Neither of the words "calico" or "cupboard" would normally get me to veer an inch from my path, but then I would have missed the lovely service, a tremendous tuna melt and a cream puff the size of my head, the highlights of my Sunday meandering along Chuckanut Drive. You might be the only non-AARP member in Calico Cupboard, a quaint brick and dark wood space in an old depot right off the highway. You might wait in line or for a table, but the well-made comfort food is worth it, whether you're grabbing pastries on your way to the mountains or stopping for lunch.
I had the extra crunchy tuna melt on a homemade onion dill roll, but I had immediate sandwich envy when I saw my neighbor's corned beef on rye. The restaurant uses all organic flour in their breads and pastries and carries some sweet old-timey favorites like cinnamon rolls and chocolate silk pie. The picture at right is not a trompe d'oeil, that cream puff is approximately 40% the size of the full pie. Sadly, the attached bookstore no longer exists, which I discovered when I entered, and blazed through the dining room only to arrive at a brick wall. Awkward (yes, I was on my phone).
Calico Cupboard Old Town Cafe & Bakery(121 Freeway Dr., Mt. Vernon, WA) is has two more locations in La Conner and Anacortes.