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Published October 3rd, 2014 - 11:46AM
Greek Festival returns to the Hilltop’s St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church this weekend.
Published October 3rd, 2014 - 9:11AM
Jennifer Johnson’s 18-seat restaurant and juice bar opened Oct. 2 in the small space that formerly held Smooth and Juicey at 1122 Market St.
Published October 2nd, 2014 - 7:14PM
Taste your way through the German beer and food festival modeled after Munich’s Oktoberfest.
Published October 1st, 2014 - 10:05AM
The Oktoberfest-style event runs from noon-6 p.m. behind the Museum of Glass. Just more than a dozen brewers will serve beer and four restaurants are expected to serve German-themed food.
Published September 26th, 2014 - 2:29PM
A guide to help you navigate Pierce County’s craft breweries, taprooms and bottle shops.
Published September 25th, 2014 - 9:44AM
Beer seems to get all the attention in early fall, a consequence of all those Oktoberfest celebrations and seasonal beer releases.
Published September 19th, 2014 - 12:21PM
"After what feels like an eternity we are finally ready to open our doors to the public this Saturday," wrote Pacific Brewing co-owner and head brewer Steve Navarro in an email.
Published September 19th, 2014 - 7:07AM
We’re right in the middle of National Breakfast Month, but don’t confuse that with National Hot Breakfast Month. You’ll have to wait until February to celebrate that. February, coincidentally, also doubles as National Pancake Month.
Published September 12th, 2014 - 6:55AM
My Washington State Fair grazing has included just about every category: Deep-fried desserts, burgers piled with onions, stuff smothered in cheese, other stuff covered in bacon and even a tour of food-on-a-stick.
Published September 10th, 2014 - 10:05AM
The list of mobile restaurants at this Saturday’s third Moveable Feast is smaller than it has been the last two years, but the lineup has something unexpected: More South Sound trucks.
Published August 25th, 2014 - 2:25PM
Now open in Sumner – a taproom and brewery. Lake Tapps Brewing Co. opened Saturday on Valley Avenue where the Riverside Pub previously operated. The brewery will reopen Thursday and keep regular hours thereafter. The brewery features a dozen of its own beers on tap, but has no kitchen.
Published August 22nd, 2014 - 9:42AM
Shareable plates of sophisticated cocktail food with world flavors. An excellent cocktail, wine or tap list. Upscale digs. A place where grown-ups can gather comfortably without fear of being shushed.
Published August 15th, 2014 - 7:28AM
Moving an 8-year-old biga — a fermented dough starter — across Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue was like walking a kid across a busy intersection. The caregivers moved carefully and hoped nobody lost their footing at the wrong moment.
Published August 11th, 2014 - 9:46AM
Primo Grill’s old home on Sixth Avenue will have a much different smell wafting from it – pancakes, instead of wood-fired pizza. A restaurant that is micro focused on breakfast – and only breakfast – is slated to become the next tenant at Sixth and Pine Streets.
Published August 8th, 2014 - 9:50AM
Consider this Saturday’s Brew Five Three beer and blues festival in Tacoma a comprehensive introduction to South Sound brewers. It’s perfect for lazy beer grazers who want to plow through South Sound’s beer arsenal in one convenient location. Just be sure to book that designated driver. You’ll need it. Every brewery of note in the South Sound region will serve at the event.
Published August 1st, 2014 - 4:16PM
TNT Diner Sue Kidd traversed every pocket of Pierce County, cross referenced with the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, hunted down social media, and relied on readers to assemble a comprehensive list of food trucks.
Published July 25th, 2014 - 9:52AM
Handmade pasta baked in a wood-fire oven. Experimental vegetarian fare served alongside roasted bone marrow. Argentinian steak paired with South American wines. East Coast deli sandwiches. And plenty of craft beer.
Published July 18th, 2014 - 11:31AM
Some diners prefer fried fish with a crunchy coating. Others prefer the puffy texture of a beer batter. At the newly reopened Johnny's Seafood and Bistro, diners get both:
Published July 17th, 2014 - 12:15PM
As a paid belly for this newspaper, I've spent countless hours traversing every pocket of Pierce County sniffing out, hunting down and what can loosely be described as “stalking” food trucks.
Published July 14th, 2014 - 10:05AM
Baked into bread might be ideal for winter, but come summer, I want my bananas in a pudding, preferably layered with fresh-sliced bananas and Nilla Wafers (whole or crushed, I’m not picky). I’ve found three different puddings worth exploring around the South Sound. Take a look:
Published July 11th, 2014 - 7:03AM
With summer heating up, so is my thirst for cocktails. Recently, I encountered two lounges with cocktails worthy of your attention. My first stop was Smoke + Cedar for the smoky creations of Dean Shivers, lead bartender at the new Tacoma restaurant. My second stop was Hilltop Kitchen, the Tacoma lounge with a menu of Latin-leaning sippers. Read on.
Published July 8th, 2014 - 5:51PM
The lineup for Tacoma's Food Truck Fest on July 20 in Wright Park has been announced. I've also got two other food truck events for your calendar. And save the dates for these events - wine dinners at Maxwell’s Restaurant + Lounge and JW in Gig Harbor; the Brew Five Three Festival and Gig Harbor Food and Wine festivals.
Published July 7th, 2014 - 4:04PM
Well, the wait is over. Four restaurants have opened in neighborhoods from Parkland to Tacoma. Find casual Hawaiian fare (loco moco plate, anyone?); wood-tinged barbecued meats; ice cream in fanciful flavors and gourmet hot dogs paired with the region’s best craft beer list.
Published June 27th, 2014 - 7:07AM
Find the pants with that stretchy waistband. Taste of Tacoma, which starts today at Point Defiance Park, isn’t a gourmet food gathering, or even an event featuring much in the form of Tacoma restaurants.
Published June 25th, 2014 - 1:27PM
The Red Hot in Tacoma has opened in its expanded location.
Published June 25th, 2014 - 10:37AM
Cheap, filling, no more than five bucks. That’s my must-have list for a weekday lunch. Today’s quest for a good deal took me to Gyro Zone, a casual cafe in University Place that will celebrate its first year of business July 20.
Published June 24th, 2014 - 7:40AM
My most recent burger journey took me to the newly made over Mary’s Burger Bistro in downtown Tacoma. Now called Chalk Talk, the burger joint got a dining room face-lift with chalkboard walls for doodling and switched from griddled to flame-broiled burgers.
Published June 23rd, 2014 - 9:10AM
Hong Ngov is branching out once again. The owner of the Thai restaurant Indochine on Pearl will open a restaurant later this summer in the Narrows neighborhood.
Published June 20th, 2014 - 10:22AM
Port Orchard's Bay Street offers a new market, delicious food and gorgeous views. The Kitsap County city is a not-too-far trip for a quick food adventure.
Published June 19th, 2014 - 1:59PM
Mobile food season is finally here – and here are two food truck gatherings for your calendar. The first is a new event from Tacoma’s Metro Parks – Food Truck Fest will be July 20 in Wright Park. The second is a returning event, Moveable Feast, now in its third year. That gathering will be Sept. 13 at Cheney Stadium.
Published June 16th, 2014 - 9:59AM
Mike Parker, a chef with 16 years experience cooking at popular Tacoma bars, now has his own place – and it's a restaurant within a bar. On Thursday, he opened Parker's at O’Malley's on Sixth Avenue.
Published June 13th, 2014 - 2:46PM
Downtown Tacoma’s finest entertainment corridor percolates between Seventh and Ninth on Pacific Avenue. Consider it equally fit for nightlife seekers or daytime lunch grubbers.
Published June 12th, 2014 - 2:45PM
Water damage appears to be keeping Hilltop restaurant Le-Le shuttered for now. Here’s what I know about what’s happening next for the Tacoma Vietnamese-Thai restaurant.
Published June 12th, 2014 - 11:44AM
Beer, brats, barbecue, cheese, pretzels and bacon. Here’s a list of adventures for you and dad that includes brunch, a whiskey dinner and a tour of nine of South Sound’s taprooms and breweries. And places to buy smoked sausage (my dad’s favorite food).
Published June 10th, 2014 - 2:02PM
Veltins Bierhalle, a German-themed pub and restaurant from the owners of Renton’s Berliner Pub, is still stuck in construction mode. A hopeful opening date was set for June, but it appears it’ll be at least three more months before an opening in downtown Tacoma.
Published June 6th, 2014 - 9:58AM
Three forkfuls into a plate of bone-in short ribs set atop rigatoni pasta with house-smoked mushrooms, and I was ready to declare the dish one of the best I’ve ordered in 2014.
Published June 5th, 2014 - 4:27PM
East Pierce residents in the restaurant desert between Spanaway and South Hill will want to hear this news – two locally-owned restaurants are slated for the Canyon Crossing shopping center in Frederickson.
Published June 3rd, 2014 - 7:47AM
I arrived this morning to an email from Steamers announcing something neat for this summery weather we’re having. The Titlow Beach eatery has added a deck (details below). I’ve also got two other Tacoma waterfront destinations for fish and chips. Check these out:
Published May 27th, 2014 - 10:15AM
Cheap, filling, no more than five bucks. That’s my must-have list for a cheap weekday lunch. Today’s report took me to Marvel Food and Deli, a Parkland neighborhood grocery store and deli specializing in Eastern European ingredients and take-out food. Food finds of the day: Cabbage rolls and baked piroshky.
Published May 23rd, 2014 - 2:21AM
Dumplings, glutinous rice and pork buns – yes. Roving steam table carts – yes. Congee with cut-up fried doughnuts – yes and yes. Dim sum? In Tacoma? Oh, yes.
Published May 16th, 2014 - 10:05AM
In certain pockets of the country, ramen chefs achieve rock star status for fancying up a culinary underachiever long relegated to American dorm room cooking.
Published May 15th, 2014 - 7:06AM
The Foss Waterway got a new bistro Saturday. Except that it’s only sort of new. Johnny’s Seafood has been a Tacoma staple for 39 years as the go-to seafood counter in Tacoma. Now it’s all that, plus a bistro. The casually-themed waterfront restaurant opened Monday. Here’s a first look.
Published May 9th, 2014 - 7:05AM
While wandering aimlessly (envisioning fairies magically making over my garden) through two East Pierce garden centers that offer sprawling campuses with plants aplenty, I also found something for diners: nicely appointed cafes.
Published May 5th, 2014 - 1:38PM
Southern Exposure, a restaurant merging southern style comfort food with Caribbean touches, opened Saturday in Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue neighborhood. The restaurant is adjacent to Marrow Kitchen Bar in a space most recently occupied by It’s Amore/Pastiche, which closed in May 2013.
Published April 30th, 2014 - 2:15PM
Communal seating and dishes of ice cream built for two. Layla Isaac’s transition from ice cream chef to retail shop owner sticks to the theme and name of her Tacoma food business – Ice Cream Social.
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