Menconi's Pub and Eatery: Downtown Pub and Eatery
Since the Sheraton Tacoma did not have a concierge on duty, I was left to my own devices to find a place to eat. Not seeing any taxis, and not in the mood to wait for one, I decided to take a walk.
I stumbled upon Menconi's as the first place open, although it took me several blocks of a walk!
Located in the Theater District, this restaurant had great pub food.
I had the cheesesteak and sweet potato fries!
Anthony's at Point Defiance: A view across South Puget Sound & Ferry Arrival
Located just a short distance northwest of the ferry pier for the Point Defiance to Vashon Island ferry, Anthony's at Point Defiance is a member of a local chain. This particular location offers great views from any seat in the house - even from the lunch counter that doesn't face the windows offers wonderful views thanks to the unobstructed interior of the restaurant and the huge windows.
As the decorations and interior imply (witness the fish haning from various spots), this is a place to get sea food, though there are other foods available if you so desire them.
Favorite Dish: The Baker's Bowl ($9.95 for lunch) is a wonderful "bowl" of clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl, and includes a ceaser salad as standard fare. Specials may allow substitution of something other than a ceasar salad.
Dessert and Drink selections include quite a variety, and watch for seasonal items. For example, during my visit in May of 2010 a large portion of the items were ones that contain rhubarb. For example, there was a rhubarb & strawberry lemonade being offered. Some of the other variations of rhubarb drinks are a bit stronger. For example, there was also on offer a Rhubarb Rum Punch ($7.50) and Fresh Rhubarb-Stawberry Margarita ($7.95).
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Tiny and tucked away, this resturant has a large local following. The chefs and wait staff are wonderful. The food, the best sushi in Tacoma. Be careful going during lunch time, you may have to wait!
Favorite Dish: Must try the copper river salmon. The Northwest/Alaska are the only places you will find it!
Great Cuisine of India: Absolutely the best Indian food in the Tacoma area
This restaurant, and not Gateway to India, is the best Indian restaurant in the Tacoma area. In fact, in my opinion, Great Cuisine of India makes the best Indian food I've ever had--and I've eaten in Indian restaurants from Tokyo, Japan to Salt Lake City, Utah to Washington, DC.
The ambience is nothing to write home about but the food more than makes up for it. My husband and I either eat in or order take out from this place on an almost weekly basis. Never have either of us been disappointed in the food or service. If I could afford it, we'd be eating there 3 or 4 nights a week!
I've never eaten Indian food in India (one of the places I've yet to visit), but my husband grew up in England and he says this is like the Indian food he used to get in England 30 years ago. All I know is (1) it's delicious and (2) if you order spicy, believe me, it will be spicy! and (3) the portions are generous. Vegetarians will have a lot to choose from as there are over a dozen dishes on the menu which are meatless.
Favorite Dish: Everything we've ordered at Great Cusine of India has been delicious. The dishes burst with distinct flavors but the spices are handled subtly. You can choose your spice level in your dishes--I'm a real wimp so I take everything mild, but my husband likes it spicer and orders his medium.
My personal favorite is the Chicken Tikka Masala. My husband's favorite is the Rogan Josh. We both love their Basmati rice. An order of those 3 dishes plus an order of Naan Paneer comes to about $27. We always end up with enough leftover food for at least one of us (and sometimes both of us) to have lunch the next day. By the way, the lunch buffet is very affordable--only $7.95 per person. Great Cuisine of India is open 7 days a week from 11 am to 10 pm.
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21 Commerce: Urban Atmosphere
We used a 50% off coupon from restaurant.com, so munching out at this very downtown Tacoma restaurant was a real bargain. They describe their cuisine as Pan-Asian Fusion. It is definitely a bar atmosphere, and we were there about 8PM on a Saturday when the evening crowd was starting to filter in. But the food was unique and delicious. Expect lots of stainless steel and warehouse ceilings. Great views of the sound.
Favorite Dish: We had two appetizers, the asian pork and fried calamari, both were delicious. And we shared the combo entree, which had their signature Tempura Sesame Shrimp, beef tenderloins, and chicken satay. I thought the shrimp was doughy, but the array of sauces really topped off some delicious meats. They only had two dessert choices the night we were there, Key Lime Pie and a sundae with blueberries and raspberry melba; the Key Lime Pie was fabulous.
Steamers: On a nice day there is no place better
Steamers is a primarily a fish and chips places located on Titlow Beach. Seating is limited though there is outdoor seating and on nice days that is by far the best option. This is a great local place, where you can enjoy a quick lunch and a stroll along the rocky beach and around the tide pools.
Favorite Dish: Fish and Chips, Salmon and Chips, and when they have it the open-faced salmon sandwich with basil sauce.
Over The Moon Cafe: Over The Moon Cafe
Situated on a funky little downtown street in Tacoma, this small restaurant in a historic building has great ambience. They were hampered by being short on experienced wait staff the night I was there, but otherwise everything was great. They leave interesting books on each table to spark conversation, and I could see the activity in the kitchen from where I sat which was entertaining. I used a coupon from Restaurant.com for 50% off so it was a super bargain.
Favorite Dish: Duck Breast
Gateway to India: Best Indian food in Tacoma
Great food made by great people. I use to work for these guys, so I know. CJ will set you up with a great meal if you've never had Indian food before and there is a great selection for those willing to try more adventurous fare. I am addicted to this place and eat there about once a week. Make sure you call for a reservation as this is a small resturaunt with only 15 tables and it gets BUSY on the weekends and evenings.
Favorite Dish: You have to get the Mutter Paneer (Peas and Cheese). It's a great vegetarian dish made with fresh ingredients and home made Paneer cheese. Throw in an order of Samosas with Raita to start with and some Mango Pudding for desert. Food for the Gods!
Anthony's at Point Defiance: Great location, great seafood
Anthony’s is a more upscale restaurant located at one end of Point Defiance Park, right on the Sound. Anthony’s serves a wide selection of foods in a comfortable fairly elegent dinning room. Most dishes are pretty straight forward, but there are several unique items on the menu, depending on the season.
Favorite Dish: Any fresh seafood will be great here. Salmon cooked on alder wood or cedar planks is a Northwest style and tough to beat flavor wise.
Stanley and Seaforts: Steak and Fish
Located on a hill overlooking downtown Tacoma and Commencement Bay, Stanley and Seafort’s is one of the best restaurants in Tacoma. Creative dishes, a warm environment, a great view and the best food around make this place tough to beat.
Favorite Dish: The halibut and crab stuffed Salmon is unique and perfect.
The steaks are top notch.
Pretty much anything your order will be good…ask your waiter/waitress what he or she thinks, they are very knowledgeable of the dishes.
For desert the crème brulee is the best. If you have a real sweet-tooth and can handle how rich crème brulee is I would suggest the sampler of all the varieties they have that night.
Twokoi: Sushi, Tempura and More
Urbane, sophisticated but comfortable, in a nicely decorated restored historic building: Twokoi brings very good Japanese cuisine to central Tacoma. Close to the conference center, the Glass Museum, and the Tacoma Museum of Art, Twokoi is the kind of place that you'd expect to find in that other, larger Puget Sound city to the north. Miso Soup was clear, tasty, and satisfying, and my Teriyaki Salmon was outstanding. I recommend Twokoi strongly for either lunch or dinner.
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Rock Pasta: Pizza and Pasta
Rock Pasta is a great place with a fun and often loud setting. Located in downtown Tacoma near the UW-Tacoma campus Rock Pasta serves great brick oven pizzas and flavorfull pastas.
Favorite Dish: Pizzas:
Purple Vegetable Pizza
Oh, Primo's Grill on 6th and...
Oh, Primo's Grill on 6th and Pine. Stanleys and Seaforts, or The Lobster Shop. Also for great deli, the MSN deli on 6th Ave. Wendys II on Tacoma Mall Blvd
you kiddin? This is God's Country. Seattle is Califoria north, Tacoma is the real NW
Favorite Dish: Portobella shrooms at Primos, French Onion soup at Stanleys, lobster bisque at Lobster Shop, and anything at Wendys and MSN
Sushi Tama: Most authentic Japanese food in Tacoma
So many "Japanese" restaurants in Tacoma are run by Koreans. While that's not necessarily bad, it's just not authentic Japanese. I love Korean food. But when I want Japanese, I want Japanese.
Sushi Tama is owned and run by Japanese. The food looks and tastes like it was prepared by Japanese, which it is. The ambience and decorations are typically Japanese. The music is Japanese. The greetings of "Irasshaimase!" are Japanese. And the food... Ah, yes, the food. The food is gloriously Japanese. From the sushi to the domburi to the tonkatsu to the kaki-furai to the saba-shioyaki -- it's all wonderful. Even the mis-spellings on the menu are typically Japanese.
You can usually get by for between $8 and $15 per person. Add on a ko-bin of Sapporo or some sake and the price goes up. I think the most expensive item on the menu is only $18, but beware of ordering more and more dishes of sushi because the cost can add up.
Check out Sushi Tama. Good food. Good service. Good times!
Favorite Dish: I go there for food I can't or won't cook. Tempura (it's too messy to make at home) and Katsudon and Tekkadon and Saba-shioyaki - heck, it's all great!
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Infinite Soups: I love soups, and you will, too!
At many places, lunch is more like dinner -- too much! I love soup, but it's hard to find a good place to get just a bowl of soup. Thank God there's Infinite Soups.
Each day, Infinite Soups offers about 20 different varities of soup. You can buy it by the half cup, cup, pint, or larger serving. And that's what you get - soup! Wonderful, glorious, tasty soup! As you stand there, they'll give you tastes of any or all of their offerings. And then you have to make up your mind -- it's so difficult.
All their soups are served "to go." Besides the soup, you get a spoon and crackers. And you get to take your soup to your favorite soup-eating place and have a feast... or a lunch. They are open from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday through Saturday. Sorry, you'll have to eat something else on Sundays. Or save some. As if you could.
Here are some of their flavors: Sicilian Meatball, West African Peanut, Spicy Corn Stew, Mushroom Hazelnut, Indian Lentil, Hungarian Sausage, Clam Chowder, Chicken Noodle, Italian Onion, Split Pea and Ham, Moroccan Lentil, Potato Green Chile Cheddar, Pueblan Potato, Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Vegan Chili, Cream of Onion and Bacon, Spicy Tortilla, Cheddar Broccoli Sausage, Tomato Basil, Curry Coconut, Italian Sausage and Tortellini, White Chicken Chili. Their list goes on and on.
Go there. Have cash. Get some samples. Get some soup. Go somewhere and eat it. Be in heaven.
Favorite Dish: The Italian Onion and Chipotle Potato Corn Chowder are wonderful. Well, then again, all their soups are!
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