Recently, a newsroom colleague asked me whether it was "safe" for her husband to visit Tempest Lounge. I replied, in humor that I'd hoped was soothing, that her husband was more likely to get hit on than shot at.
Tempest Lounge is among the food and beverage establishments that are creating a new reality on Tacoma's Hilltop.
Tempest's owners, Denise Tempest and Michelle Douglas, are passing out maps and promoting a Hilltop walking tour to show off what the neighborhood offers.
"The Hilltop is changing all the time and this is just the beginning of what we hope will be more maps with more and diverse business," Tempest said.
Vicala Market (1020 Martin Luther King Jr. Way) is missing from the map. Tempest said it's an oversight.
I like Vicala's $1.50 banh mi sandwiches, $1 chicken skewers and 50 cent imperial rolls. The small kitchen in the back turns out more food, which you can eat in the front.
I've finger-licking liked Bob's Bar-B-Que many times.
Quickie Too doesn't just serve darned good vegan food, it serves darned good food period.
I've enjoyed every fried catfish and Philly cheesesteak sandwich I've ordered at The Fish House.
Johnson Candy is dandy. I like the turtles.
I like Le Le.
I keep meaning to get to the pho place, and I'm really curious to know what the tofu's like at (wholesale only) Tacoma Tofu.
There's a new Mexican place inside the Shell station, but I haven't had the urge to gas up there.