Eat Restaurant and Bar: American Bistro with a French Twist

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After a soft opening in early February, the Eat Restaurant and Bar is now in full operation, offering lunch five days and dinner six days a week, on the corner of Holly St. and Cornwall Ave., in downtown Bellingham. They also feature a weekend brunch from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM every Saturday and Sunday.

Eat_interior_300_300With extensive French culinary training under their belts, it seemed natural that the new owners design the space with a French bistro feel. The menu features American comfort foods with a French twist, as well as some classic French dishes. The Eat team describes it as “American Farm to Table with a French Twist”.

Lunch option include various soups and salads, as well as mouthwatering sandwiches such as the Grass-fed, All Beef Hamburger or the Croque Madame sandwich with warm gruyere cheese, ham, béchamel sauce, and an over-easy egg. Other lunch options include the Black Cod Tartine and a cast-iron Baked Ziti Lamb Bolognaise.

Start off dinner with an appetizer such as Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Terrine or the organic Egg Meurette, (eggs poached in red wine, onions and mushrooms with artisan toast). Main entrees include options from both land and sea.

From the land, try the Cassoulet Duck Confit with cannettini beans, pork shoulder, duck confit and Toulouse sausage. Or, choose a smoked BBQ Farm-Raised Beer Chicken with local braised ratatouille and caberbet jus.

Their deluxe seafood offerings include the Brioche-Pesto-Parmesan Crusted Cod with a veggie puree and cabernet jus, or the Cioppino, featuring mussels, clams, prawns, and cod, served with seasonal vegetables and saffron rouille.

Eat is backed by the team of Eric A Truglas, Dominique Faury, Amberleigh Brownson, and Jeff Kahn, who combine experience from top restaurants around the world, including in Paris, New York, California, Boston, England, and Florida. With extensive experience in the hospitality, food, and beverage industry, these folks really know their stuff.

You can expect your dining experience to include a top-notch wine selection, especially considering that partner Brownson is a Court of Master Sommelier’s graduate.  She used this knowledge and her experience to create a wine menu featuring a nice mixture of quality Washington and imported wines alike.

eat.barFor wine aficionados and those who would like to connect with the restaurant, Eat is forming a wine club. Cooking and handcrafted cocktail classes are all in the works and will be offered in the near future as well, so stay tuned!

Eat features a full service bar – Happy Hour runs from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM daily, with the bar staying open late (11:00 PM) on Friday and Saturdays. Their Happy Hour menu is unique in that it is designed to accommodate different-sized groups. It boasts nine incredible dishes, each available in single, double, four, or eight-person portions.

Keeping with popular trend in Bellingham, the restaurant has a primary focus on farm-to-table fare. You can eat happy knowing that your ingredients have been consciously chosen to support the local community, with a “back to roots” concept in mind. The outcome is a constantly revolving menu, highlighting fresh, locally-sourced products.

Eat was created as a place to bring people together, to bond in shared experiences and, of course, share good food. Its proof there’s nothing better than an evening out in a welcoming environment, a good meal, and glasses of a fine beverage raised in friendship. Sound good? Then Eat is the place for you.

Eat Restaurant, 1200 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA, 98225

Phone: (360)-306-3917

Operating Hours:

Lunch: Mon – Fri. 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Dinner: Mon – Sat 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Later Friday and Saturday Nights)

Brunch: Sat. & Sun. 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

For more information about Eat Restaurant and Bar, and full menu see their website, http://www.4u2eat.com.