Downtown Tacomas finest entertainment corridor percolates between Seventh and Ninth on Pacific Avenue. Consider it equally fit for nightlife seekers or daytime lunch grubbers.
At night, theres the tiki bar Tacoma Cabana with handcrafted cocktails from Jason Alexander and island-themed vacation fusion eats from Robyn Murphy. The Tex-Mex restaurant Matador has a knock-out tequila list. The casual pubs Meconis, The Forum and The Office compete for the same crowd, but each display distinct identities.
The excellent Orange Door Vietnamese bistro and the lunch buffet at India Mahal get my vote for noon dining. And then theres that fun spot for kids of all ages, Dorkys Arcade, with pinball machines from an era when we wanted our hair and music equally big and obnoxious.
It gets better. Two promising brewery-taprooms Odd Otter Brewing Co., and Pacific Brewing and Malting Co. are expected this summer.
Kevin Cornwell was smart for planting his casual Italian eatery in the middle of that stretch. He opened Cafe Vincero April 23 at 714 Pacific Ave. Cornwell, a South Sound native whose first restaurant job was working at Vinces Italian Restaurant, carved a beautiful restaurant into the narrow space that previously held a retail shop.