I visit from the midwest here once or twice a year, so some years ago I started a thread called "Olympia and Lacey area update?":
That thread being pretty dormant for two years, I'll start a new one of the sort. My own preferences go to well executed ethnic dining, but basically I'm enthused by any kind of excellence or quirky ambience and fun. But of course, I want this thread to be for everyone, so what are your favorites around here, in any style?
I'll add that favorites for me that have persisted over the years are
--Curry Corner for Indian,
--Narai Asian Cuisine for Thai,
--Tofu Hut for pan-Asian fusion,
--The Bread Peddlar
--Ramirez for Mexican
Something that seems to have boomed in recent years is Pho. I'm undecided on a best Pho place. I also yet to find a favorite taqueiria.
On my to-do list still is a stop by La Tarasca in Centralia, we just don't get down that far much, plus they're always closed during my Xmas visits! I'd welcome thought, edits, additions, contestation, to widen my experience of this lovely area.