Jugos / Licuados / Aguas Frescas near Tacoma
I recently had a craving for Mexican smoothie-type things, probably brought on by nice weather and nostalgia for my former home in San Diego. Is there anything that fits the bill in the Tacoma / Lakewood area? It seems like there ought to be. I've driven by one place that seemed to be closed permanently (near Yakima and S 72nd, I think; I think the name may have been something like "El Eden"). We tried El Zocalo on S 38th, too - that didn't really do it for me. Slow service, subpar fruit, lots of artificial stuff in the mix (and an odd smoky smell from what I think was an electrical fire behind the cash register). Is there anywhere that really specializes in jugos y licuados? Or that makes their own horchata / jamaica / etc.?
@alitria: Good call! We tried La Casa de Sharon, which is on S Tacoma Way across from Pal Do World. I think that's the place you were describing. It's the real deal - all fresh fruit, made right there, and a good variety of flavors. The folks who work there were very nice. They have interesting mixes of fruits/veg ("El Vampiro" with beets!), and good pico de gallo a number of ways (we had "Gazpacho:" cucumber, jicama, mango, honey, lime, chile, and cheese... very nice). They even have paletas in all my favorite flavors - walnut, tamarindo, chile mango, rice. It is all kinds of awesome. We will be back.
@HWL: Is there a place you know of in B&I, or are you just guessing based on alitria's comment?
La Casa De Sharon
9716 S Tacoma Way Ste C, Lakewood, WA 98499
There is a place on South Tacoma Way that may fit the bill. I *cannot* remember the name of it, but it's something pretty obvious (in Spanish) and is located on the left side between Bridgeport and Steilacoom. There is a section there of groceries, taco stands, a carneceria, etc. that has a lot of good stuff. I also lived in SD and know exactly what you mean, but since I can no longer have sugar I have not ventured into the place I'm thinking of because it would just be pointless. If you haven't checked out that section of South Tacoma Way, I'd give it a try.