Yesterday, it was Charlie McManus in the New York Times. Today, it's Parkway Tavern and Doyle's Public House in Esquire. The Tacoma wateringholes are featured in the magazine's Best Bars in America guide.
Long considered Seattle's ugly stepsister, Tacoma is now undergoing the nip and tuck of urban redevelopment. Cranes swing over the skyline, and century-old buildings are bandaged with Tyvek—courtesy of a massive gentrification campaign designed to buff the saltwater stains from this port town. But the Tacoma renewal works because it preserves the best parts of the city's tracks-and-timber origins. ... And on the street out front, cars sport the popular bumper sticker, "Admit it, Tacoma. You're beautiful." After a few hours lifting pint glasses at the Parkway, you'll get it. Tacoma may never be waxed and polished like Seattle, but this salty old broad cleans up well.
Way to go, Tacoma bars.
By the way: I'm lobbying Seattle restaurant critics to review Tacoma restaurants. Stay tuned...