Marrow Kitchen And Bar

2717 Sixth Ave, Tacoma

For an establishment with a name like Marrow, you might envision a manly cave with prehistoric artifacts. Yet once inside this Tacoma restaurant, you find an unpretentious ambiance exemplified by a chandelier made of light bulbs and glass bottles suspended by wire. On a recent visit, midweek happy chatter exuded from tables with diverse groups of diners, and funky, mellow music played in the background. A simple outlook on decor lets the food shine.

The menu is full of delicious protein/meat-based dishes (the “Marrow” side of the menu) and creative vegetarian dishes (the “Arrow” side of the menu).

Since we arrived ravenous, we ordered a large spread, starting with chilled lobster claw, 63 degree duck egg and Louie sauce. This salad was amazing with the delicate, perfectly cooked duck egg oozing over the lobster, complemented by the tangy Louie sauce. It’s the kind of dish that isn’t too decadent, with a wonderful balance of flavors and textures.

Marrow is definitely known for its adventurous protein offerings. We went with the squab with foie gras, pan jus, poached pears and mascarpone-whipped Yukon gold potatoes. The rich, delicate flavors of these ingredients complemented one another perfectly.

Unarguably our favorite dish was the hanger steak poutine with Beechers cheese curds, marrow gravy and shoestring fries. It arrived with the steak perfectly cooked and topped with undeniably the best gravy we ever tasted.

The Marrow Burger is a people’s choice favorite. Layered with wild boar bacon, white cheddar, fried fennel and grilled onion aioli between a brioche bun, it is mouthwatering.

We finished our meal by splitting the most delicious chocolate flourless cake with salted caramel fluff and a ganache topping sprinkled with cocoa nibs and espresso powder.

Tacoma’s Marrow Kitchen and Bar serves up the essentials of life—food and friends sharing experiences. If you are looking for delicious, out-of-the-box fare accompanied by impeccable service, try Marrow.

TAMMY LARSEN, AKA the foodie couple