Susie, Tacoma has some excellent Chowhound destinations:
1. Sapporo in nearby Fife offers exceptional Japanese. Great sushi, but their soft-shell crab appetizer is an amazing bargain.
2. Vuelva A La Videa at 5310 Pacific Avenue provides exceptionally authentic Mexican. (Great seafood--no chips and salsa.)
3. The Pick Quick in Fife is nationally known for their great made-from-scratch burgers, fries and shakes. They offer outdoor dining. There is always a line so be patient.
4. Merende (downtown Tacoma) offers European food with an Italian flair.
5. Maxwell's Speakeasy for upscale dinner. (Sixth and St. Helens, downtown)
6. The Southern Kitchen (Sixth & Division) for soul food. Great catfish.
7. Stanley & Seaforts for happy hour drinks and appetizers. Excellent steaks.
8. Asado (Sixth Avenue) for dining with an Argentianian twist.
9. Indochine for fabulous tuna (Pacific Avenue by the University)
10. The Swiss for pub grub food. (19th & Commerce)
Enjoy your T-Town food adventures!
Leper, thanks for being such a good resource on eating around south Puget Sound. Four of us played golf at Chambers Bay two weeks ago and didn’t finish until after 8 pm, finally ready to go at around 9. We were starving, and didn’t want to hunt for dinner closer to Seattle so late, so I suggested Vuelve a la Vida, which turned out to be about a 10 minute ride away. Fantastic dinner! I had 2 lengua, 1 buche, 1 tripa, and 1 cabeza tacos washed down with a couple of Negro Modelos. The tacos were fabulous. I didn’t ask if they make their own tortillas, but they were excellent, too. The others had the enchilada combo with chicken breast, a carne asada plate, and a chicken burrito. They said it was the best Mexican they’d ever had, and that they would never have stopped there if they’d just been driving by. Wish I’d had room for the vuelve a la vida, though. Next time.
By comparison, I had lunch yesterday at the Temecula branch (near San Diego) of the well known Tijuana-based Tacos El Gordo taco shop and had a lengua, buche, tripa, and al pastor taco. Vuelve a la Vida’s were comparable in both taste and price (edge to El Gordo, though). But, in Vuelve a la Vida’s favor, they take Visa and serve alcohol.