Sushi just pulled into Freighthouse Square.
If you've got tickets for "Walking with Dinosaurs: The Live Experience" (seven shows, today through Sunday at the Tacoma Dome), you might work up a pre-theater appetite. Direct your snarls, snaps and sharp teeth toward Freighthouse Square, if you will.
Freighthouse Square isn't the fossil I've been led to believe. Nor did I absorb the collective aroma of stir-fry, fish and chips and fried falafel in the food court. I can't seem to get the smell of Subway's baking bread out of left nostril, but that's another blog post for another day.
Some tasty new food stands have pulled into Freighthouse Square. Here they are:
T&D Sushi opened Monday in a sliver of a stand next to Subway. Spicy tuna rolls had it going on -- 8 of them for $4.99. Other rolls, from 12-piece cucumber to the deluxe combo roll with five kinds of tuna, are $3.49 to $8.49. When I cruised by Tuesday morning, day-old rolls were half price. Nigiri sushi are $1.20 (snapper, shrimp, octopus) and $1.40 (tuna, smoked salmon, smelt roe, freshwater eel) per piece. Party trays are $22-$41.
Craving a Bronto Burger? While the patties at this three-month-old burger stand are a bit thin (and extra meat is $2.50), Burgers and Frites serves attractive plates at attractive prices. Burgers, with fries, salad and canned Pepsi product, are $6.95-$7.95. Choose your patty: beef, lamb, buffalo, chicken, fish, shrimp or veggie. Choose your cheese: brie, gorgonzol, Swiss, Havarti, Munster, provolone, pepper jack. Choose your Bun: Seeded, wheat, ciabatta. For your fries (long, golden rods, Belgian style) choose your sauce: curry, roasted tomato, jalapeño-ranch and .... a lot more tasty choices.
At Freighthouse Square, no less.
What else impressed me? Mini pizzas (8 inches, 1 topping, $3.99) at Gratzi Italian Bistro & Market. Thin, pliable and toasty crust. Dusted with grated Parm. Mmm.
And, as always, ample samples of rainbow-colored tea cakes at Celebrity Cake Studio -- pre-packaged for sanitary and convenient snacking. And they've got Red Velvet Cupcakes, for God's sake.
Meanwhile, not far from Freighthouse Square, at the corner of 24th Street and Puyallup Avenue, Alfred's Cafe endures as street construction eases. The biggest change, aside from the building (not the business) being for sale? Alfred's entrance is now about a half step below sidewalk level.
A recent breakfast of sirloin and eggs ($7.95) was an eye-opener: beautifully grilled and perfectly tasty without A-1. I didn't much care for pulled-pork pizza. The meat was greasy and the crust was under-baked.
Unless you like detours, cross Johnny's Dock off your apres-Dome list. Overpass and other construction has cut paved access to Johnny's to Tideflats routes. Still, those who appreciate the best urban-waterfront view in Tacoma will make it to Johnny's. There were plenty of cars in the parking lot just before Sunday's sunset.