1308-B 11th Street
Bellingham , WA 98225
(360) 715-3642


Every day 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM


One of Fairhaven's better kept secrets is Skylark's "Hidden Cafe." Skylark's is worth seeking out for a hearty lunch or dinner, a handmade milkshake on a hot summer afternoon, or a chocolate grand mariner mousse after watching a glorious sunset over Bellingham Bay.

During the summer season, outside seating is available on the winding cobblestone beneath the shade of the large chestnut tree, giving the cafe a European feel. Inside the cafe, natural light pours through the large West-facing windows illuminating a simple but elegant updating of Fairhaven's historic architecture: brick and natural wood accents, a small wood stove with dancing flames and framed reproductions of vintage artwork.

Two unique soups are featured each day. With over fifty soups offered each month, ranging from Asian Vegetable Tofu to Wild Mushrooms and Cream, Skylark's helpfully publishes a monthly calendar. Between 7 am to 11 pm, breakfast ranges from the basic eggs, hashbrowns and pancakes to a Mediterranean Fritata filled with black olives, spinach, tomato, feta cheese and baked to perfection.

Lunch and dinner bring even more variety. Sandwiches vary from a reinvented peanut butter and jelly--or banana--to a "Greek" sandwich, with crumbled feta cheese, tomato, cucumber, red onion on hearty black rye bread. Hot sandwiches include a very tasty reuben on dark rye, and a "garden" burger served with cucumber, sprouts and stone ground mustard.

Salad lovers also need to bring a hearty appetite. The caesar salad with its fresh romaine lettuce, grated parmesan and zesty croutons, accompanied by a freshly baked whole wheat roll, is nearly a meal for two.

A nice selection of pasta dishes round out the menu, offering seafood combinations, vegetarian and non-vegetarian entrees. I found the Penne Marinara, with its rich tomato sauce filled with green peppers, mushrooms, garlic and onion, does indeed fulfill Skylark's promise about its great pasta: "We never skimp on the portion."

Desert may not be "doable" after a Skylark's meal, but consider a return trip to check out the bourbon bread pudding or the peach cobbler. Or, if like me, you are a "slave" to chocolate, what better choice than the chocolate decadence with raspberry puree.
Written By: Rob Olason
On: 1/28/1999


The cafe is tucked away in the back of the old Fairhaven Post Office building on Eleventh Street, In the heart of Fairhaven. From the corner of Harris Avenue and Eleventh Street, walk one half block down the hill on Harris, turn left onto the cobblestone path. The entrance to Skylark's is at the top of the rise in the path.


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