Olympia is not brimming with four-star restaurants. There are some, and they are still around because they have passed the test of time, consistently putting out great food. Gardner's Seafood and Pasta is one of the success stories.
It's not that Puyallup hasn't been turning out better and better food, it's just that they haven't been doing so in the same numbers as Tacoma. But, more and more, it is easy to say, that foodies can find finely crafted food in the valley - and...
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.