Shopping complex on Mildred Street near Tacoma Community College yields several unfussy finds for value eats.
I know when winter strikes, the first thing I think about is dining outside! Yeah, no. Im a wimp. I hate eating outside in December unless my job forces the issue. And that brings me to todays blog post al fresco wood-fired pizza.
Leaving behind a long career at Western State Hospital, Terry Waller opened her Olive Branch Cafe inside the Hidden Treasures antique mall in March 2012, and closed it just over a year later in search of a bigger and better space. Now, shes open again in a downtown Tacoma neighborhood.
Cheap sushi, much like gas station sushi, should be approached with caution. Ive been burned before, but I think Ive found a a decent find a tiny restaurant serving economical maki and nigiri.
Downtown eaters the newest University of Washington Tacoma restaurant opened today. Than Brothers Pho is at 1712 Pacific Ave., next door to the newly opened frozen yogurt shop Granolas.
Opening in early 2014 will be another restaurant from Pacific Grill owner and Tacoma native Gordon Naccarato.
Seattle-based chain MOD Pizza will open its second South Sound outpost Wednesday evening near Tacoma Mall in the same building where Northwest burger restaurant Blazing Onion will open.
For 14 years, Betty Vasquez has sold her Peruvian specialties at farmers markets from Gig Harbor to Kingston. Next month, shes taking her recipes tamales, ceviche, quinoa and anticuchos to a brick-and-mortar location.
Call them old-time Italian-American eateries, spaghetti dens, pizza havens or the moniker I think is perfect: red sauce joints. Theyre old Italian restaurants that don't try to be something they're not.
A taproom and bottle store is opening in the Stadium neighborhood. The Copper Door does not yet have an opening date, but work has started on the space at 12 N. Tacoma Avenue (next to Gibsons Frozen Yogurt).
While I wrote earlier today about South Hills status as a chain mecca, downtown Puyallup is seeing a continued shift to sophisticated dining choices. Coming soon a New Orleans themed steak and seafood restaurant, a modern Mexican restaurant and now a downtown restaurant owner has announced shes looking to open a high-end steakhouse on East Main. Read on.
But since Pat Nicholls Italian eatery, Amici's, opened in Graham in 2005, fish and chips, strangely enough, has become one of the most often ordered menu items. The dish became so popular, it gave Nicholl an idea to open a fish-and-chips shop.
He started as a dishwasher, now hes the chief pasta maker and a chef at Marzano, the Italian restaurant near Pacific Lutheran University.
Puyallup is now home to two more tea destinations.
Primo Grill, an anchor restaurant in Tacoma's Sixth Avenue neighborhood, will move next year.
Restaurants around the South Sound are thanking Veterans for their service today.
Two things Ive always thought the region could always use more of bagels and food trucks. Find them together in the Budha Bear Bagel Truck, now serving Mondays-Thursdays on the campus of University of Washington Tacoma.
Spotted in downtown Tacoma: two food trucks at the old post office building. Bella Amore, a new Tacoma truck featuring meatball and sausage sandwiches for $4.99, is serving alongside Gibson's, the frozen yogurt truck that is the mobile offspring of two yogurt cafes in Tacoma.
Here comes the dreaded I cant breathe through my nose season. I seek refuge in a steaming bowl of soup when my upper respiratory system decides to betray me. Around the South Sound, youll find soup in every cultural configuration.
The burger diner Lunchbox Laboratory is a nod to an era when Mork and Mindy inspired our clothing and Fonzie-isms entered our vernacular. Retro lunchboxes and 60s-70s themed toys rule the dining room. Theres a picture of the Six Million Dollar Man on the menu. Tang appears on the menu as an actual beverage option.
It wont be an Irish bar, but it will be a bar The Forum Tacoma intends to open by the end of the year in the downtown Tacoma space that housed Paddy Coynes for six years.
Today, Im starting an occasional series Im calling Thirsty Thursday where I check in with Tacoma brewers, cocktail slingers, sommeliers and other Tacomans who work with booze. Todays Q&A is with Jason Alexander, the king of Tacoma tiki drinks and co-owner of Tacoma Cabana with business and life partner Robyn Murphy.
It never fails that I depart the St. Nicholas Greek Festival stuffed and reeking of Greek. Its a Tacoma tradition now in its 52nd year. Tough gig I have here as the papers hired belly, right?
Today, University Place residents Karen and Thomas Williams are opening the first of two frozen yogurt shops in an area long in need of more eateries - the University of Washington Tacoma. They expect to soon open a second frozen yogurt shop in University Place, at the intersection of Cirque and Bridgeport.
A meatball sandwich should require two hands, a T-shirt you dont care about destroying, more than a few napkins and a seesaw of crunch and smoosh.
A reader inquired about the fate of Fife City Bar & Grill after seeing a sign for an auction of that restaurants equipment. I found a website announcement from Chef Diana Prine saying that she has closed her Fife restaurant. Heres the text of Prines farewell, which you can read here. Something to note she said shes excited for what lies ahead. I hope to reach her by phone soon to find out what that is. Another restaurant in the works?
Ammar Mannaa spent more than 20 years steadily building business at Mediterranean Palace, his tiny restaurant stand in Freighthouse Square near the Tacoma Dome. In less than a year, hes expanded his business not once, but twice. His latest venture, Gig Harbors Ikonos, is an acquisition, rather than a build-from-scratch restaurant like Ammars Mediterranean Grill, which he opened in December near the Dome.
The name of the restaurant is still fuzzy and the building currently is undergoing a deep clean and decor makeover, but one detail already is set Oaxacan cuisine is coming to downtown Puyallup, most likely in October.
Five Guys Burgers will open its third Pierce County location by Oct. 1 when it starts serving in Tacoma. The owner tells The News Tribune she plans to open nine more in the region.
When Bourbon Street Bar & Grill opens this fall in downtown Puyallup, owner Mike de Alwis pictures a dining experience thats affordable and aimed at date night diners. As the New Orleans inspired name suggests, the menu will tread into Louisiana dining with a menu of steaks and seafood.
The return of the waving pink pig with the Wood Smoked B-B-Q sign on Pacific Avenue is my first indicator that Roadside BBQ is back in business.
Tacoma's newest teppanyaki and sushi restaurant has opened. Mandolin Sushi & Steakhouse was a restaurant nearly a year in the making.
Tourist Tacoma: Impress your guests with fine Italian Marzano, Adriatic Grill, Primo Grill and more
If theres any cuisine that appeals as easily to kindergarteners as epicureans, its Italian.
Later this year, a Washington-based burger chain will open its first South Sound location. Bobs Burgers and Brews plans a late December or early January opening for its South Hill restaurant.
The Washington State Fair invites local amateur brewers and winemakers to share their craft and compete for prizes.
What pairs well with summer? Beer.
The crowds are building right now at Moveable Feast, Tacoma's second annual gathering of mobile food businesses.
Theyre restaurants with steering wheels, food emporiums atop four tires with menus of scratch-made eats. When nearly 40 mobile food trucks gather Sunday at Cheney Stadium, it will be a pop-up food court like no other in the South Sound.
Downtown Puyallups newest bar and eatery has opened. The Forum will serve lunch and dinner daily, but heres something hard to find in Puyallup The Forum intends to serve its full menu into the late evening hours.
Right around the time when the Seahawks begin to play their season, Craig Dickens hopes to be pouring beer again at his familys Ale House Pub & Eatery. The University Place restaurant was damaged in a two-alarm fire July 12. The Ale House has since been closed.
It's a steakhouse with a side of honky tonk, a country-western bar with a stunning wood dance floor the size of a modest house and a mechanical bull beckoning would-be cowboys and girls. Servers wear jeans and cowboy boots. Pendant lamps are made out of whiskey bottles.
Its food that sounds like a dare. Or things your mother told you never to eat. At the Taste of Tacoma, its practically a competition to see who can use the most grease, butter and cheese.
What kind of diner you are will determine whether you’ll embrace the newly opened Whitehouse Restaurant and Lounge in Bonney Lake.
The consequence of working in the same region for 30 years: A chef might hop restaurants, but diners will follow and ask for a specific dish the chef made 20 years ago at a restaurant that no longer exists.
The front row at the Bayview School of Cooking has filled up quickly on a recent Monday night – long before Xinh Dwelley stepped up to the burners.
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