That's a Mouthful: Episode 9

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Mckay's Taphouse & Pizzerria

By: Francesco Savoy

So much more than pizza & beer...

McKay’s Taphouse and Pizzeria is an inclusive family restaurant in Bellingham’s
historic Sehome neighborhood. It is a locally owned business with a commitment to
supporting the community by sponsoring monthly fundraising activities for Bellingham
non-profit agencies. Philanthropy is not a marketing gimmick, but part of restauranteur
Dave McKay’s philosophy of being an active participant of the community he lives and
works in.
Neighbors from across Bellingham make this restaurant one of the city’s most
popular, in part, because of McKay’s unerring commitment to hospitality. He has
established a venue where parents feel welcome to bring their kids when they are
learning how to dine out, and when pre-teens are being rambunctious and teenagers
are being surly. The younger set find easy entertainment with the arcade games, and
large screen televisions, in addition to some great pizza.
The restaurant features 50 different beers on tap, which makes it a popular evening
and weekend destination for college students and televised sports enthusiasts can relax
with cold beer and hot pizzas fresh from the oven. Gamers gather on Wednesday nights
to test their trivia wit, and music fans rouse to live music on Thursday nights. McKay’s
Taphouse & Pizzeria is the neighborhood living room occupied by guests who value a
laid back, come-as-you-are environment.
Cicerone will appreciate that long-time bartenders Matt and Ben, will readily help you
select the beer that tantalizes your taste buds. Try a flight of Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout
2014 through 2017. The best beer flight experience around! Not a fan of super dark
beer? Ben and Matt are happy to help you select from ales, hoppy beers, malty, dark,
sour and even gluten free beer. Fancy a different adult beverage? No problem, try a
glass of small batch hard cider or glass of wine.
For many of us, pizza is absolutely, no doubt about, our favorite food group, right
behind Caviar and Champagne. Discerning pizza gastronomes will prize McKay’s
scratch-made pizza dough. Proofed slowly in a walk-in cooler, the dough’s natural
flavors and texture are allowed to develop. This helps impart an unmistakably yeasty
flavor and fine texture to the baked crust. The crust is firm with just the slightest give
under the weight of the toppings. It is also light, tender the perfect vehicle for the sauce
and delicious toppings.
Scratch-made sauces include traditional Tomato-based Marinara, Cajun, Tomato
Garlic, BBQ, Salsa and White Garlic. Meat toppings include a smorgasbord of traditional
proteins plus seasoned taco meat, all-turkey Canadian Style Bacon, Buffalo Chicken,
and Teriyaki Chicken. I’m a teriyaki fan; I’ll have to try this on my next visit.
On a recent McKay’s pizza feast, our group of ten had combo pizzas so we could
try a bit of everything. Meatie Supreme: Canadian style bacon, peperoni, beef, bacon,
Italian sausage, and extra cheese with traditional marinara is, arguably, the best
committed-carnivore’s pizza in Bellingham. The most unique and curiously crave-worthy
pizza is the Jalapeño Popper Supreme with white sauce, fresh jalapenos, roasted garlic,
bacon, cream cheese and extra cheese! The pizza that wins the group’s lip-smacking
blue ribbon favorite was the Sicilian. A combo piled with Genoa salami, peperoni, black
olives, mushrooms, Italian sausage, sun-dried tomatoes and extra cheese.
If you’re looking for a non-judgmental pizza restaurant to relax with the family,
hang with friends to watch sports, gather with gamers or enjoy music with your pizza
and beer, McKay’s Taphouse and Pizzeria will meet all of your hospitality,gastronomic
and entertainment needs.