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Tag: Boathouse 19


Tourist Tacoma: Surf-and-turf restaurants with waterfront views

From the Foss Waterway to Ruston, from Titlow Beach to Chambers Bay, South Sound’s waterways are dotted with restaurants boasting this-is-why-we-live-here views.

In the final installment of my Tourist Tacoma series, I’m suggesting where to take out-of-town diners to impress upon them that our water views are better than, well, anything they might have back home. (So there.)

I’m recommending restaurants that have proved their prowess for consistent dining — no matter the price tag. I cover broad territory here with everything from cheap fish and chips to surf and turf that’s best enjoyed with an expense account.

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Desserts that have gone bananas on South Sound menus

I love a banana split made with housemade ice cream. This one comes from Boathouse 19 in Tacoma.

Baked into a bread, sliced for a sundae or turned into a pudding – I’ve noticed so many more banana desserts on menus this summer. Some are so good, they may bump Corina Bakery’s banana pudding – which I’ve nicknamed “banana crack” – off the top of my dessert list. Read on. Read more »


First-bite restaurant report: Boathouse 19 at the Narrows Marina

Fish tacos at Boathouse 19 come with a corn and tomato salad. The restaurant opened July 2 at the Narrows Marina.

While the Lobster Shop restaurants are the big brothers – solid, cigar smoking guys with an impressive wine collection – Boathouse 19 is the fashionable little brother who looks as if he stepped out of a Hollister ad, all fresh-faced, with a cheeky sense of humor. The Narrows Marina restaurant opened July 2. It’s the project of Denny Driscoll, who has owned the waterfront Lobster Shop restaurants on Dash Point and Commencement Bay for three decades. The menu is designed by Tom Small, executive chef for the Lobster Shop restaurants, Boathouse 19 and Driscoll’s other restaurant in Gig Harbor, Tanglewood Grill. Read more »


Now open: Boathouse 19 at the Narrows Marina in Tacoma

Tacoma’s newest waterfront restaurant opened this afternoon – Boathouse 19, located at the Narrows Marina near Day Island. The 230-seat restaurant is a casual waterfront restaurant serving mid-priced regional American cuisine – burgers, steak and seafood. The restaurant is the project of Denny Driscoll, a man known for operating restaurants in unexpected waterfront locations. Driscoll is the owner of the Lobster Shop restaurants on Ruston and Dash Point, and he also owns the Tanglewood Grill in Gig Harbor. His newest restaurant joins his stable of waterfront restaurants in somewhat obscure areas – the Narrows Marina and surrounding neighborhood isn’t known as a restaurant destination. Read more »


Coming soon: Boathouse 19 on track to open in July at the Narrows Marina

Construction is nearly completed, about 80 staffers are being hired and the menu is mostly set for Boathouse 19, the new waterfront restaurant at the Narrows Marina near Day Island. The expected opening date is July 2. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner. Read more »


Boathouse 19: Coming to the Narrows Marina this summer

Construction at Boathouse 19 took the building down to the studs. The new waterfront restaurant is expected to open in July 2012. Photo courtesy of the Lobster Shop

The name has been selected – and it’s Boathouse 19. That’s the previously nameless waterfront restaurant I told you about in February in this blog post. The 230-seat restaurant will open at the Narrows Marina, located near Day Island, down the hill from South 19th and Bridgeport. The casual waterfront restaurant serving regional American cuisine is the project of Denny Driscoll, a man who has made his living from opening his Lobster Shop restaurants in unexpected waterfront locations. And he’s doing it again with Boathouse 19 at the Narrows Marina, a place that’s not exactly known as a restaurant destination. Read more »