Stopped here a month ago after hearing mixed reviews, have been meaning to try it since they opened, but couldn't find it the first three times we drove by, it is hidden in the corner of a very boring strip mall. We should have left as soon as we walked in the door, the smell of hot metal and grease from the kitchen had permeated the dining room. There were two other people seated eating lunch, we waited several minutes before the waitress came out of the back...
Very limited menu for lunch, no cassoulet which is what I wanted to try.
My knife was dirty, second reason why we should have left. My husband ordered a glass of merlot as listed on their wine board. Sorry, that's the only wine that wasn't delivered in our order...third reason why we should have left. The waitress suggested another wine which was fine. She then proceeded to list all the things that "weren't" available because they were sourcing locally and it was out of season...Please don't tell me what you don't have, tell me what you have. Nothing on the menu appealed to us, carrot soup was the offering of the day, so we decided to have the $11 hamburger. Yes, $11 dollar hamburger. She didn't ask how we wanted them cooked, came back with a plate with a small plate of mini greens, and a goose egg shaped piece of hamburger on two slices of bread that had been fried in butter to the consistency of a salad crouton. The meat was so well done it could have bounced off the floor, no juice left in it, and unseasoned, it made me think it had been partially cooked and then reheated. We could not eat the bread, it was so hard, and when we opened it up, the burger was completely encased in a cheese though there was no mention of that on the menu, it merely said "hamburger."
The best part of the meal was the small pile of greens dressed with a nice dressing, and the wonderful cornichons that came in a small dish as garnish. I ate mine and my husband's, then asked the waitress if they made them in house . She said they didn't because pickles were too hard to make...then proceeded to tell us that they were pickling other vegetables that weren't ready yet, so they also weren't available...She then told us that they call the pickled veggies they make, "cocaine pickles", not because they have drugs in them, but because they are so addictive. Tasteless comment.
For ELEVEN dollars, I was expecting to have the best hamburger ever! Instead, it was the worst. The waitress never mentioned that the meat was locally sourced, grass fed and in house ground...she also didn't ask us how the meal was at any time during our experience there. We would have shared our disappointment at that time. Left a tip even though I felt we shouldn't have, felt sorry for them it was such bad food and a poor experience. There are too many good restaurants in Bellingham, we would never visit this place again!
By the way, the other couple had a coupon...lucky them!
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