Goat Mountain Pizza: Kudos to the killer crust

By: Aaron Apple and Aaron Kaysor

Bellingham is notorious for its wide variety of popular local pizza joints. Before experiencing Goat Mountain Pizza, it would be easy to wonder what else could be done with pizza that nobody else is already doing. Goat Mountain has figured it out, and it’s been causing them to run out of pizza long before closing time.

The answer is simple: no one in town makes crust like Goat Mountain does. This was the first thing we noticed upon the first bite and we were hooked. The thin bottom layer of the crust is crisp like a cracker, with the top being soft and absorbent. It’s a bit hard to describe—we’ve never had anything quite like it and you should just go experience it for yourselves. The crust, combined with locally sourced produce and house-made sauces, dough, mozzarella and sausage, all combine into a deliciously high quality product.

Both of us ate at Goat Mountain twice during September for this review, not counting the two times Apple visited when they were already out of pizza by the time he had arrived. Hopefully by the time you are reading this, they are more prepared for the volume of pizza Bellingham demands and there won’t be more shortages.

Ordering at the counter is also different than any other pizza place we’ve been to, as they charge by the pound rather than the slice. They have large rectangular sheets of pizza displayed at the counter when you walk in, so it’s a little bit awkward trying to describe exactly how much pizza you want the first time. During his most recent visit, Apple ended up spending $8.79 (including tax) for .62 pounds of pizza, which turned out to be a very fair amount. The cost is $12.99 per pound and $30 for a full sheet of pizza.

Out of the few different pizzas we’ve tried, we agreed that the one with bacon, caramelized onion, green onion, and the Stilton/ mozzarella cheese blend was our favorite. We were told that the juices from the caramelized onion act as the sauce, so with the absence of marinara you could really taste each strong flavor. Unlike many places that pass off grilled onions as caramelized ones, these tasted like they’ve been simmering for a long time. As a result, they really steal the show and provide a well-rounded flavor when eaten with the salty bacon and cheese.

According to the Goat Mountain Facebook page, where they post the day’s menu, they offer three or four different pizzas at a time each day. We had the privilege of trying a few others too, like the Margarita which had marinated cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, tomato sauce, roasted garlic and basil, and another with bacon, potato, black truffle sauce, Fontina cheese and fresh herbs.

Beside pizza, they also serve a daily salad, roasted garlic cheese bread and a variety of beers and wine. We both tried the quinoa salad ($7) – a bed of local greens with bacon, quinoa, avocado, cashews and green goddess dressing (the salad can also vary by day). The dressing added a little bit of a kick to the salad, which paired well with a few slices and a Kulshan IPA.

Patrons of Goat Mountain have a few different seating options after they order at the counter. There’s outdoor seating available on the sidewalk, bar and table seating downstairs, and several tables upstairs that provide a nice elevated view of the Holly and Bay St. intersection. The pizza arrives at the table on a wooden cutting board, complete with bite-size chocolate chip cookies. The water is served in a mason jars. The setting is casual and comfortable for sure, but the pizza is what you won’t soon forget.

Goat Mountain Pizza is located at 215 W. Holly Street in Bellingham. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight Friday, and 12:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday. They are closed Sunday and Monday. A 15 percent discount is offered to WWU students.

For more information, visit www.goatmountainpizza.com, or call (360) 510-6336.