If you grew up in the Lakewood area, then you either know Tijuana Taco as a high schooler hanging out there on a weekend night, or you worked behind the counter with a gaggle of your friends.
If you like Cook's Tavern where North 26th comes to a flashing red just outside of the Proctor District, then you'll like it's cousin next door at Brewer's Row - a no-fuss Mexican space with craft beers on tap and to-go.
It's not often that Fircrest gets much mention in this column, let alone in this newspaper. The sleepy town only recently received the blessing to sell alcohol, and with only a few commercial areas, there's not much room for anything new.
It is hard not to like any place that holds beer meetings and gatherings around here, especially calling them Lodge Meetings at Base Camp - that's a great salute to the area.
The stretch along South Tacoma Way, between Hwy 512 and 84th Street, is known as Lakewood's International District, and is the place to find some of the area's best Asian cuisine.
If you haven't discovered Pal Do in Lakewood, then you are missing out on Asian ingredients you can't find anywhere else in the South Sound area.