Excellent | Worth a Detour
Steamers Seafood Cafe
Review by: Allie Spangler
Steamer’s Seafood Café is nestled in the northwest side of Tacoma in Titlow Park, a family-friendly waterfront area with fantastic views of the Puget Sound and the Narrows Bridge. Locals come for the view, the fish fry, and an array of other seafood dishes. This casual eatery is an order-first and sit-second kind of place; you can take a seat indoors, out on the deck, and they even serve the nearby park tables. All three options offer incredible views of the water.
House specialties include coconut prawns, Parmesan crusted sole, and Dungeness crab cakes. Steamers also is known for fried fish, fish tacos, and seafood chowder and soups. The Alaskan cod and chips is crunchy on the outside and firm and flaky on the inside – certainly one of the best I’ve tried. The coconut prawn dish includes six plump, juicy prawns with a sweet chili sauce. Meals come with a pile of fries or a large and well-dressed side Caesar salad, or you can get onion rings for $2 more – I chose this option and I’m glad that I did. The onion rings are thick, beer battered, crunchy on the outside, sweet and firm on the inside – in a word: delicious! Steamers serves a sauce with the onion rings and fish that tastes similar to honey barbecue: the vinegary taste of the sauce pairs nicely with the crispy, mild fish and the sweetness of the onions.
Seafood stew is tomato based and includes flaky white fish, shrimp, and an abundance of colorful veggies. It looks and tastes like an Italian cioppino without the shells.
Steamers also boasts an ice cream case with a bunch of flavors (you can come down to the waterfront just for ice cream!), milkshakes, smoothies, wine, and microbrews on tap.
A welcoming beachside café with terrific seafood and stunning views, Steamers is definitely worth a visit. Two things to note: look both ways before crossing the train tracks and be patient with summer parking!
|Meals Served||Lunch, Dinner|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|