For $79, today's side deal gets you two tickets to Cirque Mechanics' presentation of Boom Town on Friday, October 1, at the historic Pantages Theater—part of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Tacoma. This Groupon also includes a theater parking pass and a $50 gift card to Pacific Grill, located about half a mile from the theater (a $158 combined value). You can exchange your Groupon at the theater box office during normal hours Monday through Saturday after September 27 or up to two hours prior to the show.
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).
Zagat reviewed Pacific Grill, and a News Tribune blog mentioned its fries in a roundup of the area's fried-potato delicacies. Seventy-eight percent of Urbanspooners recommend the restaurant. OpenTable reviewers give it an average of 3.8 stars, and Yelpers offer an average of four:
- This polished Pacific Avenue go-to from chef-owner Gordon Naccarato offers pricey steaks, chops and fish specials that lure local foodies, business types and profs from the nearby UW-Tacoma; set in the historic Waddell building, the interior is lively and glam. – Zagat