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Native Frybread in Tacoma/Seattle?

luckyducky Jul 26, 2008 08:19 AM

Longtime reader, first-time poster...

I'm wondering if anyone knows of a place (aside from periodic booths are fairs and such) that one could find tasty (and authentic) Native American frybread.

I did a search but didn't see anything in the PNW board. Thanks!

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    ediblelove Jul 28, 2008 02:41 PM

    Cactus seems to get mixed reviews on a whole here but I think that they do what they do well. It is glammed up Mexican food that is tasty and pricey. But, they do have what they call Navajo Fry Bread and it is quite tasty.

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    1. re: ediblelove
      dylinw Jul 28, 2008 04:24 PM

      I like it too. Can't attest to its authenticity, but I do think it tastes good.

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      kkbriggs Jul 26, 2008 04:42 PM

      There is a frybread vendor at the Belfair Farmers Market pretty much every Saturday (9-3). I haven't actually tried the frybread there, but I have head good things about it. I believe they also make "indian tacos".

      The market is at the Theler Center in Belfair:

      Mary E Theler Community Center
      22871 NE State Route 3, Belfair, WA

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        kirkj Jul 26, 2008 04:17 PM

        When I drive through the Tulalip Reservation (Marysville), I see signs for fry bread tacos. Slo-Joe's Grill, at the Tulalip marina is supposed to serve traditional Native fare including fry bread.

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          Leper Jul 26, 2008 09:25 AM

          Luckyducky, the Pacific Northwest Oyster Festival is the first weekend in October next to the Shelton Airport. Its heaven for oyster lovers. Also featured each year is a Native American booth with traditionally cooked salmon, slaw and frybread. A plate is about $5.00 and is better than the much lauded Ray's boathouse. The Oyster Fest is a non commercial food festival and a great Chowhound destination.

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            luckyducky Jul 26, 2008 12:39 PM

            Thanks, Leper. Despite my dislike of fairs, if I'm near home that weekend, I will try to stop by and check it out.

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              dagoose Jul 29, 2008 09:39 AM

              Leper, that was exactly my suggestion...The Oysterfest is less fair, more crazed oyster lovers on a feeding frenzy! I reccomend highly! I'll be there celebrating my birthday by stuffing myself full of oysters and frybread

          2. terrier Jul 26, 2008 09:04 AM

            Pet peeve: there's nothing 'authentic' about frybread. It's existence is entirely owed to the fact that lard and flour were (still are?) distributed by the US government to reservations.

            Fairs are your best bet if you're looking for this. Pretty sure you can get an elephant ear at Seattle Center if you can't find an itinerant carnival. It's the same thing.

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              luckyducky Jul 26, 2008 12:37 PM

              Then let me rephrase, if you know so much... by "authentic," I mean "not at a fair and not an elephant ear (because they are NOT the same thing)."

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                sophiamaria Jul 28, 2008 01:22 PM

                I agree with luckyducky. If you think there's nothing "authentic" about frybread, then chances are you've never had the real thing--cooked at a roadside stand by a Native American that has been making them for decades in a style passed down from mother or grandmother, etc. An elephant ear, are you kidding me?
                Unfortunately, I've never had one in the PNW but I did just have one in Jemez Pueblo, NM. It's worth a trip to Jemez if you ever anywhere near.

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                  luckyducky Jul 29, 2008 08:42 AM

                  sophiamaria - I was just in Phoenix for a business trip and found an awesome hole-in-the-wall place in Mesa that made delicious ones. :)

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              BallardFoodie Jul 26, 2008 08:39 AM

              I believe that Bicks (about 105th and Greenwood) has a fry bread appetizer, but I cannot attest to its authenticity as I haven't had the "real" thing in a long time.

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