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Jul 2, 2013 11:32 PM

Good eats in Olympia ?

We're headed down there for about a week sometime in early/mid-August. On our past times there, we've eaten (too) many meals at the West Water View Restaurant (in Red Lion, where we stayed), Tugboat Annie's, and a smattering of random places here and there, nothing memorable. So this time it'll be a more focused itinerary as far as lunches and dinners go :-)

A few things that are important to us:
- price < $20/person for dinner
- quality ingredients
- authentic
- cuisine/genre doesn't matter .... we eat all. But we lean towards Asian, seafoods, Mediterranean, southern American
- ambiance permits talking, not shouting

We'll be staying in a hotel somewhere downtown, while we have car and can drive to Lacey, Tumwater, even Shelton (will be checking out the famed Xinh's), we're happy to go by foot approx. 1/2 mile around the Capitol Bldg.

Thx in advance.

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  1. We were there last October & The Fishtale Brewpub good. Not outstanding, but good.

    The Oyster House was good for oysters, which Fishtale didn't offer.

    Not a whole lot of information but I hope it helps.


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    1. re: FishTales

      Thanks FT. Waitaminit, it's not your resto, is it ?? ;-)

      The menu seems a bit ADHD or very United Nations ..... pastas, Greek salad, Cuban sammy, Rueben sammy, F&C, burgers, steamed clams, falafels, nachos ......

      1. re: LotusRapper

        For the record, nope, not our restaurant. From what I've read about the business I know that I wouldn't have the patience to deal with dumb customers, & we live in SE Arizona...


      2. re: FishTales

        I worked in Olympia a few years ago, and back then I quite enjoyed the Fishtale. If the tortilla soup is on the specials menu, get it--I think it was the best I've ever had.

      3. Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives had a camera crew in Oly recently and profiled some restos. Maybe there'll be some good info on their website. We have friends in Oly, and the best place we've eaten was at their house! But, not sure I can swing you an invite. :)

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        1. re: laurachow

          LOL, thanks Laura. Maybe they can do host the underground dining/resto thing :-)

          I hope we can find good eatin' as good, if not better, in Oly than B'ham.

          1. re: LotusRapper

            I don't know. My buds in Oly don't seem too impressed with the options. But, then again, Hamsters complain about our options, too. Good luck. If you find any gems, let me know. I pass through there at least a few times a year on the way to Portlandia and further south.

            1. re: laurachow

              Will do :-)

              BTW, a few new options in Vancouver if you're up this ways :-)

              (scroll down to 2012 section and check out Acorn)


              1. re: LotusRapper

                You folks have so many options. I don't even know how I'd be able to choose where to eat. I looked at reviews for The Acorn and for Graze. If we ever get up there again, we'll keep them on the list. Though they both look a little $$$.

                Cassoulet had a Groupon and Dealsaver had a coupon for them, too, but they might both be over by now. If you ever want a stop before the border to try them out.

        2. Trinacria downtown is nice pasta--reservation required, cash only. Quality Burrito is a TOTAL dive but very tasty. Lemongrass is good Thai.

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          1. re: eliette

            And I just ate lunch at Rockfish Grill--braised lamb Benedict thing that was very tasty. Olympia is not a foodie town at all but there are some good options--definitely worth exploring beyond Tugboat Annie's.

            1. re: eliette

              Thanks everyone. That's definitely a few good options to start with.