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Enjoy the Flavors of the 253


 

Food, Fun, Drinks of 253

When the sun graces our area with its warm embrace and clears the skies, it's an invitation to escape the ordinary and embark on a culinary voyage right here at home. While your neighborhood favorites beckon, consider venturing a little further to uncover the culinary treasures crafted by our local chefs.


Stretching across Tacoma, and beyond, a wealth of locally owned dining establishments await, accompanied by familiar national chains. Both locals and visitors are treated to a delectable spectrum, ranging from the comfort of homegrown flavors to international tastes that could transport you halfway around the globe.


In this culinary landscape, menus reflect the cultural roots of this city, championing local farmers and purveyors whenever possible. You can savor American classics, Southern comfort, Cajun spice and French finesse, or traverse Italian, Mediterranean, Indian, Chinese and Japanese cuisines. The options are as abundant as they are diverse.


Savor the Season


Embrace the summer season by venturing outdoors and exploring the enticing offerings at your favorite restaurant. With the warmer weather and abundant sunshine, refreshing menu options are sure to capture the essence of season. With the abundance of fresh, local produce available this time of year, chefs skillfully incorporate fresher ingredients into their creations, presenting dishes that embody the spirit of the season. Discover a culinary journey as menus evolve to showcase the vibrancy of the season’s flavors. 

Area farmers markets abound, offering their fresh produce, baked goods, artisan crafts and gifts, and so much more! Making a trip to the farmers market is a fun family affair during the summer months. 


Local Libations


Pair your meal with a glass of local wine or craft brew, as the region boasts an array of wineries and breweries—many award-winning. Narrows Brewing Co., Sig Brewing Co., 7 Seas Brewing, Gig Harbor Brewing and  Odd Otter Brewing in Tacoma; Off Camber Brewing and Powerhouse Brewery in Puyallup; Rail Hop'n Brewing Company in Auburn … These are just a sample of all there is out there to explore in the world of beer. When it comes to wine, there is no shortage of wineries to get tasting: Dahlman Cellars, Browne Family Vineyards and Ginkgo Forest Winery in Tacoma; Stina's Cellars in Lakewood; and Abbe Vineyard and Winery in Federal Way. More wineries abound across the region.


Many restaurants take pride in being able to carefully curate their drink lists to incorporate local, showing their unwavering support to other area businesses.

And you can’t forget about a hot cup of coffee to start your day or unwind with after a fantastic meal. With a number of coffee roasters right here in Tacoma — Bluebeard Coffee Roasters, Endicott Coffee Roasters and Soulberry Coffee Roasters & Tea — coffee never tasted so good as when you know the people behind that cup o' Joe are passionate about what they do.


Show Grace to Restaurant Staff


Whether choosing to dine in, opt for takeout, or place a to-go order, local residents can look forward to an enchanting culinary experience at their favorite neighborhood eateries. Each dish is a testament to the chef's heartfelt dedication, promising a taste sensation that transcends mere sustenance.


Accompanying these delectable creations is a service provided by a seasoned and devoted staff, despite the prevalent worker shortages affecting many local restaurants. In this challenging environment, patrons are encouraged to extend not only their palates but also their patience and gratitude to those diligently working to ensure every diner embarks on a memorable culinary journey.


Beyond the pleasure of dining, supporting these local establishments becomes a collective investment in community resilience, fostering a vibrant culinary landscape that withstands adversity and continues to enrich the lives of those who call the 253 home.


It's Time to Take a Seat


Whether your craving leads you to a laid-back, cozy eatery or an opulent fine-dining establishment, your perfect dining destination awaits. Embrace the opportunity to relish the creativity and flavors that define the Pacific Northwest. From one-of-a-kind culinary experiences to cherished favorites, our region is a culinary paradise waiting to be discovered.

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