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Defiantly Tacoma’s Guide to Supporting Tacoma Businesses

In the era of social distancing and the cleanest hands we’ve ever had, Tacoma’s businesses are finding ways to commune, even when we can’t technically be together. Many of us are still trying to limit the spread of coronavirus in order to keep vulnerable populaces and our health care professionals safe. With that, we still need to eat and any entertainment is welcomed. Many of the city’s restaurants are still serving food, the local grocers have supplies, and retailers are still open to provide you with happy distractions.

Pierce County is now in Phase Two of Washington’s Phased Approach. We encourage you to stay home, wear a mask or other face covering, and be responsibly distant when out.

More information on social distancing and how to prevent the spread of Covid-19 can be found at Tacoma-Pierce County Health. For the status on our teams’ response to coronavirus please head to our page for updates on how the leagues and teams are addressing the situation.

Below are some of our favorite restaurants, coffeehouses, botiques and more. Check the provided links before you order because these businesses are updating their menus and hours throughout this situation. Our fellow Tacomans are rapidly adapting to challenging times and intend to come out strong.

Now, more than ever, all of Tacoma and the South Sound is with them.

Last updated at 2:17 p.m. on June 8.

 

Tacoma Restaurants

Restaurants are slowly opening dining rooms to meet the requirements of Phase 2. The various delivery apps can bring food to you, or you can check this list to see how Tacoma restaurants will get their amazing food into your homes safely.

Craving a pizza, burger or some steelhead tacos? Engine House No. 9‘s restaurant is open for takeout, delivery via apps, or dine-in at 50% capacity from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday through Sunday E9 has expanded hours that vary by day. Their taproom is now delivering beer. Order through their website and receive 10% off your takeout order.

Wooden City is open Wednesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m and is operating at less than 50% capacity. They are still offering carry-out and delivery. Wooden City, like many downtown restaurants is part of the Hero Meals program.

Doyle’s Public House is open for takeout, curbside pickup, and has limited seating capacity for dining in. Talk-up soccer’s continuing return to play with your favorite whiskey in hand.

Macaluso’s Italian Restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday and has three daily seatings: 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Reservations are currently required. They are still doing takeout and to-go cocktails.

Taqueria El Sabor’s humble roots are a food truck, so it is little surprise that the drive thru is open. You can also carryout from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Takeout orders should be called in ahead of time: (253) 565-0501.

Sushi Tama have takeout diner available Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m Monday through Thursday and open until 8 on Friday and Saturday. Which sake will you pair with your order?

Brewers Row is back open at limited capacity for your tacos, tortas, beer, and wine needs.

Cooks Tavern is offering breakfast (8 a.m. – 2 p.m. daily), lunch (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and dinner (4 p.m. – 9 p.m.). with a deep clean between services. They’re also continuing to offer service at walk-up windows, G&H Palace  and Popoki Nani, both open 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. daily.

The Church Cantina is open for a great afternoon bite from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m Tuesday through Saturday. They’re still offering takeout service and drinks as well.

Get your pizza pie at Cloverleaf Pizza. The Tacoma classic’s pizza recipe is nearly as old as Cheney Stadium. They’re delivering and are open from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, starting an hour later on Saturday and Sunday, and are open until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

With that mix of savory and sweet, Peanut Sauce Thai uses traditional recipes and fresh ingredients. Order online.

Your favorite grain bowls and salads on 6th Avenue are still available at Crisp Greens – order online or call ahead. Crisp Greens caught our attention by donating over 5,000 meals after the Stay Home order came down. They’ve donated fresh meals to hospital workers and people in need.

Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar in both Tacoma and Gig Harbor are offering their plates and margaritas to you for takeout. The Tacoma location now offers limited capacity in restaurant dining.

If you need cakes, coffee, or pastries, Corina Bakery is open downtown for dine-in as well as to-go orders. Pickup a bag of Valhalla Coffee’s Corina Blend for your morning joe.

Everyone’s favorite restaurant in the Alley, Over the Moon Cafe, is now open at 50% capacity from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 4:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. You can make reservations through their website or can call directly.

Get a little bite of Italy at the Europa Bistro in Proctor. Their wood-fired pizza oven is fired up when the sun is shining. Call ahead for daily specials and menu changes.

The Magical Sandwich Makers AKA MSM Deli have a walk-up window available. Which sandwich are you getting? Probably a Mike’s Deluxe, the best sandwich in the South Sound.

Another Tacoma classic returns to business. You may not be able to catch your favorite cover band at The Swiss until Phase 4, but you can get their pub food to go. The Swiss is part of the Hero Meals program.

Just a bridge away, The Float in Gig Harbor have their signature $10 daily specials available for takeout. They have started dining-in again and growler fills are also available.

Asado Tacoma is prepping simple empanadas and more complex lamb shanks these days. Their regular menu is available Wednesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m via takeout and limited capacity dining in.

Tacoma’s favorite food truck has also remained in action. There’s no need to get all of Burger Seoul‘s menu in one-sitting, but we would highly recommend it.

Grab a huge burger at Spanky Burger & Brew. They’ve even surprised some customers with fresh flowers or a free meal.

Last week, Vien Dong Restaurant opened for dining in again; they still offer carryout. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. you can get your favorite phở out in the Lincoln District.

All four of Taquerías El Antojo‘s locations are open. You can text in your order and they’ll deliver curbside for you. Their University Place grill also offers beer, wine, and margs.

El Borracho‘s Tacoma location can feed your whole family with the Whole Enchilada. You’ll probably end up with leftovers too. Call in your takeout orders from 12 – 10 p.m. at their 6th Ave location.

Order the elevated Vietnamese street foods at La Cà ahead of time. You can pick it up and bring it into your own home, or enjoy in their dining room which has reopened.

Grab a milkshake and burger from Beefy’s Burgers. The 6th Ave mainstay will remind you of the burger shops of yore.

There’s no need to skip brunch just because you’re eating at home. Marcia’s Silver Spoon has that and to-go surf & turf for your weekend meals.

Sammy’s Pizza is delivering from both locations. Hand tossed crust, wings, and un-tossed beer brought to your door.

Celebrate the return of summer with fresh, local ice cream from Ice Cream Social. They’re scooping right now, and still encouraging social distancing.

Fresh sandwiches and froyo from the Melon Seed Deli makes every day a little brighter. A favorite of Cheney Stadium staff looking to treat ourselves.

Oddfellas is once again offering in-house dining at 50% capacity. They’re still serving up no contact takeout service with a full menu and growler fills. Get your meal brought to you with delivery apps.

Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Dirty Oscar’s Annex will satisfy your cravings. Breakfast is served Thursday and Friday until noon, and Saturday and Sunday until 2 p.m.

Go Philly Cheesesteaks are available at both locations. It’s time for wings and classic, true-to-the-original, cheesesteak.

Strong on the catfish and love of southern cooking, Southern Kitchen is open every day from 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. for take-out, curbside pickup, and via select delivery apps.

Both Chick-fil-A Fircrest and Chick-fil-A 38th & Steele are open for drive thru, app delivery, and curbside pickup. Build your own chicken Parmesan dinner or grab some nuggets.

Have you been craving a calzone? Half Pint Pizza Pub is available for takeout. Make it a meal for the family with some tallboys, a salad, and soda.

Life is better with tacos. Order from Red Star Taco Bar online and pick up six tacos, or go for a full family feast. Their limited take-out menu is available from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Looking for sushi? Over in the West End, Flying Fish’s selection of sashimi and rolls satisfy your desire for modern and classic flavors.

In downtown? The Koi is open for dining and ready to serve fresh cut fish. They are participating in the Hero Meals program.

Get some good food at reasonable prices, and now take it back home. The Spar, over in Old Town, has seen a lot, and they still want to see you, but only for a few minutes while you pick up your order.

Now when you walk the Spanish Steps for exercise you can pick up a six-pack and a meal. McMenamins Elks Temple is open. You can book a stay, dine-in, and shop the bottle shop with proper safeguards.

Stanley and Seaforts are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for curbside pickup. Check out the view from the Harold Moss Bridge when you swing by.

You can still find the Stacks Burgers food truck throughout the South Sound. Locations vary by time and day – the quality is always there.

Get a Blue Mermaid and mango fried rice from Indochine Asian Dining Lounge Tuesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Available for takeout or delivery. Indochine is part of Hero Meals program.

Head down to Steamers Seafood Cafe and enjoy curbside delivery with a beautiful view, or dine in as they open their doors again.

The mix of pizza and foods from the Eastern Mediterranean at It’s Greek To Me wills send your mouth and belly on a vacation. Their food truck is making visits to Brown’s Point weekly, too.

Tired of making your own guacamole? Cactus Proctor will create yours when you order. To keep people physically distant, they send a text when the order is ready. Open Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Pair the finest meats and cheeses with Stink’s to-go menu. Their dine-in service returns on June 16. Stink is part of the Hero Meals program.

Enjoy the authentic magic of Mexico in your own home. Head to Mexico Magico and pickup all the fixings for a family meal.

It’s time for a pint of Bliss. Celebrate the sun with some Bliss Ice Cream. Open daily from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for pickup.

In Puyallup and Tacoma, The Loose Wheel is ready for you to dine-in or takeout. There’s burgers big enough to feed a family and drink specials paired with their pizzas.

Gig Harbor’s Millville Pizza pairs a bottle of wine with some ‘za for just $30. They also have a healthy lunch meal for a small family.

Oysters, ravioli, and wine make a perfect dinner-date. Crudo and Cotto can turn your home into a date night.

With a substantial quarantine takeout menu, Hob Nob is ready to fill your belly while you celebrate weekends.

For the vegan eater, there are few places in Tacoma better than Quickie Too. The Hilltop cafe is open for takeout Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

At Pacific Grill they have family meals, to-go cocktails, and a fresh market of the foods you love.

Mac & Cheese Pizza? Mac & Cheese Pizza! That’s this month’s special at Puget Sound Pizza. They offer free delivery every day.

With a midday breakfast and a smoothie you can start your day, later, with Happy Belly. They are open for touchless takeout Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and are part of the Hero Meals program, which is aided by R Hat R City.

Bruno’s European Restaurant has several German classics available down in Lakewood. They are open for takeout Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Shortly after claiming the title as champion of the We R Tacoma South Sound Battle of the Bars, The Red Hot is open for pickup. Order ahead to get your crowler of beer with your dog of choice and use their all-new pickup window.

At the Zodiac Supper Club they’re slinging to-go cocktails and great food. Hours vary by day.

From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday you can get curbside pickup from Bob’s Bar-B-Q Pit. Also check your favorite delivery app.

As they get ready for Phase 2, Essence Lounge is open for pickup or delivery via app. It’s time for shrimp & grits.

 

Beverages

Whether you want a local libation, a cup of joe, or a healthy juice blend, Tacoma always has the best options in Puget Sound. Check out some of our favorites to wake you up or use to kick back at the end of the day.

South Sound micro-chain Anthem Coffee is back brewing at every location. Order ahead to pick up and go.

Via Uber Eats you can now get a selection of Manifesto Coffee‘s beverages and roasted beans. Their cafe is also open and practicing Phase 2’s guidelines.

All within a stone’s throw from Cheney Stadium, Cafe Elite‘s drive-thru locations in Fircrest, at 19th and Tyler, and Milton (big throw!) are open to serve you a much-needed caffeine boost.

If you’re in need of fresh roasted beans, Valhalla Coffee is selling online and their full drink menu is available for takeout.

Down the road, Bluebeard Coffee is open for takeout from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day.

Red Elm plans on opening the cafe for takeout next week.

Over in Proctor, Olympia Coffee  is open for takeout from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Beans are also available for delivery.

Don’t know what to do with whole beans? Check out our DIY Barista video.

Cutter’s Point is open at all locations. Check their Facebook page to verify hours as each location is different.

Coffee roasted over an open flame is their specialty. Campfire Coffee Co. is fulfilling whole bean orders as well as selling merchandise at this time. Stay tuned, because they’ll be opening the cafe any day now.

Both of 7 Seas Brewing‘s taprooms are now open. Enjoy a pint with elbow room in the Brewery District.

Pick up the Defiantly Tacoma Milk Stout at Black Fleet Brewing Taproom & Restaurant to fortify your attitude. The kitchen is open for take-out, and includes their Tacoma rolls.

Local and approachable, Incline Cider House’s ciders are creative potions for everyone, not just flavor snobs. They are now open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday afternoon’s for takeout and drinking in.

On Mondays they are closed, but you can fill your growler at Peaks & Pints every other day of the week. Their walls of fabulous beers are open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. This week they are featuring ciders.

They bear the name of our city and their beer is delicious – Tacoma Brewing Co. is offering drive-thru service Friday and Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Narrows Brewing trivia night is back. Groups are limited to 5 at a table. Make a reservation or just stop by for a beer.

Under construction, Sig Brewing opened up for curbside growler fills and food, with their official opening coming in less than two weeks.

If you’ve been missing the world’s best Moscow Mule, wait until Friday when The Mule re-opens after a pause. The Mule Tavern has all the fixings you need for their signature house-made mules, now at your house.

Wingman Brewers is offering dine-in, takeout, and delivery. Give them a call and they’ll give you beer.

Cider, beer, and food are all available at Locust Cider’s Tacoma Taproom. Grab a mojito cider and celebrate the spring sunshine either at home, or in the taproom.

Down at the Edison City Alehouse they have a bunch of new releases from local breweries, including some fresh pilsners and lagers to enjoy in the sunshine.

When one can isn’t enough, get a crowler from Odd Otter Brewing. Odd Otter is also open for drinking inside.

On both sides of the Narrows, Gig Harbor Brewing is open for dining in and for taking home.

In Gig Harbor, Heritage Distilling‘s tasting room isn’t offering samples, but they are selling their own hand sanitizer. There’s free shipping on orders over $65 and limited delivery is available if you need to restock your liquor cabinet.

 

Local Grocery

Marlene’s Market & Deli is currently open during their normal business hours (Mon-Sat 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.), until further notice. Vulnerable and senior citizens can shop the first hour on Wednesdays (8 a.m. – 9 a.m.) and Sundays (9 a.m. – 10 a.m.). Their deli is currently grab-and-go, including sandwiches and juices, and closing at 6 pm daily.

Central Co-Op will be maintaining their normal hours for the time being, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Their seating areas are currently closed and all pastries have been moved behind the cafe counter for purchase. Like all other grocery stories in the city and across the nation, they are experiencing a higher than normal out-of-stock but will try to get in whatever they can. There are purchase limits on certain items including toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, and hand sanitizer.

Specializing in Asian staples, Lucky Supermarket is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day.

Chaskas Grocery is open everyday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. One of the South Sound’s best Hispanic grocers is keeping their shelves stocked.

Some might consider Tacoma Boys part of the beverage category, but we made a run there earlier this week, and were amazed at how the shelves were fully stocked, and the always stellar produce section was on point. Their beer and wine selection rivals many bars.

In the North End, Delightful Neighborhood Market is a convenient one-stop shop for growler fills, specialty foods, and local treats.

The Tacoma Farmer’s Market opened up their season with their Broadway location. Ruston and Eastside start back up in June.

Many of your favorite vendors at the Proctor Farmer’s Market allow prepay and pickup, with some even offering delivery.

Major grocers have hours available for the elderly and other at-risk demographics. Check in with Safeway, Albertsons, Fred Meyer, Grocery Outlet, Whole Foods, PCC Markets, Trader Joe’s, and Metropolitan Market for those times.

 

Other Businesses

We all need distractions these days, and Tacoma’s local retailers are open via online and phone sales only.

Herbert’s businesses in the Stadium District all have adjustments. King’s Books is offering free shipping. Destiny City Comics is open with limits on the number who can be inside. Jankuland can fill your vintage needs online.

On June 8, Tacoma Games is opening their doors again. They are open from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day.

For games and activities targeting the younger audience, Fircrest’s Curious Bear Toys has free delivery on orders over $40.

Scorpio Rising opened its doors again. Their hours vary by day, and they are still selling over Instagram.

Vessel Vintage Collective is still using social media as their sales platform.

Come out of all this with a refreshed look from All-Star Vintage. Those in Tacoma will get same day delivery, which means you can shift your look for the ‘gram throughout the day.

Engagements, birthdays, and anniversaries still need the joy of custom jewelry. Lapis is operating online only.

Closed to physical shopping, the PNW Shop is available online and over the phone. You can send your family out of the area a reminder of why the Northwest will always be the best place to call home.

Visit Gardensphere’s open air patio to add some life to your house, or have them deliver. Adding fresh flowers and greenery can brighten up your home as we burst into spring.

With clothes inspired by Tacoma’s lifestyle, rarewear shop ETC Tacoma can make certain you emerge from quarantine with the perfect ‘fit.

Open online and with limited local delivery, Proctor Mercantile has the fine crafts you expect.

With public parks reopening next week (as long as they are used with responsible social distancing) maybe you need to upgrade your action apparel. Use online ordering from Bleach Tacoma.

Stock List Goods has curbside pickup available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, as well as limited local delivery.

Spring is in the air. Come out of the Stay Home order with fresh outfits from Satori Boutique. Open online.

The little sister to Satori is Little Sister. The specialty wellness shop brings a green lifestyle to makeup and skincare.

Skate ‘n’ Live at Grit City Grindhouse, where old boards get a new life and new boards get a new ride. Their doors are open.

Take advantage of the perfect gardening weather. At Sterino Farms you’ll find a nursery with everything you need to bring brightness back to your yard.

With their physical doors closed UXC Tacoma has their full catalog of vintage and recycled goods online.

At 35% capacity Tacoma Comedy Club is inviting the nation’s best comics to Tacoma to bring smiles back to the faces.

At WAG Pet Market you can feed your pooch and shop to treat them well. The store is open with masks and limited entry.

Keep fit with Expand Yoga’s streaming classes. Private groups of up to five can practice yoga by appointment. Their online store remains open.

Whether you need a garden refresh or vintage outdoor ornaments Tacoma Urban Gardener has what you need.

Operating by curbside pickup or appointment, Ruston Mercantile can help you refresh the interior of your home. On Wednesday you can browse their offerings in real life.

Need a custom t-shirt fast? Check out The T-Shirt Men. They also provide custom masks.

 

Other Tacoma Restaurant Lists

Tacoma Urban League’s Black Businesses Directory

Downtown Tacoma Partnership

South Sound Business

TNT Diner

Dine Pierce County

Washington Beer Blog

Pierce County 2 Go 

 

None of these lists are complete. If you know of a Tacoma restaurant or business with adjusted hours and operations let us know via Tacoma Rainiers social media, Tacoma Defiance social media, or email DClark@WeRTacoma.com. We will be updating the list as we go forward.

Always together. We R Tacoma.

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