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Tag: Happy Teriyaki Tacoma


Cheap, good, fast: Mastering the art of the 5-minute takeout lunch in downtown Tacoma

The University Gyros House offers a bargain-priced $3.99 falafel sandwich.

Six bucks and five minutes. Some days, that’s all the commitment I want to give to lunch.

My go-to cheap-and-fast lunch spot long has been Freighthouse Square. With its revolving cast of restaurants, free parking and lunch deals squarely in the $6 range, it’s the ultimate in cheap, fast and (usually) good. The one drawback: don’t get too attached to a restaurant. Maybe it’s because it’s an incubator for tiny businesses, but the restaurant turnover at Freighthouse is exceptionally high.

I’ve been trying to spread out my geography for cheap lunches. I’ve had a few tips from TNT Diner readers, who suggested I dine at two new downtown Tacoma restaurants, University Gyros House and Happy Teriyaki, both located between 19th and 22nd on Pacific. I tried both, and I’m happy to report they were cheap, good, fast. Read more »