By Stacee Sledge
Whatcom Magazine, Winter 2006
Where to sup between
to shop until you drop this
gift-shopping-wrapping-shipping-returning season? We
have an alternative suggestions.
take a break and grab a light bite at any of these area
eateries to head off holiday overload and restore your
Flats Tapas Bar
1307 11th Street
Opened last January by Rich and Yasmine McCudden, Flats
Tapas Bar in Fairhaven brings a smidge of Spain to the
popular, character-filled shopping district.
Intensely flavored morsels talke a gourmet twist at this
brick-walled, two-story eatery.
give you a taste of this, and a taste of that,” says
Yasmine McCudden. “We’ve shrunk the plate down, so
diners can try several different dishes.”
Choose a few menu items – all made daily in-house – for
surprising by tastes you may not have previously
experienced in Whatcom County.
the Anchoa, a white marinated anchovy with avocado
garlic aioli served on a seeded baguette. Its lemony
undertones blend with the fish’s salt tang in a heady
combo of tastes.
bravas is another popular dish, mixing smoked Spanish
paprika with the sweetness of yams, finished with a
complex and spicy tomato sauce.
Seafood sampling is a peak experience at Flats. Braised
octopus, prawns, scallops, salmon and tuna are presented
in inventive interplay of texture and seasoning.
Coppa Mediterranean Bistro
1224 Harris Avenue
colorful restaurant offers another respite amid the busy
as one of Bellingham’s noteworthy eateries in the “2005
Best Places Northwest” guide, Coppa Mediterranean Bistro
presents an array of tapas and main courses inspired by
owner Fahri Ugurlu’s upbringing in southern Turkey.
You’ll also find Mediterranean treats from
Italy, Portugal, Morocco, and more.
you’re looking for a light repast, you can build a meal
out of many morsels off Coppa’s tapas menu. From
granseola (a rich crab dip inspired by the Venetian
classic and served with warm pita bread) to pancar
salatasi (a Turkish dish of roasted beets, lemon juice,
olive oil and fresh mint topped with yogurt cheese),
you’re sure to discover a new flavor worth savoring.
also serves four distinct flatbreads, inspired by Spain,
France, the Middle East and Italy. The lahmajun tops a
duo of thin, crisp flatbreads with minced lamb, onions,
tomatoes, peppers, parsley, and cinnamon, accompanied by
pink pickled onions and lemon wedges.
you’re out early to avoid the holiday gift-buying horde,
consider Coppa’s crabcake benedict, served at its
Miyoshi Japanese Restaurant
4459 Guide Meridian
Tackling traffic to shop the stores that line the Guide?
While there are lots of chains offering reliable fare en
route to shopping standbys Wal-Mart and Costco, you’ll
find a locally owned gem that can turn an afternoon
tangling with traffic and post-office lines to more
pleasurable pursuits. Escape into Miyoshi Japanese
Restaurant, and you’ll find spectacular sushi alongside
an array of popular Japanese appetizers and entrées.
by chef Masa Kato in October 1992, Miyoshi’s menu and
environs set the stage for an authentic Japanese dining
quick but relaxing nibble, try a snack of sushi. From
octopus to salmon, the diverse sushi delights created by
Miyoshi’s talented “Sushi Boys,” as regulars know them,
dazzle with their unfailingly fresh flavors.
noodle dishes also make for a nice mid-shopping nosh.
Yakisoba and udon are served up in a myriad of
tantalizing ways, cold or hot, alongside ingredients
like sliced pork with onions, nori seaweed, or Hawaiian
tuna teamed with teriyaki sauce. More traditional
teriyaki or tempura dishes are also tempting.
Stacee Sledge is a
freelance writer who recently remodeled her kitchen.
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