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Tacoma, Washington, located in the Pacific Northwest, has a rich history dating back to the mid-19th century. Originally inhabited by the Puyallup people, European settlers began arriving in the area in the 1850s. The city’s name is derived from the Puyallup word for “mother of waters,” paying tribute to the nearby Commencement Bay. Tacoma quickly became a hub of industry, with the establishment of lumber mills, shipping ports, and the Northern Pacific Railway. The city experienced rapid growth during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, becoming a major center for trade and commerce in the region. In the late 20th century, Tacoma underwent a period of revitalization, with the development of new parks, museums, and waterfront attractions. Today, Tacoma is known for its vibrant arts community, historic architecture, and stunning views of Mount Rainier. The city continues to thrive as a bustling urban center with a deep connection to its past.

Local Area Information

The top 10 industries that are hiring locally:

  • Technology
  • Healthcare
  • Finance
  • Education
  • Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Government

The top 10 recreational activities the area is known for:

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Camping
  • Golfing
  • Boating
  • Wine Tasting
  • Sightseeing
  • Rock Climbing

Average low and high temperature for the month:

Low: 45°F

High: 70°F

Average precipitation for the month:

2 inches


5000 feet

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The top 10 tourist points of interest:

  • National Park
  • Historic Downtown
  • Waterfall
  • Botanical Garden
  • Museum
  • Zoo
  • Amusement Park
  • Wineries
  • Scenic Railway
  • Local Craft Markets

The top 10 restaurants:

Sushi Tama

3919 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406

This mom-and-pop sushi restaurant has operated in Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue neighborhood for more than 20 years. No flaming rolls or splashy sauces here — just sushi with a simple aesthetic that showcases the freshest fish. And the menu features some of the best agedashi tofu in the city.


1718 99th St E, Tacoma, WA 98445

The Tacoma News Tribune’s dearly departed food critic Sue Kidd hyped this place long before it was cool. Although it’s actually hard to know if the word’s out on Bar Bistro, because it’s way out in rural Midland. That means the restaurant’s tiny parking lot is rarely full, and prices have stayed super reasonable. With a menu full of well-styled comfort food like paella made with local seafood and elk sliders dressed with lingonberries and pimento cheese, as well as innovative craft cocktails, it’s worth the drive.

Bob’s Bar-B-Q Pit

911 S 11th St, Tacoma, WA 98405

Bob and Elizabeth Littles founded Bob’s downtown in 1948. Their daughter Carolyn Littles moved the restaurant to the Hilltop 30 years ago and now runs it with her sons, who still cook with granddad’s Texas pit recipes. Sloppy sandwiches, tender ribs, supple pulled pork, hot wings, and chopped beef are served with a choice of three sauces carrying varying levels of heat. Diners should save room for Tacoma’s best peach cobbler.

Cho Dang Tofu

9701 S Tacoma Way #101, Lakewood, WA 98499

Pillowy clouds of soft tofu give this spicy Korean soondubu soup its signature silken texture. From the list of 14 soondubu, first-timers should order the bacon tofu soup and ask for extra yellow croaker banchan if available. There’s limited dine-in service, but the soups are also packaged to travel well for those who prefer takeout.

en Rama

1102 A St #220, Tacoma, WA 98402

Barkeep-owner Chris Keil blurs the lines between kitchen and bar with his expertly composed cocktails, including saffron-cardamom whiskey old fashioneds and margaritas goosed with pear brandy. The food menu features excellent burgers for vegans or omnivores, handmade pastas, an ever-changing menu of house pickles, and the best pimento cheese in Tacoma.

Los Tamales

1018 72nd St E, Tacoma, WA 98404

Some of the city’s best tamales can be found at this East Tacoma spot, from the same family that operates El Jalapeno grocery store next door. In addition to the rotating tamale list (which typically includes chicken and pork), there’s also a long list of antojitos, plus barbacoa tacos with consomme, pizza-coas, and quesabirria. Corn tortillas are made fresh on site.

Tacoma Szechuan

9701 S Tacoma Way Unit 102, Lakewood, WA 98499

Super spiced cuisine is the specialty at this Lakewood restaurant. Diners can assemble a full meal just from the appetizer menu, which includes wontons in chile oil, Chongqing slobbering chicken, tofu, and cold noodles. Other standouts are the braised beef noodle soup, and hand shaved dan dan noodles.

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Thu • 7:30pm

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Thu • 3:00pm

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Mar 15
Thu • 7:30pm

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