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Dec 15, 2008 08:20 PM

Anything New In Tacoma?

Coming home for the holidays and will be mostly in the Tacoma area for a week. Anything of note spring up down there in the last year? Is the Harmon Hub worthy of the hype?

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  1. I'd say the Tacoma Szechuan out on S. Tacoma Way. I think that its been there for about a year and a half. Some of the best Chinese I've had in the greater Seattle area.

    1. 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.

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      1. re: Leper

        Thanks Leper. Vuelva was on my radar and I think I'll check them out for sure. I do get back about once a year and for any lurkers, I'll co-sign on Asado and (to a lesser extent) the downtown Indochine.