Restaurants in Tacoma, WA

Ever since it was recommended by legendary Nashville meat-and-3 man Hap Townes, Roadfood has had a soft spot for Knapp’s, which opened in Tacoma in 1938 and continues to fulfill its mission of being “an old-school American eatery & cocktail lounge.” Beyond such decorous Knapp’s meals as a hot turkey sandwich and corned beef & cabbage, Spokane is a hotbed of colorful quick eats: Frisko Freeze for scrumptious messy burgers, Shake Shake Shake for burgers and dogs in a retro diner, wild and crazy hot dogs at Red Hot, and double bacon cheeseburgers and sun-kissed summer fruit milk shakes at Pick Quick Drive-In out in Fife. Dinner with a view of Puget Sound is what calls people out to Steamers Seafood Cafe, where specialties include Dungeness crab cakes, coconut prawns, and creamy, bacon-rich clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl. If it’s health food with an old-time hippie vibe you crave, check out the Antique Sandwich Company, which boasts of wholesome soups, baked goods made with local honey and organic whole wheat flour, and fresh-squeezed appleberry juice.

Tacoma’s Most Famous Dishes

Burger on a tender bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, and mayo ... car hop service

Grilled Hamburger

Strawberry shake in a tall soda fountain glass is accompanied by a silver beaker of extra milk shake for refills

Milkshakes

Cafeteria tray holds a square meal of BBQ chicken, mac & cheese, collards, cornbread, sweet tea, and banana pudding

Dinner Platters

hot dog with hot mustard and relish

Classic Hot Dogs

Tacoma’s Best Restaurants

Knapp’s

TACOMA, WA

MSM Deli Meatball sub
MSM Deli Sandwiches

TACOMA, WA

Frisko Freeze Cheeseburger
Frisko Freeze

TACOMA, WA

Bruno’s European Restaurant

TACOMA, WA

Antique Sandwich Co.

TACOMA, WA

Shake Shake Shake

TACOMA, WA

Red Hot

TACOMA, WA

Lucky’s Drive-In

TACOMA, WA

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