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Mar 15, 2008 08:13 AM

Gourmands going to Tacoma

Two chowhound types from Seattle are going to Tacoma to visit the glass museum, the Tacoma Art Museum the UW branch campus. We want to eat at at a really good restaurant in the vicinity, i.e., no brew pubs, pizza, "kid-friendly" places, faux Chinese, etc., which seem to dominate the recommendations already on this board. Any advice?? Thanks, Jack

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  1. Vien Dong on 38th and Yakima. You'll have to head south on Pacific, take a right on 38th and it's about 8 blocks up on the left hand side. It is a vietnamese place that serves great fresh spring rolls, pho, a bunch of different types of soups, rice noodle salads, and various other dishes. Whatever you do ask for a side order of their house made bbq pork (not chinese style; it is garlicly, tender, moist, heavenly). My personal favorites are the spicy beef, curry chicken (both come with a lot of fresh vegies), and the #14 (that bbq pork in a rice noodle salad bowl). Don't forget to add their house made "dong sauce" (as it is known in my family) that is kind of a spicy black bean based sauce. This place easily gives tamarind tree and green leaf a run for their money.

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      1. Tacoma can be a little more difficult than Seattle in terms of tracking down good places to eat! One spot I really like is on Pacific (basically across from the history museum and therefore from the Museum of Glass as well) , called Indochine. Might want a reservation there. If you want to drive a little further away, there's a newer restaurant called Masa up on 6th Avenue. While the atmosphere and the music can be a little hit-or-miss, depending, the food is probably the best I've eaten in town (if you like a kind of modern Mexican/Central American fusion). They have super prices ($3) for a la carte burritos, enchiladas, etc., at lunch, so you could eat there first and then head down to the museums and UW Tacoma.

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        1. re: hannahp79

          Indochine's food is good, but not great, and severely overpriced, IMO. also, they have the most uncomfortable seating I've ever experienced in a restaurant (wooden backless benches...)

          1. re: hannahp79

            I personally wouldnt go to Masa, Asado Maybe...Masa has horrible food, bad/lazy service. They seem to have more focus on "Club Masa" than they do on service/food development.

          2. You might try the Pacific Grill. It's not the cheapest place in town but if you are interested in good food, it's worth a visit. Check out their website at

            1. Well folks, thanks for the advice. We went to Indochine. Wouldn't recommend it. But I DO recommend having lunch in the cafe at the Tacoma Museum of Art. For the money it's the best food in a museum restaurant outside of Paris.

              Highlights of the excursion: the Chuck Close show, and the hot shop at the Museum of Glass.