Bellingham food trucks A-Z (okay, A-W)

by June Hathaway

Food trucks are like the craft breweries of Bellingham grub on the go – they’re trendy, they’re local, and there’s a new one every time you turn around. In fact, the local food truck scene has grown by piggybacking on the proliferation of brewpubs, as the mobile eateries allow  kitchen-less breweries to keep hungry patrons bellied up to the bar.

While not all of these fit the classic food truck mold – the taco trucks pretty much stay in one place, and Mile Pie Club is bicycle-based – they all provide satisfying to-go eats. The links will take you to each truck’s Facebook page, where you can see their upcoming locations.

A Que Tacos

Back East BBQ

Bare Bones BBQ

Big Stick BBQ

Big Trouble Dumplings

Chow Gourmet Hot Dogs

Cicchitti’s Pizza

Cubano Cubano Sandwiches

El Tule Tacos

El Tapatio Tacos

Hot Mess Cheese Steaks

JT’s Smokin’ BBQ

Mile Pie Club

Mouth Hole Chicken and Waffles + Sandwiches

Ovn Wood Fired Pizza

Sage Against the Machine Vegan Eats

Simmering Tava Organic Indian Food

Something Cheezy Grilled Sandwiches

Streat Food Burgers and Sandwiches

Super Mario’s Salvadoran Food

Tacos Tecalitlan

Weeny Bunz Hot Dogs

 

 

Comings and goings: Old friends edition

Tonight we say goodbye to two old friends, and Oh Hey! to another. Note that if you have been blessed with stamina today, you could do both of these things.

Long-time ‘hamsters, musicans and all-around cool guys Peadar MacMahon and Bradley Leckron are packing up and moving to Ireland. Say goodbye at Menace Brewing tonight at 7pm, where Peadar and the Black Lung Canaries will be playing a farewell show.

In other news, Jordan Rain, aka DJ Yogoman, has been kickin’ it in Texas for some time now. Yogoman’s back, and he brought Reggae Night with him. Dance and say hello at Boscoe’s, tonight and every Monday night at 9pm.

–June Hathaway

Washington Beer Awards 2018: Bellingham kicks ass

by June Hathaway

It’s easy to forget how lucky we are, and take our local breweries for granted. Good thing the Washington Beer Awards are here to remind us! Here are the Bellingham (and thereabouts) breweries that brought home medals from the 2018 awards.

Aslan Brewing

Gold

American-Style Stouts: American Stout

Specialty Saisons:Justice Temple

Bronze

Berliner-Style Weisses: Disco Lemonade

Atwood Ales (Blaine)

Best Washington Malt Beer: Triticale

Gold

Herb & Spice Beers:  Mo’s Saison

Chuckanut Brewery

Gold

Vienna-Style Lagers: Chuckanut Vienna Lager

Other German Amber Beers: Chuckanut Marzen

Silver

Bohemian style pilsner: Chuckanut Pilsner

Bronze

German Dark Lagers: Chuckanut Dunkel

International Lagers: Chuckanut Mexican Lager

Bocks and Doppelbocks: Chuckanut Doppelbock

Kulshan Brewing

Gold

Other American-Style Lagers: Amber Lager

Bocks and Doppelbocks: Kulshan Maibock

Irish Red Ales: Red Cap

Belgian Strong Ales: Belgian Golden Strong

Silver

German-style Pilsner: Kulshan Pilsner

Melvin Brewing

Gold

American-Style Strong Pale Ales: Tiger Style

Silver

Strong Porters: Melixor Baltica

North Fork Brewery (Deming)

Bronze

Abbey-Inspired Ales: Brother Crazy John

Belgian Fruit Beers: No. 13 Baby

Stones Throw Brewery

Bronze

English Pale Ales: Flat Penny Pale

Wander Brewing

Large Brewery of the Year

Gold

Irish Stouts: Correspondent

Belgian Ales: Wanderale

Berliner-Style Weisses: Foeder-Aged Berliner Weiss

Silver

Wood & Barrel Aged Beers: Wild Warehouse

Bronze

Wood & Barrel Aged Sour Beers: Plum Bob
German-style Pilsners: Doglost

Downtown Bellingham Happy Hour – every Thursday in March

I’m just gonna share this announcement from the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, who have done a wonderful thing in putting this together:

“$6 craft cocktails! | $5 wines! | $4 beers! | 1/2 off apps! Every Thursday in March from 4:00pm-7:00pm. Simple as that!

Join us for Downtown Bellingham’s first-ever Happy Hour Thursdays, a full month of amazing happy hour specials at some of Bellingham’s best bars and restaurants.

RSVP to keep updated on the deliciously discounted bevies and snacks coming to you soon, all at:
Bayou on Bay
Black Sheep on Holly
Camber
Casa Que Pasa
Cosmos Bistro
Grand Avenue Alehouse
Horseshoe Cafe
Hundred North
La Fiamma :: Wood-Fire Pizza
The Local Public House
Old World Deli
The Orion
The Racket – Bar & Pinball Lounge
Redlight
Rook & Rogue Board Game Pub
Uisce Irish Pub
Vinostrology”

Bellingham breweries offer tours and more for Washington Beer Open House, February 24

The Washington Beer Open House is a chance meet local brewers, get a peek at the means of production, and sample some tasty brews.

Yes, it’s cold and crappy out, but if you get your crew together and trade off Uber fares, you can spend your whole day in a succession of toasty pubs. Participating breweries are listed below.

Aslan Brewing: Self guided tours with the owners and head brewer available to answer any questions you might have. Check out the newly upgraded brewhouse, and take home an exclusive Aslan Brew Process sheet.

Chuckanut Brewery: Tours will be held at 12 noon and 1:30 pm. All ages are welcome; kitchen will be serving food starting at 11 am. Meet the brewers and learn more about award winning Chuckanut beers.

Illuminati Brewing Company: Tours of brewery/winery facility at noon, 2pm, and 4pm Release of “Hammer of the Gods” Scotch Ale aged in Highland Scotch Whisky barrels.

Kulshan Brewing (both locations): Both taprooms, Sunnyland and Roosevelt, will have beer tastings, food, games, giveaways, and brewery tours. Learn about small-batch beers at the Sunnyland location and canning and production at the K2 Roosevelt location.

Stones Throw Brewery: Tours of the brewery, which has been built in shipping containers, at noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm . The owners will tell of the disreputable history of the property, the sustainable building process, and, of course, how they make their beer. Tours will end with tastes straight from the tanks for those who purchased $2 tasters. Family-friendly, dog-friendly.

Wander Brewing: Brewery and Barrel Den tour at 2pm (shown in the pic up top).

Bellingham bar specials and events for Friday

Friday fun in Bellingham, updated weekly.

Bellingham events for Friday

Paint Your Pup at Paws for a Beer, 6pm

Threefer at Culture Cafe, 7pm

Sonja Lee Band at Skylark’s, 8pm

Selena with Mark Williams at Fireside Martini & Wine Bar, 8pm

Caitlin Jemma at Honey Moon, 8:30pm

Karaoke with host Seamus O’Carey at the Village Inn Pub, 9pm

Karaoke at El Gitano, 9pm

Crystal Method at the Wild Buffalo, 9pm

Bass Invasion at Boscoe’s, 9pm

Sean Hayes at the Shakedown, 10pm

HIERZ at Culture Cafe, 11pm

Bellingham bar specials for Friday

Casa Que Pasa: $6 Hornitos refreshers.

Chuckanut Brewery: $8 liter steins.

Cocoanut Grove: 6oz. New York Steak Caesar Salad $7.75, domestic bottled beer $2.50.

Rumors Cabaret: $4 Long Island iced teas, $6 double wells, $4 Long Beach Iced teas 9-midnight.

Scotty Brown’s: $3 off pitchers of beer.

Bellingham bar specials and events for Tuesday

There’s plenty to do this Tipsy Tuesday.

Events

Game Night at Rook & Rogue, 5:30pm-10pm

DJ Steve Murray at the Cabin, 6pm

Trivia with John Drum at Skylarks, 6pm

Cribbage – NOBS Night at Kulshan K2, 6:30pm

Pelican Brewer’s Night at Greene’s Corner, 7pm

Ale House and Paint at Archer Ale House, 7pm

Blues Jam at the Wild Buffalo, 7:30pm

Punch Up Comedy Open Mic at the Shakedown, 8pm (signups at 7)

Trivia with host Thomas Mooney at Uisce8pm

Trivia at Boston’s, 8pm

Laura Reed and Sam Vogt at Honey Moon, 8:30pm

Karaoke at the Royal, 10pm

Specials

Bellingham Bar and Grill: Free pool 9pm-close.

Bob’s Burgers and Brew, Downtown: $2 tacos, 3 for $5, all day in the bar.

Boscoe’s: $2 wells.

Cap’s Lounge: $4.50 Jameson and Maker’s Mark 7pm-close.

Casa Que Pasa: $6 Tecate and shot of 2 Fingers Gold.

Cocoanut Grove: Beef taco salad $5.75, Mexican bottled beer and well tequila $2.75.

Chuckanut Brewery: $1.50 kolsch glasses 5-close.

Grand Avenue Ale House: $3.00 PBR pitchers, micro pints, well drinks, or fry basket, 9-midnight.

Horseshoe/Ranch Room: All day happy hour.

Jalapenos, all locations: $2 tacos all day.

Luna’s Bistro: Half off all pizzas.

Nicki’s Bella Marina: Bucket of five beers, boat of onion rings $20.

Northside Restaurant: Half price appetizers, $3.50 drafts.

Redlight: $4 well shots and drinks, $8 doubles.

Reset Games Arcade: Tallboy Tuesday, all the talls $2.

Rock and Rye Oyster House: Industry night, 15% off, $2 pork tacos for everyone.

The Royal: Progressive drinks – wells and domestic drafts 50 cents 8-9pm, $1 9-10, $2 10-11, $3 11-midnight, $4 midnight-1am, $2.50 1-close.

Rumors Cabaret:  Trashy Tuesday – $2 wells, $2.50 beer in a bag, and $3 pitchers of PBR from 9pm -midnight.

The Shakedown/The Racket: $2 Tuesday – $2 off all tequila shots at the Racket/Shakedown all day, $2 Tecate cans at the Racket 6pm-close, jello shot with each drink purchase at the Shakedown.

Slo Pitch:  Bellingham Brews and pear bombs $4, $1 tacos from 6-9pm. 

 

Bellingham bar specials and events, Thursday

Here’s where to go and what to do in Bellingham this Thirsty Thursday.

EVENTS

Trivia at Trove Coffee, 5:30pm

Jazz Project Jam at Illuminati Brewing, 5:30pm

Jazz Night at Greene’s Corner, 7:30pm

Open jam with Pat McFarland at the Village Inn Pub, 8pm

Walter Burkett at Skylark’s, 8pm

Harry Potter Trivia at Boscoe’s, 8pm

Jazz Jam at Honey Moon, 8:30pm

Crystal Myth, Hound the Wolves, Melancholia at the Shakedown, 9pm

Mason Jennings at the Wild Buffalo, 9pm

Karaoke at the Culture Cafe, 10pm

Karaoke at the Royal, 10pm

SPECIALS

Archer Ale House: $5 Moscow Mules, Gin Mules, and Hot Mexican Mules.

Cabin Tavern: $3 tacos (3 for $8), $6 margaritas.

Cap’s Lounge: El Jimador $4.50, Hornitos $4 7-close.

Casa Que Pasa: $5 Pabst and shot of Pancho Villa Gold.

Cocoanut Grove: Meatball sub with side $6.75, Mike’s Hard $5.

Grand Avenue Ale House: $3 Rolling Rock pitchers, 9-midnight or when the tap runs out.

Horseshoe/Ranch Room: $4.75 Jack and coke.

Northside Restaurant: Taco night – 3 tacos/$3, taco salad $7, margaritas $3.

Redlight: Industry night – $1 off everything but combos, half price call tequila.

Rumors Cabaret: $6 specialty shaker drinks and $2 jello shots all night long and $3 PBR Pitchers, and $2 wells from 9pm until midnight.

Scotty Brown’s: $2 off margaritas.

Slo Pitch: Rotating micro and Cuervo, $4, slider trio $6.99 5-9pm.

Village Inn Pub: Burger special – $3.95 from 4pm-8pm.

 

Mardi Gras happenings in Bellingham

For most responsible adults, you’re a loser if you party all night on a Tuesday. On Mardi Gras, you’re a loser if you don’t.

Fat Tuesday is all about too much fun, so get out there and do stuff that’ll hurt in the morning. Here are a few ideas to get those good times rolling.

The Aireeoke fun machine is throwing a sidewalk Mardi Gras parade at starting at Comics Place on Holly St. at 3:30pm.

Bayou on Bay will be celebrating Cajun-style all night long (and part of the day; they open at 3pm) with tarot readings and face painting, 4pm-9pm, and music from the Hot House Jazz Band at 7pm.

Soul Nite is back at the Wild Buffalo with a Mardi Gras edition at 9pm.

Wrap up the night with the Culture Cafe’s Costume Dance Party Sing-Along with costume prizes, music videos, and bouts of karaoke with Aireekah.