Anything New In Tacoma?
ad.mich, The Hub serves better food than the Harmon itself but that's not saying much. (Everything at the Harmon is straight off a Sysco truck.) The most Chow-worthy destination is Maxwell's at Sixth & St. Helens. (Their blue cheesecake is not a cheesecake but a killer side dish.) Very, very new is Merende about 9th and Pacific. Italian theme, the chef has great credentials. While not new, well worth a traveler's visit is Vuelva A La Vida (Mexican at 5310 Pacific). Order any of the seafood dishes--especially the oysters. Worth a Chowhound's time is the Red Hot at 2914 Sixth Avenue. The Red Hot elevates the common hot dog to its rightful place: In a dive bar with fun people. About 20 combinations of dogs and a good beer selection. (Great destination for anniversaries or Valentine's day.) In nearby Fife is humble Sapporo (Japanese). If you go, don't miss their soft-shell crab appetizer and their dynamite roll. On Pacific Ave near the University is Indochine. Their tuna dish is noteworthy. For steaks, try Asado on Sixth Avenue. Tacoma has come a long way; enjoy your visit.