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Nick Moss — the award winning executive chef at 9 Restaurant at the 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. 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 9 Restaurant 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, “9 Restaurant 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, Drew Oliver, 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.

A personal favorite is the house-made hot wings served with a painfully delicious spicy hot sauce. Then there is the Flaming Andy, Drew’s succulent hamburger loaded with Jalapeño peppers, red peppers and blue cheese. My mouth waters reflecting on that fine meal, and at $8.95 it’s quite easily the area’s best gourmet burger for the buck.

One simply cannot dine at 9 Restaurant 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.

9 Restaurant is located in North Bellingham Golf Course’s club house, 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. 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.

9 Restaurant is an excellent location for wedding receptions, office parties and other special events. During the fall and winter 9 Restaurant offers three affordably priced food and wine dinners, and two beer dinners including the beer vs. wine competition that shouldn’t be missed. Restaurant hours vary seasonally, but 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 questions or to order in advance.

"One simply cannot dine at 9 Restaurant without enjoying a bowl of a scratch-made soup."