1801 Dock St
Tacoma, WA 98402
HOURS: Open daily when the museum is open: Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, noon to 5p.m. and every third Thursday until 7 p.m.
CUISINE: Argentinean-inspired street food. Select a protein, and then choose how it is served. Sandwiches, quinoa bowls, salads and other standard lunch fare for lunch or an early dinner.
SCENE: A fast, casual format lends itself to the museum-goer crowd. Great people watching with a view of the Foss Waterway Promenade and outdoor art installations.
DRINKIES: Coffee, tea, fresh fruit juices, sodas, beer and wine
PRICES: Sides and appetizers, $1.50-$5.50. Salads, bowls and sandwiches $6-$11.75
It might be easy to stroll on by the newish café at the Museum of Glass unless you've got your nose to the wind. But catch a whiff of the grilled meaty goodness emanating from inside and just try to keep on walking.
In mid-January, 2012, Choripan by Asado took residency in the museum's café spot, formerly operated by Gallucci's Catering. What's coming out of the kitchen at Choripan is anything but your standard museum fare. If museum dining isn't the first to come to mind when your stomach begins to grumble, after a couple of visits to Choripan that may all change.
At Choripan (from "chorizo," meaning sausage and "pan," meaning bread), don't expect the white tablecloth treatment. It's a fast, casual restaurant, and it's suggested you bus your own tables. In my mind, that's the perfect scenario for a quick workday lunch.
Glance at the menu over head, and you'll notice some unusual options. You choose your protein and whether you'd like it in a Choripan sandwich, salad or quinoa bowl. Typical lunch offerings like Cobb salad or macaroni and cheese are available on the "Standards" menu, but who's ordering those when there're promises of herbalicious chimichurri and spicy harissa coming from the Choripan side?