Tacoma has an eclectic blend of restaurants, most of which serve fresh, quality food. The most common place for Puget Sound students is an upper-end supermarket, Metropolitain Market, otherwise know as the "Met," where you can find fresh fruit, local cheeses, pre-made sandwhiches, and hot soups. For basic shopping needs, Safeway is the first choice. Most restaurants are in the same price range but often have a happy hour when prices are reduced dramatically. Usually students save such dining options for weekends, birthdays, special occasions, or when their parent come to visit.
Voted the best breakfast place in Washington, Babblin' Babs serves the most unique gourmet dishes that won't break your wallet. The delicious flavors are envigorating and inspirational. Metronome Coffee, a few blocks away from campus, usually has live music or open mic and is known for its panini sandwhiches. The macaroni and cheese at Rosewood Café is known by anyone who lives in the area. The Mandolin Café is a great place to study, with plenty of tables, walls decorated with art work, and often entertaiment by local musicians. Other popular restaurants include Silk Thai for those who love Thai food, Northern Fish Co. near the water (which has savory salmon candy and fresh chowder), and Argentinian steakhouse Asado. The chef at Pacific Grill is world-renowned, and if you're in the mood for a burger, this is the place to go. Whatever taste you desire, Tacoma will surely satiate. Cheaper options include the MSM Deli, the taco truck on Sixth Avenue, happy hour at any restaurant, Safeway, or fast food.