South Tacoma Way is rich with history and diversity. In the mid1800s this area was prairie land due to farm families occupying the area, but quickly became a lively business district when the Pacific Railway ushered in a boom of access for businesses. The working-class community that built this area still thrives today and is a hub of fabulous restaurants and shops.
If you’re looking for incredible and diverse places to dine out at, you’re going to find it along South Tacoma Way. The Church Cantina is just a mile away and serves Cuban inspired comfort food, with the best sandwiches and vegan food in dark themed/ horror/ goth influenced bar. Edison City Alehouse is a small neighborhood taproom and bottle shop in the heart of the historic Edison district of South Tacoma. They specialize in a highly curated, continuously rotating selection of independent craft beer and cider on tap and in bottles.
Farther down near 88th Street is where Asian flavors will be competing for your vote for best dishes. Palace BBQ and Cho Dang Tofu are both phenomenal Korean restaurants, but you’ll have to decide for yourself which is best. Tacoma Szechuan is hands down Chinese joint. Flavorful spicy dumplings, dried-fried crispy garlic green beans and the best hot pot. It’s a place to enjoy with friends and share. Jin Sushi has the best sushi on this side of town and after dining there, you’ll know why they’re always busy.
Find fresh produce, meat, seafood, Asian snacks, sauces, oils, curries, pastries and plenty of other hard-to find international items that local grocery chains don’t carry at Paldo World and H Mart.
Ladies, If you want the best body scrub of your life where you emerge feeling like a new person, then Olympus Spa is the place to visit. Eastern medicinal techniques combined with Western relaxation give you the healthy self care you desire. Book a few hours or a day to soak in the herbal hydrotherapy bath, or cool down in the cold water fall, splash down with the mugwort herbal well, and get your zen on inside of one of the many heated energy rooms. The also offer massages, facials and body wraps to complete your spa visit.
If you’re into filling your home with plants, you’ll enjoy that The Fernseed is just a mile away! Fernseed is a modern plant shop and floral studio offering a variety of houseplants from beginner to expert level. They also have plenty of accessories for your green beauties, they ship gifts too!
Close by is Wards Lake Park - a 20 acre little oasis tucked between urban life. There’s a fishing pier, playground, picnic shelter and walking trails. This relatively deep lake is primarily managed for Rainbow Trout and Kokanee, which is great if you’re into doing a little fishing; the most promising months are the latter half of April through October.