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Dec.
13th

Off the radar: I hit a dining jackpot at a single strip mall in Tacoma

Thinh and Nghiep Nguyen, owners of Kim Anh, a restaurant in James Center on Mildred in Tacoma, hold egg noodle soup (left) and Kim Ahn's House Fried Rice. Peter Haley/Staff photographer
Thinh and Nghiep Nguyen, owners of Kim Anh, a restaurant in James Center on Mildred in Tacoma, hold egg noodle soup (left) and Kim Ahn’s House Fried Rice. Peter Haley/Staff photographer

Oh, strip malls. How we love-hate you.

Architectural eyesores, but necessary destinations for tending the mundane details of our lives.

Dry cleaning, hair cutting, nail grooming and check cashing: Not a lot of excitement, right?

Not so fast.

When a strip mall lands on my radar, it’s because it harbors an impressive eatery. Greek, Indian, Hawaiian and Cambodian – I’ve hit culinary jackpots at strip malls throughout the South Sound (scroll down to read more stories in this series).

Today, I share with you my favorite strip mall for quick dining. On the edge of James Center, a shopping complex near Tacoma Community College, sits a row of three unfussy and family-owned restaurants.

They’re Asian eateries serving honest food for a fair price. I count on them for reliable take-out dinners after a busy round of shopping. And there’s a bonus: Right next to the strip mall is a stand-alone taqueria with great carnitas. Read more »