Tacoma is a lucky city. Great food is abundant in so many areas of the city. But few restaurants can hit the trifecta of great food with a fantastic view and friendly atmosphere. A few years ago, Laura Carlson took steps to open a restaurant that fulfilled all three of these sweet spots.
Carlson opened Laura’s Bayview Bar and Grill at 229 St. Helens Ave. in 2009 with great food, service and sights in mind.
The restaurant presides over a fantastic view of Commencement Bay while offering an eclectic mix of breakfast, lunch and dinner foods.
“We’re not Italian, we’re not bistro and we’re not deli. We do a little bit of everything,” Carlson said.
If you want to catch the sunrise over the Bay, the breakfast menu at Laura’s offers a ton of variety, including artisan French toast. Other popular choices are fresh hash browns with a side of bacon, buttermilk biscuits and fresh omelets. Laura’s is avoiding the popular trend of using carton eggs to make omelets, instead opting to use real, fresh eggs on the order.
“We’re known for cooking from scratch, including our dressings,” Carlson said.
The lunch menu from Laura’s contains a true treat in their fish and chips. Voted the best fish and chips in the city by the Tacoma News Tribune last January, the meal is a perfect complement to the view of the Bay in mid-day.
The dinner menu offers classic meals from a swath of different cultures, including Chicken Parmesan and Black Angus Burgers.
Along with the food and the view comes a staff that works well together, and treats patrons as part of the family.
“A lot of our customers are on a first name basis. It’s almost like a Cheers type feeling,” Carlson said.
The last pillar of Bayview’s success lies in their affordable pricing, including $3.50 well drinks during happy hour from 3-6 p.m.
“You’re not breaking your bank to have a meal here,” Carlson said.
Laura’s Bayview Bar and Grill is open Tuesday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To make a reservation, call (253) 327-1015.