- 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?
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.
re: Jake de Paul
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.
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
You might try the Clock Tower restaurant, in the old City Hall building, 625 Commerce. I ate there a week ago; pretty good.
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!
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.
I realize this is old but had to plug my favorite Tacoma spot, Antique Sandwich Company in Ruston, worth the drive.
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.