TNT Diner

Good eats and drinks around Tacoma, Pierce County and South Puget Sound

NOTICE: TNT Diner has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved TNT Diner.
Visit the new section.

Tag: Moctezuma’s Tacoma


Chile rellenos: Seven stops in search of a poblano paragon

Prompted by a reader query, dining critic Sue Kidd goes searching at seven South Sound Mexican restaurants for the perfect poblano rellenos.


Finally opening in Puyallup – El Toro Mexican Restaurant on Canyon

For years, a sign just off Canyon Road in Puyallup advertised the future home of El Toro, a chain of Mexican restaurants operating in the South Sound since 1979. Years passed, there was no activity, no construction at the site. Just that weathered sign. Ruben Arias Jr. whose father Ruben Arias Sr. founded the chain, said he received so many emails and calls, he could not  respond to a fraction of them. The emailers and callers kept asking the same thing – are you ever going to open?

The answer is yes. El Toro is opening. The 160-seat restaurant should be fully running in the next few days. Read more »


First bite restaurant report: Moctezuma’s in Gig Harbor

Mexico City tacos come with chicken and grilled pineapple.

Don’t think of the newly opened Moctezuma’s in Gig Harbor as the typical family Mexican restaurant complete with a mariachi soundtrack and chips and salsa served by the bucket.

Think of Moctezuma’s as a restaurant with contemporary flavor. It’s approachable, but sophisticated. Read more »


Moctezuma’s in Gig Harbor looks at late-spring opening

After losing its 18-year home several months ago to a building remodel, Moctezuma’s is set to open its new Gig Harbor Mexican restaurant later this spring. Operations manager Bernie Garcia, son of founder Arturo Garcia, who opened the first Moctezuma’s on South Tacoma Way in 1978, said progress on the Gig Harbor location has been slowed by permitting issues. Moctezuma’s new location will be just across the street from its previous location next to Safeway. Read more »