Ramblin' Jacks: Ramble On In
Great grub - a little bit of everything, although they focus on a southern bar-b-que theme. The biggest problem I have with Jacks is that it's hard to try something new on the menu when you enjoy the last meal so much! Whether you're hungry for smoked meat dishes, healthy salads, wood-fired pizzas or unique pasta dishes (mmm, butter nut squash ravioli) you're sure to find something that you love. There's also a great selection coming from the bar, in case you prefer to drink your meal.
Oh yeah, they also sponsor a great soccer team.
Favorite Dish: Do I have to choose just one? Argh! You can't go wrong with the smoked salmon caesar salad.
Lemongrass: Best food & cheapest prices!
Opens at 5:30 and is usually packed by 6:00. Why? Cuz lots of people know the food is excellent and the prices very reasonable. There are loads of asian restaurants in Oly, seems like a new one opens every month or so. But this one is the best hands down. Try Old School for great pizza, Trinacria for great Italian food (make a reservation, it's very popular). For breakfast try Darby's or The New Moon (but avoid the New Moon at night, when burritos are served by the rudest punks in town).
The Urban Onion: Bistro Fare - Closest Thing to a Gay Hangout
I've only been here twice, but I enjoyed it. The food was fresh and the atmosphere warm. It's located in the old Olympian Hotel. It's long been welcoming to Olympia's small town/university gay community. Recently it was taken over by a gay owner. That has only served to cement its status as a gay hangout.
The soups are good, and the vegetarian fare is popular. It's a great place for dinner after touring Washington's capital city. Prices are moderate.
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Budd Bay Cafe: Don't Miss this!
Located by the water, Budd Bay Cafe is great for both a formal and casual setting. The sunsets are beautiful and wait staff are very attenative.
Favorite Dish: Coconut Prawns - you won't find elsewhere! Everyone swears by it, their the best! The large prawns are covered in coconut shavings, fried and served w/an ooh so tangy, sweet and spicy Thai sauce! my mouth waters just THINKING about it! Available as an appetizer or entree.
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Capitale Esspresso Bar and...
Capitale Esspresso Bar and Grill
This place has absolutely wonderful food! It's a little spendy for those on a low budget, ($10-20 for just the main course) but well worth it. It feels like being in a small cafe in Italy, without the snooty Italian waiters. If you're here on a weekend, make sure to call ahead and make a reservation.
Favorite Dish: Black Bean Ravioli
Old World Pizzeria: Old School Pizzeria
A group of my girl friends drove down to Olympia to support their boyfriends who were playing a show at a local theatre. We arrived in Olympia at 5pm, and many of the shops were closing, so we found ourselves wandering the downtown streets exploring.
We asked some local teens where they'd go for a bite to eat, and they pointed us towards Old School Pizzeria. Old School was one of the best finds during our evening.
Old School Pizzeria is a local hangout for the cool kids. I felt like I was sitting in a scene from an old 80's movie. They were blasting the Ramones and the Clash on the stereo and old movie posters were on the wall. We sat in a booth and observed the constant ebb and flow of the customers, most of which were sporting the latest punk hairstyles.
Definitely one of the cooler places to eat pizza. Ideal for pre-concert food and late snacks. Not at all a traditional Italian restaurant. Very casual cafe nonetheless, but don't expect table service.
Favorite Dish: Pizza here is sold by the slice. It's all freshly made, New York style, so whatever your pizza preference is, go for it.
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Budd Bay Cafe: Very good Clam Chowder
Budd Bay have a restaurant area which you can eat indoors or out doors, It is very well laided out and the harbor setting is very pleasing.
Budd Bay also have a take away area at the other end of the restaurant building which when you have perchase your food you can sit and eat in the outdoor sitting area , very nice indeed.
Favorite Dish: I had some clam chowder which was very good , The best in the area.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
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MEKONG Thai Restaurant: Best Thai Restaurant in Olympia
Very well presented and clean and tidy. The staff are very helpful and will acise with the menu if you have problems.
What you cannot eat you can take home if you want.
Favorite Dish: APPERTIZER :~ Shrimp And Chicken Roll, or Mekong Chicken,Beef, or Pork Satay.
MEAT DISH:~ Mekong Special Chicken or Mekong Shower.
The dishes which we had were bang on great, very much Thai not just some food dishes made by the bloke down the road type of thing.
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I can't list just one so I'll...
I can't list just one so I'll give you my favorites.
Mercato's is a new Italian resturaunt that is situated near the farmers market in North Olympia, next to the marina. They offer excellent food at reasonable prices, and includes a full bar. The decor is modern and the service is very good.
Ramblin Jacks is situated on 4th Ave in downtown and another of my favorites. The menu ranges anywhere from BBQ to burgers, to pizza and pasta. The resturaunt features a full bar, with reasonable prices and excellent food.
If you are looked for seafood, the Northwest offers some of the best. The Oyster House on 5th Avenue sits on the Marina with outdoor dining and good food. If you are looking for something a little more upscale, try Anthony's, located near the farmers market. The food is excellent, but expect a pricier meal.
If Asian cuisine suits your taste, Chopsticks on 5th Ave offers a wide range of noodle entrees. The service is excellent and the food is extremely good in large portions. A great atmosphere but watch out for the dinner rush, it's a popular place.
In addition to these, there are also many cafes and delis scattered throughout downtown.
Just a great restaurant. Good food, a Sicilian owner who cares about customers returning. It's a very small, romantic place, so make reservations two nights in advance. Being close to downtown, it's a great place to eat before a night on the town.
Favorite Dish: Pasta and Wine (either Orvieto Classico or Cetamura Chianti)
Mondo Shrimp: Mondo Shrimp
A small resteraunt with great dishes near the waterfront on the eastside. Serves up some awesome food in giant, handpainted, ceramic bowls. The prices are somewhat high for a small eatery, ($8-12 For a main dish) but well worth it. Suit and tie resteraunts do not come close to serving food as well made as this.
Favorite Dish: Linguini, or any other pasta dish, and shrimp of course.
Steamboat Annie's: Steamboat Annie's
This place is fabulous for the casual diner. Incredible view of Budd inlet and across to East Bay Drive, with a nice relaxed atmosphere. Dine early in the evening to get a window seat, or later on to catch the evenings entertainment. Entree's are more than reasonably priced (9.95 to 13.95), with great appetizers and a full bar, not to mention some of the best local brews.
Favorite Dish: Most of it!!!
Norma's Burgers: Looking for an awesome Burger?
Norma's is the best burger place in town. A little on the expensive side, but the fry sauce is awesome and they've got a wide variety of things to eat besides burgers, including shrimp or fish baskets.
Favorite Dish: Try the Hawaiian. Have a fresh banana shake!
- Food and Dining
Chopsticks Noodle House: Eclectic Asian Downtown Olympia
A wide variety of dishes that emphasize noodles and rice with fresh vegetable garnishes. We had Pad Thai and a dish called "A Bite of Rice." The flavors were fresh, the food came quickly and hot, and the service was good. Prices are quite reasonable. It is conveniently located in the heart of downtown. They also serve bubble tea.
Favorite Dish: The Pad Thai had a really good flavor, I think characterize by a lot of five spice powder - it was quite aromatic.
Hawks' Prairie Inn: Good 'Ol Fashioned Breakfast
Sure, this has ambience, but not the sophisticated kind. This is your favorite diner in your home town, but with a few more bells and whistles. There's a diabetic menu, a low carb menu, some meals even have the calorie count. The entire restaurant is booths (unless you choose to sit in the lounge, no one does).
Every class of person has breakfast here. This may be the only place in the universe that the worlds of a doctor and a trucker collide. It's packed on weekends, go anyway.
All authentic 70's orange vinyl booths, carved wood, etched glass even a cattle scale in front.
This is a truck stop. Huge portions, real food and there is no "Inn". Maybe back in the day, but since I've been alive, there has been no Inn. Just food, the good stuff at that.
Favorite Dish: 4 egg ham and cheese omelet. They use REAL cheese! Breakfast is obviously cheaper than dinner, I marked the breakfast price.
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