Since the initial changes made by new owner Steve Anderson upon taking the reigns at Tacoma's Maxwell's Speakeasy + Lounge, the reported response has been good. "People are liking what we're doing, I'm going with it," Anderson says.
The "it" Anderson refers to is offering a greater variety of dishes at a lower price. And Anderson is making changes yet again to the very popular lounge menu, like the grilled naan with a house-made IPA hummus, which has sweet stone fruit chutney and pickled grapes as accompaniment that truly make the new dish.
Ahi nicoise salad is a thing of beauty: pink peppercorn seared tuna, fingerling potatoes, green beans, beets, olives, hardboiled egg, and mixed greens are set off by pesto mint blood orange dressing.
Fans of the Walker burger need not worry at its disappearance from the lounge menu; it's still available on the dinner menu.
Last but not least, Maxwell's recently won the "Judges Choice" award with Anderson's Hawaiian Kahlua pork slider at the first-annual Slider Cook-Off competition Shake, Rattle & Grill presented by the Museum of Glass.
[Maxwell's Speakeasy + Lounge, 454 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma, 253.683.4115]