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Top Choice Modern American in Bellingham

Pepper Sisters

This cheerful, colorful restaurant serves innovative food that is hard to categorize – let's call it Mexican cuisine with a Northwestern twist. Try the grilled eggplant tostada, chipotle-and-pink-peppercorn enchilad…
Top Choice Ice Cream in Bellingham

Mallard

Bellingham's date-night central is a lurid 1950s-style ice-cream parlor with a zillion different flavors – many of them weirdly exotic. Come here before or after a show and sample the all-organic vanilla-and-pepper …
Sports in Bellingham

Ski to Sea Race

A fixture since 1911, this seven-leg team relay from the top of Mt Baker 93.5 miles down to Fairhaven Marine Park on Puget Sound enshrines the eccentric combination of magic and madness that makes this great city ti…
Italian in Bellingham

D'Anna's Café Italiano

Bellingham does a fine job of transporting you gastronomically to other parts of the world. For D'Anna's read Sicily, meaning fresh homemade pasta, authentic chicken marsala and a Mt Etna–like portion of linguini an…
Cafe in Bellingham

Old Town Cafe

Very popular for its casual, artsy atmosphere, this bohemian breakfast joint cooks up tasty dishes such as custom omelets, egg tortillas and whole-wheat French toast. There's also homemade granola, gluten-free hotca…
Theater in Bellingham

Mt Baker Theatre

With its minaret-like tower and elaborately designed interior, this grand old historic theater, built in 1925, has become one of Bellingham's signature buildings. Showcasing everything from live music to dance to pl…
Brewery in Bellingham

Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

Perennially popular Boundary Bay crafts its own ales and serves excellent, hearty Northwest-influenced fare for lunch and dinner. The smoked-salmon chowder hits the spot on a rainy night and the outdoor seating is t…
Breakfast in Bellingham

Mount Bakery

This is where you go on Sunday mornings with a Douglas fir–sized copy of the New York Times for Belgian waffles, crepes and organic eggs done any way you like. Plenty of gluten-free options. There's a second locatio…
Pub in Bellingham

Green Frog

Impressive tap list, live music from near and beyond, an intimate fun space plus a whole menu devoted to grilled cheese sandwiches. What more could you ask for? Most shows have a cover charge that changes depending …
Museum in Bellingham

Whatcom Museum of History & Art

This revamped museum is spread over three buildings: historic Whatcom City Hall (built in 1892), the adjacent Syre Education Center, and the innovative Lightcatcher building. The latter incorporates a spectacular 37…