Eating Out in Tacoma

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For a great Tacoma restaurant experience, try Marzano Italian Restaurant. Located near Pacific Lutheran University, this eatery is a favorite by everyone. Guests can dine on such Italian dishes as bruschetta, gruyere & goat cheese torte, caponata, sautéed prawns & scallops salad, and calamari. Marzano also offers homemade pizzas in such flavors as salumi, bianca, and san giovanni. There is a staff's favorite which is made with calamata olives, goat cheese, garlic, basil, and marinated plum tomatoes. Reservations for Marzano are highly recommended. They can be reached at (253) 537-4191. For more information, including directions, visit their website,

The East Coast isn't the only place to find award-winning clam chowder. Dukes Chowder House at 3327 Ruston Way is the undefeated champion of the Seattle Chowder Cook-Off. Besides clam, the other varieties are crab & bourbon, chicken corn, seafood, and lobster pernod. Other favorites at this eatery include halibut & chips, mahi tacos, cheeseburger sliders, crab club sandwich, and chicken & prawn pancetta. Unwind at happy hour drinking an apple sin, strawberry lemon drop, orange mojito, one of their house drinks, or draft beers. For good food and a good time, this is the Tacoma restaurant to check out.

If you want an old school dining experience, the Tacoma restaurant to visit is El Gaucho at 2119 Pacific Avenue. This is the place where ladies are still escorted to the ladies' room and your water glass will never be empty. Customers can relax with a glass of wine from their extensive list and enjoy such entrees as ostrich filet, porterhouse chop, prawn & crab cocktail, lobster mashed potatoes, shish kabob of lamb, and chateaubriand for two that is carved tableside. They are open for happy hour as well from 4-6 and 10-close. For more information, visit their website,

If you are in the mood for Southern Italian cooking, then the Tacoma restaurant to stop in at is Europa Bistro at 2515 North Proctor. Besides relaxing with a glass of wine from their extensive wine list, guests can enjoy a lunch of polenta with gorgonzola cheese, clams & mussels with garlic and lemon juice, penne with prawns and sausage, or fresh brick oven pizzas like margherita, sausage, eggplant, prosciutto, halibut, or chicken. For dinner, try the duck salad, spaghetti with clams, salmon with cucumber salsa, or the linguini with chicken, zucchini, and onions. For more information, go to

When you want some real Mexican food, the Tacoma restaurant to go to is El Toro. There menu is extensive. If you are on a family vacation, everyone will find something they like here. If you want some breakfast food, try the eggs with chorizo. Other faves here are the crab chimichangas, shrimp enchiladas, and halibut tacos. If you can't decide, there are several combo platters available. For those in the family who don’t want Mexican, they offer American fare like t-bone steaks, hamburgers, and fried shrimps. There is a lunch menu as well as one for seniors and children.

If you love Thai food, then check out Galanga Thai Cuisine at 1129 Broadway. This Tacoma restaurant is located downtown, near the Museum of Glass and Tacoma Art Museum. Customers can enjoy authentic thai cuisine like coconut prawns, crab ragoon, shrimp pad thai, chicken drunken noodles, beef red curry, tofu green curry, spicy chicken with crispy basil, pork thai-fried rice, chicken cashew, and ginger beef. For dinner service, there are more options like thai garlic chicken, spicy shrimp or eggplant with basil, and beef rice noodles. Be sure to check out their wine and beer list as well.

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