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We Invite Veterans & Active Duty Military to Enjoy a Meal on Us

We do this to honor, in a very small way, our own SPC Jodi Buschko (shown below) and every person who has shown the tremendous commitment, sacrifice, and heroism it takes to serve and protect our great country.


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 (Sunday, November 11, 2018). This offer is valid to U.S. Military Veterans and active military members who show valid military ID. No purchase necessary. Dine in only please.

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Proud To Be Green – We are an EnviroStar!

Over the years, we’ve been proud to lead our industry in many areas. For example, in 1992 we were among the first restaurants in the country to ban smoking. The state of Washington made it official in 2005.

We were recently nominated by the City of Kirkland to go through the EnviroStar accreditation process. We were vetted by this consortium of public works agencies and just heard the great news that we are, indeed, still a leader, change agent and, now, officially, an “EnviroStar”.

What Does This Mean?

It confirms that we follow environmentally-friendly business practices, like:

  • Composting all our food scraps to reduce our waste and methane gas production in the landfills
  • Farming locally, using compost made from our own food scraps
  • Sourcing locally wherever possible to reduce emissions
  • Choosing recycled-content paper and reducing the amount that we print (we are currently working on technology that will allow us to avoid printing your bill at the end of the meal—while this sounds small, it’s a huge deal actually).
  • Switching to compostable straws and togo packaging.

Additionally, we’ve made our buildings more sustainable by:

  • Replacing all of our lighting with LEDs
  • Installing low-flow aerators in faucets and low flow toilets and urinals in our washrooms to reduce our water use
  • Changing out equipment regularly to reduce our carbon footprint. For example, low energy, water saving dishwashers (huge drivers of waste in our industry). Moving to hot water on demand vs. Holding and heating huge tanks of water.
  • Using sensor-activated lights that turn off when rooms are not in use to reduce our energy use

It’s important to us to help keep Washington’s water and air clean, and to run our business in a way that protects the environment we all share. Running our business sustainably keeps our employees safe (and happy!) and helps the environment—its just the right thing to do, yet we are still proud to receive this recognition.

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How To Make The Cactus Margarita

The Seattle Weekly once called this “Seattle’s Best Margarita”. Fresh lime is the key ingredient here, we squeeze ours fresh daily. If you want to make some at home, download our handy Cactus Margarita Cheat Sheet and learn how to shake like a pro. Additional recipes for Margarita Party Pitchers and the crowd-plasing Party Bowl. ¡Salud!

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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