If you’ve been to Carnal in downtown Bellingham, you know meat is their forte. Now you can enjoy the restaurant’s new burger offshoot, Comrade, located right next door. Created as a destination for casual takeout during the pandemic, Comrade’s menu is short and sweet, featuring elevated burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, and fries with house-made dipping sauces.
While the recipes are driven by Carnal chefs and prepared in Carnal’s kitchen, the sandwiches cater to a customer base looking for something quick, casual, and affordable enough to become a regular lunch destination. Comrade also offers an opportunity for young talent to cut their culinary teeth in the kitchen.
“It’s a chance to train some younger chefs…they get a chance to [cook] during the day, when it gets really busy, on the burger side,” explains owner Skip Williamson.
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Not your ordinary fast-food burger, Comrade’s Short Rib Burger ($9) features a hefty patty of grass-fed beef and melty American cheese. All condiments are made in-house, including sweet-and-spicy pickles and a bone-marrow based mayonnaise.
Other options include a Grilled Pork Chop Sandwich ($10) and a Fried Chicken Sandwich ($10). The fried chicken is done two ways: sweet, with chicken bone marrow honey, or spicy, with chili oil. Make it a meal with an order of Fries ($3), and add bone marrow mayo or chicken fat sauce for dipping. Vegan and fish sandwich options are also in the works.
On the drink side, you’ll find an in-house version of an Arnold Palmer, made with peach iced tea, along with beer, wine, and other fun drinks.
Though Comrade began as a strictly-lunch affair, it will be open for dinner starting in June. The restaurant has both indoor and sidewalk seating. 1232 N. State St., Bellingham, 360.306.3587, eatcomrade.com
If you’re craving a classic burger experience, check out Lynden’s newest burger operation, Underground Burger. The new restaurant offers delicious, affordable burgers made fast.
The restaurant began as a virtual kitchen based out of Jake’s BBQ, but has since expanded into a permanent spot within Jake’s, where you can now dine-in or order to-go.
“The wild popularity led us to create a more traditional format,” says owner Brian Poag.
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There’s a reason these burgers are causing a buzz. They’re made from locally-raised, certified Angus beef that will bust your hunger, not your wallet. They’re also just really good.
Keep it classic with an Underground Burger ($6.99) or make it a Double ($9.99). The third-pound patties are served on brioche buns with house-made burger sauce and fresh lettuce, onion, and tomato. Gluten-free buns are also available.
Round out your meal with a side of seasoned Waffle Fries ($2.99). For a sweet drink, grab a Homemade Shake ($4.99) in chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla, all topped with a swirl of whipped cream. 8114 Guide Meridian Rd., Lynden, undergroundburgers.com