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"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.
Were right in the middle of National Breakfast Month, but dont confuse that with National Hot Breakfast Month. Youll have to wait until February to celebrate that. February, coincidentally, also doubles as National Pancake Month.
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.
The list of mobile restaurants at this Saturdays third Moveable Feast is smaller than it has been the last two years, but the lineup has something unexpected: More South Sound trucks.
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.
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.
Moving an 8-year-old biga a fermented dough starter across Tacomas 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.
Primo Grills 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.
Consider this Saturdays Brew Five Three beer and blues festival in Tacoma a comprehensive introduction to South Sound brewers. Its perfect for lazy beer grazers who want to plow through South Sounds beer arsenal in one convenient location. Just be sure to book that designated driver. Youll need it. Every brewery of note in the South Sound region will serve at the event.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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, Im not picky). Ive found three different puddings worth exploring around the South Sound. Take a look:
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.
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 Maxwells Restaurant + Lounge and JW in Gig Harbor; the Brew Five Three Festival and Gig Harbor Food and Wine festivals.
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 regions best craft beer list.
Find the pants with that stretchy waistband. Taste of Tacoma, which starts today at Point Defiance Park, isnt a gourmet food gathering, or even an event featuring much in the form of Tacoma restaurants.
The Red Hot in Tacoma has opened in its expanded location.
Cheap, filling, no more than five bucks. Thats my must-have list for a weekday lunch. Todays 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.
My most recent burger journey took me to the newly made over Marys 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.
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.
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.
Mobile food season is finally here and here are two food truck gatherings for your calendar. The first is a new event from Tacomas 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.
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 OMalley's on Sixth Avenue.
Downtown Tacomas finest entertainment corridor percolates between Seventh and Ninth on Pacific Avenue. Consider it equally fit for nightlife seekers or daytime lunch grubbers.
Water damage appears to be keeping Hilltop restaurant Le-Le shuttered for now. Heres what I know about whats happening next for the Tacoma Vietnamese-Thai restaurant.
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).
Veltins Bierhalle, a German-themed pub and restaurant from the owners of Rentons Berliner Pub, is still stuck in construction mode. A hopeful opening date was set for June, but it appears itll be at least three more months before an opening in downtown Tacoma.
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 Ive ordered in 2014.
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.
I arrived this morning to an email from Steamers announcing something neat for this summery weather were having. The Titlow Beach eatery has added a deck (details below). Ive also got two other Tacoma waterfront destinations for fish and chips. Check these out:
Cheap, filling, no more than five bucks. Thats my must-have list for a cheap weekday lunch. Todays 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.
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.
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.
The Foss Waterway got a new bistro Saturday. Except that its only sort of new. Johnnys Seafood has been a Tacoma staple for 39 years as the go-to seafood counter in Tacoma. Now its all that, plus a bistro. The casually-themed waterfront restaurant opened Monday. Heres a first look.
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.
Southern Exposure, a restaurant merging southern style comfort food with Caribbean touches, opened Saturday in Tacomas Sixth Avenue neighborhood. The restaurant is adjacent to Marrow Kitchen Bar in a space most recently occupied by Its Amore/Pastiche, which closed in May 2013.
Communal seating and dishes of ice cream built for two. Layla Isaacs transition from ice cream chef to retail shop owner sticks to the theme and name of her Tacoma food business Ice Cream Social.
I made three anonymous visits during Smoke + Cedar's first six weeks and found well-conceived food and polished service, with the usual fledgling restaurant jitters.
Lakewood is a dining destination like no other for ethnic food.
It’s hard to argue the pairing of wine and chocolate. Several events that feature the pair occur in our region annually and the next one is this weekend: the LeMay Family Collection Foundation’s Wine & Chocolate Affair.
When it comes to island cuisine, Sam Choy is about as famous it gets. On Saturday, Tacomans can sample Choys food when his Seattle-based food truck, Sam Choys Poke To The Max, serves at an event at Trident Athletics.
The Italian eatery and wine bar Cafe Vincero will serve dinner by reservation only Wednesday–Friday.
Strip malls. Oh, how we love to loathe them. Our region is cluttered with those architectural eyesores harboring boring destinations from our mundane must-do lists. Im talking dry cleaning, dental work, check cashing and spinal adjustments. But restaurant lovers, I offer this advice: Add strip malls to your to-dine list.
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