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Feb 11, 2012 08:44 AM

Staying at Tulalip Resort. What to eat in Marysville area?

Hi all,

A few of us ladies from Vancouver are heading to the Tulalip Casino Resort for a 4-day girls getaway full of eating, shopping and pampering. The restaurants inside the resort are definitely a must, but how's the food like on the outside?

We would consider a short(ish) drive for good food, just not Seattle since our priority is the Tulip Festival and exploring other parts of your beautiful state on this trip.

We're not so concerned about price, ambiance, or type of cuisine (ok maybe not so much the hamburgers and steaks. we are ladies afterall) It just has to be good. So what would you recommend for fresh, perhaps local, just good ole tasty food?

And I used to love love love the Willows Edge Tea Room. But alas they are closed now so we need a substitute. Anyone have experience with Attic Secrets Tearoom or Mackenzi's Tearoom?

Thanks Hounds!

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  1. You are right on the borderline of the Seattle board, so look for info there. In the Tulip Festival area look for threads about Edison and La Conner. You might even want to make a loop on Whidbey Island (taking the Mulkteo ferry). In that case lookup Coupville on this board. Marysville itself is just a distance suburb of Seattle, so there isn't much excitement except for the casino and nearby shopping center. I've done the brunch buffet at the casino, and was not impressed. Everett to the south is older, but the culture and dining is defined more by the major employers of the past and present, paper mills, Boeing and the Navy than anything cosmopolitan.

    1. Rexville Grocery on the weekend for a pretty good breakfast, and not at all far from the tulip fields

      1. Thanks paulj for sorting out the geography stuff for us. It looks like we will have to venture out further north than anticipated. I was hoping the town itself might have some cute little places to check out so that we don't have to drive too far. Oh well.

        Thanks cwe for the rec. It's definitely going on the list.

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        1. re: Lulufoodie

          is a 2009 thread on the area, so some places mentioned may be out of business.

          Your tearooms might still be good choices. It's a category of shop that does not get discussed much on the Seattle board. Locals are more likely to debate the best Thai, Chinese or Mexican, and the out of towners want something that would wow a jaded New York or San Francisco visitor. If someone asks for high tea, we are likely to send them to Victoria. :)

          1. re: Lulufoodie

            Hi Lulufoodie,

            As a fellow Vancouverite, I agree with PaulJ that you venture over to Whidbey for foodie adventures. With many quaint villages (Oak Harbor, Coupeville, Freeland, Langley) you're bound to find something worthy:


            The ferry ride from Mukilteo is a nice excursion which brings you to Clinton, south end of Whidbey, which you can then explore northward. WSDOT ferry service now has a reservation system which gives you priority boarding:


            Which I wasn't aware of last August when we were going between Port Townsend to Fort Casey on Whidbey.

            All the best !

            1. re: LotusRapper

              That ferry reservation only applies to the Port Townsend run, not the Clinton one. As long as you avoid the obvious rushhours, waits for Clinton shouldn't be long. They implemented a reservation system for Port Townsend because the route has been undercapacity for some years (since they took some old San Francisco Bay ferries out of service).

              There are a number of stateparks on Whidbey. Coupeville overlooks the Penn Cove mussel beds.

          2. Two of my favorites in that part of the world are the Rhododendron Cafe in Edison (rotating menus of different regional cuisines, simple, local, fresh, and GOOD) and Calico Cupboard (wonderful breakfasts, excellent bakery, house-made soups, sandwiches), which has locations in Anacortes, La Conner, and Mount Vernon and does breakfast and lunch only.

            1. There's also Anthony's Homeport and Anthony's Woodfire Grille (part of Anthony's chain) in Everett: