I have another freelance article out for Boating Times Pacific Northwest edition, this time I wrote about a delicious seafood eatery on the Tacoma Waterfront. Read below to learn more about Johnny’s Dock.
Johnny’s Dock Restaurant
Johnny’s Dock is located on the Thea Foss Waterway in Tacoma and offers splendid views of the downtown waterfront. As the name suggests, the eatery has its own dock that allows moorage for boats 20 to 55 feet in length.
On sunny and warm days, the outdoor seating choice is a must, as the patio allows for optimal waterfront views while dining. During cooler weather the view from inside is still great, thanks to the wall of windows surrounding the lounge and dining areas.
While the views contribute to the spectacular atmosphere, the menu at Johnny’s Dock is just as exciting. Appetizers range from calamari served with garlic aioli, Cantonese egg rolls, and a shrimp, crab, and artichoke dip. On chilly days, the New England-style clam chowder hits the spot. The hearty soup can be ordered in a cup, bowl or bottomless version which comes with salad and garlic bread.
I opted for the bottomless version, although the serving was too filling to order seconds. The salad was a mix of greens, the creamy chowder was full of clams and the toasted bread was garlicky, buttery perfection.
The menu also boasts classic seafood entrées such as fish and chips, prepared here with Alaskan cod dredged in house-made beer batter and served with tasty fries and coleslaw. Another delectable choice is the seafood fettuccini; the pasta is loaded with scallops, clams, bleu mussels, prawns, and shrimp, tossed in a cream sauce.
For a change from seafood, the lunch menu has offerings such as the BLT with avocado, burgers and wraps, while the dinner menu features charbroiled steak or chicken breast.
For vegetarians, the fettuccini dish can be served without seafood. Also, the pasta primavera is available upon request. Likewise, gluten-free accommodations can be made, when asked.
With items like a hot fudge sundae or bread pudding, diners will want to save room for sweets.
Johnny’s Dock is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. On weekend mornings beginning at 9:30 am, breakfast is served. Offerings include smoked Northwest salmon Benedict, blueberry French toast, and omelets. There are also daily and seasonal menu specials, and a happy hour menu is offered daily from 4:00 to 6 pm with reduced prices on select appetizers and drinks.
The dock has two spaces for those dining at the restaurant, on a first-come first-served basis.
1900 East D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421