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Tacoma Lunch

Kerri Jan 27, 2003 04:27 PM

Just started a new job in downtown Tacoma. Besides Pastrami's is there ANYWHERE else to get a good lunch? It seems a bit like a wasteland. If there is something worth driving for, I can drive, but I really want to know if I stay downtwon am I resigned to eating at Subway or Pastrami's?

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    Nadja RE: Kerri Jan 27, 2003 06:39 PM

    You should check out the Tacoma icon: The Swiss.
    You'll find pretty much basic pub fare but their deli sandwiches are absolutely worth a visit for lunch (definite alternative to Subway)!

    I've included a link to their website.

    Link: http://www.theswisspub.com/

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      southy RE: Nadja Jan 30, 2003 11:17 AM

      Try the nearby Harmon Pub just a few blocks from the Swiss. Altezzos in the Sheraton is fantastic, although somewhat expensive, but a nice place for a business lunch.

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        JohnBroughton RE: southy Jan 30, 2003 06:35 PM

        Altezzo is only open for dinner. In the Sheraton, the Broadway Grill is the restaurant that serves lunch.

        I've eaten at Altezzo several times. The most recent (and last) time was about a year ago. My wife and I had one of our worst meals ever, given what they charged.

        Link: http://www.sheratontacoma.com/html/Di...

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          Jake de Paul RE: JohnBroughton Feb 11, 2003 01:27 AM

          The owners of the Swiss opened the Hotel Bar & Grill down the street from the Swiss at 24th and Pacific. Gayl, one of the partners is running the kitchen. Rumor is the Hotel is open for lunches now. Good chicken sandwich. Sit at the bar — friendly folks

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            Jennifer RE: Jake de Paul Feb 24, 2003 07:43 PM

            Ravenous on Broadway has good pizza. I've only been there for dinner, but I hear they do a booming lunch business and the salads are also good. Ownership has changed and I think the quality of the food has improved quite a bit in the past couple months.

            There's also a great Vietnamese place on MLK, if you're not afraid to venture to Hilltop. I can't remember how the name is spelled, but phonetically it's Li Li. Mays in the Proctor District is also not bad for Southeast Asian.

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              WeddingTackle RE: Jennifer Jan 7, 2007 01:55 AM

              The name is Le Le. 2 experiences there were both very good.

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      Olympia Jane RE: Kerri Jan 28, 2003 12:24 AM

      I second the recommendation of the Swiss for lunch. I also suggest Fujiya, my favorite place in Tacoma for sushi, teriyaki, tempura, sashimi, etc.

      . Fujiya (Japanese)- Between Broadway and Market on Court C. 1125 Court C, Tacoma ... Tacoma
      Washington (253) 627-4899

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        JohnBroughton RE: Kerri Feb 21, 2003 06:31 PM

        You might try the Clock Tower restaurant, in the old City Hall building, 625 Commerce. I ate there a week ago; pretty good.

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          skidge RE: Kerri Jan 12, 2007 08:17 PM

          Abella's , next to the Harmon has some pretty good pizza as well as some other italian-style dishes. Not a very fancy place at all, but good nonetheless.

          Link with a review:

          1. iheartgrittytacoma RE: Kerri Jan 12, 2007 10:54 PM

            I am not sure where you work at, I work and live downtown so let me give this a shot.

            Vin Grotto on Pacific has a very yummy upscale sandwiches (turkey with mango chutney and blue cheese) and their soups are usually decent.

            For some snazzy pizza Puget Sound Pizza on 7th and St Helens is a good bet. They have good salads too, filled with all the goodies. Their cheesy garlic bread should be a sin.

            Magaret's Kitchen on Saint Helens has amazing soups and she makes the best baked goods! She has three soups and two or three salads that change everyday. Plus Magaret is one of the sweetest people in the world. She serves till she runs out so it rocks as an early lunch spot.

            Over the Moon Cafe in Opera Alley has the best grilled cheese sandwich that I have ever tasted. The lobster bisque is amazing too. Albeit a little pricey for lunch, they have a great atmosphere and very comfy chairs worth a couple xtra pennies.

            Pacific Grill on Pac Ave has a pretty good lunch menu too. Again, a little pricey but you get what you pay for here. Really good food! The soft crab sandwich is good as well as the sliders. www.pacificgrilltacoma.com

            I here that the Matador on Pacific may be having a lunch soon too. If you like spicey Tex Mex then you are set. My personal favorite are the tex mex springrolls.

            These are a few of my favs, hope this helps!

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              Waquoit RE: Kerri Jul 6, 2008 08:38 AM

              My friend and I were passing through Tacoma and had a great lunch at A Renaissance Cafe across from the Bridge of Glass. Great sandwiches that come with a cookie for dessert. I had the BBQ Beef and my friend had a perfect BLT. It was just a cool local joint I would visit often if I lived in town.

              1. Kendra Kinnan RE: Kerri Jul 7, 2008 02:04 PM

                I realize this is old but had to plug my favorite Tacoma spot, Antique Sandwich Company in Ruston, worth the drive.

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                  tinaeatsintacoma RE: Kerri Jul 9, 2008 08:23 AM

                  Another great lunch place not too far from downtown is Vuelve A La Vida on Pacific at about 54th. It's an authentic Mexican Seafood place and you can get a light lunch of a taco with rice and beans for about $3.50. With iced tea a recent lunch was $14.00 for two of us. The tacos are a delicous combination of warm, fresh corn tortilla with your choice of meat or fish (fish costs a little bit more-less than $0.50) with onions and cilantro. The rice and beans are savory and fresh. My fish taco tasted super fresh and grilled with smoky flavor. The steak on the taco was also savory and delicious.
                  The hot sauces brought to are homemade and wonderful. Try the green on the fish and if you like smoky flavor the brown one is fantastic. There is spanish language TV on and the clientel is mostly hispanic.
                  If you want Menudo or many other real mexican items, this is the place.

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                    yummers RE: tinaeatsintacoma Jul 10, 2008 11:49 AM

                    And don't forget, you can get a dozen of their freshly-made tortillas to go -- the only source I've found so far in Tacoma for this staple of the good life.

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