Long shot, but here goes for Grand Mound
Hi fellow hounds;
I'm caving and taking the family for a one-night, two-day stay at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound. Anything chow-worthy within a 15 or 20-minute drive of there? Saw one Mexican place, Costa Nayarita, that looked potentially interesting. Any thoughts?
Thanks for the tips.
Lynn in Seattle
If you are interested in Mexican, I would take a drive to Centralia, which is not far from Grand Mound, to La Tarasca. This is authentic Mexican. A warning though, it can get crowded.
I think that there is also a burger joint right next to the lodge, but if you want something a little out of the ordinary, I think your best bets are to go to Centralia, Chehalis or even Olympia.
Dick's Brewery is in Grand Mound and their beer is good, and they make their own sausage. La Tarasca as mentioned is definitely worth a visit. Olympia is about 20 minutes away with a few good restaurants...
If you fail to go to La Tarasca, you will regret it for the rest of your life. Seriously. Chile verde, tacos adobada, chile colordao, mole, worth a pilgramage from anywhere in western Washington (closed Tuesdays, and they often close for a few weeks in January, when they visit family in Michoacán). Call ahead.
Grand Mound, itself, is very small, with few choices (I haven't tried Costa Nayarita). In nearby Rochester is a new place, Mason Dixon Line BBQ. Here is their website (but I haven't been there):