Arlis's Restaurant


1525 Cornwall Ave
Bellingham , WA 98225


Mon-Fri 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sat 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sun Noon - 2:00 PM


Let’s be clear about something right off the bat. Arlis’s diner is a place for regular folks to get a good breakfast. As a reviewer, I’m not prone to framing things in a negative fashion but sometimes to understand a thing you have to talk about what it isn’t instead of what it is. Kind of like with blackholes; you don’t know what they are by what is there but what isn’t there.

Arlis’s does not have tasteless, hippie bacon on the menu. They didn’t just go through a remodel, thoughtlessly marching along with the rest of downtown Bellingham towards yuppie-friendly gentrification. They do not have a shiny menu full of pretty pictures of whipped cream and compote concoctions, the flight of fancy of some corporate flunky in California that looks nothing like the pile you’re going to end up with on your plate. You will not suck down a cubic yard of cigarette smoke every time you try and get some pancake in your mouth.

This diner is exactly what it should be. Breakfast served all day, hot and fast and without inane chit-chat. You’ve got eggs and fries and pancakes and waffles and real tasty sausage and bacon. The coffee is hot and comes out of a pot and not from some overeducated and underemployed barrista. The food is tasty and well prepared, the portions are generous and the price is right.

The people are real people, the kind that wore flannel before it was popular, while it was popular and after it was popular because it’s what they wear. Yet in another testament to the enduring qualities of Bellingham, it’s not a "locals only" crowd. You walk in and people look up because they might know you, being a place with plenty of repeat customers, but it’s only to see if they know you and then they mind their own business.
Written By: Glen Berry
On: 9/22/2004


It's at the corner of Flora and Cornwall, across from the soon-to-be Bellingham Market, near TubeTime.


Banquet Facilities | Breakfast | Lunch


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