April 15, 2005
Chuckanut Manor has a little bit of everything that makes Bellingham such a great place to visit – great location, good food, and a homey atmosphere. It sits at the bottom of scenic Chuckanut Drive, which dumps back onto I-5, so it is easily accessible on your way to or from Seattle.
My favorite meal is the Friday-night Seafood Smorgasbord. It is $25 per person, which may sound pricey, but considering that the also recommended Sunday-night All-You-Can-Eat-Dungeness-Crab at Anthony’s is $26, it is definitely a good deal, since you have a selection to choose from. Even though they warn that items may change, you can usually rely on the following to be available in some form or another: crab, shrimp, scallops, steak, oysters, and clam chowder. Dessert is not included, but be sure to save room, or just sit and look at the view while you digest.
If you plan to go on a Friday that falls on April 8 or May 13, please disregard the following, or else my parents will kill me. This is one of those rare occasions when the number of good tables outnumbers the number of bad tables. However, the very best table, in my opinion, is at the end of the restaurant, past the Sunset Lounge and right next to the fireplace. It is a corner table that provides the most amazing view of the sunset over Bellingham Bay. Two of the four seats have excellent views, but on the two dates above, my parents get the primo seat on their respective birthdays.
If you plan to go for Friday Smorgasbord or Sunday Brunch, reservations are a must. At other times, I would say better safe than sorry.
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