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“That rare old fashioned book store” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Book Fare Cafe

Book Fare Cafe
Ranked #71 of 432 Restaurants in Bellingham
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
Pacific Palisades, California, United States
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72 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“That rare old fashioned book store”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

I could live in a store like this. An old fashioned independent book store with knowledgeable clerks and informative displays. They even have chairs scattered around so you can peruse before you choose. And, there's a discount cart so you can mix the value from new fresh to old and cherished. And of course, my favorite bookstores also have local lore and a few gifty things to delight.

Visited March 2012
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  • English first
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English first
Fort Mcmurray
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82 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Great book selection, terrific guest speakers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2012

We arrived to a full house of people interested in a book speaker. Lots of interesting books and people.

Visited July 2012
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Bellingham, Washington
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87 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Quality food with a local emphasis in a lovely little book nook.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2012

This little nook resides in an upstairs corner of a fabulous independent book shop. Windows overlook Fairhaven's Village Green and the water beyond ~ a sublime view, and a perfect place to enjoy a good meal and glass of wine or cup of coffee. Owner and chef Charles embraces the local, sustainable food movement, as evidenced by his menu. This is high end fare at a reasonable price. The challenge here is that the hours seem rather variable ~ the cafe is sometimes closed when the book store is open, and several times I intended to eat here only to discover it had closed early. It's also clear is for the most part running a one man show, as service can be spotty. Still, the environment and emphasis on "real" food make this a spot worth visiting.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Delta, Canada
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61 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“A Must Visit In Fairhaven, Washington”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2012

This bookstore is a fabulous experience in a historic setting...it offers a great browsing experience for every interest.

Allow yourself some time to investigate the offerings...& maybe have a coffee! A wonderful place.

Visited June 2012
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Bellingham, Washington
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158 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Disappointing sandwiches”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2012 via mobile

We have had lunch here on many occasions over the past few years and liked our selections. This recent visit found that the menu was limited. The pulled pork sandwich had a very bad flavor and tasted like it had been frozen too long and thawed. Do not recommend this choice.

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