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Affordable French Restaurant in Bellingham, WA

With over 100,000 acres of farmland, you can find a farm to table restaurant on every corner in Bellingham, Washington. But Eat Restaurant and Bar is the only farm to table restaurant with a French flair.

Disclosure: As is common in the travel industry, my trip was provided for review purposes.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Update: Effective November 28, 2018, EAT Restaurant is permanently closed. 🙁

Eat Restaurant

Eat Restaurant and Bar is a comfortable, affordable French farm to table restaurant in Bellingham, Washington.  | Bellingham, WA | where to eat in Bellingham, WA | farm to table | french restaurant | TravelingWellForLess.com

Winner of the Best of the Northwest 2016 in the new restaurant category, Eat Restaurant and Bar creates seasonal French inspired farm to table dishes. From delectable dishes to mouthwatering desserts, Eat should be one of your first stops when you visit Bellingham Washington.

To eat means “to take food or a meal.” At Eat Restaurant and Bar, eating becomes so much more. Dining at Eat Restaurant and Bar is a sensation of your senses.

Eat is a play on Chef Eric A. Truglas initials. Eat Restaurant and Bar. Bellingham, WA | where to eat in Bellingham, WA | farm to table | french restaurant | TravelingWellForLess.com

Fun fact: EAT is Chef Eric A. Truglas initials.

The Concept

Truglas wanted to create a place where people would come often and not only for a special occasion. Where “you can eat food without breaking the bank.”

The Decor

Eat Restaurants is a hipster designed French farm to table restaurant in Bellingham, WA. | Bellingham, WA | where to eat in Bellingham, WA | farm to table | french restaurant | TravelingWellForLess.com

The waiting area

Despite the French emphasis on the food, the decor is hipster. Think Auberge (French farm house restaurant) with a Pacific Northwest twist.You won’t find a single chandelier or Parisian Bistro chair. Nor will you find a menu that requires a mortage.

Eat Restaurant and Bar is a casual, affordable french farm to table restaurant in Bellingham, WA. Eat Restaurants is a hipster designed French farm to table restaurant in Bellingham, WA. | Bellingham, WA | where to eat in Bellingham, WA | farm to table | french restaurant | TravelingWellForLess.com

casual seating

 

Works from local artist adorn the walls at Eat Restaurant in Bellingham, WA. | Bellingham, WA | where to eat in Bellingham, WA | farm to table | french restaurant | TravelingWellForLess.com

Works from local artist adorn the walls.

Photographs, posters, and works from local artist adorn the walls. Another reminder that Eat is not “a full French restaurant because of the stigma attached of being expensive, stuffy, and that’s not what we are about.” states Truglas as he’s wearing shorts in the dining room.

Local and Seasonal Ingredients

Eat sources its ingredients from local fisherman and farms like Twin Sisters Creamery. ” Truglas chose Bellingham because it “is one of the best places to have a restaurant. Because everything is within five to ten miles.”

Spiced Sage and Sky Farm Lamb Baguette

Spiced sage and Sky Farm Lamb baguette with basil creme fraiche and eggplant puree appetizer was a great way to start the meal. | Bellingham, WA | where to eat in Bellingham, WA | farm to table | french restaurant | TravelingWellForLess.com

Spiced sage and Sky Farm Lamb baguette

We started with a spiced sage and Sky Farm Lamb baguette with basil creme fraiche and eggplant puree. Paired with a glass of Cremant de Loire Brut this small bite set the tone for the meal. I loved the contrast of the tenderness of the lamb with the crisp baguette.

Scallops Carpaccio

A bite of the Scallops Carpaccio and you'll think you died and went to heaven. Bellingham, WA | where to eat in Bellingham, WA | farm to table | french restaurant | TravelingWellForLess.com

A bite of the Scallops Carpaccio and you’ll think you died and went to heaven.

Scallops Carpaccio with orange supreme, garlic puree, and fennel followed paired with a glass of Rose, Fabre en Provence. Light and delicate this was a lovely first dish for a summer meal.

I don’t usually order scallops because often they’re overcooked, tough and rubbery. But the scallops carpaccio almost melts on your tongue. It’s one of those dishes where you lap up every bit. Then look to see if your dining companions have any leftovers.

Pork Loin and Braised Pork Belly

The rich Pork Loin and Braised Pork Belly with Risotto is worth every clogged artery. | Bellingham, WA | where to eat in Bellingham, WA | farm to table | french restaurant | TravelingWellForLess.com

The rich Pork Loin and Braised Pork Belly with Risotto is worth every clogged artery

My stimulated taste buds were on overdrive. I may have almost started salivating when served the pork loin and braised pork belly with saffron risotto and grilled asparagus.

If you’re thinking, “That’s one rich dish.” You’re right. It was rich enough to be decadent. But not too rich to cause a heart attack. The silkiness of a Merlot, Ramsay brought out the flavors of the pork loin and crispy pork belly.

Twin Sister Blue Cheese

Rich, velvety blue cheese from Twin Sisters cleansed our palates before dessert. Eat Restaurant in Bellingham, WA | Bellingham, WA | where to eat in Bellingham, WA | farm to table | french restaurant | TravelingWellForLess.com

This ain’t your momma’s blue cheese

The cheese course was a ripe velvety blue cheese from Twin Sisters Creamery. Served with homemade preserve, a smattering of sliced almonds, apples, and strawberries and paired with a Graham’s Fine Ruby Porto, it could be dessert. But dessert was still to come…

Framboise Croquant

Double layer raspberry mousse and chocolate cake, separated by a slice of chocolate and topped with gold leaf. | Bellingham, WA | where to eat in Bellingham, WA | farm to table | french restaurant | TravelingWellForLess.com

Just when you thought you couldn’t eat another bite

Dessert was a Framboise Croquant. This double layered goodness consisted of a chocolate raspberry mousse on top of a dense chocolate cake, separated by a slice of chocolate and topped with gold leaf. Think of it as a French version of a sacher torte. A glass of Monbazillac, Chateau Haut Theulet accompanied the raspberry chocolately goodness.

Conclusion

A visit to Eat Restaurant and Bar is a delight to your taste buds and wallet. With a comfortable atmosphere (no dressing up required) and an affordable menu, you’ll want to eat at Eat often.

Every dish was superb. The paired drinks complemented each dish perfectly. The seasonal menu means you can find something new to try each visit. But it also means the delicious entree you had on your first visit won’t always be on the menu. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available.

Eat Restaurant and Bar
1200 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225
360-306-3917

4 pm to 9 pm Monday through Thursday
4pm to 11:30pm Friday
10 am to 11:30pm Saturday
10 am to 2pm Sunday

Happy Hour Monday through Friday 4pm to 6pm, Saturday 2pm to 6pm, Friday and Saturday 9pm to close.

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Winner of the Best of the Northwest 2016 in the new restaurant category, Eat Restaurant and Bar is an affordable French farm to table restaurant. From delectable dishes to mouthwatering desserts, Eat should be one of your first stops when you visit Bellingham Washington. | Bellingham, WA | where to eat in Bellingham | farm to table | local food | French restaurant | TravelingWellForLess.com

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Punita Malhotra

Monday 28th of August 2017

French food is so elegant and delicate and each of these dishes show that so well. Also, its a misnomer that fine authentic local food is exorbitant. All one needs to do is ask a local. We did that a lot in Portugal and the food always exceeded our expectations.

Natasha Haley

Monday 28th of August 2017

This is a really cute little restaurant. I would love to spend a while relaxing in the waiting area to get seated. The lamb baguette looks so delicious, the bread looks crispy and I love crispy!! Mmm

Paige W

Monday 28th of August 2017

I love the feel of this restaurant. I always love when businesses support local artists with art on their walls. That pork loin and pork tenderloin looked amazing, but I have to say that the Framboise Croqaunt looked like the thing I would absolutely most enjoy! This is good to know about this nice and affordable option!

Annika

Monday 28th of August 2017

Who knew Washington has such fine dining. The food looks delicious. I will have to check it out if I ever find myself in Bellingham.

Sarah Elliott

Sunday 27th of August 2017

We are heading to Billingham this fall. I'll have to add this to our list of places to check out! Looks super yum!

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