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Published February 21st, 2014 - 9:03AM
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.
Published February 20th, 2014 - 3:56PM
After 36 years in business, the Lobster Shop at Dash Point will close March 15. "It’s really a financial decision," said Katie Driscoll, who operates the Northeast Tacoma seafood restaurant with husband, Denny.
Published February 17th, 2014 - 12:39PM
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.
Published February 7th, 2014 - 7:59AM
Ditch your jammies and that stale bagel tomorrow morning. Steer your car to downtown Puyallup instead.
Published February 3rd, 2014 - 10:14AM
I stopped in at Bob’s 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.
Published January 31st, 2014 - 1:36PM
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.
Published January 30th, 2014 - 2:28PM
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.
Published January 28th, 2014 - 10:59AM
Tacoma’s Savor Creperie is the latest restaurant with a Seahawks special. Featured this week is a dessert crepe.
Published January 24th, 2014 - 7:55AM
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.
Published January 17th, 2014 - 11:58AM
As this paper’s dining critic, one of my favorite functions is to master the art of a second bite — or a "do-over," as I call them.
Published January 16th, 2014 - 5:04PM
Two Washington-based burger chains – Blazing Onion and Bob’s Burgers and Brew – will open new South Sound locations in the coming days. Here’s when.
Published January 10th, 2014 - 10:44AM
Call it third helpings. A re-dine. A do-over. One of my favorite things to do as this paper’s hired belly is to tell success stories about restaurants that have pulled a great turnaround.
Published January 2nd, 2014 - 11:54AM
Monday, Jan. 6, will be opening day for Forum Tacoma, the bar that replaces the former Paddy Coyne’s. The Tacoma pub will closely duplicate the Puyallup Forum, which opened in the summer of 2013 in downtown Puyallup.
Published December 23rd, 2013 - 2:21PM
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.
Published December 19th, 2013 - 3:25PM
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.
Published December 17th, 2013 - 3:37PM
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.
Published December 16th, 2013 - 10:00AM
News of Veltins Bierhalle, a German pub and eatery, opening in downtown Tacoma made me eager for schnitzel and dunkle, but we’re still waiting for that opening. The good news – it’s still a go, but with a caveat. An opening has been pushed to 2014. And remember that downtown Puyallup Louisiana-themed eatery that’s been in the works for months and months? It’s opening soon. An Italian restaurant and a pub also are closer to opening in downtown Tacoma. Here are updates on all that.
Published December 13th, 2013 - 6:21AM
Shopping complex on Mildred Street near Tacoma Community College yields several unfussy finds for value eats.
Published December 11th, 2013 - 2:40PM
I know when winter strikes, the first thing I think about is dining outside! Yeah, no. I’m a wimp. I hate eating outside in December unless my job forces the issue. And that brings me to today’s blog post – al fresco wood-fired pizza.
Published December 9th, 2013 - 2:05PM
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, she’s open again in a downtown Tacoma neighborhood.
Published December 6th, 2013 - 12:50PM
Cheap sushi, much like gas station sushi, should be approached with caution. I’ve been burned before, but I think I’ve found a a decent find – a tiny restaurant serving economical maki and nigiri.
Published December 5th, 2013 - 3:07PM
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 Granola’s.
Published December 2nd, 2013 - 11:39AM
Opening in early 2014 will be another restaurant from Pacific Grill owner and Tacoma native Gordon Naccarato.
Published November 26th, 2013 - 10:58AM
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.
Published November 25th, 2013 - 12:07PM
For 14 years, Betty Vasquez has sold her Peruvian specialties at farmers markets from Gig Harbor to Kingston. Next month, she’s taking her recipes – tamales, ceviche, quinoa and anticuchos – to a brick-and-mortar location.
Published November 22nd, 2013 - 9:43AM
Call them old-time Italian-American eateries, spaghetti dens, pizza havens or the moniker I think is perfect: red sauce joints. They’re old Italian restaurants that don't try to be something they're not.
Published November 21st, 2013 - 12:14PM
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 Gibson’s Frozen Yogurt).
Published November 20th, 2013 - 1:05PM
While I wrote earlier today about South Hill’s 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 she’s looking to open a high-end steakhouse on East Main. Read on.
Published November 15th, 2013 - 12:36PM
But since Pat Nicholl’s 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.
Published November 14th, 2013 - 9:02AM
He started as a dishwasher, now he’s the chief pasta maker and a chef at Marzano, the Italian restaurant near Pacific Lutheran University.
Published November 12th, 2013 - 10:15AM
Puyallup is now home to two more tea destinations.
Published November 11th, 2013 - 10:00AM
Primo Grill, an anchor restaurant in Tacoma's Sixth Avenue neighborhood, will move next year.
Published November 11th, 2013 - 8:48AM
Restaurants around the South Sound are thanking Veterans for their service today.
Published October 31st, 2013 - 1:11PM
Two things I’ve 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.
Published October 29th, 2013 - 7:25AM
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.
Published October 25th, 2013 - 10:23AM
Here comes the dreaded “I can’t 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, you’ll find soup in every cultural configuration.
Published October 24th, 2013 - 11:37AM
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. There’s a picture of the Six Million Dollar Man on the menu. Tang appears on the menu – as an actual beverage option.
Published October 22nd, 2013 - 3:12PM
It won’t 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 Coyne’s for six years.
Published October 17th, 2013 - 2:22PM
Today, I’m starting an occasional series I’m calling Thirsty Thursday where I check in with Tacoma brewers, cocktail slingers, sommeliers and other Tacomans who work with booze. Today’s 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.
Published October 4th, 2013 - 2:39PM
It never fails that I depart the St. Nicholas Greek Festival stuffed and reeking of Greek. It’s a Tacoma tradition now in its 52nd year. Tough gig I have here as the paper’s hired belly, right?
Published October 1st, 2013 - 9:44AM
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.
Published September 27th, 2013 - 10:50AM
A meatball sandwich should require two hands, a T-shirt you don’t care about destroying, more than a few napkins and a seesaw of crunch and smoosh.
Published September 26th, 2013 - 12:26PM
A reader inquired about the fate of Fife City Bar & Grill after seeing a sign for an auction of that restaurant’s equipment. I found a website announcement from Chef Diana Prine saying that she has closed her Fife restaurant. Here’s the text of Prine’s farewell, which you can read here. Something to note – she said she’s “excited for what lies ahead.” I hope to reach her by phone soon to find out what that is. Another restaurant in the works?
Published September 24th, 2013 - 3:20PM
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, he’s expanded his business not once, but twice. His latest venture, Gig Harbor’s Ikonos, is an acquisition, rather than a build-from-scratch restaurant like Ammar’s Mediterranean Grill, which he opened in December near the Dome.
Published September 19th, 2013 - 1:48PM
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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