Suits and towels? Check.
Food? Uhhhhh. Pick up something on the fly?
If you’re heading for an impromptu day at one of the beaches featured here, nearby stores and sandwich shops offer plenty of choices for beach dining. Don’t worry about planning ahead – you can just drop in and grab something.
A few things to remember about beach eating:
• Pack out what you pack in. Don’t be that jerk who leaves trash behind.
• No alcohol is allowed in the parks and beaches featured here.
• Mayo-based salads, cheese and dairy products have a short shelf life in the sun and heat. If you don’t bring a cooler to keep food cold, eat it within an hour or you’ll risk bacteria growth.
Here are restaurants or stores with take-out selections near featured beaches:
Bayview Market: 516 W. Fourth Ave., Olympia, 360-352-4901
Sandwiches, soups, salads, an olive bar and an enormous selection of cheeses and dips.
Olive bar and cheese selection: Adjacent to the salad bar is an olive bar with a half dozen different kinds of olives, marinated mushrooms, stuffed grape leaves and peppers and more. Turn around for a selection of artisan cheeses, some locally made. Lavender cheese, smoked Beecher’s cheese, chocolate stout cheddar cheese and many other interesting flavors can be found (various prices per pound). Cured meats, including sopressata ($6.59), dry coppa ($6.29) and prosciutto ($6.99) are next to the cheese. More cheese is in a kiosk in the produce section.
Dips and salsas: Next to the cheese kiosk is a kiosk loaded with more than a dozen kinds of hummus, fresh salsas and other tasty dips ($3.99-$5.99 and higher).
Sandwiches: Just about any sandwich can be made from scratch, but the deli also offers grilled panini sandwiches for takeout. Grab-and-go sandwiches are on the other side of the deli near the baked goods.
Salad bar: DIY salads are $7.99 a pound. Next to the salad bar are three choices of soups.
Meat on the go: Baked chicken and roasted chicken are ready for takeout. Whole roasters are $8.99. Take-out warmed turkey breast is $8.99.
Quiches and salads: Three kinds of quiche and a dozen different deli salads. The Bayview red potato salad, a zingy cucumber salad, Greek goddess salad, Granny mac salad, sun-dried tomato penne, curried chicken with cashews, tabbouleh, orzo with artichokes, picnic potato salad and many more were in the display case on a recent visit ($5.99-$9.99 a pound).
Meconi’s Italian Subs: 5225 Lacey Blvd S.E., Lacey, 360-459-0213
You’ll think you’ve died and gone to sandwich heaven. This Italian sub shop is a cult favorite for a reason. The lines are long and the sandwiches are big. Try a Philly cheesesteak ($4.49 for a half) paired with a small container of peppery potato salad ($2.49 small/$3.79 large). The menu is separated into cold and hot subs. On the cold, you’ll find 15 subs with all of the usual meats represented, plus capicola. Hot subs also include a BLT, meatball and hot sausage sandwich. Prices range from $4.29-$8.49 (halves/wholes) for cold subs and $4.49-$9.99 (halves/wholes) for hot subs.
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Trader Joe’s: 1530 Black Lake Blvd S.W., Olympia, 360-352-7440
Trader Joe’s is the place to shop for quick, tasty take-out at fast-food prices.
Look at this meze spread shoppers can assemble for about $20: A roasted eggplant wrap ($3.99), a container of tzatziki dip ($3.49), a Greek olive medley ($3.49), tomato basil hummus dip ($1.99), a Middle East feast pack with falafel and tabbouleh salad ($3.99), flatbread ($1.99) and sea salt pita chips ($1.99).
Salads: More than 20 prepared salads include dressing and add-ins, priced $2.99-$4.69. The goat cheese, walnut and red bell pepper salad ($3.49) looked substantial for a lunch when paired with a wrap sandwich. The Mediterranean quinoa salad with chicken, Greek olives and feta ($2.99) would make a healthful meal for one.
Wraps and sandwiches: More than 10 kinds, including tuna salad in a wheat tortilla ($3.99), beef sirloin tri tip ($3.99), turkey club ($3.99), a roasted vegetable wrap ($3.99) and Vietnamese-style chicken wrap ($3.99).
Dips: More than 10 kinds of hummus, tzatziki, yogurt, artichoke and a handful of other dips (priced $1.99-$3.99). Also, fresh salsas in the refrigerated section ($2.29-$2.99) and jarred salsas on the canned-foods aisle.
Fresh fruits: Sliced mangoes ($3.69), sliced green or red apples ($2.99), bag of edamame ($2.29) and sliced pineapple wedges ($3.29)