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“Go! Now!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Copper Hog

The Copper Hog
Ranked #224 of 434 Restaurants in Bellingham
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Bellingham, Washington
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102 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Go! Now!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2013

Been wanting to go for a while because the outdoor seating is always packed on sunny days and the location makes it easy to walk around downtown before/after eating/drinking. SO thrilled with service (fast, casual, informative), food (creative, delicious), and drink selections (tons of craft beer and interesting craft cocktails, lengthy whiskey list). If you're a soccer fan, you'll love the inside bar with flat screens. If you like eating outdoors, you'll love their patio. If you love food and drink, go. You'll be glad you did. Recommended: fried brussels sprouts, burgers, handcut fries.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
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English first
Kingston, WA
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104 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“OMIGOSH”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

Could not resist with with the TA reviews.....Great beer list....my first ever Tuna Caprese.....PDG......full skin Fries...YUM, joined the local lunch crowd, nice parking lot next to hog....very large copper/ceramic hog greets you...friendly personable staff, food was well prepared...salted caramel cremebrulee' for a sweet moment.

Visited August 2013
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56 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Nice, but not outstanding.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

The Copper Hog is a fun place to go for a casual pub lunch or dinner. The beer selection is excellent and varied. The pub-style food is usually good, but sometimes is oddly "too" creative. They try to combine traditional English pub and Southern/New Orleans styles with a somewhat Northwest bent. Sometimes the dishes work really well; but sometimes they're just really odd. Service is also a bit spotty. Servers are always very friendly, but can be slow and not fully attentive. The dining areas are adequate, though worn booths, scarred tables, and some wobbly chairs let you know that this is strictly a "pub" environment. The space is fairly large, so seating is seldom a problem, except during special WWU events or when popular sporting events are on the large TV. Sun lovers will enjoy the outdoor, full-sun seating and floor-to-ceiling dining room windows; but, conversely, those who prefer shade may find seating tight. Overall, an interesting place, best enjoyed as a pub.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great find in Bellingham”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2013

We had the fish and chips (thick cut and crispy batter) and the pulled pork (fresh toasted bun, nice sauce and topped with coleslaw). They have a long list of beers and wine. The service was quick and attentive, nice spot. One of our highlights of our Bellingham trip. Wish we lived closer!

Visited August 2013
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Sedro Woolley, Washington
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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Typical Bellingham Restaurant that falls short”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

There aren't many places in my hometown that even deserve a review, but this is one that does though it has a ways to go. The menu is interesting and shows some imagination. The execution is another matter on some dishes. But we are not talking bad food, just not as good as it could be and hopefully will be. The olives appetizer and the pickles were a delight to find on the menu, but though the pickles are probably made in house, they need a new recipe and someone better at pickling doing the prep. The brittle with the olives is a nice touch and it is cheap, but chintzy portions look worse than a few more dollars for a decent appetizer.

The most absurd glitch, and really astonishingly bush league faux pas, was the claim that approximately 1.5 ounces, or a bite and a half of overcooked mini mini lamb chop could be called a lamb porterhouse. Actually, one good Popsicle chop by today's standards would be a more satisfying portion on this small plate. And when they say small plate, they mean it. Also, the so called porterhouse, apparently taken from the smallest lamb in the world, was almost buried In a pile of grapes and crusts meant to augment the plate. But seriously, adding a bunch of carbs and other filler junk to a plate to beef up a portion and then calling the plate a Lamb Porterhouse is just misleading.

I will give them another chance though and I hope they will re-evaluate their portions. As someone who spent decades in the industry, I was disappointed but remain hopeful for growth of this little gastropub.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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