Restaurant Review

Have you ever had Mongolian Barbecue?  Did you know Mongolian Barbecue was even a thing?  Well, it is.  It has nothing to do with Mongolia per se, but just sounded right to a 1950’s restauranteur in Taiwan, and it sort of caught on.  Mongolian Barbecue is essentially a “create your own stir-fry” dining experience.  And by dining experience, I mean restaurant gimmick.  But I mean that in a loving way, because I love Mongolian Barbecue.  The nearest restaurant I know of is Wok on Fire (5500 Olympic Dr NW, Gig Harbor, WA), located in the Olympic Village strip mall right of Highway 16 in Gig Harbor.  They have a huge salad bar looking thing with all sorts of raw veggies, noodles, and super thinly sliced raw meats.  Basically, you pick from pretty much anything you’ve ever seen in a stir fry anywhere, load it all up in a bowl, add some sauces from the sauce section, and pass it on to get it cooked on a huge, super-hot round griddle.  You get to watch them do the cooking, and it is a good show.  Not a Japanese steak house show, but they do add some flair.  Then, you take your stir fry and some rice, find a seat, and enjoy.  This is a great place to get a healthy meal, and you are nearly guaranteed your kids will find some vegetable they are willing to eat.  It is just off highway 16, and a great spot for a cycling destination – especially if you live in Tacoma.  Hop on your classic Schwinn and enjoy the Narrows Bridge from the seat of your bicycle.  They have a huge, super safe bike lane on the South side of the new bridge.  If you’ve never walked/biked/jogged across the bridge, it is a must-do Tacoma activity.  I do sort of miss the adrenaline rush that cycling on the old Narrows Bridge entailed – yes there were signs clearly prohibiting cycling on the pedestrian path on the old bridge – but who pays attention to that sort of thing when you’ll save 15 minutes by cycling.  And yes, a strong blow felt like it would send you into the drink – but that is what made it such a lovely adrenaline rush.  The new bike lane on the new bridge has none of the danger of the old one – it is a nice wide path with a huge cement barrier between you and the cars and a more than adequate railing.  If you’ve never stood in the middle of the mile long span peering over a 188 foot drop to an 8 knot current below, you’re missing out.  Anyway, hop on the Scott Pierson Trail, cross the bridge, continue on to the Cushman trail, have a well-earned lunch at Wok on Fire.  Then turn around and head on home – not a bad way to spend part of a sunny Saturday. 

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