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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 http://rhodycafe.com/ in Edison (rotating menus of different regional cuisines, simple, local, fresh, and GOOD) and Calico Cupboard http://www.calicocupboardcafe.com/ (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:



              1. Thanks guys! You're the best! We plan on playing it by ear and I've found that it is always better to have a good list of nearby recs to choose from and thanks to you we have plenty now.

                Anthony's will have to get scheduled in for sometime this summer when the weather is nicer. That's a pretty pretty patio they have. And I could take advantage of their free moorage! Now if only I had a boat :D

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                1. re: Lulufoodie

                  Dock side restaurants are fun, if only for the after-dinner walk. I'm closer to the Edmonds Anthonys, and have often walked that water front from the dog park to the south to the ferry dock to the north. I've been a guest at Anthonys a couple of times, but more often eat at their informal 'Beach Cafe' downstairs.

                  When I've visited the Everett Anthony's area, I've eaten at the small Japanese restaurant nearby; the last time was for a lunch nabe mono.

                  La Connor and Coupeville are also good towns for combining eating with waterfront walks.

                  If I don't need to rush, it is fun to drive the whole way from Vancouver to Seattle via the roads that stay closest to the shore.

                  1. re: paulj


                    Bellingham downtown waterfront's Anthony's (and Anthony's Woodfire Grill) both in the marina off of Bellwether Way/Squalicum Harbor/Zuanich Point Park) are good bets:


                    The boardwalk there is nice to stroll, with a park and kids playground to boot.

                    My impression is many Vancouverites sadly don't know the nuances of Bellingham downtown (and Fairhaven district, WWU/Sehome Hill, Edgemoor and Lake Whatcom surroundings) other than Bellis Fair Mall or Guide Meridian big box stores.

                    And adding to Paulj's comment, the drive along Chuckanut Drive (from Fairhaven Park and through Larrabee State Park) south down into the Skagit Valley and Edison, then onto Route 20 to either La Conner or Anacortes is a fantastically scenic drive:



                2. So true LR. Sad that Vancouverites head directly to the big malls and miss all the small towns with great personality and charm when there's such an abundance of them.

                  Last summer I spent the day in Bellingham and for once I did not set foot in the mall. We had a very nice bacon n eggs breakfast at a small cafe in downtown then later coffee at another cafe with outdoor seating. (sorry can't remember the names) The downtown is small enough and fairly easy to walk. Then after a visit to the very cute farmer's market we we headed to Super Mario's taco truck for a snack. We had papusas, tacos, burritos, all tasty, well flavoured and authentic (?)

                  Thanks everyone for all your suggestions so far! I plan to visit each one at some point if not on this trip then on future trips.

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                  1. re: Lulufoodie

                    LLF, if you ike olive oils and balsamic vinegars, we checked out The Drizzle Room recently in Fairhaven (in back portion of Pacific Chef cooking store). Good times. Huge variety of vinegars and oils to taste using morsels of bread.

                    Laurachow also noted a few recent new resto openings in B'ham that might be of interest to you and your entourage.