We live in a smaller big town. Or a bigger small town. We just got an Ulta in our town, if that helps you understand our size here in Bellingham, WA.
Sometimes in a town this size, it feels like there are not a lot of choices if one wants to be fancy with their girls (or their families or their kids or themselves) and go to brunch.
Hundred North is bringing brunch to the people of Whatcom County, and we were invited to a preview before the general public!
I took my two favorite dining companions (and happen to have given birth to both of them, so there’s that) and they are often more critical than I am. I enjoy taking them out to eat because they both understand mom’s rule of “no substitutions because the chef made the meal a specific way for a reason” and like to heckle me when I don’t follow it.
The first thing you notice about Hundred North is the space. The exposed beams and the deep rich wood give it a well-loved homey vibe, and paired with the historic Bellingham photos on the wall, they remind you that this space has been here for nearly 100 years in one form or another.
The brunch menu is “typical with a twist”.
The pancakes come with a gorgeous maple butter, the eggs Benedict is called “Bellingham Death Punch” and has a wicked braised pork and collard greens, and there’s a burger called “The Beast” to satisfy even the most man-sized appetites.
We ordered the buttermilk pancakes, the Bellingham Death Punch (no English muffin, since I was Whole 30 at that time, and yes I am aware of the irony of this vs my “no substitutions” rule), and the Good Ol’ Standby.
Juice for the kids, and a whole pot of coffee for me. (One of those mornings.)
Careful on the pancakes. You have to have a pretty monstrous appetite to finish off this trio of dinner-plate-sized hotcakes, and the smallest member of our party did not have it in them to do so. The cakes were fluffy and delicious, and the syrup was just the right thickness to coat the pancakes rather than thinner and soaking into them.
The Bellingham Death Punch was outstanding. The Hollandaise sauce was tangy and thick, the egg was nearly perfectly cooked and the braised pork was a perfect replacement for the English muffins…though I’m hoping to make a return trip to see what I was missing with the English muffins!
I normally don’t like collard greens, but found myself hunting through my plate to find these. They weren’t as stringy as collards I have had before, and soaked up the sauce quite nicely.
Wolfgang enjoyed his “Ol’ Standard” so much, he instagrammed it and didn’t say one single word for the whole meal.
He is 17 and definitely has his own opinion, so it’s a bit shocking when he doesn’t have a single thing to say for an entire meal other than “whoa”.
He did put the sundried tomatoes on my plate, but that speaks more to the fact I love them.
Clean plates for 2 out of 3 of us, and the 3rd didn’t finish because it was a colossal amount of pancakes.
All in all, would recommend if you are in town for the weekend or even just for the day. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays at their location right next to the Mount Baker Theatre, in lovely downtown Bellingham.