608 Front St.
The Flying Dutchman Coffee House offers a casually rumpled alternative to the windmills, wooden shoes and delft blue accents of downtown Lynden. This means no disrespect to Lynden's downtown but, let's face it - it does have a serious case of the cutes. Anyway, despite its name, Wagner fans, the Flying Dutchman has no tall ships or cases of unrequited love (well, who knows). Instead, you will find professional sports banners, Dilbert T-shirts, Pooh toys, footballs, puzzles, model planes and an array of offbeat Monopoly games including the Harley Davidson, NASCAR, Dairy (that's right) and U.S. Space Program versions. The variety of items displayed on the walls and shelves gives a fun spirit to the Flying Dutchman and makes it a hit with kids. For mom and dad, the coffee house also sells Pike Street's famous Market Spice Tea by the box.
The edible offerings at the Flying Dutchman are basic: salads, subs, sandwiches, soup du jour, chili, hot dogs, milkshakes, fruit smoothies, ice cream, cookies, muffins, biscotti, espresso and specialty lattes. The soup du jour on the day I visited was beef noodle, which my daughter loved. This alone makes it worthy of comment, since she is a toddler and thus resistant to all food not chocolate. We also tried the vegetarian sandwich on whole wheat which was really good - the veggies were very fresh and crunchy, with just the right amount of cream cheese. We topped it off with a giant, saucer-sized chocolate chip cookie. All in all, it was a pleasant lunch at a reasonable price.
Seating in the Flying Dutchman consists of eight tables or so, with old church pews along two walls in the front. The place is easy to find on Lynden's Front Street, being located beside the "Postkantoor" (post office for those of you rusty on your Dutch), with a rack of fluttering windsocks outside the front door.
Heading north on Guide Meridian, drive straight into Lynden and turn right onto Front Street, which leads directly into the main downtown area.
Kid Friendly | Espresso | Lunch | Smoke-free | Take-Out
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