They ain't foolin' around in Tacoma. The City of Destiny has caught up with its nickname and we're only the better for it. In fact, there's so much going on in Tacoma that 12 suggestions aren't quite enough. So enjoy this baker's dozen.
You could eat here seven days a week and still not make it through all of the soul food that tempts you from the menu. Catfish, fried chicken, beef brisket, black-eyed peas, mac & cheese, sweet potato pie - the list goes on (and on). Wash it all down with the strawberry or mango lemonade topped with a healthy dose of whipped cream.
This museum is as fancy and as well designed as the vintage cars that are housed inside. From the classic Caddy of the early 1900s to the futuristic DeLorean that takes us all back to the future of the 80s, you'll find plenty of cool cars that will have you walking down memory lane for hours.
They promise the flavors of Argentina...and on that they deliver. If you're feeling adventurous try the Diablo Martini which brings the heat with the habanera infused vodka (a great companion to the chorizo asado). Get an early start on Happy Hour which kicks off at 2:30 pm.
The rooms are only half the show at this hotel. Make sure to stroll down the hallways on every floor for a mini glass art exhibit that is worthy of the city that houses the grandaddy of all glass museums.
This place serves up burgers and fries with a smile. But you'll be the one smiling after you chomp into these mouthwatering patties of beef.
This is a classic burger joint. Step on up and order the burger of your choice from a menu that tempts you with so many juicy choices. Go 'all in' and get the chili fries to complete the meal.
You don't have to be staying at the hotel to enjoy the tasty bites coming out of this kitchen. Consider Bite as a destination and you'll be rewarded with fare on your table that may have very well just been sourced from the local farmer's market. Bite Nite on Thursday's gets you Happy Hour prices in the Bite bar all night starting at 4:00 pm.
Not only can you wind your way through the galleries that house some of the finest glass art to be found, you can also pop into the hot shop and get a first hand look at how some of those amazing glass forms and colors take shape.
Slip into this comfy haven dedicated to the craft cocktail and you just might find it hard to leave. Check out the nightly drink board specials for some creative concoctions or put yourself in the hands of the barkeep whose mixing skills never seems to disappoint.
Seattle has its first Thursdays while Tacoma has its third Thursdays...a perfect time to visit TAM. Works from world class artists line the walls and gallery spaces right along side the best from the Pacific Northwest.
They say they don't want to be known for their burgers, but when the Wagyu burger comes topped with bacon, white cheddar and roasted mushrooms it's hard not to sit up and take notice. But then again, anything from the Marrow menu could be considered as note worthy.
It's a biker bar...for bicycles. But even if you don't pedal in, this bar is a must stop for anyone looking for a tall cold one and a lively, friendly conversation.
The smell of fried dough will call you in off the sidewalk. Once you enter you'll understand how they got their name. This is doughnut heaven.