Get ready for a taste sensation at Tulalip Resort Casino, where you have eight amazing restaurants and eateries offering scrumptious food and beverages.
We recently spent 24 hours at this premier destination in Washington state that is an easy drive from any location between Vancouver and Seattle.
And we experienced a food, wine and cocktail extravaganza at six of those restaurants.
There is something for everybody, whether you visit the mouth-watering Journeys East, the cool The Draft Sports Bar, the spectacular Blackfish, the delicious Tula Bene or the comfy Cedars Cafe, like we did, or try the more casual Canoes Carvery, Eagles Buffet or Blazing Paddles.
This post and Part 2 showcase each of our six incredible drinking and dining experiences.
A First-Class Explosion of Different Tastes, Aromas and Colors
Our 24-hour visit to Tulalip Resort Casino was two weeks ago, and we are still raving about the food and beverages there! Of note, we ate small portions and sipped on cocktails and wine during this six-hour “Taste Around Tulalip” that we were invited to attend.
Our evening began with delectable bites at Destination Lounge, located in the hotel lobby. We nibbled on “Savory Cheesecake” — four cheeses served with fresh vegetables and grilled baguette. Next, a “Trio of Tapenade” featured a caramelized onion and gorgonzola spread, olive tapenade and sun-dried tomato tapenade served with grilled crostini. And let’s not forget the cocktails! We adored the “Smoky Cranberry Margarita,” which was beyond delicious. Others in our group also enjoyed Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve Champagne.
The Draft Sports Bar and Grill
The Draft is a perfect spot to kick back and have fun. We enjoyed crispy jumbo wings burst with flavors – some with garlic basil parmesan; others with buffalo wing sauces. Dave thinks the hot wings are some of the best he has ever experience. Plus, The Draft offered a giant, soft, warm Bavarian pretzel with mustard aioli and house-made ueso sauce.
Of course, beer accompanied the snacks — a flight of tasty stout, porter and a pecan-flavored glass of deliciousness.
But my favorite cocktail of the night had to be “Grandma’s Apple Pie Martini,” consisting of Dr. McGillicuddy’s Apple Moonshine, Demerara simple syrup, and a citrus-and-spice based apple cider with a crunchy apple slice. We enjoyed it so much that we went back to Tulalip Resort on Christmas Day for another one!
Next, our group headed to Journey’s East, an Asian fusion restaurant that features flavors from Japan, Thailand, China, Korea and Vietnam.
We loved three flavorful dishes: 1) spectacular lobster sushi rolls, with lobster salad, asparagus, cucumber, avocado, mango, strawberry and wasabi sauce; 2) heavenly honey walnut shrimp, tossed in a creamy sauce with candied walnuts; and 3) crunchy potstickers (pan-fried pork dumplings). Three different Sakes accompanied each plate.
Our snapshots of the three remaining restaurants are in our next post. Please continue reading because these are excellent dining experiences.
Of note, we were graciously hosted by Tulalip Resort Casino for this visit, although we make frequent trips on our own as well, and have done so for years.
Thank you, Lisa Severn and Allan Aquila, for making our visit so memorable.
Margot and Dave