Glassware of Interest: Bellingham Research Trip – Hundred North
“Bellingham – Kinda like The Tijuana of BC - Only Safer” – Dan (Hundred North Regular & MBA)
You forget you are in the US until they serve you The Beast at medium temperature and you remember what a burger is supposed to taste like. Canada is a little behind the time on making award winning burgers that the people can order the way they want. Timothy Shea has done a stand up job on Hundred North in Bellingham WA offering fresh locally sourced food with an approachable cocktail list and nice wine. The foraged Lobster mushrooms from the rain soaked hills were almost overpowering in the gratin but this dish pared beautifully with the Ricotta and olive oil crisps.
We found the place serendipitously on our way to the local Library in search of Wi-Fi. The library was closed but the invitation to stay at Hundred North was hard to pass up. We were seated at their question mark shaped bar at this newly opened gastronomic house. Tipped off by the unopened bottle of Knob Creek Bourbon we recognized the place was fresh off the block, we were satisfied by the professionalism of front and back of house.
You also know you are South of the border when the Oregon Jig Saw Pinot prices are great and we get samples of rare (in Canada!) Mexican Damiana, rumored to be the original orange liqueur in the classic Margarita. Reminders of herbal Chartreuse, Galliano, and Cointreau mingled with a lighter sweetness; Geoff and I agreed it would sing sweet with Tequila and lime. The beautiful glass bottle was of interest.
~~ Dave and Geoff ~~
Check out another review here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/business/article98128117.html