Harris Avenue Cafe

Written by on December 31, 2010 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(harrisavecafe.com) – Fairhaven, Bellingham, Washington

Harris Avenue Cafe

How I heard of this place: The Harris Avenue Cafe has been voted among the best places in Bellingham for brunch. In the year that I have known this, I had yet to sample the fare, despite numerous visits to Tony’s (next door) for coffee. This was my chance.

Type of cuisine: A breakfast and lunch eatery, this place offers staple breakfast/brunch items, including scrambles, omelets, special cornmeal pancakes, granola and sides, as well as burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads. The great American meal served home-cooked and made to order.

Ambiance: Small interior space, brightly decorated with yellow walls and a bustling feel. The restaurant is always packed, but the service quick and friendly. The wait-time is often (from what I hear) not too long, or can be spent at Tony’s over a cuppa java. The local artwork, photography on this occasion, make for a very neighborhood, small town feel. The floor-to-ceiling windows alongside the front of the cafe open up onto Harris Street, where diners can watch pedestrians pass by, and pedestrians can ogle the food being consumed by the patrons seated at the window. Approximately ten to twelve small, wooden tables are available for parties of two to four to enjoy a delicious, home-cooked meal either to start the day or as a break from the rest of the day.

Harris Avenue Cafe Inside

What I ordered: I ordered the three-egg mushroom omelet ($10.75) with Swiss cheese, a side of seasoned potatoes and a toasted and buttered English muffin. One of my dining companions ordered the Texas taters (half order: $6.50) with bell and habanero peppers, andouille sausage, onions, cheese, sour cream and salsa over a bed of seasoned potatoes. On the side, she ordered one cornmeal pancake ($2.50) and a mug of coffee. Our two dining companions seated across the table shared a short stack of pancakes (two pancakes) with blueberries and maple syrup, as well as an omelet to share.

On a return visit, Thursday, April 18, 2013: My friend and fellow brunch companion and Harris Avenue Cafe lover joined me for breakfast on this brisk Pacific Northwest morning. We started with a thick mug of coffee, each ($2) and continued with our breakfast selections. She chose the Cornmeal Buttermilk Pancake ($2.50) with a side fried organic egg ($1).

Harris Avenue Cafe Breakfast with Jenna

I opted for the Texas Hash ($7 for a half order) of potatoes, chorizo sausage (which I substituted for one fried egg), onions, bell peppers, Serrano chilies & garlic topped with cheddar & smoked mozzarella cheeses, tomatoes, sour cream & green onions.

Harris Avenue Cafe Texas Taters

What I loved: The fresh and abundant mushrooms in my omelet were delicious, but the flavor and heartiness of the Texas taters beat it. The cornmeal pancake, thick and flavorful, also added substance to the typical pancake and is something I may have to order on my next visit.

Why I loved it: Fast, friendly service in a bustling and fun environment with delicious food! Can’t be beat.

Cost: Average ($6.50-$12 per breakfast/brunch entree)

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