No, I don't mean Western State. Today's good day was brought to us by Ben Dew's Clubhouse Grill, The Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, and a new institution, the Paul Titus Carousel.
Ben Dew's is always a reliable place to get a good meal in a kid-friendly atmosphere. Today at lunchtime they were extremely busy, but made up for it by making sure the kids had things to keep them occupied. My kids even received a random gift of stuffed animals from either a regular, an employee, or some member of the family who owns the place, I really do not know. This is not the kind of place you can only appreciate with children, however. They serve all of your standard Uhmurrican faire, with a skill and consistency that is somewhat unusual in these parts. There's been a Ben Dew's in Tacoma since the early twentieth century, and it's easy to see why.
I'm not going to clutter up this entry with a review of the Point Defiance Zoo, (I'll save that for a summer day - but I would encourage anyone with kids to get a membership, right now!) but I do need to pass on some love for the Paul Titus Carousel, a beautiful hand-crafted wooden carousel installed at PDZA last summer. In addition to many beautiful hand-painted ponies, the carousel sports a giant slug, a tapir, and some other odd additions. $2 a ride.