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Squash Blossoms and Elote on the Cactus New Feature Menu!

One of our most popular Feature Menu items is back for a limited time: Squash Blossoms! We harvest these blossoms from Sound Sustainable Farms (read more about our partnership here) and they are stuffed with goat cheese and served up with chimichurri and smoked Fresno aioli. A new item for Cactus is Elote—grilled Mexican street corn, chile, lime, Cotija cheese, and cilantro.

Try both at your nearest Cactus now through August now. Full Feature Menu available here.

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New Feature Menu is Here!

Since we started in 1990, we’ve created over 3,000 unique menu items and we continue to innovate today. To send off winter in style, we have several new items on our Feature Menu. Check out the Albondigas—spicy meatballs, ancho-chile salsa, red onion escabeche, Cotija cheese, seerved with housemade corn tortillas. Wash it down with a Barrel-Aged Tequila Old Fashioned! More info and details on the Feature Menu page.

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Veterans Eat Free at all Cactus Locations on Saturday, November 11th, 2017


While serving free meals to our Veterans and active duty military is personal to some, it’s especially meaningful to Cactus South Lake Union manager Jodi Buschko. SPC Jodi Buschko, US Army Reserve, will be training with her unit on Veterans Day, so she won’t be able to be with us at Cactus this Saturday—but she will be here in spirit.

“I’ll be away training these next two weeks and I’m so sorry to be missing this amazing event that is giving back to my fellow service members. Recognizing the service of veterans is very special to me and I just wish I could thank them all personally for their service and support”, says SPC Buschko.

Jodi is an inspiration to all of us at Cactus. The restaurant business is tough and it can be a grind. While the rest of us are taking vacations to relax and rejuvenate, SPC Bushko spends her time serving our country. We are both humbled and proud of Jodi!

In honor of Jodi and all of our country’s Veterans and active duty members, Cactus will be offering a free lunch or dinner on Saturday, November 11th.


Cactus Restaurants says Thank You to America’s heroes by offering a free entrée to all Veterans and Active Duty Military members on Veterans Day (Saturday, November 11, 2017). Offer valid to U.S. Military Veterans and active military members who show valid military ID. No purchase necessary. Dine in only please.

Please join us!

Get The Cactus Guacamole Recipe For Your Next Gathering



  • 8 Medium Size Hass Avocados
  • ¼ Yellow onion – Finely Diced
  • 3 TBSP Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice (Approx. 2-3 Limes)
  • ½ Cup Cilantro – Chopped (Approx. ½ Bunch)
  • 1 TBSP Minced Serrano Pepper – (Seeds Removed – Approx. 3-4 Peppers)
  • 1 TBSP Kosher Salt


Scoop out the avocado flesh into a bowl and break up. Add remaining ingredients and mash until well combined and the guacamole is slightly chunky. Do not over mash. Taste and adjust the lime and salt amount if necessary.

Enjoy and let us know how it turns out!


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New Cactus Feature Menu for Hurricane Relief

Red Cross

For those of us who find our passion in nourishing and nurturing guests in our restaurants, there’s a strong impulse to feed and help people in times of need. We hope you will help us respond to the massive need for food, shelter and financial assistance as our fellow Americans rebuild from these devastating natural disasters. For every item sold on our latest feature menu, Cactus will donate $1 to the American Red Cross funds specifically targeted for Harvey, Irma and Maria relief. All five Cactus locations are participating we are pledging a minimum donation of $10,000 to go towards hurricane relief with a goal of $20,000.

“We hope to exceed our $10,000 donation pledge—we feel strongly about feeding and taking care of people here at Cactus, and by extension, those affected by the hurricanes. We think this is a great avenue for our customers to help their fellow Americans start to re-build their lives.” — Bret Chatalas, Co-Owner

Our latest Feature Menu doesn’t disappoint and includes plenty of old favorites and a couple of brand new dishes: Check out our Roasted Carrot Tacos with chipotle-agave roasted Sound Sustainable Farms organic carrots and our new Blistered Shishito Peppers with green-chile queso, chimichurri, red onion escabeche, Cotija cheese.

Join us over the next several weeks and help raise money for people in need. Your support will make the difference—so order up!