Cactus' South Lake Union outpost bustles with Amazon employees at lunchtime — Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Smith / Cactus
You don't have to spend much time in Seattle before you start hearing the name Cactus offered consistently as a restaurant suggestion. Thanks to its five locations (The latest venue opened in Bellevue last June.), this eatery has become a favorite hangout spot in neighborhoods ranging from Kirkland and Madison Park to South Lake Union and West Seattle's Alki Beach.
The chain's popularity is undeniable; in December, the Seattle Times declared Cactus one of the city's 13 best restaurants for 2013. In a culinary capital like the Emerald City, this is no small feat. But success didn't come overnight. Since 1990, Cactus has featured "innovative Southwestern, Mexican and Spanish cuisine," initially at its original locale in Madison Park.
The brand's gradual expansion has meant rotating, seasonal menus as well as recent additions like the business catering delivery program. Loyal patrons return for the flavorful fare, as well as hand-crafted cocktails, daily happy hour specials and a vibrant atmosphere that makes even the grayest of Seattle days feel full of zest.
Colorful dishes flaunt unforgettable flavor combinations at Cactus — Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Smith / Cactus
Each meal proves another culinary adventure. For brunch, think migas - their Lemon and Blue Corn Pancakes with whipped cinnamon–agave butter, spicy chipotle smoked bacon and warm maple syrup. Or pick the Leches French Toast with Mexican bolillo bread, dark rum–caramelized bananas and maple syrup.
For lunch, try the tortilla soup, spiced Caesar salad or fajitas. For dinner, enjoy the house chimichanga or enchiladas (from seafood and butternut squash to the Green Enchiladas, featuring blue corn tortillas and shredded chicken with Jack cheese, garlicky tomatillo salsa and sour cream).
At Cactus, gluten-free diners find an array of tasty options, as well. To complement innovative and flavorful dishes, sip tequila from an extensive menu. Or try cocktails from margaritas to mojitas, plus creative twists on traditional drinks (for example, the Cucumber Mint Agave with cucumber and mint shaken with house vodka and lime agave sour, or the Mangopolitan).
Cactus is calling. Vamos!