I was thrilled to see Ed Murrieta’s generally positive review Friday of the relatively new Tacoma Szechuan restaurant in Lakewood. (And WHY couldn’t they call it LAKEWOOD Szechuan? It’s not even close to the border with Tacoma.)
Several weeks ago I asked Ed if he’d eaten anywhere good lately. He said if I liked Chinese food – the real kind, not dumbed down for American palates – then I should try a restaurant he was going to review in a few weeks, Tacoma Szechuan. From the enthusiasm with which he recommended the place, I figured it would be a positive review.
I can see why. I’ve dined in twice and gotten takeout several times now. I haven’t had anything yet that wasn’t really good. My favorites: the special chow mein with hand-carved noodles (they’re big, thick and yummy), fried dumplings with fiery dipping sauce, green onion pancakes, the hot and sour soup, the laver seaweed and tofu soup, and crispy chicken in hot garlic sauce.
As Ed notes, some of the servers are less than fluent in English, so some things can get lost in translation. But I figure that makes the place even more authentic.
If you go to the restaurant, which is at the intersection of South 96th and South Tacoma Way in the heart of Lakewood’s International Business District, be sure to walk around the corner to Pal-Do World, the impressive Asian superstore. So far it’s the only place I know of in the South Sound where you can buy a live sea cucumber.
There’s no need to go to Seattle’s Uwajimaya or its International District restaurants when we have places like Pal-Do World and Tacoma Szechuan in Lakewood.