Great Food near Dupont/Lakewood/Tacoma
Previous posters listed good places to check out in Tacoma. If you're interested in something closer, Fortune Cookie in Dupont actually has some interesting choices but I would go there for dinner, not go for lunch when their food tends to be a bit dumbed down. Tell them you want authentic Chinese and you may be pleasantly surprised. In Lakewood, I'd highly recommend Tacoma Szechuan. If you're willing to head south a little to Lacey, there is Cebu for Filipino food and right next door is Curry Corner for good Indian eats. Jake's Bar and Bistro in neighboring Steilacoom has decent food and fantastic craft beers as well as a lovely view of the Puget Sound during the day.
9408 Martin Way E Ste 2, Lacey, WA 98516
Taqueria La Carreta at 83 & S. Tacoma Way offers very Chow-worthy Mexican in a somewhat sterile environment. (Open for breakfast as well.) Excellent Carna Asada. Yangnga Korean Chicken (33130 Pacific Hwy S.) is only open for dinner featuring Korean fried chicken. Vuelva A La Vida (5310 Pacific Hwy S.) offers authentic Mexican with a heavy emphasis on Seafood. (Including fresh Oysters.) For pub grub try The Spar in Old Town Tacoma--especially for their homemade Spar chips. The Southern Kitchen (6th & Division) offers home style Southern cooking with excellent Catfish. (Open breakfast-lunch & dinner.) Asado (on Sixth Avenue) has established a reputation for the best high-end burger in Tacoma. Finally there is the Red Hot (also on Sixth Avenue) which is a hot dog and beer destination that defies description. It is the "Cheers" of hot dog venues with a crowd that resembles the bar scene in "Starwars." Nice people, great beer and brats. Suggestion: Get a tattoo nearby so you look like a local.
Taqueria La Carreta
8302 S Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499
Southern Kitchen Restaurant
1716 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405