This time I was driving to the Festival with a fellow filmmaker and a frequent Brunch Buddy. On her insistence, we stopped at the Old Town Cafe to enjoy an early morning breakfast that would warm our belly and steel us for the long drive to Montana. A good choice it proved to be.
The Old Town is one of those little local jewels. They source as much of their organic ingredients as they can locally and are committed to creating a community space for both customers and staff. The staff have a very egalitarian approach to the cafe with everyone pitching in on all the various duties.
The Buddy had the poached eggs with a salad and toast. They had no problem making an adjustment to the basic breakfast and it was delicious. The salad was a mosaic of freshness and I almost dipped my fork into it. The dressing was house made, and in this case, the Buddy chose balsamic.
I love the options they offer at Old Town. You can choose between all sorts of bread types for your toast, but you can also choose locally made corn tortillas. In the case of the salad, it was a substitute, but generally, you have a choice of home fries or black beans.
I ordered the simple egg sandwich, two scrambled eggs on toast with cheese, accompanied by the black beans. The beans were a stick to your ribs option whereas the home fries would have gone straight to my driving hips, so I made a choice based on getting through the thirteen hour drive. The scrambled eggs were great, still smooth and creamy, never overcooked. It was the right order for me that morning. My only suggestion is that the sandwich would have been helped by some tomatoes. It would have felt less plain.
I loved the homey neighbourhood feel of the Old Town Cafe. I never felt rushed, and knew that if we had come with a group of friends it wouldn’t have mattered how long we stayed. We could have enjoyed a leisurely Sunday without the bustle that some places have.
If you’re driving down south, or perhaps in the area for a Trader Joe’s visit then you should stop in and say hello to the staff at Old Town Cafe. Come for the food, stay for the friendliness.
Movie Recommendation: On the Town (1949). A great little 24 hour romp through New York for sailors Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire.
315 W Holly St, Bellingham, WA
Open from 6:30 am daily, 8 am on Sundays