I live in and love Tacoma. I feel terrible about the bad reputation my town has, particularly when it comes to food. Sometimes, though, it's deserved. I thought things were changing a few years ago with the opening of a few new restaurants downtown -- Maxwell's, for example -- and on 6th (Asado/Masa), but the recession seems to have hit the restaurants here pretty hard. A lot of the reviews on other sites suggest that many of my favorites are going downhill. Again, Maxwell's is the example: it seems to be getting worse and worse reviews on Yelp, FWIW.
Tacomans, please help me regain my confidence in our dining options. Have there been any notable openings in the last year? What places are improving? (I'm happy that at least my favorite Korean place -- Ho Soon Yi on S. Tacoma Way -- hasn't suffered.)