Mike and Leper, thanks for your earlier recommendations regarding Tacoma but, due to bad timing, we ended up having dinner in Mt. Vernon and instead. The Skagit River brewpub turned out to be a nice little find -- my partner loved the dark porter and I quaffed a pleasant glass of house root beer (just sweet enough, but could have used a bit more carbonation for kick). We ordered a bbq beef brisket sandwich and the pork ribs -- the helpings were huge. Standard sweet reddish bbq sauce was okay, and the meats were tender with good smokey flavor. Oh, but the baked beans... YUM... these soft, mildly peppery brown babies were addictive. An excellent foil for the succulent meat. Nice salads -- mine consisted of fresh romaine, chopped tomatoes and sliced red onions with a scattering of sliced olives. I'm guessing that the dressing and croutons came out of a jar and a box respectively, but they didn't spoil the experience. Service was very good -- although the sign says "Seat Yourself," we didn't see any empty tables that didn't need to be cleared, so we waited politely while the server bussed 2 tables and then directed us to our choice. She was very grateful and later brought my partner an extra 1/2 glass of porter on the house. We'll definitely go back. Redhead. PS: you were right about the Glass Museum. All the glass is in the gift shop, not in the exhibition space.... Disappointing.