Local Hot Spots

1) Asados Argentina Steakhouse in Tacoma
Website: www.asadotacoma.com
Phone Number: 253.272.7770
Address: 2810 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406

“As close to the perfect meal as you can get! Authentic and top-notch menu with a friendly and attentive staff. All of the appetizers and main course dinners were awesome. The first thing you notice when you walk in is the amazing smell of smoke. Not overwhelming like some BBQ joints, but a very subtle aroma which lets you know you’re in for a real treat. Service is impeccable. Water and bread arrived within 30 seconds. Waiter came over and introduced himself in under 2-3 minutes. Menu is authentic and the quality of the meat is second to none. Wine menu is fairly priced and has nice variety.Quality doesn’t come cheap. Plan on spending $40-$50 per person if you have a few glasses of wine”
– Paul Berliner

2) Tides Tavern in Gig Harbor
Website: www.tidestavern.com
Phone: 253.858.3982
Address: 2925 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

“This is a Gig Harbor favorite. We love going here to watch football and basketball. During the summer, if you’re lucky, you can grab a spot on the beautiful deck. They also have a few great vegetarian options which is a big plus for us”
– Lisa Sorensen

3) Marzano’s Italian Resturant in Parkland/Tacoma
Website: www.dinemarzano.com
Phone: 253.537.4194
Address: 516 Garfield St S, Tacoma, WA 98444

“It was hard to find a great restaurant in the PLU area, but we’re sure glad we bumped into Marzano’s right across from the campus! My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful lunch – the Alaskan King Salmon salad was delicious. Great wine list and local draft beers. We loved it so much we came back the next night for a romantic dinner. I recommend sitting on the back patio. Great find! PLU students – Great place for a special date – and not too expensive”
– Google User

4) The Kettle in Enumclaw
Phone Number: 360.825.7033
Address: 1666 Garrett St, Enumclaw, WA 98022

“My oh my! The service was excellent, the portions were huge, the prices were decent, and it came out faster than I’ve ever experienced. And to top it off everything was delicious! The blueberry muffin was outstanding, the omelet was overflowing and amazing. Can’t say enough good about this place”
– David Lawrence

5) Silver Spoon in Tacoma (Cash only)
Phone Number: 253.472.0157
Address: 2601 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409

“This a trip into the past of classic diners. The portions are huge, better off splitting an order with a friend. I’d give 5 stars but it takes for ever to get your coffee refilled. Good old fashioned tasty american fattening food.”
– Rosa Sage

6) Uncle Thurm’s Soul Food in Tacoma
Phone Number: 253.475.1881
Address: 3709 S G St, Tacoma, WA 98418

“If you like BBQ you need to come here. The food will remind you of home cooking that is not only delicious but also you will be full since the portions are quite generous. The staff are very friendly as well”
– Justin Van Dyk

7) May Kitchen in Vason Island
Website: www.maykitchen.com
Phone Number: 206.408.7196
Address: 17614 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA 98070

“Fresh ingrediants and innovative flavors brought to traditional recipes make this perhaps one of Vashon’s best kept secrets. Friendly staff and casual dining bring a homey atmosphere to this five star restaurant. Well worth the trip to the island and a good finale to a day of Artwalk and antique shopping.”
– Nathan Kibler

8) The Fusion Café in Tacoma
Website: www.thefuzioncafe.com
Phone Number: 253.267.1566
Address: 6820 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406

“We got some pad thai and veggie fried rice to-go on a quiet Sunday evening and were blown away with the amazing flavors! We were expecting a marginal thai experience as we have yet to hear much talk about this place, but the food we tasted was top notch! Bravo Fuzion Cafe. We will be back for more yummy thai food soon!”
– Alex Horn

9) Buca Di Beppo Italian Resturant in Seattle
Website: www.bucadibeppo.com/restaurants/wa/seattle/
Phone: 206.244.2288
Address: 701 9th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

“GREAT service, GREAT food for our first visit. Had a graduation dinner there, and although they were busy, the staff was EXCELLENT and attentive! Would definitely recommend to anyone!! Only issue was the “greeter” at the front was kind of oblivious to the me when I walked in…He was chatting with one of the staff for a few minutes before he acknowledged we were waiting”
– Kevin Washburn

10) Café Champagne in Downtown Seattle
Website: www.cafecampagne.com
Phone: 206.728.2233
Address: Pike Place Market, 1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

“Cafe Campagne is a fantastic addition to its finer dining french bistro sister – Marche. It’s the perfect place for a casual brunch/lunch. The staff is very attentive. The food remarkable in its simplicity and attention to detail. The bloody marys are some of the best Seattle has to offer. Do not miss their quiche, french bread with soft cream butter, or their salads and soups. If you have room for dessert I highly recommend the Terrine Au Chocolate – Chocolate hazelnut terrine with orange syrup and toasted hazelnuts. Divine”
– Janyce Lynn

11) Claim jumpers in Tukwila
Website: www.claimjumper.com
Phone Number: 206.575.3918
Address: 5901 S 180th St, Tukwila, WA 98188

“I really like the sirloin steak here and it’s only 20 for 8oz but u get a muffin of your choice. Drink was Hawaiian Martini and it’s okey. The steak was well-cooked outside but juicy inside which makes me remember its taste for several days. I then watched a channel talking about sirloin, the “best part of beef to make steak, but to cook like this made me stunned. The service is also great.

12) Trackside pizza in Puyallup
Website: www.pizzatrackside.com
Phone: 253.845.7437
Address: 201 N Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371

“This is the best pizza I have ever had! I love the pizza there so much! I dunno if it’s the cheese or the sauce but it’s just delicious! The service has always been good or pretty good when I have gone there. It can be loud but, um it’s literally next to a train track so what do you expect? I don’t care about the noise the pizza is way worth it! If you are that concerned then get delivery! They deliver pretty far out from their store too”
– Lola Marie

13) Infinite soup in Tacoma
Website: www.infinitesoups.com
Phone Number: 253.274.0232
Address: 445 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98402

“Every day, 15 or 20 different kinds of soups, different every day. Absolutely delicious. Tiny place with an old 1950s record player spinning vinyl, all takeout. A Tacoma treasure. Look for the huge spoon hanging outside.”
– Jack Miller

14) Il Lucano Ristorante in Gig Harbor
Website: www.illucanoristorante.com
Phone: 253.514.8945
Address: 3119 Judson St, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

“Il miglior risorante (the best restaurant) in the harbor! My family and I have been to this restaurants countless times. For any special occasion, Il Lucano is the choice. The staff knows us by name, and are the friendliest people! The food is always superb, straight from traditional Italian recipes! Expect a wonderful dinner, amazing service, and making it one of your go-to restaurants! Ciao”
– Kate Daniels

15) Sun Break Café in Auburn
Website: http://w.singlepage.com/the-sun-break-cafe/menu
Phone Number: 253.939.5225
Address: 22 A St SW, Auburn, WA 98001

“Very popular, great banana bread. The best american breakfast food would never get 5 stars if judging food only. This place is so extremely better than Denny’s, and is better than Ihop. (I know it’s not saying a whole lot). The place feels bright with tall ceilings. Service was well above average. It’s a treat to go here. One may have to wait in line a bit, call ahead to see how busy it is if you are in a hurry”
– Aaron Peterson





  1. Deception Pass State Park in Whidbey Island
    Phone Number: 360.675.2417
    Website: parks.wa.gov/497/Deception-Pass
    Address: 5175 N State Hwy 20,Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, WA 98277

“Stopped here fr a day trip on our way south from Vancouver– what a beautiful area!Took a short hike to the top of Goose Mountain ( steep but only 0.4 miles from bridge parking lot) for gorgeous views, then hiked down to west beach to play near the water. Ample parking and not crowded on a beautiful day, but it is still early in the summer so not sure it may get a lot more crowded. There was a cute lakeside swimming area and the campsites looked pretty reasonable. Would love to return!”

  • Bavarian Lodge in Leavenworth
    Phone Number: 888.717.7878
    Website: bavarianlodge.com
    Address: 810 US-2, Leavenworth, WA 98826

“Great spot for the family. Really close to everything. Stayed hear over Christmas and there was sledding in the center of the town right across the street. Probably the best complimentary breakfast of any place I’ve stayed. Very good customer service as well! Only complaint would be the walls were fairly thin and some kid was crying one of the nights. Other than that… Perfect.”
– Kevin Getch

  • North Cascades National Park
    Phone Number:854.7200
    Website: www.nps.gov/noca/index.htm
    Address: 810 State Route 20, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

“You drive in through British Columbia to get to this park in Washington State. This is a bit odd, but there are no roads to the park from the south, I.e., the USA. The route in through BC is on a gravel road, well maintained, that winds through thick tree lined valleys, with high looming mountains on both sides. Ross Lake is placid, beautiful and great for canoes and kayaks. Highly recommended, though expect camping spots to be crowded during mid summer.”

“Crescent Lake is one of the prettiest lakes I have ever seen. With pristine, calm waters nestled in the evergreen-covered mountains, the lake is a great stop on any Olympic National Park adventure. We took dozens of photos because the color of the water was almost too beautiful to believe.”

  • Mount Rainier National Park
    Phone Number: 360.569.2211
    Website: visitrainier.com
    Address: 39000 State Route 706, Ashford, WA 98304

    “Mount Rainier is my favorite place to go, and the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. Every time I go back, I see something new. Go in August and September if you don’t want to hike in snow, it takes forever for the last patches to melt off the trails. And it’s definitely recommended that you hike!! Get away from the crowds, deep into the forest, high onto the meadows, and into a different world”
    – Haley Brown
  • Snoqualmie Falls
    Phone Number: 360.421.5849
    Website: www.snoqualmiefalls.com
    Address: 6501 State Hwy 202, Snoqualmie, WA 98065

“Beautiful waterfalls that you can see for free! Nice cemented pathways make walking to the falls easy (some parts a little steep). Great photo op. Grab some Mukilteo Mocha Ice Cream bars or a coffee in the gift shop before you walk over to enjoy the view. We went around 6pm on a Sunday and it wasn’t crowded”
– Serena Avila-Mott

  • Dungeness Spit/National Wildlife Refuge
    Phone Number: 360.457.8451
    Address: 554 Voice of America Rd W, Sequim, WA 98382

“Dungeness is an amazing place for anyone who likes coastal hikes. The walk to the lighthouse is longer than it looks on the map (about 6 miles each way). The nearby forest (part of the refuge) is very pleasant. Do not come expecting to swim, as any marine activity is prohibited. I recommend checking the tide schedule in advance, and making an effort to come when the tide begins to recede, since the 2-3 hour round-trip is less pleasant during high tide”
– Yon R

  • The Olympic National Park
    Phone Number: 360.565.3130
    Website: www.nps.gov/olym/index.htm
    Address: 3002 Mt Angeles Rd, Port Angeles, WA 98362

“Get there early. We arrived at about 7:00 AM, and there was only one other car in the parking lot. When we returned, a good five hours later, the parking lot was packed. The hike was really cool for many reasons but especially because of the sense of being all alone, which had vanished toward the end of the hike, with all the latecomers passing us. We saw a family of black-tail deer, a group of marmots, and a herd of mountain goats, which followed us on the trail for a while. Mountains, both forested and snow-capped, cover the entire horizon. I cannot recommend this place highly enough. Temperature at arrival: 46 degrees Fahrenheit; temperature at departure: 67 degrees Fahrenheit”
– Jim Malven

“I could have spent days on this highway stoping at every single waterfall, but we didn’t and had to pick and choose. We stopped at Horsetail falls since we started on the East side of the Highway driving West. This is a gorgeous waterfall (as all of them are). We stopped at Oneonta Gorge, hiked to the waterfall, stopped at Multnomah Falls (of course), Latourell Falls and the Crown Point Vista House. We visited during the off season when the locals kids were still in school and the tourists had not arrived yet. Parking was only tricky at one location, but it was super to easy to find parking regardless. I’m sure it would be a different story if we went when it was crowded”
– Janice W

  • Chihuly Garden and Glass
    Phone Number: 206.753.4940
    Website: www.chihulygardenandglass.com
    Address: 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109
    “The glass artwork was very impressive. I particularly enjoyed the vivid colors and the interesting ways the works are displayed. The outdoor gardens were nicely arranged. I’ve never seen anything like it and my wife and I enjoyed it a lot”
  • Point Defiance Park
    Phone Number: 253.305.1000
    Website: www.pdza.org
    Address: 5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407

“Beautiful views and trails whether walking, running or driving through in the car. Views of both Mt. Rainier and the Olympic range. We even saw a couple of seals swimming close to the beach. Great, accessible walkway at the beach”

“Great for families and photographers. Nice day hikes. Great to visit during the fish season. Not far from town but some areas peaceful within the woods. Beautiful falls and great place to play with kids or have picnic”

  • Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
    Phone Number: 360.449.7800
    Website: www.fs.usda.gov/giffordpinchot
    Address: 42218 NE Yale Bridge Rd, Amboy, WA 98601

“This place was so interesting. This is a unique setting to observe geology. The many exhibits along the way helped so much interpreting what you see. I would highly recommend the Boundary Trail from Johnson Ridge to Truman Ridge Viewpoint. The view of Spirit Lake is so eerie. Also the Hummocks trail is cool. The area is recovering so there are many interesting species to see. Bring food and water. The Volcano destroyed most of the infrastructure so bring food and water and be prepared for a relatively long drive from where you are staying”

  • Hands On Children’s Museum
    Phone Number: 360.956.0818
    Website: www.hocm.org
    Address: 414 Jefferson St NE, Olympia, WA 98501

“Oh wow it’s awesome play for the kids and parents to get involved! Two stories of play and arts and crafts, what more could kids ask for. The price is so worth the amount of time spent there. We were there for three hours and probably could have stayed another two”

  • TreeHouse Point in Issaquah
    Phone Number: 425.441.8087
    Website: treehousepoint.com
    Address: 6922 Preston-Fall City Road Southeast Issaquah WA

“Deep within superlush forest rests the TreeHouse Point bed and breakfast. Consisting of about ten tree houses of varying sizes, it’s a childhood dream come true. Poking around along the paths in the area is fun, and the adjacent stream runs soft and clear with small stone towers along the bank. During sunset, the area is especially picturesque. The rooms themselves are rustic and furnished with standard chairs and beds, and they are even heated for the chilly nights. The bathroom and other common areas are very clean and inviting. The owners are extremely hospitable and go out of their way to make you feel like family. Breakfast is made fresh in the kitchen, and the molasses cookies are the tastiest I’ve ever had. This place is a fun fantasy that is brought to life in the best possible way”
– Andrew Gregor