That's a Mouthful: Episode 2

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9Restaurant

By: Francesco Savoy

Nick Moss, the award winning executive chef at 9 Restaurant at North Bellingham Golf Course, has definitely raised the culinary standard for golf course fare. Under Nick’s guidance, this made-from-scratch restaurant serves the most diverse menu in Whatcom County. And for good reason: the restaurant emphasizes fresh affordable cuisine that appeals to a large, culturally diverse customer base. Consumer focused menu planning requires frequent and thoughtful product-sourcing from Whatcom County farms, wineries, and breweries – and 9Restaurant delivers. The frequently rotating menu assures that the freshest ingredients, best wines, and extraordinary beers are always available. While harvesting herbs from the kitchen’s balcony garden, Nick told me:"9Restaurant is the most affordable scratch kitchen around.” I readily agree with his assertion.

Exceptional quality is essential to Nick’s restaurant program. Nick and sous chef, Kyle Johnson, prepare house seasoned ground beef, roast beef, chicken and turkey to ensure that customers enjoy the best fresh food imaginable, and at the lowest prices of most local high-end restaurants. Hand-cut fries are cooked in the Belgian method in a dedicated fryer; you won’t find fishy tasting fries here! A personal fav is the house-made hot wings served with a painfully delicious spicy hot sauce. Then there is the Tournament Burger, a succulent hamburger loaded with house-blend hamburger, melted cheese, and traditionally garnished with mayo, mustard, pickles, tomatoes and lettuce. My mouth waters reflecting on that fine scratch-made burger on a house baked bun. It’s quite easily the area’s best gourmet burger for the buck.

One simply cannot dine at 9Restaurant without enjoying a bowl of a scratch-made soup. Nick’s soup menu changes every day, which means that he constantly produces a variety of soup stocks for use in his wide array of clam chowders, beef, poultry, vegetable, and fish-based soups. Another daily item that can’t be missed is the house-made fish and chips served with tartar sauce which, naturally, is also made from scratch.

9Restaurant is located in the North Bellingham Golf Course clubhouse, which sits in the center of an 700 acre property that includes the 18 hole golf course. The view from the restaurant’s sun room includes the 10th tee and the 18th fairway and green. Ample 8-inch thick tables made from century-old Cedar trees recovered from the bottom of British Columbia’s Lake Osoyoos were custom-made for the restaurant. The course-side patio is a fantastic place to enjoy a meal, pint of local tap beer from microbreweries such as Kulshan, Aslan and Wander Brewing, a cocktail or a Bellingham Bay Coffee Roasters espresso drink.

9Restaurant is an excellent location for wedding receptions, office parties and other special events. During the fall and winter 9Restaurant offers three affordable food and wine dinners, and two beer dinners including the beer vs. wine competition that shouldn’t be missed. Don’t overlook the Whiskey and Food Pairing dinner on February 10! Restaurant hours vary seasonally. You can count on the first pot of coffee at sunrise, and last call near sunset each evening. Visit northbellingham.com for current menus or phone the restaurant at 360.393.3800 for special events or to order in advance.