Food & Nightlife

Food & Nightlife

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The nightlife at Mt Baker and the surrounding area is rather quiet, with only a handful of options for dining and drinking.

Mt Baker Apres

For après drinks you can head to the Tap Room, upstairs in the Heather Meadows Day Lodge at the Mt Baker ski area. Après festivities don’t tend to last too long considering that most folks have to drive off the hill.

Evening Dining & Drinking

When staying in the Baker area, dinner is your major logistical consideration. Milano’s in the strange little town of Glacier is the much spoken of place to eat. Milano’s does great Italian cuisine and has an extensive wine list and at least four beers on tap. Cheap eats like the minestrone soup are delicious, whilst the more upscale options such as pork medallions in prosciutto and the pasta toscano are divine. Accompanied with a simple but tasty salad, quality bread with olive oil and balsamic, there should be just enough room for dessert. Sadly it lacks a bit of soul and is in a characterless, even drab and uninviting building.

A better bet in Glacier is the ‘spit on the floor pub’ across the road called Graham’s Bar and Restaurant. This joint oozes character and has an awesome food selection with great service and banter at the bar. Make sure to finish off whatever you have for dinner with a strawberry and apple crisp with ice cream.

On the way back towards Bellingham, stop at the North Fork Brew Pub. The beer is good in Washington – seriously good. If you don’t like beer, learn to like it, or preferably, learn to love it. The food is well priced and massively portioned. There are great pizzas, calzones, delicious lasagna and other simple fare.

Breakfast Glacier

If there is no breakfast at whatever fine establishment you are temporarily residing in (or if it gets served after 8am – too late!), a stop on the way to the hill is mandatory at the Wake ‘n Bakery located just off the main drag behind Milano’s. Breakfast burritos, quiches (real men DO eat quiche!), great coffee and sweet baked goods will set you up for the morning’s muscle straining snow activities. My favourite cookie there is the Frosty Doodle.

Brekkie is also available from Grahams and the Grab n go van near Chair 9 on the way out of Glacier.