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Taco Tuesday: Biting into Tacoma restaurants Quickie Too and Maxwell’s

It’s Tuesday and you know what that means — taco time.

With so many Tacoma bars and restaurants pushing Taco Tuesday specials, I assigned myself a mission of finding the best tacos around town. I’m talking ingredients that go beyond bar tacos made with crunchy shells and ground beef. You can find my taco Tuesday series here about once a month, or whenever the taco mood strikes.

Today’s taco trip takes me to the oldest vegan restaurant in Tacoma and a restaurant and lounge in the St. Helens neighborhood with one of the best-priced lounge menus in the area.


1324 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma; 253-572-4549.

Tres tacos plate $5.99

Standing in for chorizo was a vegan substitute — chorizo flavored tofu at Quickie Too, the oldest vegan restaurant in Tacoma. The Hilltop restaurant is known for its southern-tinged menu (and, yes, southern eats really can be meat-free, and tasty). Topped with minced cilantro and a chunky-cut picante, these tacos packed serious heat and flavor. They’re not shy on zip, or hot peppers, at Quickie Too. Tip: Head there for the Southern-style vegan brunch on weekends.


454 St Helens Ave., Tacoma; 253-683-4115 or

Cantina taco with grilled fish, $4

Grilled Oregon ling cod provided a delicious base for this taco built on double layered corn tortillas. An apple-cucumber relish added snap; the taco was tweaked with a vinegary chipotle cider hot sauce. A single taco is on the small side, but pair it up with sliders, fries, a salad or other small nibble, mostly priced around $4-5. Maxwell’s is a fine dining restaurant in the St. Helens neighborhood, in the same dining neighborhood as Stink, the Hub and Laura’s Bayview.

Read more in this series:

Mobile Food Command Center and Warthog BBQ

Hilltop Kitchen and Social Bar and Grill