Located south of Seattle and Tacoma, Puyallup is a friendly community currently celebrating its 125th birthday. The scenic city has a thriving art scene — visit the outdoor sculpture garden — plus a dining landscape that is sure to make mouths water. From culinary gems featuring international delicacies to tasty food trucks, Puyallup, Washingtonhas something to suit many tastes.
Opened in 2014 by brother-sister duo Benjamin and Margaret Herreid, Arista is a downtown eatery specializing in delicious, innovative Italian cuisine. In order to showcase the freshest, seasonal ingredients from local sources, the culinary team creates a new menu each month with incredible starters, salads, entrées, and handmade pastas, which include their famous ravioli. Within a warm, inviting atmosphere, guests can feast upon highlights — all from the June menu — such as the handmade cheesy grits ravioli in a vegetable jambalaya made with bell pepper, tomato, and okra all topped with Beecher’s cheese and the Korean short rib ravioli topped with fresh pear and Napa cabbage slaw. Visit for lunch or dinner Tuesday through Saturday.
Popular with the breakfast crowd, Auntee B’s is a family-friendly café delighting customers with its home-style American cuisine. This homey establishment features an airy interior, complete with lofty ceilings, large windows, and exposed brick walls, creating a relaxing environment to enjoy some tasty eats with family and friends. Enticing options include the chili omelet stuffed with chili and cheese accompanied by crispy hash browns and toast; chicken fried steak smothered with gravy and served with potatoes and eggs; and French toast by itself or with add-ons such as eggs, bacon, or sausage. Open every day, lunch options are also available.
Ayothaya Thai Restaurant
Named after the ancient Thai city and area from which the owners hail, Ayothaya Thai Restaurant attracts diners again and again with it delectable aromatic cuisine. Inside a beautiful interior space with cultural adornments, guests will be treated to a varied menu that features a wide range of delicacies sure to appeal to everyone from meat eaters to vegetarians. Highlights to note are the eponymous Ayothaya orange sauce, which is a choice of protein, stir-fried with bell pepper, and carrots in a special orange sauce and the roast duck curry with red curry paste, coconut milk, pineapple, fresh green grapes, tomato, bell pepper, and Thai basil. Ayothaya Thai has two locations both of which are open daily.
Bourbon Street Bar & Grill
Established in 2013, Bourbon Street Bar and Grill is a New Orleans-themed eatery serving authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine. Tucked inside a converted gas station, the atmosphere is lively and friendly, making it a great spot for a night out with family and friends. Some of the zesty dishes found on the menu include crawfish mac and cheese, shrimp and grits, catfish with garlic fries and coleslaw, and étouffée. The menu also features a variety of po’boys in oyster, shrimp, and steak varieties along with sweet endings, including mouthwatering beignets covered with powdered sugar. The bar offers a great selection of beverages to complement the meals.
Crockett’s Public House
Located in northern Puyallup, Crockett’s Public House offers guests a range of lunch and dinner dishes daily, along with weekend breakfast, all within a laid-back atmosphere. Sourcing the best ingredients, Crockett’s makes everything from scratch, including the sauces and dips. Everyone from meat eaters to vegetarians will enjoy the entrées available, with highlights including the green chile cheeseburger topped with pepper jack cheese, fire roasted poblano chiles, chipotle aioli, lettuce, tomato, and crispy tortilla strips on a toasted sesame brioche bun and the bucatini pasta with a fresh basil-marcona almond pesto, extra virgin olive oil, parmesan, sea salt and Calabrian peppers. A host of complementary beverages from cocktails to craft beers plus many desserts, including bourbon butterscotch pudding, are also available.
Established in 2013, Forever Sushi is a budget-friendly option serving a large selection of sushi and other Japanese delicacies, such as teriyaki, daily. Using the freshest ingredients available, this eatery specializes in conveyor belt-style sushi, which finds colorful plates — color denotes price — with smaller portions of sushi moving along on a belt. The smaller portions allow guests to sample more varieties and with a nine-page menu, diners will certainly have plenty of choices. Enticing options include vege tempura roll made with deep fried squash, sweet potato, onion, and broccoli; the forever roll with salmon, squid, shrimp, tuna, albacore tuna, yellowtail, and tobiko; and the golden road roll, featuring snow crab, shrimp tempura, avocado, and mayo.
Featuring New American cuisine, HG Bistro is a lovely eatery offering lunch and dinner along with wine, cocktails, and beer seven days a week. Presenting an upscale yet casual dining environment, the bistro, which features warm colors and rich woods, is perfect for any occasion, from a night out with friends and family to a romantic outing. The culinary team places an emphasis on local ingredients of the freshest varieties, allowing guests to sample a true taste of the Pacific Northwest. Highlights from the menu include the French dip sandwich made with kobe and wagyu roasted sirloin, caramelized onions, and Gruyère cheese on a toasted hoagie batard and served with red wine demi-jus and the seafood capellini with prawns, manilla clams, pan-seared leek, tarragon, and lobster cream sauce.
Karma Indian Cuisine
Karma Indian Cuisine is a family-owned and operated eatery tantalizing the taste buds of diners with its aromatic Indian deliciousness. Within an inviting environment, guests will have access to a menu with many selections for carnivores plus a large variety of vegetarian options, making it a place that will suit many tastes. Notable options include the mint curry made with choice of protein — chicken, lamb, fish, or shrimp — in a sauce of fresh mint, onion, tomatoes, pepper, ginger, garlic, plus a hint of green chile and the vegetable achari, which are cubes of potatoes cooked in onion, pepper, and tomatoes, with tangy Indian pickles. Karma is open daily and also features a cocktail and martini bar.
Specializing in wood-fired pizza, Pizzahood is a food truck serving its tasty creations Monday through to Saturday. Using apple wood, the wood-fired pizzas feature a crispy crust topped with a variety of flavorful toppings and are made from recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. Procuring the freshest ingredients, the team at Pizzahood offer something for everyone with great choices being the ranch chicken and bacon pizza topped with ranch sauce, garlic olive oil, Italian chicken, applewood bacon, four cheeses, and onion and the Pizzahood veggie with goat cheese, tomato sauce, four cheeses, fresh basil, red onion, mushrooms, olives, and sun-dried tomatoes. Guests may also choose to create their own version.
Taqueria Los Amigos
Tucked inside a renovated bus, Taqueria Los Amigos creates Mexican cuisine that keeps people returning again and again. Open seven days a week, this tiny venue, which features limited indoor seating along with outdoor picnic bench-style seating, serves a variety of options all made with the freshest ingredients available. Some choices diners rave about are the carne asada tacos topped with avocado, the carne asada burrito with beans and rice, carnitas tacos, huevos rancheros, and chicken tacos. Also, the verde salsa is a definite must-try for anyone eating at this gem.