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Cascadia Grill

From giant milkshakes to lobster

Ham, turkey, swiss and cheddar, all grilled to perfection on French toasted bread. Photo credit: Dutch Randall

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If your culinary tastes range between chili cheese fries and steak and lobster, or anything else in between, then the Cascadia Grill in Olympia is just the place for you.  It is a family-friendly restaurant offering fresh food from nearly any food category that you may be craving at that moment.  Giant milkshakes, fresh pressed burgers, fresh seafood, amazing desserts, and even a wide selection of beer and wine are just a few of the popular items on the menu.

The majority of Cascadia's menu is taken up by its large selection of half-pound burgers.  The creativity varies from a basic cheeseburger, to a bison, lamb, elk, or salmon burger.  If you are simply in the mood for a great burger, with a unique twist, Cascadia will meet the needs of your entire party, no matter how large or small.  Additionally, the menu offers ribs, tacos, a multitude of salads, and yes, even steak and lobster.

I popped into Cascadia as I was heading out for a road trip, and did not want to be sitting with a burger for the ride out of town.  While debating between the lighter fare of a salad or sandwich, I was happy to see an old fashioned Monte Cristo on the menu.  As one of my favorite sandwiches as a child - often times made from left-overs in the fridge - it was as rare of a treat then as it is now. The Cascadia Monte Cristo is three layers of French toasted bread, ham, turkey, swiss and cheddar cheeses, all grilled to perfection, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and then served up with fries and maple syrup (or jam on request) for dipping.  Absolutely a must have!

When visiting the Cascadia Grill, make room for the selection of milkshakes.  Many of the flavors such as the rootbeer float, creamsicle, and cappuccino are exactly as you would expect, whereas others like the butterscotch rose (butterscotch and raspberries), the king (peanut butter and banana), and the Thai (Thai tea and vanilla), you need to try to appreciate.  Each one is hand-dipped, made to order, and large enough to share.

Add in its easy-to-find location downtown, and the excellent service from the entire staff, and the Cascadia Grill is sure to become a destination spot for all your dining needs.

Cascadia Grill, Tues.-Sun. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., 200 4th Ave. W., Olympia, 360.628.8731

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