Shelton Things to Do
People who live here say "There are 3 things to do in Shelton: 1) drink 2) log while drinking and 3) procreate while drinking" .. having lived here for about 17 years i would have to say that is my rhetoric as well... HOWEVER there are a lot of nice places outside of shelton..
Steven's is one of the best things to come out of Shelton. The restaurant is divided between the dining area downstairs and the "Loft" upstairs. I haven't experienced the downstairs restaurant because the Loft is so fabulous. Seriously! The bartender is wonderful and be warned if you order a martini because he will fill it to the rim.
The lighting is dark and intimate and is always packed on Friday evening. They have a happy hour menu where the bartender's amazing martinis are 1/2 off. Yum. The restaurant is across the street from the post office on Railroad Avenue.
Favorite Dish: The menu looks wonderful and I can't claim to know all of the items because I am so addicted to the Grilled Salmon and Mango Salad. The menu has a variety of items ranging from pizzas (OK, they're good too) to grilled fish to pasta. The appetizers that I have tried are wonderful, such as the stuffed mushrooms and the artichoke dip.
Casinos and buffets go together like fries and ketchup (or mayo if you're from Europe). So it should come as no surprise that this one would follow the norm. It's $14 all-you-can-eat during dinner hours, $7 for breakfast, and $9 for lunch, if I'm not mistaken. We only had dinner there, and I wasn't disappointed. There seems to be quite a selection of seafood - mussels, clams, oysters, fish, fresh crab, fresh shrimp, and the list can go on. Considering the location (a stone's throw from Puget Sound), it's hardly surprising, but still. You don't expect this much good seafood in a $14 buffet. There was plenty of other goodies too, from salads to chicken, to sirloin, to whatever else your gluttonous heart will desire. They even got desserts!
Favorite Dish: The sauteed mussels were pretty damn good. I even had to go back for 2nds...
I've yet to go to a town in US that didn't have a mexican restaurant, and Shelton is no exception. In fact, it's got at least two of them! But apparently El Sarape is where the action's at, and deservedly so. The food is good and the prices are pretty reasonable. There seems to be plenty of space inside, so I wouldn't imagine that you'll ever have a wait. The menu is typical Mexican fare, and has quite a few choices.
Favorite Dish: I had a burrito. While it's hard to mess up a burrito, this one was actually pretty good.
Shelton Warnings and Dangers
Shelton may be a poster child of small-town Washingtonian charm, but all that warmth and pretty lights come at a potential price... As abundant as hyrdo-electric power is in the region, someone saw fit to build a nuclear powerplant in the vicinity. Interestingly, it was never finished and got mothballed before ever seeing its first rod of plutonium.
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