Tacoma often gets a bad rap. It’s smelly. And traffic can make it feel like a world away. But if you’ve ever taken the time to explore Tacoma, you’ve probably discovered that it’s a pretty hip city with its own fun personality and bustling restaurant scene. Click through the gallery for five must-try eateries that are poised to make you and your gang Tacoma converts once and for all.

Rock the Boat – Boathouse 19

Any place that offers two happy hours in one day is high on our list, but if it’s also kid-friendly, we’re sold. Boathouse 19 on the Narrows Marina has a reputation for being great for a lot of things, including doing burgers right. Try the California Burger topped with avocado, chipotle mayo and pico de gallo. If you have a picky eater, the All American Burger is a super, simple option even the choosiest of kids will approve of. Psst... be sure to ask for their delicious boathouse sauce and save room for dessert. We recommend their rich and creamy shakes or their irresistible brownie sundae.

9001 S. 19th St.
Tacoma, Wa 98466
253-565-1919
Online: boathouse19restaurant.com

Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m; Fri.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-11 p.m; Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

photo: Colby H. via Yelp

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— Meredith Mortensen