Great American Casino brings a little bit of Vegas to the Northwest, gathering hooting and hollering patrons around table games such as baccarat, Texas Hold 'Em, blackjack, and other styles of poker, such as Progressive Fortune Pai Gow. Most tables have a betting limit up to $300, and aside from the top-shelf thrill of walking away with the pot, regular players can earn rewards redeemable toward electronics, meals, hotel stays, and Great American merchandise.
Like the best Vegas casinos, Great American brings more to the table than just gambling. There's live entertainment most nights, including local bands and musicians from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. There are full-service dining rooms where the menus also bear an Asian influence, with dishes such as pad thai and Kalbi ribs. The menus are slightly different at each of the four locations, but generally encompass an international spread that might include pizza, pub-style fish 'n' chips, and creme brulee, much like the meatloaf served in the United Nation's cafe.
For 42 years, the Schooner Pub and Galley has served up hearty plates of deep-fried Alaskan cod, cheeseburgers, and seafood platters. Servers and a friendly bar staff also deliver piping hot pizzas to guests who can pair their pies with one 16 beers and ciders, such as Blue Moon and Angry Orchard. On NFL Sundays, the bar buzzes with the excitement of the gridiron thanks to NFL ticket, which ensures patrons catch the play-by-play action of their favorite teams. Between feasting and football, patrons get competitive on three 8-foot diamond pool tables.
Cutters Point Coffee?named for the small boats Peter Puget and Joseph Whidbey used to explore Puget Sound in the 18th century?stocks its shelves with premium coffees acquired through direct relationships with farmers in some of the world's most esteemed coffee-growing regions. Varietals hail from everywhere from Ethiopia to Costa Rica, and can be enjoyed freshly brewed in the cafe or in take-home bags that let you brew at home. Experienced baristas serve signature drinks from Lakewood's drive-thru location.
Several culinary styles meet in the kitchen of Sushimaru, an Asian-fusion eatery. That's because the menu travels from Chinese appetizers such as egg rolls and gyoza dumplings to Korean classics such as bulgogi to Japanese teriyaki and bento boxes. Chefs fashion fresh ingredients into sashimi and fusion sushi rolls such as the Blue Mountain, which combines crabmeat and avocado with baked mozzarella, string potatoes, and blueberry jam.
Padded black booths surround grills beneath gleaming hoods, which reflect the glow of sunset-orange walls as they sweep away rising warm air and spice-steeped aromas. On Palace Korean Bar & Grill's tabletop skillets, chefs sizzle menu items such as pearlescent curlicues of kimchi and cuts of seafood as well as bulgogi, spicy slices of brisket also known as Korean barbecue. During the all-you-can-eat special, silverware jangles endlessly like a knight looking for his car keys as diners tuck into bottomless helpings of marinated beef short ribs, tender marble brisket, spicy pork belly, and jumbo shrimp.