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Whether you're looking for an entertaining hibachi experience, or a classy, elevated twist on bar food, South Hill/Puyallup offers some creative dining options. We're sharing our top 5 picks here, so now you have the answer to the age old question: What's for dinner?
4301 S. Meridian
Puyallup, WA 98373
Looking for an interactive hibachi experience to keep the whole family entertained? Trish Stone has the place for you: Iron Chef.
“It’s a "cooked at your table" Japanese restaurant that is just as entertaining as it is delicious,” Trish shares. “It keeps kids entertained even if the service isn't at their table and may even encourage them to eat their dinner!”
Vic Jones agrees, adding points for good service and value.
You’ll find numerous combos to choose from, all made to order, as well as sake to keep the experience authentic. The menu includes vegetarian options and a variety of wine and cocktails. (Who couldn't love a restaurant with a Shirley Temple featured on the menu?)
12623 Meridian Ave. E
Puyallup, WA 98373
“They have delicious vegetarian Indian food. I get the veg korma, and garlic naan. Their mango lassi is also delicious,” says Keryn Giguere. And it sounds like it’s a real destinaiton in and of itself. “It’s the only reason I venture into Puyallup!”
The service is always nice, and comes complete with mood lighting, says Keryn. The menu features a variety of curries, soups and salads, and 16 different kinds of Indian breads.
A staple in the community for 20 years, Karma offers a complimentary meal on the last Tuesday of every month for members of the military, police, firefighters and veterans.
1718 99th St. E
Tacoma, WA 98445
Patty Golob recommends Bar Bistro. (While it technically has a Tacoma address, it’s in the neighborhood and it sounds like a can’t-miss spot, so let’s go with it!)
The menu features popular standards like salads, street tacos and burgers with their own twist, plus more interesting dishes like paella, five spice roasted duck and spicy prawns. And who needs Mardi Gras when you can order up peanut butter and jelly beignets right here?
Bar Bistro gets the stamp of approval from Linnie Smith, too. “Bar Bistro is awesome!”
18810 Meridian Ave. East Suit 110
Puyallup, WA 98375
Trek a little farther south to check out another of Patty Golob’s favorites: Shaken.
“It's basically a bar but you have a chef who has a full restaurant menu and it's not bar food!” Patty Golob says.
This find is definitely on the loud end of the spectrum and has lots of televisions. They feature local bands on Friday and Saturday nights, and you can expect to find some crowds. Shaken makes her list for its great food and special martinis. Shaken supports local breweries and has 29 craft beers on draft.
Familiar favorites like burgers, wraps and flatbreads get special treatment here, with daily soups made fresh from scratch and house made side options and sauces.
203 35th Ave. SE
Puyallup, WA 98374
It’s a little tough to call a restaurant with locations from Washington down through California and into Arizona and New Mexico a local spot. But it was founded just up the road in Seattle, and Patti Connolly seems to love it, so we’re calling it a bonus pick!
“Black Angus across from the South Hill mall has great food and plenty of room for dinner parties!” says Patti. “They have a nice little bar if you're looking to unwind or have drinks with friends.” One of her favorite things on the menu is the campfire special for two.
The menu features a selection of grilled standards plus lots of starters to enjoy with friends.
Patti’s insider tip: Check for your coupon in the mail!