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Trumpeter Public House–Mt. Vernon, Washington

by Karen on May 25th, 2011

On my way home from Bellingham last weekend I stopped to eat in Mt. Vernon.  One of my recent cooking class students mentioned that the Trumpeter Public House was her favorite restaurant in Mt. Vernon so I had to give it a try.  I just had my iphone camera so this is my only picture but that doesn’t really matter….the food speaks for itself….no fancy pictures are needed.

The menu has so many GF items on it I was overwhelmed—this so rarely happens to me that I had to order at least three items knowing that my kids would LOVE the leftovers.  I didn’t really anticipate how difficult it would be to actually save some of the food I ordered once it was placed in front of me.

The chicken sandwich pictured above is made on homemade GF bread and it was tasty but not really very fiery. The heat comes from spicy chili sauce but the blue cheese must have really cut the spice because it didn’t seem spicy to me.  I ordered the Risotto Cakes and saved those for my daughter because I was otherwise occupied with the Crab Mac and Cheese. I couldn’t stop eating that–one forkful lead to another and to another…..I can’t wait to visit again.

It is so decadent to go to a restaurant and not have to worry about asking a million questions, the menu is clearly marked GF for those items that are always GF .  Items that can be made GF are noted as GF on request.

At the Trumpeter you can order Fried Calamari, Fish and Chips, Soup, Sandwiches, Pasta dishes, and Shepherd’s Pie!  A lot of options—and all things we rarely get to eat out.  There are great selections of appetizers, fish and steaks too.  The atmosphere is warm and inviting with cozy seating and beautiful woodwork throughout.   This will be a destination for us when we travel north—we will plan our trips to land here at lunch or dinner. 

I spent quite a long time talking to Paul (one of the owners). His wife Karin is who you can really thank for the food, she has taken the pains to cook from scratch for excellent gluten free food.  I didn’t realize it but the Skagit Valley is not only home to our gorgeous tulip fields but also the largest producer of red potatoes in the U.S.  During the 3rd week of September Karin will cook up potatoes au gratin for the Guiness Book of World Records.  They are figuring out all the details right now, she will be cooking them outside when they close down the adjacent streets for the celebration.  Might be a fun time to visit the restaurant too.

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