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Good new spot in Bellingham--City Grill

Neecies | Dec 4, 201111:25 AM

My hubby and I were in town for a hair cut for me and a stop at our jeweler, both downtown, around lunch time. The walk between the two took us right past the old Du Jour Bistro on Cornwall, which to our surprise has just been re-opened as the City Grill. We read the menu in the window and though slightly concerned about the multi-nationalness of it, we were drawn in by the description of the cheeseburger, something we both had a bit of a jones for lately: "mixed cheeses" and "house-made patty". We stepped inside (redecorated very nicely, with lots of booths), and placed an order.

So first thing: everything, even the burgers, comes with a first course of soup or salad. We ordered salad and got a bowl of crunchy, cold romaine and green leaf lettuces, chopped tomato and sliced red onion, topped with a spot-on, well-seasoned, obviously house-made vinaigrette. I'm a salad girl, and I'm here to tell you it was a better salad with fresher ingredients than one usually gets in Bellingham's restaurants. I couldn't have been more surprised or impressed. The soup on offer was a chicken vegetable, also house made we were assured.

Then came our burgers. I lifted the bun to inspect the patty and indeed found the irregular shape of a house-made patty. The mix of cheeses on top were white and yellow cheddars, nicely melted, the lettuce was cold freshly torn green leaf, and slices of tomato and red onion were included. The bun was a fresh-that-day Kaiser roll. The flavor was sensational. Frank, the chef and proprietor, seasons the patties and there was a lovely black-pepperiness throughout. It's one of the best burgers I've had in this town. Searingly hot, thick steak fries came on the side.

There were 7 or 8 other sandwiches on the lunch specials. The dinner menu includes same, pastas, ribs and a number of other casual fares. (The ribs come with one of two sauces, the usual BBQ which no doubt Frank made himself and a lemon-herb sauce, which sounds so different it's what I'll order next time we go.)

Service, provided by Frank's wife Sue, was great.

So what did that set us back? $7.25 per.

We look forward to going back. And business has been slow downtown, so get out of your houses Bellinghammers and welcome these worthy people to our town. They need the encouragement, and Bellingham needs people like Frank and Sue who believe in giving you great quality for your dining-out dollars. You won't regret it!

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