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Tag: Tacoma restaurants

Aug.
8th

Tourist Tacoma: Asado and Indochine offer lovely dining options for out of town guests

Russel Brunton and Ly Ngov own Indochine, a beautiful restaurant with a fine wood interior in downtown Tacoma.  Peter Haley/Staff photographer
Russel Brunton and Ly Ngov own Indochine, a beautiful restaurant with a fine wood interior in downtown Tacoma. Peter Haley/Staff photographer

Beginning mid-summer every year, the phone calls from readers turn predictable: Where do I take visiting guests to dine in and around Tacoma?

Oh, Tacoma. There are so many answers to that question. I’ll spend the next week covering a handful of favorite restaurant destinations for visitors.

It’s impossible to cover all that’s terrific about the South Sound dining landscape in a few articles, so I’ve narrowed my recommendations to some of the Tacoma area’s finer destinations by theme: restaurants with views, upscale Italian eateries that even your picky sister-in-law would love, and today’s first installment on restaurants with beautiful dining rooms – Indochine Asian Dining Lounge and Asado Cucina Argentina. Read more »

June
28th

Stuff your face: Taste of Tacoma is happening this weekend

The Taste of Tacoma happens today through Sunday at Point Defiance Park. File photo.
The Taste of Tacoma happens today through Sunday at Point Defiance Park. File photo.

Attention fans of deep-fried gluttony: This is the weekend to make good use of those stretchy Thanksgiving pants buried in the back of your closet. You know the ones – they’ve got the sort-of-still-there elastic waistband.

Your mission: Elephant ears, corn on the cob, corn dogs, burgers, Philly cheesesteaks and about 200 other foods that will leave you filled with regret and reaching for a hefty dose of Zantac. This weekend is Taste of Tacoma, the region’s biggest food court that brings 26 pop-up restaurants to Point Defiance Park for three days. Read more »

June
27th

Opening in Proctor: Soul, a fusion restaurant with shades of Cuba and Puerto Rico

South Sound is short on Cuban, Puerto Rican and Dominican food, but a restaurant opening in Tacoma’s Proctor neighborhood this summer will serve all three. Soul plans an August opening at 2717 N. Proctor, in the upstairs dining space that formerly was home to the Old House Cafe, and (briefly) the Staircase Cafe. Read more »

May
13th

Lake-view dining: Al Lago hits high marks, but it took three tries to get there

Grilled leg of lamb is a knock-out dish served at Al Lago, an Italian Restaurant with a view of Lake Tapps. Photo by Peter Haley/Staff photographer

When the weather warms, I know where I want to sit and sip pinot noir: The patio of Al Lago Ristorante, a lake-view restaurant with a rich and flavorful Southern Italian menu brushed broadly with Northwest ingredients.

The design of the cavernous restaurant might not make much use of the Lake Tapps view, but the stylish and warm décor in autumnal hues of sage and copper and cushy, deep booths near the flickering rock fireplace do entice on true Northwest days. Read more »

Nov.
16th

Nopalitos, tasty cactus at Reynas in Parkland

Tacos al carbon at Reynas in Parkland. The tacos come with nopalitos.
Tacos al carbon at Reynas in Parkland. The tacos come with nopalitos.

I’m continuing my theme of plying myself with comfort eats, of the spicy variety, to rid my head of this horrid congestion. I stopped in at Reynas in Parkland over the weekend for a steaming plate of tacos al carbon with nopalitos ($12.95).

Nopalitos aren’t listed on many menus at South Sound Mexican restaurants. Reynas calls them nopales on their menu, and I’ve seen Mexican restaurants list them as either nopalitos or nopales. Either way, it’s a delicious little dish made from the pads of prickly pear, a cactus. When I find them, I order then. If they’re prepared correctly, with just a bit of snap, they’re unctuous. When overcooked, they take on the texture of slime — much like how okra turns slippery-squishy when it’s left to simmer too long. Click “more” to read about nopalitos at Reynas, a family Mexican restaurant on Garfield next to Pacific Lutheran University.

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