Greene’s Corner

An edible intersection

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

If you’ve not yet had a chance to dive into a pizza at Greene’s Corner, you’re missing out.

The 49-seat restaurant on the corner of James and Virginia streets opened in the old Vis Seafood location last December, when owners Lance Bailey and Kristine Kager relocated from their previous intersection in Ferndale.

The pair have a phenomenal pizza selection—a whopping 18 choices—all of them New York-style, which means a deliciously thin crust and a focus on innovative toppings.

We came in on a Wednesday evening for a Homer’s Greek ($15.64-$24.88) and loved the combination of feta, artichoke hearts, spinach, olives and cheese. “Some people have told us we’re a little pricey, but if that’s true it’s because we make everything from scratch,” Bailey said. “It’s much more time-intensive to do that than to throw a ready-made pizza base into the oven.”

You can certainly taste the difference.

Greene’s Corner is an airy, open space with a long fridge wall filled with lesser-known beers. A much-loved circular couch nestles in the corner, inviting diners to get comfortable and stay awhile. Outside are picnic tables under the oak trees for hot summer days, and the picnic bench theme continues inside with plenty of movable seating that can easily accommodate groups or families.

Bailey deliberately located the beer taps far in the back of the restaurant so the dining space could be fully available to diners of all ages. In typical Bellingham style, the atmosphere is laid back, casual and come-as-you-are. Diners order their food at the cash till and bus their own tables. The word “formality” doesn’t exist at Greene’s.

Bailey and Kager are also the owners of Fools Onion Catering, a business they opened in 2002. An economics major at Western Washington University, Bailey briefly ran Fools Onion Restaurant Catering in Fairhaven, but opted to close its doors when he saw the recession coming. The two were running the natural foods market, coffee and café on the border of Bellingham and Ferndale, but noting the seasonality of business, made the move to James Street.

Opening near Coconut Kenny’s wasn’t an issue, Bailey said. “We share some common themes on our menus, but we’re not the same,” he reflected. “We’re more of a bottle shop, carrying a wide variety of obscure beer you’re not going to find in many other locations.”

Greene’s Corner has live music on Sunday and Wednesday evenings and a menu of burgers, sandwiches and pizzas that’s available all day. Bailey is also planning to expand the breakfast menu and create a burger menu beyond the three varieties he highlights now.

“Food-wise, I want to be known for having the best food in Bellingham,” he said.

If the Homer’s Greek is any reflection of their overall repertoire, Bailey and Kager are already well on their way to that goal. Stop by for a quick meal and enjoy the airy atmosphere, the down-home local feel and the love and attention invested in the selection of both food and beer.

Smoking Crow
More Food...
Eggs and Tomatoes
An international affair

Hypothetically, say you find yourself hosting some Syrian or Mexican folk. No big deal, just an impromptu mid-winter brunch in some sunny American kitchen. But suppose the pantry is running on empty, and all you have to cook are eggs, and some kind of tomato sauce. Now the gang must decide,…

more »
Greens Scene
A post-holiday repast

Early Friday morning, I ate the last remaining Christmas cookie in the house and knew without a doubt the holidays had come to an end.

It’s always kind of a relief to bid farewell to the edible excesses of the season, and in an effort to recalibrate my metabolism, I spent the rest of the…

more »
Pomegranate Power
Hop on board

We are lucky to live in an age of pomegranates. With more being grown and consumed than ever before in the history of the world, the inevitable pomegranate renaissance is upon us. And we can begin enjoying the fruits of it immediately.

Pomegranate season is in full swing and, worldwide,…

more »
Cascade Games Convention

9:00am|Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Garage Sale and Health Fair

12:00pm|Settlemyer Hall

Bellingham Folk Festival

4:30pm|Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship


7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

The Flick

7:30pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Space Trek, Backyard Brawl

8:00pm|Upfront Theatre

Pancake Breakfast

8:00am|Ferndale Senior Center

VFW Breakfast

8:00am|VFW Hall

Mason Bee Management

9:00am|Garden Spot Nursery

Smoking Crow Opening

9:00am|Smoking Crow

Plant Society Field Trip

10:00am|Birch Bay State Park

Nordic Ski Ambassadors

10:00am|SnoPark at Salmon Ridge

Skagit Eagle Festival

10:00am|Howard Miller Steelhead Park

March on Bellingham

10:00am|Bellingham City Hall

Winter Farmers Market

10:00am|Depot Market Square

Of marching and mending


Travel to Cuzco and Machu PIcchu

1:00pm|Blaine Library

Cedar Weaving Workshop

2:00pm|Lynden Library

Teddy Bear Biographies

2:00pm|Ferndale Library

Learn to Grow a Vegetable Garden

2:00pm|Sumas Library

Mona Openings

2:00pm|Museum of Northwest Art

Mysticism in Art

2:00pm|Skagit County Historical Museum

Exploring Port

2:00pm|Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants

The Fight Against Human Trafficking

3:00pm|Everson Library

Kindgom Quest

4:00pm|Village Books

Music and Memories

5:00pm|Swinomish Casino & Lodge

Robert Burns Supper

5:30pm|Littlefield Celtic Center

Ensemble Electra

7:30pm|Jansen Art Center

The Good Lovelies

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1
Cascade Games Convention

9:00am|Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Bellingham Folk Festival

4:30pm|Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship


7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

Skagit Eagle Festival

10:00am|Howard Miller Steelhead Park

Community Breakfast

8:00am|American Legion Post #43

Rabbit Ride

8:00am|Fairhaven Bicycle

Rabbit Ride

8:30am|Fairhaven Bicycle

Bellingham Chamber Music Society

3:00pm|First Congregational Church

Nonfiction and Memoir Writing Group

3:00pm|Village Books

Southside Community Meal

5:00pm|Our Saviour's Lutheran Church

Way North Comedy

7:00pm|Farmstrong Brewing Co.

Roseann Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1
Cuban Salsa Classes

6:00pm|Bell Tower Studios

Salish Sea Early Music Festival

7:30pm|St. Paul's Episcopal Church


8:00pm|Bellingham Public Library

see our complete calendar »

Village Books Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1 Roseann