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Tacoma Restaurant Week has grown to 32 restaurants

Tacoma Restaurant Week hits the South Sound for two weeks of great deals. Photo credit: Kelly Cline/Getty Images

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The best-priced dining promotion to benefit diners in the South Puget Sound area arrives for two weeks during Tacoma Restaurant Week in October, and the number of restaurants has grown 50 percent compared to last year. Over the two-week promotion, Sunday through Thursday only, diners can indulge in $30 three-course dinners at over 30 of the area's best restaurants, and/or even find deals at some of those places offering a three-course lunch for only $15.

Restaurant Week, which runs Oct. 15-19, and Oct. 22-26, is an opportunity for diners to try restaurants that usually are priced much higher. It's a great way to dine on three courses ultra-affordably at such places as El Gaucho, C.I. Shenanigans, Stanley & Seaforts, and Asado.

The list of participants stretches mostly across Pierce County including the waterfront, downtown core, Bonney Lake and a couple beyond the borders.

Diners will find the Tacoma Restaurant Week dinner deal at the following restaurants: Al Lago, Asado, Azteca, Bar Bistro, The Bite, Blazing Onion, Boathouse 19, Casco Antiguo, C.I. Shenanigan's, The Cliff House, Duke's Seafood & Chowder, El Gaucho, Hawks Prairie Casino, The Hob Nob, The Hub, Indochine, Jimmy Mac's Roadhouse, Lobster Shop, Marzano, Melting Pot, The Mill, Miyabi, Primo Grill, The Ram, Rhein Haus, Salty's at Redondo, Social Bar & Grill, Stanley & Seaforts, Steel Creek American Whiskey Co., and Wildfin.

The menus this fall offer a number of exciting dining options foodies will appreciate, including a sneak peek at Indochine's new ramen recipe.

"We've been working on this for a long time," said Russel Brunton, owner and general manager of the sleek downtown Asian restaurant.  "We've decided to expand into ramen for our lunch and bar menu, and Tacoma Restaurant Week will be the first time diners will get to taste it."

At Miyabi in Tacoma, the focus is on traditional Japanese menu items including sushi and bento boxes.

"We also developed a number of small dish items that people can share around the table," said Tung Tran, owner of Miyabi.

Other interesting menu items for TRW include mac and cheese with crab at Bar Bistro, a wild boar burger at Blazing Onion, bacon-wrapped meatloaf at Stanley & Seaforts, clams and fettuccini at Marzano, fisherman's stew at Boathouse 19, tenderloin on a flaming sword at El Gaucho, chicken and waffles at Steel Creek, chocolate fondue at Melting Pot, and a Mexican brownie at Casco Antiguo on Dock Street.

There are also vegetarian options at several restaurants to include butternut pasta at The Bite in the Hotel Murano, root vegetable spaetzel at Rhein Haus, and a mushroom cappellini at Primo.

Not all restaurants are limited by three courses.  Azteca, for example, is offering four courses for $30 by adding the choice of a margarita, beer or flavored lemonade.  

On the $15 lunch menus, C.I. Shenanigans has a choice of soups, salads or bruchetta to start, a main course of chicken chop chop salad, mac and cheese with chicken or Alaska cod and chips, and for dessert an Oreo Dessert Shot, Tiramisu Shot, Philly cheesecake or gelato.  At Hob Nob you get appetizer choices of bacon and brussel sprouts, hush puppies or salsa and chips; a main course choice of a meatball sandwich, bread bowl, fish and chips, shrimp salad, or fried chicken sliders; and for dessert order a candied bacon doughnut, waffle cone sundae or chocolate cookies and snickerdoodles.  Other restaurants offering lunch include Asado, The Bite, Blazing Onion, Boathouse 19, Hawks Prairie Casino, The Hub, Indochine, Jimmy Mac's Roadhouse, Lobster Shop, The Mill and The Ram.

Most major cities run a restaurant week once or twice a year. ?Menus for Tacoma Restaurant Week are available online at tacomarestaurantweek.com. Also follow TRW and new restaurants by joining the promotion on Facebook at facebook.com/TacomaRestaurantWeek.

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