Written by on November 30, 2014 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – South Lake Union neighborhood of, Seattle, Washington

Cactus SLU

How I heard of this place: Good friends wanted to meet up for a post-Thanksgiving brunch and share the news of their engagement. This is the place they chose.

Cactus - SLU Windows

Type of cuisine: Since 1990 we have been offering Seattle innovative Southwestern, Mexican and Spanish cuisine from our humble Madison Park restaurant, Cactus. Home to Seattle’s first tapas bar, we continue to innovate with seasonal menus, nightly specials and fresh cocktails.

Cactus - SLU Corner

Ambiance: Our fourth restaurant is a step in a slightly new direction for us. We wanted to create something a bit more modern, and a bit more urban—but still keep that warm, neighborhood feel that made us who we are today.

Cactus - SLU Interior Right

Set amidst Amazon-land and new, glass buildings, Cactus, a brightly colored corner establishment brings a hint of the Southwest to Seattle.

Cactus - SLU Interior Left

Inside, tall ceilings, cement floors, bar-side, booth-side and loft seating are available for all manner of diners.

Cactus - SLU Bar

What I ordered: While we awaited our brunch companions, we ordered a basket of warm Chips & Salsa ($2) with homemade corn chips and Cactus salsa casera.

Cactus - SLU Chips & Salsa

I selected both the Perfect Prickly Pear ($4) “no sin alcohol” (a handcrafted cocktail without the alcohol): prickly pear, fresh lemon and grapefruit juices and a free refill of the Hibiscus Mango Sour ($4) made with mango, lime, mint, agave nectar, and a hibiscus tea float.

Cactus - SLU Mocktail

My main entree was simply a cup of the Tortilla Soup ($3.50): shredded chicken, ancho chiles and fire-roasted tomatoes topped with fresh avocado slices, chopped cilantro, and blue corn tortilla strips.

Cactus - SLU Tortilla Soup

My husband, and one of our dining companions each chose the Chorizo Egg Skillet ($11): roasted brunch potatoes, three scrambled eggs, house-made chorizo, poblano chiles, white cheddar cheese, house salsa, avocado, flour tortillas, and a side of smoked bacon ($2.50).

Cactus - SLU Chorizo Skillet

The last in our group ordered the Christmas Tamales ($12): a New Mexico tradition with one roasted carnitas + red chile tamal & one roasted chicken + green chile tamal.

Cactus - SLU Christmas Tamale

What I loved: Chips & Salsa! Fresh avocado.

Why I loved it: Simple food, flavorful, daylight-filled setting with easy parking on a late Sunday morning.

Cost: Average ($10 – $12 per brunch entree)

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