Birch Bay restaurant aims for high-quality comfort food

Published on Thu, Sep 23, 2010 by By Jeremy Schwartz

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Birch Bay is home to a new restaurant whose owners say customers will experience “affordable dining at its finest.”

The Thunderbird Café is now open for business at 8124 Birch Bay Drive. Owner David Bernstein said he set up shop in Birch Bay because he wants to be able to bring high-quality food to people at prices they can afford.

Bernstein worked with restaurateur Barry Brooks to develop the theme of the restaurant and design the menu.

Brooks said some of his generations-old family recipes, such as one for fried chicken and mashed potatoes, have made it onto the menu.

Brooks said his family made food a central part of their lives and he eventually helped open up restaurants in Alaska.
Brooks said he was gratified to see how people took to his family’s recipes. He said he is excited to be able to share his food with fine-dining enthusiasts and families alike.

  The menu will take into account the dietary concerns of patrons such as gluten allergies. The restaurant will also serve organic and locally grown food whenever possible, Brooks said.

The café plans to source flour from the Fairhaven Organic Flour Mill in Bellingham and meat from Claus Meats. A former Anthony’s seafood chef will also work in the kitchen.

Bernstein and Brooks said they have strived to make the café as family friendly as possible. Places where families can get quality food at reasonable prices are becoming all too rare, they added.

For more information call 360/393-3736.