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“Creative cooking with delicious results”

Ciao Thyme In The Kitchen
Ranked #10 of 444 Restaurants in Bellingham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Cafe
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Flora
Transit: We are just 2 blocks from the downtown transit station
Description: We plan to greet you with a warm smile and the aromas of delicious soups, sandwiches, and freshly baked treats. You place your order in the cafe and then find a seat in the dining room or outside under the umbrellas. You strike up a friendly conversation with the person next to you. When you leave, you feel nourished--body and soul recharged for the continuation of your day.The menu will change with the farm produce of the seasons, approximately every two weeks, and we always have some gluten-free and vegetarian options too. There is no pretense in this space, just high quality ingredients prepared with care and delivered with love. Folks come knowing they can trust that the food that is prepared here will be sourced responsibly. They know that by choosing Ciao Thyme Cafe, their dining dollars will go farther in this community to support local families, local farmers, and other small businesses in Bellingham--keeping our community thriving.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Creative cooking with delicious results”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

This restaurant has finally decided to serve lunch Tuesday - Friday from 11am - 3pm.

http://ciaothyme.com/cafe

Meals are served cafeteria style. That is, you walk in, stand in line, place and pay for an order which will be brought to you at your seat. The room you place your order in has a few counters with seats, but there is a much larger room with communal tables in an adjacent room. They offer three fixed menus at $18 each which includes tip and tax. You can order the entire menu or a la carte off each of the three menus. You can also order a bowl of soup with a side salad and a fresh roll for $15. This is truly gourmet food served very quickly. You don't have to wait around for a waitress to take your order, and you don't have to wait for your bill at the end. Great for working people on a lunch hour.

Now for the food. My husband had a porchetta sandwich - rolled pork belly and shoulder stuffed with fresh sausage on a rye roll with harissa mayo and kale slaw. I chose a quinoa and black bean salad with fresh lime tortilla chips and guacamole picosa and for desert I had an apple galette. It was all delicious. However, I think we made a mistake not ordering the entire meal. My husband's sandwich would have included brussel sprout gratin with brie and parmeggiano bechamel and bacon as well as a spiced butternut squash soup, pepitas, and creme fraiche Mine would have added a braised beef torta and a white bean and green tomato soup. Next time, we'll go whole hog. Just hope I will still have room for a desert. The deserts are ideally sized (which, to me, means small) and delicious. My apple galette was $4.

  • Visited November 2012
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English first
Washington state
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Consistently wonderful dining.”
Reviewed August 6, 2011

You have to plan ahead, but the experience all around is worth anticipating at Ciao Thyme. Food is lovingly and deliciously prepared, always innovative, and served beautifully. As owners and chef, Jessica and Matiao make all guests feel like friends, and generally the clientele has received that warmly. Highly recommended.

  • Visited June 2011
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Bellingham, Washington
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“Best meal in YEARS!”
Reviewed July 28, 2011

If you can get in on their limited schedule, Ciao Thyme In the Kitchen is one of the best meals you will ever have. I recently went to one of their 'Incognito' dinners and was blown away. From the appetizers to the dessert, this was one of the best meals I had ever eaten. The only one I can remember that was even close was in Paris!

  • Visited July 2011
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Bellingham, Washington
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“WORTH A TRIP!”
Reviewed March 16, 2011

A unique foodie paradise: high-end dining, a cooking school, a catering company and always exciting food. Prix fixe dinner served 4 times a month by reservation only. Classes also include dinner. Chef/ owners Mataio and Jessica Gillis have lived and worked in the food industry in several countries, so whether the chosen theme for dinner is Italian, Spanish, French, Thai, American or other, it's always authentic, organic and beautifully presented. They do not advertise, and most evenings are sold out simply by word of mouth. My husband and I no longer have to go to Seattle or Vancouver for a special meal.

  • Visited March 2011
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