Good Fortune

Fun for foodies

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Last month, a feature in Fortune magazine referred to Bellingham as an “off-the-radar foodie oasis on the Canadian border.”

While I’m not overly fond of the word “foodie”—it makes me think of people who are incapable of eating a meal without taking a picture of their menu items—it is a real word. Merriam-Webster describes it as “a person having an avid interest in the latest food fads,” and who am I to argue with the dictionary?

That said, I’d like to draw attention to eateries Fortune missed in their roundup that included Bantam 46 and Mallard Ice Cream, as well as Babygreens, Gainsbarre, Swim Club, various breweries, Saltadena cake shop, and the Willows Inn (which isn’t actually in Bellingham, but is close enough, I guess).

I’m going to go rogue and address a few places they missed in their roundup. They’ve all been around for a minute, are located in downtown Bellingham, and are worth a visit.

Alphabetically, Anmly Cafe ( is at the top of the list. Since opening last January on the ground floor of the Bellingham Towers, the small restaurant with a strong commitment to sustainability has been serving up zero-waste breakfasts and lunches to those who care as much about taste as they do about the environment. Their Quick Fix Sandwich—onion jam, Swiss cheese, fried egg, and pesto aioli served inside an English muffin—comes in at an affordable $5, and their house-spiced Chai latte can’t be beat.

The next honorable mention is Black Sheep (http://www.blacksheepbellingham), a taco and tequila joint that closed its doors on Holly Street last spring, and was reborn in a much bigger venue not too far away in the former Goat Mountain Pizza space. Both venues were owned by the same folks, but apparently ’Hamsters were more eager to fill up on margaritas and top-notch tacos (both meaty and vegan) than they were on pizza. Even with plenty of seating, expect a wait on weekend nights.

Last spring was also when Just Poke & Verve Bowls ( opened its doors on the corner of Railroad Avenue and Chestnut Street. Since then, it’s been garnering raves for its fresh fish and uber-healthy options like the Hawaiian Classic Bowl, Pike Place, Dynamite, Spicy Tuna, and Rainbow Roll Bowls. Sustainable sushi-grade fish is the name of the game for this mini-chain that started in Seattle and has since expanded across Washington. (Hint: If your coworker asks if you want a bite of her Just Poke lunch, always answer in the affirmative.)

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