Old Town Cafe
316 W. Holly St.
Mon-Sat 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sun 8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Many eateries feel the need to have some hook or gimmick to draw in patrons. The only hook The Old Town Cafe seems to need is an honest approach to making good food that will appeal to everyone. Located at the northwestern end of Holly Street in downtown Bellingham, the Old Town serves up breakfasts and lunches with broad appeal daily.
The Old Town is a true local's establishment. Not too ritzy and not too earthy, the Old Town blends a warm, clean, comfortable atmosphere with a classic menu that draws heavily on all-natural products and organic produce from local providers. But the cafe doesn't shove its commitment to healthy, natural foods in your face. You probably won't even notice you're eating better, save the wholesome quality and enhanced flavor of every dish they serve.
It's the little touches, however, that really show Old Town's community focus. The owners utilize the wall space to display and sell works by local artists. They have a long communal table where you can get to know other diners. Local musicians can pop in and earn themselves a free meal for impromptu performances, provided they play for an hour, but will still get a free beverage if they only perform a couple of songs. And big kudos are in order for the extra-wide ramp between the upper and lower parlors, which makes the restaurant wheelchair friendly.
One word of warning: The Old Town Cafe is a breakfast hot spot for locals on the weekends, so on Saturdays and Sundays you can expect a 15- to 20-minute wait.
Go down Holly St. to where it merges into a two way street and the Old Town Cafe is right there on the right nestled between some antique shops.
Breakfast | Lunch
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