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Olympia for a week

chefjeannine Dec 2, 2013 04:14 PM


Long time Montreal CH-er, first time posting on this board. I'm in Olympia for work until Saturday and would love any and all suggestions for great food. We're not picky, but nothing too greasy/deep fried.


  1. LotusRapper Dec 5, 2013 06:12 PM

    We were there in August and October. Some recs from other CH'ers:



    Cascadia Grill on 4th Ave has really good burgers & milkshakes. Rest of the menu is kinda average.

    1. Bada Bing Dec 9, 2013 03:22 PM

      Downtown, I like Bread Peddlar a lot. It's French, with real-deal artisinal breads. Coming from Montreal, you might find it merely good and comparable what you like most at home, though.

      So maybe you're best off looking into the Asian and Mexican scene. I favor Narai Thai (best Thai downtown, IMO, including the much-liked and enjoyable Lemon Grass).

      If you have a car, consider trekking to La Tarasca in Centralia for special Mexican cuisine (make sure they're not on vacation yet).

      IN Olympia but out toward Lacey, try Jimmy Restaurant for Pho or Vietnamese:


      Not to be confused with Jimmy's in Lacey, which I've not tried, but its reviews suck.

      Tofu Hut in Lacey proper is very worthy. Pan-Asian. Lots of "healthy" dishes:


      1. chefjeannine Dec 15, 2013 07:26 AM

        Thank you both for your suggestions! We ended up having some really great meals in Olympia. I was pleasantly surprised, especially after reading other reviews about the Olympia food scene.
        For lunch on the first day, I had a great simple salad at Bread Peddler, and returned there another three times for breakfast. Their chausson with spinach, bacon and cheese was fantastic, as were their other pastries I tried (and very good, even by Montreal standards!). Another lunch was had at 5th Avenue Sandwich Shop, where I had the thanksgiving sandwich. Really nice fresh bread, and simple fillings. Three other lunches were had at Mammy's on Capitol Way (I think that's what it was called, I can't remember). It was closest to our office, and their banh mi's were to die for, along with their egg rolls.
        As for dinner, we hit up The Reef, Fuji, Gardner's, Quality Burrito and Waterstreet Cafe (for a work organized party). All meals were excellent, with Quality Burrito and Gardner's probably in the top two. What stood out everywhere we went in Olympia was the service, everyone was so warm and welcoming. I look forward to coming back and trying more places!

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