Strolling with my family through Bellingham’s old Fairhaven district on a warm Sunday morning landed us in an Orleans-esque alley filled with charm and a secret destination: Skylark’s Hidden Cafe. Being noon, we readily grabbed the first table and I quickly realized that there was not much on the menu that fit the no-fat vegan formula. Plan B: talk to the server! She was a gluten-free gal, so completely on board with my “special needs” and had the kitchen whip up a large and delicious spinach salad – fresh baby spinach and chopped tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, a sprinkle of pine nuts (not normally on the Esselstyn diet, but I requested) and balsamic vinegar on the side.
We got very nice service, a charming in and outdoor setting, with a fair amount of garden and alley seating. There is also a pretty main dining area upstairs and street level access. The menu for a no-fat vegan was very limited, but the spirit in the place was good, and they will do their best to make you something if you direct.