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May 25, 2010 11:15 AM

Gig Harbor breakfast, lunch and dinner recommendations

I will be visiting the Gig Harbor area in mid-June and will be looking for good casual and business casual breakfast, lunch and dinner places. I will be staying at the Inn at Gig Harbor and would prefer things within walking distance, but I will have a car if there is a place worth driving to. Breakfast and lunch will likely be just for me, but dinner will be with other business associates.

I'm interested in really good food, not the tourist trap type places. Where do people who live in the Gig Harbor go for food -- that's where I want to go. I look forward to your recommendations.


BL -- DC Hound

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  1. BRL, Gig Harbor is NOT Newport Beach. There is an infestation of chain restaurants and local offerings are slim. That said, there are Chow-worthy destinations:

    1. The Green Turtle for upscale food. (Recommended for your business meeting.)
    2. Fondi Restaurant for (good) pizza, salads and appitizers. (It is not walking distance.)
    3. The Tides Tavern--a Gig Harbor Institution. It is literally the "Cheers" of GH. Typical pub food and a great deck if the weather permits. 30 minutes there and you'll be asking yourself the same question everyone asks: "Why don't I own this place?"
    4. Anthony's: A local chain that does acceptable Pacific Northwest Food.
    5. Stanley & Seafort's in Tacoma for a business dinner is also recommended. You will need reservations as the recession has no effect on Stanley's.

    Breakfast places are rare in GH as everyone seems to live on latte's so you may want to use the Inn. 20 minutes from Gig Harbor is the Southern Kitchen in Tacoma. (6th & Division St.) Great breakfasts including catfish and corncakes. (Recently featured on Diners, Drive-In's & Dives.) The drive over the scenic Narrows bridge to Tacoma would make the Southern Kitchen trip worthwhile for breakfast or lunch.

    None of these are tourist traps--especially the Southern Kitchen where you'll be family by the time you finish your grits.

    Stanley & Seafort's
    115 East 34th, Tacoma, WA 98404

    Green Turtle
    2905 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

    Southern Kitchen Restaurant
    1716 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405

    1. As Leper indicated, there is very little within walking distance of the Inn at Gig Harbor (unless you crave fast food such as Dairy Queen and Taco Time). You will definitely need to drive to eat. Your best bets are probably "in the Harbor" itself (meaning down by the water, versus out by your hotel).

      The Tides is a must-do for lunch. Very casual but quintessentially Gig Harbor. Try the halibut and chips; the Tides' version is my favorite in the area. Also worth having is the pizza.

      I must respectfully disagree with regard to the Green Turtle, unless its ownership and chef have changed in the past couple of years. The dinner I had was just "meh," but I would have returned for another try if not for the bizarre service provided by our waiter, who was also the owner. It ruined the evening for our group. Instead, I recommend you try Brix 25. It has a nicer dining room and its cuisine is, in my opinion, better prepared and more sophisticated, and therefore more appropriate for a business dinner. Anthony's would be fine, too, but you should understand it's part of a local chain and has a somewhat sterile, corporate feel.

      Unfortunately, I can't think of a place for breakfast. My favorite place (Le Bistro) burned down a few months ago.

      If you want to pay the toll and drive across the Narrows to Tacoma, I recommend Asado (in the 6th Ave business district, about a 15-20 min. drive from your hotel) for steak and Two Koi (downtown by the UW Tacoma, about 20 min. from your hotel) for sushi. Either would be appropriate (and delicious) for a business lunch. Stanley & Seafort's is fine but to me a little cloying (lot of brass rails, somewhat hyperactive service) and the food's somewhat generic. However, it is a favorite for business lunchers of a certain vintage in Tacoma, and is a special event dinner restaurant for those who live in Tacoma and the county at large--I think primarily because it has a nice view. If you're looking for a view-type restaurant (popular around these parts), I recommend the Lobster Shop (on Ruston Way, about 20 min. from your hotel) for good seafood.

      Best of luck, and hope you enjoy "the other Washington!"

      Stanley & Seafort's
      115 East 34th, Tacoma, WA 98404

      Green Turtle
      2905 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

      Brix 25
      7707 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor, WA 98335