When I think of happy hour, I think of Pacific Grill. The selection and value of the happy hour, as I wrote here, offers divine noshing at fetching prices. Tomorrow, April 29, the downtown eatery will participate in Dining Out For Life, the dine-out event where participating restaurants in Pierce County will donate 25 percent of meal sales to the Pierce County AIDS Foundation. To participate all you have to do is dine at Pacific Grill or another participating restaurant listed here. But if you want to do more, you can donate $25 and get a dining discount card good at 12 participating restaurants for future Tuesday dining. Read details in this blog post from Monday.
Stop by for lunch, happy hour or dinner at Pacific Grill. If you pick happy hour, click "more" to read about the menu items pictured here.
Happy hour is 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, April 29 at Pacific Grill. The restaurant is also open for lunch and dinner tomorrow. My top picks for happy hour noshing at Pacific Grill:
Cheeseburger sliders, $5.50 (all listed here are happy hour pricing): Two juicy, sirloin burgers came perfectly grilled medium as requested. The burgers got cheesy-sweet treatment from tangy Russian dressing and pungent aged white cheddar. Nestled between two nosh-worthy fluffy dinner rolls, the diminutive sliders are small, but decadent. And they come paired with the best fries in town: thinly sliced shoestring potatoes fried crispy with whole garlic cloves and crispy-crunchy sprigs of fried rosemary and sage leaves.
Barbecued oysters, $6.50: Six oysters, barbecued and served in their shells atop an attractive display of rock salt, were loaded with a smoky dose of chewy, delicious pancetta; so much so that the pancetta overpowered the brininess of the oysters. Oyster purists: Skip the pancetta.
Meat candy, $3: By no means will the five pieces of meat candy fill you up, but it will leave you drooling Homer Simpson-style. I don't know what I like better about meat candy – the chewy, sticky texture or the sweet-smoky flavor of the creamy roasted sweet dates wrapped up snug and happy inside a thick, chewy jacket of apple-smoked bacon.
Going for dinner? Pacific Grill just introduced a new spring menu.
Where: 1502 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma
Info: 253-627-3535; www.pacificgrilltacoma.com