Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Navajo Torta - si gracias!


Alki, Kirkland, Madison

We had an awesome dinner at Cactus! in Kirkland this past week - but all I had with me was my cell phone, so please excuse the dark photos.

We have a family friend who used to live on a reservation in Alaska and made what they called "Indian Tacos". They were so amazing. Fresh fried bread, topped with taco/burrito toppings.

Cactus is the ONLY place I have found that has anything close to that dish. How close? Deliciously close.

The fry bread is obviously fresh, and the only difference in toppings is they add a few fancy extras - their own pico de gallo (dont get it in your eyyyye-o), whole beans instead of refried and even their own home made yummy chorizo as one of your meat choices.

From the warm chips, and homemade salsa and guac, to our witty and funny waiter Cooper - the entire experience was great. The waiter was also very SMART. How do you sell desserts to a group of people who are full and waivering about dessert? Earlier in the meal, he asked one of our youth if they were happy with their meal. She had been honest and said it was alittle spicier than she expected, but that it was fine and she would deal with it.

My favorite drink at Cactus - "Prickly Pear"

Navajo Torta

So at the end of dinner, as we waivered about dessert - he brought the youth that had the spicy dinner - her own big beautiful warm brownie with ice cream on top. The amazing cocoa smell wafted past each of our noses and within 3 minutes, had ordered 2 other desserts.
Ibarra Cowgirl brownie - may be the best brownie I have ever had. A rich thick topped brown served on a large plate, topped with a huge scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and drilled around the sides of the plate a thick and yummy peanut butter cajeta.

And a close second is the triple cream FLAN.

In closing - this restaurant is a gem for the Northwest - and with three great locations, there is really no reason to not give it a try if you havent already. If you go to the Kirkland location, ask for Cooper and tell him your dinner was too spicy ;) you may get a brownie and he may sell a few other desserts to the rest of your party...

Rating: ***** Outstanding food, atmosphere and service

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