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Tag: Olympia dining

May
20th

Bakeries about town: Cascade Bagels in Lakewood and Bagel Brothers in Olympia

An assortment of bagels at Cascade Bagel & Deli in Lakewood. Photo by Peter Haley/Staff photographer

Remember when bagels seemed as ubiquitous as frozen yogurt or L.A. Gear shoes?

Stop shuddering. Apologies for the bad (read: tragic) fashion reference.

Bagels once were the food trend du jour. Like frozen yogurt and pastel shoes, the concept faded but didn’t disappear. As with many a food fashion, the locally owned mom-and-pop shops that sprouted up around the trend remained while chains pulled up shop and left town once consumers showed palate fatigue.

In South Sound, two remaining bagel bakeries are worth mentioning: Bagel Brothers, founded in 1994 in Olympia, and Cascade Bagel, which has been around since the 1990s and switched hands to local ownership in 2003. Click “more” to read about both. Read more »

July
23rd

Drop-in dining: Dinner is where the hearth is

Chef Tony Radanovic shows off his Yukon gold potato-crusted halibut and raspberry sorbet on the patio at Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill. (Tony Overman/Staff photographer)

By Craig Sailor
Staff Writer

Dining at Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill blurs the line between water and terra firma. And only a brief stop in the kitchen separates the fish on your plate from their still-swimming brethren a few feet below your perch.

Hearthfire, the three-year-old restaurant at the very northwest tip of the Port of Olympia peninsula, occupies the spot that once belonged to Genoa’s. Windows so big that they seem to defy physics frame Budd Inlet and the Olympics. Translucent sailboats ply the waters as curious seals watch diners on the outdoor deck. Friendly humans wave from their standup paddle boards.

Anthony’s is the well-known regional seafood chain with properties from Bellingham to Bend, Ore. An Anthony’s HomePort is just west of Olympia Farmers Market and another is at Tacoma’s Point Defiance. An associated seafood company works directly with local fishermen and shellfish growers.
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