We might as well admit it: We’re suckers for the pulled-pork nachos at Jake’s Western Grill. There’s just something about that dollop of savory pulled pork, covered with cheese and topped with a slice of jalapeno — one bite and you can’t help but crave them forever.But we’re far from the only ones in Whatcom County — and beyond (hi, Canada!) — who appreciate Jake’s down-home cooking.

Even those who are from the South (and thus should know good barbecue when they taste it) rave about Jake’s. Consider this recent review posted on Yelp: “A year and a half after moving up here from Texas, I was getting cornbread withdrawals! This is some damn good eats. We will absolutely be back.”

Other reviewers call Jake’s the “best BBQ in Western Washington” and “out of this world.”

Not bad.

Want to try some baby back ribs? One reviewer describes them as “falling off the bone, tender, succulent, spicy sweet porky goodness.” Or how about the mac and cheese (“creamy, cheesy, tangy cheddary heaven”), the pulled pork (“to die for — sweet, tangy and juicy”) or the aforementioned pulled-pork nachos (“burrowed their way into my food consciousness”).

Whatever you eat at Jake’s, the odds are high that it’s going to be amazing.

And what’s more, you can eat it in their Lynden restaurant or take it with you; every single item on the menu at Jake’s is available for takeout. There also are family-sized meals made for enjoying at a picnic, barbecue or a simple evening meal at home. For less than $30, you can get two pounds of pulled pork, soft buns, three sides and cornbread, enough food to feed up to six people.

Jake’s Western Grill has been around since 2008, when Brian and Tanya Poag opened the restaurant on Guide Meridian — the first authentic barbecue restaurant in Lynden. Brian is a native Tennessean, and he knows good barbecue — “BBQ done right,” as they like to say at Jake’s.

Even restaurant veterans are impressed:

“We showed up as a party of 19 and had the best dining experience I’ve had in a long long time,” wrote one reviewer on Google. “Everyone from the little kids to our 89-year-old grandmother was raving about the food. The service was perfect and the kitchen timed everything like we were the only ones there (the restaurant was actually fully seated the whole night). As a veteran of the restaurant industry, I feel like I’m hard to impress, but tonight’s experience was so good that I feel compelled get online to leave Jake’s a 5 star review. Well done!”

Well done, indeed. Jake’s is barbecue done right! Swing by their beautiful, clean restaurant in North Whatcom County to try for yourself.

 

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