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Tag: Cham Garden Korean BBQ


Off the radar: Tacoma and Lakewood strip malls hide culinary treasures

Jennifer Jones, left, Jesenia Fonseca, center, and Erica Rembert grill meat on the tabletop burner at Cham Garden Korean BBQ in Lakewood. Photo by Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

Strip malls suck up moments of our mundane lives. The stores within often signify the boring check marks on our vast to-do lists: drop off the dry cleaning, get the nails done, pick up that package, grab a quick coffee, look at carpet samples. Back on the road again.

But sometimes – just sometimes – strip malls hide culinary treasures that invite you to sit, savor and enjoy hand-crafted food that seems woefully out of place in a suburban setting.

Here I’ll tell you about three remarkable finds. They’re all in strip malls. Don’t judge them by their exterior. Judge them on their food. Read more »