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Where are you a regular?

by KevinFreitas
on 6/4/2007 @ 6:46am
OK, so we bloggers do like to highlight restaurants coming soon or just opened around Tacoma. The reality is that not everyone can go everywhere all the time. Places that keep you coming back are more likely to be the true success stories. So, where are you a regular?

Sarah and I are regulars at the Spar since we stop in there at least once a week and the server knows our names and orders. We were on a streak at Blackwater in the mornings for a while recently and definitely can't get enough of Cascade Bagel's tomato basil cream cheese. Flying Fish gets our business often for a quick dinner because it's so near our house and dishes up some solid Japanese food and sushi. And for a weekly pizza craving? It's Farrelli's most of the time mostly because of that deadly homemade ranch.

by AP on 6/4/2007 @ 2:34pm
Flying Fish is outstanding and close, so I am there at least 2x per month. Both teriyaki & sushi are great. As with all my faves, I prefer takeout. The dining room is a bit cramped and tends to be crowded at dinner time.

Terry's Office Tavern has the single greatest club sandwich in the history of club sandwiches. For this reason, I love takeout from Terry's. I have eaten it there a couple times, but usually just phone ahead and it's ready 5 minutes later.

MSM has kept me coming back for about 15 years now....2 words... Mike's Deluxe. This amazing deli creation is simple yet elegant - basic yet refined.

The Harvester has consistently served the finest breakfast in Pierce County outside of my very own kitchen. The bar never fails if you are looking for a place to sit on a crowded-everywhere-else Sunday morning. The gravy can be sketchy, but everything else is delightful.

by droid116 on 6/4/2007 @ 2:45pm
I am a frequenter of the Harmon and have been for six years. I was one of their Golden Ticket contest winners last year and for that year got 50% off of a meal per visit. Sweet. I have a customer card now as well, so that should seal it. I have been dropping into Two Koi with some consistency. Anything along Ruston works. Went to the Pita Pit for the second time today and have loved the food both times.

When I am by Stadium I have lunch at the Harvester as well. Love the Rueben.

by tacomachickadee on 6/4/2007 @ 4:15pm
I've long been obsessed with East & West Cafe. And have trouble ordering anything but my regular Swimming Angel w/tofu, spring rolls (with meat -- which has confused a server or two), and a Thai iced tea. Divine. And while I love the Proctor locale and the accessible parking and dining space at the newer TMBlvd. location, I miss the charm of the original house venue, the back garden, waiting ages for a table and crossing your fingers that there would be room to park. So while my tummy is happier, I'm lustfully nostalgic for the "good ol' days ..." :)

by NineInchNachos on 6/4/2007 @ 5:15pm
I Enjoy the seedy atmosphere of "On The Rocks" bar on pacific theater district. It is a great place to buy crack, even the cops turn a blind eye. It's a wonderful place!

by Erik on 6/4/2007 @ 10:23pm
"So, where are you a regular?"

I work on the main drag on Pacific so there are so many regulars.

Blackwater of course (aka Blogger's Lair)

Maconis, Vin Grotto, Matador, Paddy Coynes, Hal of a Sub.

In the north end, there is Rosewood Cafe (sorry Kevin)
Used to be Knapps but lately no so.

by ensie on 6/6/2007 @ 10:38am
Frinklin and I have dinner at Joeseppi's every Friday night with the in-laws (it's all about the tiramisu).

We are usually found at St. Helen's Cafe at least once every week or two. We tend to end up there after our trips to the main branch of the Tacoma Public Library, which have been weekly as of late, as we burn through 4 or 5 books every few days.

For a long time I was getting coffee every day at Blackwater, but we're both trying to cut back on the coffee consumption a bit. I still feel it like a missing limb when I don't have it daily.

The baristas at the Starbucks on 6th (next to Primo) will start making my latte as soon as I walk in the door.

I haven't been lately, but when we're on Pacific we always hit up the Renaissance Cafe. The BEST cookies in the world with yummy sandwiches.

by tacomachickadee on 6/6/2007 @ 2:58pm
Oh, how could I forget Renaissance Cafe. We go through waves of being a regular there ... especially when we're involved in things that require morning meetings. Love it there. But to some, you have to know it to love it -- because it has lovely charm, and it can be a bit disconcerting to newbies. But patience is its own reward. It's a lovely haven. Where else are you going to get your green eggs and ham?

by AP on 6/6/2007 @ 6:18pm
How could I forget Katie Downs fish n' chips?? Cod or halibut - both are funtastic.

by tacomachickadee on 6/6/2007 @ 9:04pm
Oh, and The Spar. The coffee shop side (since I have kids, I've been in the bar side less than a handful of times). And the great thing about the coffee shop side is not only is there great coffee, but you can order the bar food -- and even a beer. And it's very kid/family friendly. That place rocks.

by R. Kamidees on 6/10/2007 @ 10:30pm
I used to frequent Doyle's. But that was when I had friends and actually left the house.

by michael g. on 6/12/2007 @ 11:02pm
The only place I'm a true regular is the Tempest. Close to it at the Blackwater, Puget Sound Pizza, the Hilltop Quickie, and the Monsoon Room.

by jcbetty on 6/13/2007 @ 10:09am
We regularly celebrate full family (ie, with his mom) events at Anthony's, small family (ie, me and kid) events at the Rosewood Cafe, and I regularly celebrate Fridays at Babblin' Babs...a non sea-foodie, I love William's lobster bisque almost more than life.
I regularly celebrate cheese at Vin Grotto, and I regularly celebrate T-Town at Tempest.

And I regularly celebrate gas station wine and hanging at home with the fam at the Chevron right across from the Antique Sandwich Co (a place I used to go to regularly celebrate surviving Tuesdays.) --the chevron has an impressive selection of non-2 buck chucks

by ensie on 6/13/2007 @ 3:25pm
Babblin' Babs is delicious! They will be closed for a couple of weeks while expanding (finally!).