All Pierce County residents have their favorite place to go out to eat, but what do you do when you just can’t decide? There are countless options within the greater Tacoma community, but this list is about to make it a little easier to make a great choice. Among the Pierce County restaurants are many European-inspired spots to try. From Puyallup to Tacoma, you can find amazing creations that range from sweet to savory – that all will enjoy. Read on for a list of great European restaurants, shops, bistros and cafés in Pierce county.
649 Division Avenue, Tacoma
Rhein Haus serves up traditional German food in Tacoma. The newer restaurant is the talk of the town, and no one can get enough of the fresh-baked giant pretzels, seasonal spätzle (noodles), the grillwurst schmankerl (a sampler of their best sausages, with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes), frankfurters and Bavarian käsespätzle (a delightful combination of spätzle, Grana Padano cream, oven-dried tomatoes, crispy sweet onions and chives). Check out the Rhein Haus Facebook page and website for the mouth-watering menu and more.
720 East Main, Puyallup
British Bites is a bistro, bakery and authentic food shop with goodies from London to Liverpool. The bakery serves up delicious confections that are all made from scratch. Some of their baked goods are treacle tarts, shortbread, mini vickis (individually-sized Victoria Sponge Cake) and knobbies (oat biscuits). The store is full of candies, meats, teas and anything else you could imagine from a small English grocer. The bistro offers authentic English food like meat pies, ploughman sandwiches, Welsh rarebit and puddings. No matter what you choose, you’ll leave British Bites with a full belly and a chipper smile. Learn more about their fun British Bites on their website and Facebook page.
Hess Bakery & Deli
6108 Mt. Tacoma Drive SW, Lakewood
Hess has cases filled daily with the most delicious German foods. The shop features breads (like rolls and pretzels), deli meats and cheeses, sandwiches and more. Whether picking up bread for dinner or catering a party, Hess Bakery & Deli has German goodies for all. Check out Hess Bakery & Deli Facebook page and website to learn more.
505 North Meridian, Puyallup
A list of European eats would not be complete without mentioning Italian food. Casa Mia offers authentic Italian cuisine like meatballs, onion soup and fantastic pizza. Check out the Casa Mia website and Facebook page for the full menu and more information on their fine Italian eats.
1201 Main Street, Sumner
Located on Sumner’s Main Street, Craft19 is the town’s newest and most chic place to dine. The creperie features French-inspired cuisine and a swanky design with an open kitchen that wafts sweet aromas like baking pastry dough, Nutella and even bacon. The French-style crepes are filled with flavors of many origins like Nutella, hash browns and bacon, and even rhubarb to honor Sumner’s title as Rhubarb Pie Capital. The restaurant also features a drink menu with espresso, tea and chai. The most tempting beverage is the luxurious White Lavender, which is a white chocolate mocha with a touch of lavender. Look at Craft19’s stunning creations and menu on their website and Facebook page.
Gordon and Purdy’s Public House
17136 Highway 410 East, Sumner
Gordon and Purdy’s overlooks the Sumner-Orting valley, halfway up highway 410 toward Bonney Lake. The picturesque views are coupled with a menu featuring flavors from across Europe. Most notable are the jager schnitzel, handcrafted pizzas, shepherds’ pie and the bangers and mash. Alongside the European dishes are classic American burgers, sandwiches and much more. Take a look at Gordon & Purdy’s website and Facebook page for a sneak peek at the gorgeous views and menu.
Bruno’s German and Polish Restaurant
10902 Bridgeport Way SW, Lakewood
Bruno’s offers traditional German and Polish eats in a comfortable and cheerful atmosphere. The classic German goulash pairs well with the frikadelle (a ground meat cutlet served with mushroom gravy and potatoes) for lunch or potato pierogis for dinner, with meat or cheese and an onion topping. Visit the Bruno’s website and Facebook page to check out their menu and watch their video from their very own episode of Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.