By now it’s no secret that Bellingham’s own Fiamma Burger, and its big sister La Fiamma, have some fairly amazing dishes to offer. But what many don’t realize is that Fiamma Burger has spread its wings, moving beyond their phenomenal burgers, and mastering the fine art of breakfast – which, let’s all agree, really is the most important meal of the day.
With one-of-a-kind breakfast sandwiches, including my own favorite, sundried tomato & arugula chicken sausage, provolone cheese, a fried egg & pesto mayo (yum), served up with walking stick hashbrowns (if you haven’t tasted them yet, I strongly recommend it – these are made from scratch with shredded russet potatoes, seasoned with rosemary & black pepper) & a coffee or juice, it’s the perfect option for an early morning spent wandering downtown Bellingham, or perusing the Farmers Market.
And, while the menu already sports something for every palate, the folks behind the scenes are currently working on some amazing additions, most of which are being kept under wraps until their big reveal later this month. However, I was able to weasel out that Chicken & Waffles have secured their spot on the list!
I took my six-year-old nephew along for my last Fiamma breakfast trip, or as he dubbed it, a “Saturday Morning Adventure,” and while he opted for a classic sandwich of egg, bacon & cheese, I was feeling daring. I gave the “In Mah Belllly” a try – pork sausage, fried egg, cheddar-jack cheese & hot sauce mayo. Yum! After munching awhile, enjoying the early morning sunshine and downtown people watching, we revisited the counter to pick up a single serving of the Fried Apple Bread Pudding to share (yes, I occasionally order dessert after breakfast – don’t judge). As the server brought it over to our table, piping hot, and emanating the most mouth watering aroma, I had to fight said 6 year old for even a few bites. This delight is exactly what you’d expect were you to cross French toast, an apple fritter, and a cinnamon roll – with a healthy dose of caramel to top it off. Heavenly – and this is coming from a girl that could live on apples and cinnamon sugar.
With a mission to bring you the best burgers you can eat, Fiamma Burger owners, Dan & Ken, set out to create a burger restaurant worth craving. Fiamma serves all natural, hormone-free, Pacific Northwest beef, ground fresh in-house, atop buttery brioche buns baked daily and delivered via cargo bike from their own bakery just down the street (tell me your mouth isn’t watering yet).
Oh, and did I mention happy hour? Daily from 3-6pm & again 8pm-close, Fiamma Burger is a great place to enjoy a cold brew with friends, or a few friendly strangers. Their website says it best: “We like our beer tasty, we like our beer cold, & we like our beer local.” To that effect, they offer some great local choices including Rainier, Olympia, Hamms, A.V.B.C., Avery Brewing, Oscar Blues, Seattle Cider, 21st Amendment, & more.
While Fiamma Burger opened its doors in 2007, the Fiamma family began with La Fiamma Woodfire Pizza in 1998. Locally owned & operated, both locations have become staples here in the Bellingham community. They continue to offer meals that include as many locally sourced items as possible. They also serve as an integral participant in countless community-based groups & organization – including, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County, Allied Arts Chalk Art Festival, Brigid Collins House, NSEA, Bellingham Food Bank, WomenCare Shelter, Whatcom Museum, Slum Doctor Programme, Kulshan Community Land Trust, and many more.
Located at 1309 Railroad Ave in downtown Bellingham, Fiamma Burger is easy to find, and (in this humble writers opinion) most definitely worth stopping by! Check out their full menu online at www.fiammaburger.com or swing in and ask the staff for their personal recommendations. They’re open daily at 7am, until 9:30pm Sunday-Thursday, and 10:30pm on Friday & Saturday.