I've taken you on tours of burger stands, bar burgers, highfalutin burgers, fair burgers and the finest handcrafted veggie burgers in the South Sound. With three gourmet burger joints that have just opened, I thought it time for another burger pilgrimage.
After 36 years in business, the Lobster Shop at Dash Point will close March 15. "Its really a financial decision," said Katie Driscoll, who operates the Northeast Tacoma seafood restaurant with husband, Denny.
Salsa 7 opened last week in downtown Puyallup. It replaces Sam’s Taqueria, a Mexican restaurant, carved into a former gas station, that had operated downtown for more than a decade.
Ditch your jammies and that stale bagel tomorrow morning. Steer your car to downtown Puyallup instead.
I stopped in at Bobs Burgers and Brew on South Hill, now entering its third week of operation, and found a few things worth noting about the Washington-based chain that is new to the South Sound.
It's been some time since this region had a Cajun restaurant, which made the opening of Bourbon Street Bar and Grill that much more anticipated.
Attention sushi eaters a soft opening alert. Lacking a sign and a full menu, Miyabi Sushi quietly opened in the location that formerly housed Kabuki, a longtime Tacoma sushi destination that operated from 1992 until late 2013.
Tacomas Savor Creperie is the latest restaurant with a Seahawks special. Featured this week is a dessert crepe.
I relish readers who ask me to go looking for the perfect something or other. In 2013, readers sent me searching for the crispiest fish and chips, sloppiest meatball sandwiches and cheesiest chile rellenos. I start 2014 with a mighty mission: to find the perfect hot pastrami sandwich.
As this papers dining critic, one of my favorite functions is to master the art of a second bite or a "do-over," as I call them.
Two Washington-based burger chains Blazing Onion and Bobs Burgers and Brew will open new South Sound locations in the coming days. Heres when.
Call it third helpings. A re-dine. A do-over. One of my favorite things to do as this papers hired belly is to tell success stories about restaurants that have pulled a great turnaround.
Monday, Jan. 6, will be opening day for Forum Tacoma, the bar that replaces the former Paddy Coynes. The Tacoma pub will closely duplicate the Puyallup Forum, which opened in the summer of 2013 in downtown Puyallup.
Restaurant openings: Sushi and Peruvian food in Gig Harbor, Bourbon Street Bar and Grill in Puyallup
Three new eateries have opened around the South Sound. Domo Sushi in Gig Harbor is now serving an extensive menu of Japanese sushi and specialties, but also delves into Korean and Chinese dishes. The casual eatery Taste of Peru also has opened in Gig Harbor. In Puyallup, the New Orleans themed Bourbon Street Bar and Grill opened last week.
I knew apple pie moonshine had gone mainstream when I heard a friend was using a Crock pot to make hers. The recipe sounded pretty simple. Apple cider and cinnamon steeped together in a slow cooker all day, then that mixture was steeped with moonshine before serving.
Fans of Ayothaya will have another outpost to visit in the Puyallup area. The South Hill Thai restaurant intends to duplicate itself in the Canyon Crossing Center in Frederickson. The restaurant expects an opening sometime in the spring of 2014.
News of Veltins Bierhalle, a German pub and eatery, opening in downtown Tacoma made me eager for schnitzel and dunkle, but were still waiting for that opening. The good news its still a go, but with a caveat. An opening has been pushed to 2014. And remember that downtown Puyallup Louisiana-themed eatery thats been in the works for months and months? Its opening soon. An Italian restaurant and a pub also are closer to opening in downtown Tacoma. Here are updates on all that.
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.
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