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Tacoma Restaurants You Need To Visit

If you’re in the Tacoma area, you should enjoy some of the great food that Tacoma has to offer. Here is a list of Tacoma Restaurants you need to visit.

Has date night gotten stale? Are you continuing to visit the same restaurants you’vebeen going to for years? If it’s time to branch out, this is the post for you. There are plenty of great websites for finding well-known restaurants online, but it can be difficult to find local restaurants, particularly if they’re new, that locals would recommend.  That’s whywe’ve compiled a list of the restaurants in Tacoma you need to visit, so keep this list handy next time you have no idea where to eat and are looking for the best Tacoma restaurants.

Check Out These Restaurants in Tacoma

If you’re looking for a new restaurant or two, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the best restaurants in Tacoma:

Asado Cucina Argentina Tacoma

Love meat? You’ll love Asado.

Specializing in Argentine-inspired food, Asado uses quality, local ingredients to create bold, interesting flavors. The delicious Black Angus is infused with Argentinian flavors.

One of the most popular dishes is the flat iron steak with purple mashed potatoes. The braised lamb shank with bacon leak butterbeans and cipollini mole is also a must-try. 

Vegetarians will eat surprisingly well at Asado. You can dine on roasted chili and tomato stuffed with dried fruit, quinoa, and cheddar.

Dirty Oscar’s Annex

Also known a DOA, Dirty Oscar’s Annex is the only moonshine bar in Tacoma. That means you’ll only be dining with the 21-and-over crowd. For this reason, it’s one of the best restaurants in Tacoma for those wanting a more adult experience. 

DOA is known for its New American cuisine, along with delicious moonshine drinks. Try the peach lemonade, strawberry lemonade, or muddled lemon. 

Don’t feel like you can only visit for dinner- DOA is great for breakfast too. Order the Dead Elvis French Toast, which is served with peanut butter sauce, bourbon banana puree, and vanilla custard. 

Johnny’s Seafood Market & Bistro

Previously known as Johnny’s Seafood Co, this restaurant has undergone a massive makeover. It now includes a cafe, along with the popular seafood counter. This is one of the best restaurants in Tacoma if you enjoy dining with a view. Sit on the outdoor patio and enjoy your view of Mt Rainer.

Seafood lovers will enjoy their food at Johnny’s, and the outstanding menu has something for everyone. Choose from favorites like:

  • Fish and chips
  • Clam chowder
  • Prime ribeye steak
  • Shrimp and crab cocktail
  • Fish tacos
  • Salads
  • Sandwiches
  • Copper River Salmon
  • And much more

Marzano’s

Marzarno’s has been serving Tacoma residents and visitors for more than 20 years. You’ll find it near Pacific Lutheran University in a converted house, and it specializes in delicious Italian cuisine. 

Head chef an owner Elisa Marzano puts her heart and soul into each dish. And the standard menu is often updated to include specific seasonal offerings. 

Try the Limone pizza, which is topped with cherry bomb peppers, preserved lemons (homemade), and pancetta. Or carb load with the delicious lasagna Bolognese. You’ll also find plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian options here, along with a large wine list. 

Pacific Grill

This award-winning restaurant is one of the best-known restaurants in Tacoma. Pacific Grill manages to combine both fun and sophistication. 

Pacific Grill is housed in a gorgeous historic building, which features exposed brick and dark wood. You’ll also see some incredible sculptures, however, the food is truly the star here. 

Owner and chef Gordon Naccarato has created many classic dishes with a twist and caters to a wide range of tastes. Gluten-free and vegan meals are plentiful. Vegetarians and vegans will love the roasted cauliflower steak. 

Love duck? Try the sauteed duck breast here. It’s served with fingerling potatoes, green beans, a basil-blueberry sauce, and almonds.

Indochine

An unofficial landmark in Tacoma, Indochine is one of the best ethnic restaurants in Tacoma. The interior is stunning, and prices are very reasonable considering the standard of the food. 

This restaurant is family-run, and owners Russel and Ly fled Cambodia and mass genocide in 1979. After ending up in Thailand, they were sponsored by a church and settled in Federal Way.

Ly studied fashion in Paris but is passionate about food- something that will be evident as soon as you taste her delicious food. 

Start with the toasted sesame chicken wraps and the crab wontons. Follow it up with the Spicy Basil Beef or Panang Chicken Curry.

Room for dessert? The pistachio and salted caramel gelatos are hugely popular. The lemon and coconut cake and nemesis flourless chocolate cake should be taken to go if you can’t fit them in. 

Katie Downs

Located in the waterfront district, you’ll be hovering over the water when you eat here. This is another great restaurant in Tacoma if you like to dine with a view, and you’ll be able to enjoy Puget Sound and the Cascade and Olympic mountains. 

Grab dinner before it gets dark and you can watch parasailers, sailboats, and seals while you enjoy your food. And oh, what food. Guests can choose from:

  • Gourmet sandwiches and burgers
  • Award-winning pizza
  • Beer-battered fish and chips
  • Fresh salmon and calamari
  • Grilled steaks
  • The famous clam chowder
  • Plenty of healthy salads

The pizza at Katie Downs has won “Best Pizza in Western Washington”, and if you like comfort food, Katie’s is the place to go. Be sure to try the New York Style Cheesecake, which comes with fresh berries. 

This is one of the best Tacoma restaurants if you feel like a lively night, and tends to draw a younger crowd of 20-somethings. It’s a great place to eat if you’re looking for a fun time, relaxing with friends, down on the Ruston Way waterfront. 

Savor Creperie

Craving French? Savor Creperie is the place to be. Whether you’re looking for sweet or savory crepes, this vibrant restaurant offers a huge selection for vegetarians, meat lovers, and those who are gluten-free. 

Opened in 2013, Savor Creperie is a huge favorite, so be sure to grab a few sweet and savory crepes to split with a group so you can taste them all. 

What are your favorite Tacoma restaurants? Leave a comment below and let us know if there are any great restaurants we’ve missed for our list!

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Art Lovers Delight at the Artist & Craftsman Tacoma Store

Artist & Craftsman Spray Paint

Artist & Craftsman St Helens Debut

Artist & Craftsman Store Front

Artist & Craftsman Store Front

A great addition to the down town area, Artist & Craftsman Supply in Downtown Tacoma is now open! Art lovers won’t have to make that commute to Seattle any longer to get the pro-artist supplies they need. Located on St Helens Ave, Artist & Craftsman Supply is open from 9am to 7pm Monday through Saturday and 10am to 6pm Sunday. These experts have everything painters, sculptors and crafters need.

 

A Space to Create Art

Artist & Craftsman Paper Selection

Artist & Craftsman Paper Selection

Opening their doors November 2016, Artist & Craftsman arrived with a reputation in the art community for quality professional art supplies. Their Seattle Location is known for it’s astounding inventory and size. However the Tacoma location has a more Historic feel. A flood of abstract rainbow colors fill the room along with decorative light features. The Artist & Craftsman team has done an amazing job of restoring the Wagner Motors Building without losing the integrity of its classic 1920’s design.

 

Although every artist has a speciality and Michael Rives, the Manager of Artist & Craftsman is there to help artist cultivate theirs. I spoke with Kat one of the friendly staff members as she was adjusting upcoming events on the store cork board. She explained that Artist & Craftsman is a place for artist to dive into their passions. Moreover Kat was adamant that if there was a specific tool or item an artist wanted and Artist & Craftsman didn’t carry it in store, they would be able to order it for their customers or help them find it. The friendly staff isn’t the only draw to this stellar art store. Artist & Craftsman also host events, and are beginning to organize classes for the 2017 year.

 

2 Must See Demos

Artist & Craftsman Spray Paint

Artist & Craftsman Spray Paint

You don’t need an excuse to visit Artist & Craftsman but this month there are two Free Demos hosted in store that are a must see. Mark your calendar for Saturday February 4th 1pm to 4pm for the Yupo Paper Demo. Yupo Paper is a type of polyurethane synthetic paper. This paper is actually 100% recyclable. Another feature is that Artist can manipulate their work with water. This awesome paper is amazing for creating watercolor type images, soft textures, and depth. 

The second event this month is on Sunday February 12th at 1pm. Artist & Craftsman will be hosting Marabu and demonstrating new products. Celia Buchanan will be leading the demonstration. 

There are many more events to come which are listed on the Artist & Craftsman Facebook page and website. Tacoma residents are fortunate to live in a city full of art. Let February be a month to begin creating, painting, crafting and framing. Let’s express ourselves and get inspired at Artist & Craftsman!

Coffee Drink Restaurants

Tacoma’s Best Coffee – Manifesto Coffee Now Open

Manifesto Coffee Single Origin Whole Bean House Blends

Manifesto Coffee Satisfies Your Daily Caffeine Dose

Manifesto Coffee Espresso Bean Roaster

Manifesto Coffee hit the ground running when their dynamic team opened  doors in October 2016,  emphasizing what’s important to many when it comes to coffee. This shop focuses on superbly roasted beans, and offers Fair-Trade, Organic, Single-Origin Coffee. The coffee has a rich full-bodied flavor that might have you going back for a second Americano. Before you get trapped by winter storms, stop by and pick up one of their original house blends. Hours of operations are 6 AM to 5 PM pm on weekdays and 8 AM to 5 PM on weekends. Manifesto Coffee is located on South 11th Street in Tacoma’s Hilltop Neighborhood

Meet the Masterminds

Behind the bar Manifesto Coffee

Manifesto Coffee is a casual coffee shop, co-owned by Israel Hickey and Jack Saffle. This pair has taken their combined coffee expertise and collaborated with a couple close counterparts to create their version of the corner coffee shop. Israel the Head Roaster, lets the beans speak for themselves. His skillful roasting brings out a rich aroma and full bodied flavor profile. I had a moment to discuss the details with Jack. He shared with me in all honesty how for him this local coffee joint embodies all things Tacoma. This is a place for Skaters, Dungeon and Dragons folk and the alternative locals. Not only is this a space to drink amazing coffee, but its a place to collaborate and share their love of Tacoma. With coffee at their core, it’s not hard to see why Manifesto Coffee is the next up-and-coming neighborhood attraction.

The Main Event, Single Origin Espresso

Manifesto Coffee Single Origin Whole Bean House Blends

Establishing themselves in the Fair Trade Organic scene, Manifesto Coffee is available at Harbor Greens, the Tacoma Boys 6th Ave, Puyallup and Lakewood locations, Stadium Thriftway, and Dave’s Meat and Produce. Whats more, their variety of blends have unique flavor profiles which are highlighted in the charismatic names.

Sumatra Takengon has a truly decadent taste. This Single Origin blend has a sweet flavor profile that highlights strawberry, cinnamon, and hibiscus. Consequently the name take-n-gone showcases its popularity as this house original has flown off the shelves. Alternatively, Ethiopia Yirgacheffe hits more floral notes, embodying elderflower, honey and melon for a smooth taste. Indeed spice is not forgotten with the Mexico Chiapas. This spicy bright coffee has notes of cedar and tobacco. No doubt this coffee will transport drinkers somewhere warmer. Finally Nicaragua San Juan De Rio Coco has rich apricot, hazelnut notes. This cup of Joe goes perfectly with your favorite chocolate pastry. If you aren’t sure what caffeine hits the spot just ask your barista for a recommendation.

2 Ways to Enjoy

For most of us, coffee helps us to speak to other humans in the morning. The first way to try this new local coffee shop is to of course stop by and get caffeinated. Not everyone takes their coffee black. For this reason, Manifesto Coffee and 1022 have you covered. The syrups on the espresso bar are made from scratch by the craft cocktail professionals at 1022 on South J Street. They are coupled with seasonal, organic flavors that in my opinion are some of the best blended syrups around. Moreover, the second way to enjoy is to grab a bag of beans from your local grocer and perk up with a french press.Considering that you’re already in the neighborhood, go grab some java from these local experts. Tell them Clever Neighbor sent you and you seek caffeine!

Manifesto Coffee
Address: 1003 S 11th St, Tacoma, WA 98405
Phone: (360) 775-9834
Hours: 6AM–5PM

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Drive Thru Donuts in Tacoma But Bring Cash

Pao's Donuts and Coffee Shop

Donuts from a Drive Thru!  I must have crashed and gone to heaven!

If you have a hankering for donuts in Tacoma, check out Pao’s Donuts and Coffee Shop in Tacoma’s West End (making the West Slope Historic). You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your car—they have a drive thru window! Bring cash though because credit cards are not welcome. However the inexpensive pricing will have you searching your seats for change (I speak from experience).

A fresh selection of Old Fashioned donuts in Tacoma at Pao’s Donuts and Coffee Shop

Pao’s Excels in its Simple Approach

I am impressed with the pricing, the simplicity and the excellence in their offerings. Eating at Pao’s has changed what I accept as a good donut. The owners have been there to serve me each time I go. They are quick let me know which donuts are fresh, and which are discounted day old donuts. I was hesitant in ordering an espresso from a donut shop, but I must say, my double tall latte was well made. Pao and his wife seem to take pride in their work, and the community has noticed . Pao’s was voted Best of the South Sound in 2016.

Pao’s was voted Best in the South Sound for 2016.

Family Business

The atmosphere may seem familiar to you. Pao’s is a former Dunkin Donuts. Pink donut boxes, stacked high behind the counter. Pictures of Pao’s children are on the walls, some with giant donuts. You get the feeling that Pao’s is not just a business—but a means to an end—a vision of what America can be and is.

Local To Tacoma

Pao’s is just off Highway 16 on 6th avenue, on the way toward Titlow Beach, where grown men once wrestled octopi. Tacoma Community College is nearby as is the Tacoma Musical Playhouse.  There are lots of things to do in Tacoma, but stopping here in a must!

Do you like musicals? Check out this 5 disk Boxset.

An assortment of syrups illuminated in Pao’s drive thru window, by the late day sun.

Don’t Forget The Cash!

Next time you’re cruising the streets, looking for some donuts in Tacoma, check out Pao’s Donuts and Coffee Shop. You won’t be disappointed–unless you forget your cash!

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2 Wheels Up for Old Town Bicycle

Old Town Bicycle is ready to get your bike that much needed tune up!

Bicycles, Helmets and Gear Oh My!

Tacoma’s waterfront is the premier bike path for a cruise. Old Town Bicycle is ready to get your bike that much needed tune up before Spring melts the Winter frost.

With three locations, Olympia on Capitol Way, Gig Harbor on Kimball Drive, and Tacoma’s McCarver St Location, Old Town Bicycle’s staff is ready to get you on the road.

Cycling Aspirations and Perspiration

Let’s be clear, I do not claim to be a cyclist. When I ride, it’s usually a pleasurable cruise down by the water. My beach cruiser is classic  cream white with style, and of course she has a basket.

The only time I was semi-serious about cycling was for the annual Tour de Goldfish on Five Mile Drive. That race ended in a tag team Tandem Bicycle ascent to the finish.

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Get Tuned

If you are a cruiser like me, or a serious cyclist that needs the right gear for those long distance rides, Old Town Bicycle has you covered.

When I brought my beach cruiser in for a much needed tune up, I was greeted by several staff members who were ready to assist me. Alana described the different types of tune up’s the shop offered.

They cover everything from Standard to Deluxe tune ups, taking the time to clean, inspect, grease and adjust so my two wheeled transportation was ready once again to ride along the waterfront.

Gear Heads

The staff at Old Town Bicycle is friendly and knowledgeable. They were glad to discuss the importance of bike maintenance and the best ways to keep my bike in well working condition.

Helpful Hint: Giving your bike a bath, similar to washing your car keeps it in good condition. Washing prevents pebbles, sticks and nature from rusting chains or breaking gears.

We also discussed the right types of gear. Those funny shorts and Clip in shoes you see when a cyclist passes by in the bike lane are actually well worth the price for comfort and balance.

Old Town Bicycle has the right helmets, tires, water bottles and cycle gear you need to get out on the road feeling prepared.

Outdoor Adventures

Tacoma’s beauty is is better enjoyed outside. The  bike path is a great way to do this. There are plenty of things to do in Tacoma on your two wheeled friend. There are tons of local trails and waterfront views to be enjoyed.

If you ever made a resolution to get active and healthy or trying a new sport, placing your feet to the pedals is a great solution

It’s never a bad time of year to get your bike tuned, especially if it hasn’t been done in a while.

Check out Old Town Bicycle’s Deluxe Tune Up Package! Be sure to tell them Clever Neighbor sent you!

Old Town Bicycle
Address: 3009 N McCarver St, Tacoma, WA 98403
Phone:(253) 573-9400
Hours: 10AM–6PM

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Climbing New Heights at Edgeworks

Edgeworks Climbing Gym

Climb on at Edgeworks

When you think Rock Climbing our minds wander to gigantic boulders and cliffs with climbers hundreds of feet in the air. This image can be a bit intimidating. Indoor climbing has dramatically changed this traditional view of rock climbing to one with brightly colored hand and foot holds, auto-belays and one-on-one instruction. Located off 6th Avenue on North 9th Street, Edgeworks is hiding out and it’s absolutely the best climbing gym in Tacoma! Don’t be intimidated,the team at Edgeworks will have you suited up and bouldering in no time. They have all the rental equipment climbers need. Everything from climbing shoes, harnesses, ATC and chalk bags. Not to mention they have great hours, open seven days a week Monday – Friday 9 am to 10 pm, Saturday 10 am to 10 pm Sunday 10 am to 7 pm.

Local bouldering

Walking up to the front door of Edgeworks, it’s hard to imagine that inside the grey warehouse business complex there is 10,000 sq ft of climbing, top-out bouldering wall, six auto-belays (single person belay stations), weight room, an instructional climbing wall on the second floor and a yoga studio to boot. Edgeworks literally has it all. There are basic 101 level classes that teach beginners how to tie a figure eight, lock in their ATC’s and climb on. It doesn’t stop there. Once you fine tune those climbing skills indoors the team at Edgeworks takes top-roping and lead climbing outside! Don’t worry when the little ones come calling“Mom I want to climb too!”, Edgeworks has kids classes and camps available as well. Climbing is a family activity and helps get everyone active and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

Commercial Climbing Gyms

The climbing industry has grown tenfold in the past decade. The march continues with the help of heated warehouses and fancy climbing equipment such as Gri Gri’s and comfortable sport harnesses. Commercial indoor climbing is another way for people in the Northwest to stay dry in the winter months while maintaining their 5.11 B status. I began climbing at Edgeworks almost one year ago, January of 2016 and have never looked back. The instructors at the gym are patient, knowledgeable, friendly and fun. They take climbing seriously so we can monkey around and really push the limits. If you are looking to become an Outdoor Guide or just want to boulder with friends check out Edgeworks. Tell them Clever Neighbor sent you!