Taking advantage of some nice weather, we took a ride up to the new Point Ruston development on Ruston Way on Tacomaâ€™s waterfront. I had been seeing news about how beautiful it was and decided to take a look. I was not disappointed. If you are in the mood for a pizza or a pub, or seafood, it is worth driving to. Gorgeous views, several levels to explore.
The main restaurant district seems to be in the 5000 block of Grand Loop Drive, and I counted five places to eat within a few steps of one another. There also is a water park right there, and we got to watch kids jumping in and out of the spouts that shot out of big rocks and out of the beautiful mural on the floor of the area.
We first stopped in at the Wildfin American Grill — beautiful, huge dining room, lovely views, but prices a little high for lunch. Fish and chips was $14.95, including jicama salad. Also, the music was rock, loud, and not what we wanted.
We wandered out to the Daily Catch, the walkup window in the same building, and had a great lunch. Keanu was running the shop, doing the cooking and also doing stocking and keeping the chalkboard menu up to date. We ordered two pieces of cod and chips at $8.99, added on seafood chowder at $2.99, and also ordered a small Jicama salad at $2.99 and Blackberry Basil Iced Tea at $3.99. Jicama is a sweet, white root vegetable common in raw dishes. We also ordered Calamari and Chips at $9.99.
The food came in cardboard quart produce baskets, the kind you get in grocery stores with peaches in them — biodegradable, and attractive. The seafood portions were big. Two pieces of cod were the size of hotdog buns, dipped in beer batter and crunchy outside and tender and sweet on the inside. The chips were big and crunchy, and there was a big serving filling up half of the basket. The beer-battered calamari came in two-inch strips, crunchy on the outside and melt-in-your-mouth on the inside. Delicious. The food was still sizzling from the fryer, and smelled divine.
The chowder was amazing. It was a cup of tender seafood chunks, salmon, clams and whitefish, surrounded by a smooth cream base with bacon, celery and onions. A meal on its own, and this was the small size!
The jicama salad was a nice change from regular coleslaw, with jicama, onions, and a light coating of slaw dressing.
We sat on a bench outside in the sun and ate and talked until we were stuffed, and then rode home, sightseeing through this new area in our town.
Carolyn Augustine, who wrote this article, is a freelance restaurant writer.
5115 Grand Loop
Ruston, WA 98407
Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If you go: Pick a time that isnâ€™t busy, because it was not designed for heavy traffic. Drive through and decide where you want to visit. We were lucky, no traffic, plenty of space. Check your restaurant to see if they take reservations, and if they have parking.