Lucky us, the diners who like to eat out in South Sound. For the last three months, diners have been regaled with the opening of many restaurants with interesting concepts new to Tacoma.
The two most notable openings were the July debut of Social Bar & Grill on the Foss Waterway and the August introduction of Marrow Kitchen Bar on Sixth. Both ambitious restaurants boosted my optimism in Tacoma’s eating landscape and merited favorable praise here and here last month.
Then came the announcement of Zara in the corner space at 15th and Pacific that sat dormant two years too long after Sea Grill closed in 2009.
Zara held promise: It sounded well defined, with a brand-new concept for Tacoma –Eastern Mediterranean cuisine with accents from Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Greece. It also seemed a shining companion to neighboring Pacific Grill, one of Tacoma’s finest restaurants and a personal favorite. Zara seemed perched to invigorate downtown when it officially opened Aug. 19.
But three visits left me wanting more. Here is where Zara faltered during my visits: food execution. Read more »