Set in Rosebud, a 19th-century mining town, Boom Town takes audiences 145 years back in time on a whimsical Old West adventure. World-class circus performers, including many drawn from the ranks of Cirque du Soleil, use mining equipment and other colorful props to execute a variety of stunts and maneuvers worthy of double, triple, and quadruple takes. The acrobatic action takes place within the fittingly historical walls of the venerable Pantages Theater, a former vaudeville venue and movie house. Before or after the show, head down the street to Pacific Grill, where chef/owner Gordon Naccarato oversees a menu rich in nautical delicacies such as weathervane scallops ($30) and turf-based tastes including grilled lamb T-bone chops ($32).
Like a shape-shifter with ADD, executive chef and Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute graduate Matt Colony's menu changes constantly, taking inspiration from legendary steakhouses while drawing from a rich array of local ingredients. Maxwell's most recent board of fare opened with delicacies such as smoked eggplant and white bean puree ($7), a selection of house-pickled vegetables ($5), and seared yellow fin ahi tuna ($14) with warm red-lentil puree. The curtain the raised on signature steaks of 16-ounce rib eye ($29), 7-ounce filet mignon ($30), and 10-ounce flat iron ($23)—all cooked to order and side-kicked with horseradish-infused whipped potatoes, sautéed vegetables, sherry mushroom sauce, and fried onion rings. If ordering the cider-brined pork chop ($19) has you worried that the pig's relatives will hunt you down and seek vengeance, Maxwell's features a slew of seafaring sea fare such as pan-seared weathervane scallops ($26), sautéed Alaskan halibut ($25), and Maxwell's chioppino ($25)—which hosts a pool party of steamed clams, mussels, shrimp, roasted sockeye salmon, and half grilled lobster tail in spicy fennel-tomato broth amid grilled sourdough bread. All dishes can find a leggy tango partner on Maxwell's wine list, but bring a back-up stomach for a decadent dessert of custard-soaked cinnamon-roll bread pudding ($7) or the crème brûlée of the day ($5).
Woody's owners Coy Wood and Thomas Johnson have partnered to bring new life to the Thea Foss Waterway, using much of the new life you'd find in the waterway itself. As such, they've created a sumptuous dinner menu with fresh seafood as its main attraction. Launch your stomach-yacht with some tipsy steamer clams in white wine and fresh herbs ($9) or a sampler platter of smoked salmon, crab cake, and coconut shrimp ($14) before sailing on to local favorites such as Provencal-crusted Alaskan halibut with a shiitake-mushroom cream reduction ($26) and fresh Canadian coho salmon char broiled with shallot garlic butter ($19). Landlubbers can keep it traditional with a Woody's 8-ounce top-sirloin steak in a brandy-mushroom-peppercorn demi-glace ($17) or light up their palate with cognac chicken supreme ($15). Bored diners, meanwhile, can build their own Alien face-hugger out of a steak and crab legs combination platter ($29). Woody's also offers a lighter but no less seaworthy lunch menu of salads, sandwiches, and pastas, plus a gluten-free menu that pairs well with a bottle of Bard's Tale gluten-free beer.
Stanley and Seafort's is an ambitious culinary establishment that specializes in savory steak, succulent chops, and fresh-caught fish. The ambient atmosphere is warm and welcoming while still maintaining an air of formality, making Stanley’s a multifunctional dining establishment that’s suitable for dates, business meetings, and weekend brunches. Set atop a hill, Stanley’s give diners a magnificent view of Tacoma. All steaks are custom aged cuts of prime USDA-rated beef with favorites being the charbroiled rib-eye with oven roasted mini peppers and the seared peppercorn New York steak. Memorable non-steak menu items include the creamy crab and artichoke spread, the crunchy sour dough and the hearty and satiating French onion soup.
Enjoy a glamorous and unique experience at El Gaucho in Tacoma. This is a premier restaurant that specializes in preparing the highest quality steaks and beef. They set the scene at El Gaucho with lovely, warm, decor of deep reds and white tablecloths. Steaks are prepared of a traditional hot-coal flame in their exhibition styled kitchen. The menu is frequently updated in order to account for seasonal and fresh ingredients. Taste their sea scallops in beurre blanc, and a chateaubriand for two carved table-side. Steamed asparagus, mushroom risotto, and decadent lobster mashed potatoes all serve to enhance the delicious experience. Their dishes are classic—with a twist—at El Gaucho.
HG Bistro blends casual and upscale in its atmosphere as well as its food—in the kitchen, chefs use local ingredients to create a menu that draws from European and American influences. They grill 8-ounce sirloins, 10-ounce flat irons, and 16-ounce rib eyes, often serving them with toppings such as dungeness crab, brandy mushrooms, and tiny beef hats. They also infuse mac 'n' cheese with crab, pair ahi tuna with wasabi, and dress pasta with smoked-sage sauce or Sicilian-style meatballs. To help diners wash down their meals, servers mix cocktails and pour more than 80 international wines.