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

hot dog with hot mustard and relish

Classic Hot Dogs

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Tacoma’s Best Restaurants

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