Minutes from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, past the Lakewood Towne Center and right in the heart of the old Lakewood Colonial Center you'll find the Cascade Bagel and Deli. This local bagelry and deli is co-owned by a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and chief master sergeant, whose passion is to sell the highest quality product possible. They will even offer to show you their boiling kettle if you're curious about the cooking process. Cascade Bagel and Deli is a great location for a quick breakfast or lunch, either made to go or enjoyed in the dining room while reading the latest Weekly Volcano edition.
Cascade Bagel and Deli offers more than 20 different bagels, including plain, salted, sesame, garlic cheese, sun dried tomato and even a pizza-seasoned bagel. If the wide variety of bagels isn't enough to satisfy your appetite, it also offers several flavored cream cheese options such as cucumber dill, honey walnut and pesto. There are so many variations available that it is actually difficult to choose.
For those looking for something a bit more substantial, Cascade offers some breakfast options. Once you have taken the time to choose which bagel you are craving most, staffers will top it with scrambled eggs and your choice of cheese, ham, bacon or sausage for $3 to $5.
During the lunch hour, your choices increase with a selection of 16 different sandwiches that you can order stacked, which is a basic sandwich construction, or open faced, which is, well . . . open faced and stacked with twice the toppings as a stacked version. The wide variety of lunch options includes what most would expect, such as ham and cheese, turkey, club and tuna. However, Cascade also offers salami, and pastrami (including the sauerkraut), liverwurst and salmon mousse. The sandwiches range between $4 to $9, depending on the ingredients and whether it is stacked or open faced.
There were so many choices that I decided to try two sandwiches. The first was a stacked BLT on a sesame bagel ($4.50). It seems like a BLT would be too simple for anyone to fall short, however, I've eaten enough BLTs with limp bacon and soggy tomatoes to know that's not always true. Cascade did it just right however; crisp, flavorful bacon, a perfectly ripe tomato, and crunchy lettuce, stacked between two toasted bagels. I also ordered the Northwest Smoked Salmon, open faced wheat bagel with cream cheese, red onions, tomatoes and capers ($8.60). This was a tasty sandwich with a balance of flavors that each complemented the other. However, this was not a Northwest smoked salmon as advertised, but rather a cold, smoked lox, and though flavorful, was not what I expected.
The Cascade Bagel and Deli offerings do not end at just bagels; it also makes and serves muffins, soup, scones, brownies, cookies, Italian sodas, smoothies and a full offering of espresso as well. I enjoyed a blackberry Italian soda ($2.95) with my lunch and it was prepared just right, not too sweet and not too fizzy. I also couldn't resist trying the cream cheese brownie ($1.25), which was moist and decadent, just as advertised.
Locally owned and minutes from JBLM, Cascade Bagel and Deli is a great little place for a quick, fresh and filling lunch. Additionally, Cascade welcomes call in orders for those that are really in a rush; and party trays for those that plan ahead.
(Cascade Bagel and Deli; 6115 Motor Ave, Lakewood; 253.984.6809)