Cactus Ya Ya
15704 Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard, Vancouver, WA, USA
Cactus Ya Ya Vancouver Reviews
Sep 20, 2007
This east Vancouver cafe mixes Southwestern and Asian flavors in a variety of intriguing ways. The fish tacos feature halibut battered with Hefeweizen beer stuffed into a corn tortilla with cabbage and pico de gallo, slathered in a cilantro sauce. Those are good. Well-established, Cactus Ya Ya was one of the first restaurants in this part of the city, near the intersection of Mill Plain Boulevard and Southeast 164th Avenue, which since has become a major hub for dining. The exterior isn't much, and the busier Mill Plain gets, the worse the parking lot (and outdoor patio) ambiance. Inside, though, the windows are tinted, lights low, furniture dark, creating an upscale urban atmosphere that's remarkably restful considering the sprawl outside.
COST: An order of Ya Ya Rolls (sliced into five parts) is $5.95. They come in four varieties, all given body by shredded cabbage: peanut chicken (jack cheese, peanut sauce, cilantro and garlic), steak and pepper jack cheese (flank meat, plus pico de gallo), house-smoked Alaskan salmon and cheddar (with pico de gallo) and bay shrimp and cream cheese (served cold, spread includes raisins, almonds and green onions, with guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo on the side). Other items to consider: Southwestern Caesar (black beans, jack cheese, sliced tomatoes and red onion on romaine lettuce in a tortilla shell, with bleu cheese, bay shrimp, smoked salmon or chicken) $8.75-$9.50, Southwest enchilada (halibut or salmon poached in herbs, lemon and white wine, with smoked cheddar cheese, capers, rolled into a flour tortilla and topped with garlic cream sauce and pico de gallo), $10.25, and don't forget about the Baja fish tacos, $7.25 for one, $9.95 for two.
HOURS: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays, noon to midnight Saturdays, 4 to 10 p.m. Sundays
HAPPY HOUR: 3-6 and 9 to close every day and it is worth making the trip for. Between the Ya Ya rolls, fish tacos, quesadilas, and skewers it hard to make up your mind.
The very best thing about this place is the service is as amazing as the food. This is my new favorite place for those two reasons!!! :)
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