It was a couple of days before Valentine’s Day. I had my present ready for Peggy, but had done no planning for dinner. We decided, since we hadn’t dined at The Harmon (multiply locations in Tacoma and Gig Harbor) for some time, perhaps we should give them a try. I checked online for both The Harmon on Pacific and the Hub near Wright Park in the Stadium District. The menu seemed a little sparse for The Hub, but they did still have the seared ahi appetizer, which I like (I usually order two). We decided to wait for warmer weather this spring when they open the overhead doors so we can enjoy the beauty of the local trees and flowers.
We found a number of items we liked on the menu for the downtown Pacific Avenue location, which is the main drag of Tacoma, which means the one lane road out of town. Peg called soon after they opened that morning. We decided on the Cowboy Ribeye (20 oz. bone-in steak), Prawn Pappardelle Pasta (and a few extra prawns), the apple and candied pecan salad with goat cheese, and the Seasonal Cobbler for dessert. We asked for it “to go” with pick up at 3:30. We were already disappointed and not even out of the gate. They weren’t serving the Prawn Pappardelle Pasta. Peg ordered the Alaskan Fish and Chips instead.
I dropped Peg off and drove away at 3:25pm. I circled the block and then parked in the loading zone about forty feet from their front door. I listened to several interviews on NPR until Peg came out with two bags of food for dinner at 3:50. Even though there was virtually no one in the restaurant she sat and waited twenty minutes for the food.
We arrived home hungry and divided the salad into two bowls. The candied pecans, weren’t candied . . . and the goat cheese was bleu cheese. I like bleu cheese, but had my chops set on a nice pungent goat cheese. The dressing was okay, but it really called for a tangy citrus vinaigrette.
The ribeye was boneless, and tasty. It was cooked medium rare just as requested. I shared with Peg. The Parmesan cheese fries were excellent. The Hub only offers seasoned steak fries, which are not our new favorite. Nice and crunchy . . . and flavorful. The fish and chips were okay, but not worth a trip downtown. The coleslaw was just bland.
Dessert was two huge portions of blueberry/cherry oatmeal cobbler with Olympic Mountain vanilla ice cream. We shared one and saved the other for the next day. Be wary of the cherries. My cobbler had three pits. I was shocked. It’s like serving mussels with the beards on them . . . or clams with broken shells. We were only a little disappointed up until dessert and then we were simply appalled. Dinner the next night also featured the same dessert. The ice cream kept well. The second night was a charm for the cobbler and we enjoyed it, again. There were no pits . . .
We will probably not try The Harmon on Pacific again, not because of the food and service, but because of the parking. I know they can serve better food. But for sure we will return to the Hub. Not only is the food good at the Hub, but it’s a great place to sit and relax after seeing a movie at the Grand Cinema (just a few blocks away). Plus, Wright Park is just a couple hundred yards to the west.