By Staff Writer Cole Hunter
Big Tom’s Burgers
1 Burgers and fries are classic in American dining and can be found at almost any restaurant, yet our very own local Eastside Big Tom’s stands out among the rest. Often we find ourselves looking at greasy, unappetizing burgers but at Big Tom’s it’s not the case. “It’s not super greasy,” said junior Katherine Van Den Bos, “It smells delicious and the veggies are fresh.” Junior Holli Erdahl is also a fan of classic American food. “The fries look really cool,” said Erdahl. “They’re like super cool krinkle fries.” The drive-in has a 1960s look that patrons appreciate. “It’s retro and unique. It’s got that old school feel,” said Erdahl. Big Tom’s brings an old school look to an ongoing tradition in American dining.
Twisties Frozen Yogurt
2 The popularity of frozen yogurt is on the rise and Lacey is following the trend, opening its newest destination for frozen yogurt needs, Twisties. Its many varieties of yogurt make it stand out to Timberline students. “It’s really good,” said junior Marie Farley. “They have lots of toppings and you can ask to switch out flavors.” Twisties is advertised as a healthier choice to satisfy that sweet tooth. They offer yogurt that is nonfat, fat free, and sometimes gluten free. Students also enjoy the location of the store. “It’s really close which is convenient,” said freshman Kaitlin Smith. The popularity and availability of Twisties makes it a viable option for Timberline students to enjoy their next frosty treat.
3 Bonjour Cupcakes, a local Olympia dessert shop, takes us on a more delicate ride in the food industry. Known for their local bakery style, the store produces rich cakes, cupcakes, and other various bakery items. “They’re really unique because they have a boutique vibe going on,” said sophomore Jordan Willis. Freshman Jeremy Poppert noticed the “unique vibe” as well. “It’s well decorated and has a pleasant atmosphere. It’s very… mellow,” said Poppert. From chocolate to vanilla and everything in between, Bonjour Cupcakes has plenty to offer. “My favorite is the red velvet cupcakes because they’re rich and tasty,” said Willis. Offering rich bakery goods in Olympia, Bonjour Cupcakes stands out with its delicate atmosphere and local feel.
4 “It’s getting food out of a bus. It’s kinda crazy, but kinda cool,” said sophomore Sari Rocker about Lacey’s very own local taco van, California Tacos. Providing numerous Mexican dishes to go, some a little less common than others, California Tacos isolates itself from the traditional dining style. “They have Mexi burgers, tacos, and my favorite, the cow tongue torta,” said Rocker. Although cow tongue tortas may not be what you’re looking for, California Tacos will have an option that will fit your personal interests. “I like the tacos,” said sophomore Gabe Judd. “They look and taste amazing and I can watch them make it right before my eyes.” Whether you’re going for classic Mexican dishes or maybe something a little irregular, the next time you’re looking for Mexican on the go, why not get it from a van?