This was the best meal we had in two weeks of very special eating in the Pacific Northwest. The Fork is worth the drive a little outside Bellingham--we stopped (you can also call ahead if you don't want to wait) and made a reservation for an hour and a half later. That gave us time to do a little hiking along the north shore of the spectacular Lake Whatcom. The decor at Fork is simple and elegant, not pretentious in any way. They concentrate on their cooking! It's so imaginative. Everything is local, sustainable, healthy, and delicious. I had a pasta dish with pappardelle, fiddleheads (the tender small ends of the gorgeous ferns that grow all over the area), mascarpone with a hint of lemon (but not sweet), gourmet mushrooms and other interesting veggies. They feature local wines, which are very pleasing. (But you can get some non-Washington state vintages as well.) While you're on the north shore of Lake Whatcom, check out the Mount Baker Winery as a prelude, just a short drive from the Fork. All in all, a great afternoon!
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