pronounced po-kay), a Hawaiian-style of serving raw seafood salad, particularly ahi. The restaurant also will serve local fish over brown rice for lunch and dinner, co-owner David Jacobsen told The Bellingham Herald in June. Co-owner Mark Ushijima has a similar business in Hawaii, Jacobsen said.

Summer nights

Keenan’s at the Pier (inside The Chrysalis Inn & Spa at 804 10th St.) will be open until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights through the summer, according to Chris Caldwell Simpson, director of sales and marketing. That means you can stay for the whole sunset as you enjoy one of the best panoramic views of Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands. And happy hour is still 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Happy hour

EAT Restaurant and Bar is celebrating 6 months in business at 1200 Cornwall Ave. The restaurant features “American farm-to-table with a French twist” and has opened a patio at Cornwall and Chestnut streets.

EAT’s happy hour menu includes charcuterie with pâté and cured meats, Drayton Harbor oyster shooter (virgin or “Mexcal Bloody”) and roasted jerk calamari. Happy hours are 3 p.m. to 6 p.m Tuesday to Saturday and 9 p.m. to close Friday and Saturday.

Oenophile Club

Semiahmoo Resort, Golf and Spa has launched a $225-a-year Oenophile Club for wine-inclined residents of Washington state and British Columbia.

The program is inspired by Semiahmoo Resort’s Northwest Wine Encounter, an annual celebration of wine, food and lessons in enology with various winemakers from around the Pacific Northwest.

Club members receive an invitation for up to six wine tastings annually and advance notice of all vintner and winemaker dinner dates, along with a 10 percent discount when reserving for the events. Private storage in the wine room will be reserved for Oenophile Club members, with corkage fees waived for one bottle per visit each week at Pierside Kitchen or Packers Oyster Bar. Chef Bruno Feldeisen will host private cooking classes at Pierside Kitchen, complete with wine pairings.

A DeLille tasting is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 17, along with JM Cellars on Wednesday, Sept. 21, Joe Dobbes on Wednesday, Oct. 19, Betz Family Winery on Wednesday, Nov. 16, and Chateau Ste. Michelle on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Details at 360-318-2028.

Mouthwatering photos

HomeSkillet, 521 Kentucky St., makes your mouth water with its Facebook “food porn” photos of pulled pork hash biscuit with Scooch slaw, Frito pie with layers of Fritos, black beans, cheese and chorizo gravy, and smoked salmon quiche, with leek and roasted red pepper.

Kid’s party

La Fiamma Wood-Fire Pizza is promoting a kid’s party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at 200 E. Chestnut St. Kids eat free with each adult brunch entree purchased and Glitt3r Lyfe will be doing glitter tattoos.

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