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ad.mich Dec 15, 2008 08:20 PM

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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    BallardFoodie Dec 16, 2008 02:11 PM

    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.

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      Leper Dec 16, 2008 03:02 PM

      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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        ad.mich Dec 18, 2008 05:32 AM

        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.

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