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.
Aviateur French Diner opened last week, bringing French bistro fare to a downtown dining space in the Umpqua Bank building thats been empty more than its been occupied. Aviateur is owned by Bertrand Young, who also operates the French bistro La Creme Brulee in Steilacoom. Posted below are dinner menus, as well as directions for finding the restaurants front door a tricky endeavor.
You always can tell a Smitty burger by its shape. Think of the Smitty, served in these parts for more than 50 years, as something of a burger hoagie a hamburger patty formed into a stretched-out oval with a hoagie or French roll standing in for a bun. The fillings can fluctuate, depending on whos assembling it, but a Smitty typically comes dressed with the cool crunch of iceberg lettuce, sliced or diced onions, thick tomato slices, pickle chips and almost always some kind of special sauce. If youre doing it right, youll order it with cheese.
Aviateur French Diner is now open in downtown Tacoma. The restaurant is from Bertrand Young, who has operated the French bistro La Creme Brulee in Steilacoom for eight years.
The spring and summer restaurant opening season has begun with bar openings. Yesterday, I told you about Flying Boots in the Lincoln neighborhood. Here are three more bar openings in Lakewood and Sumner.
The tabletop jukeboxes survived and so did the old neon sign, but say so long to the old cafe menu at Flying Boots and Wings. The longtime Tacoma haunt reopened as a 21-and-older bar over the weekend.
Heres a fun story about a legendary burger, a tricky sign and a new cafe in one of my favorite dining areas, Tacomas Lincoln neighborhood.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the house-brined corned beef at the Rainier Room, the fine dining restaurant managed by the culinary arts students at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood. Today, I sing the praises for their pie. Key lime pie. Know who else makes great key lime pie? Edison City Diner on South Tacoma Way. Read on.
Craig Dickens had hoped to reopen the Ale House Pub & Eatery around the time the Seahawks season started. Well, the season and an epic Super Bowl win (shameless plug alert) have come and gone and the University Place pub and restaurant still sits dark after a devastating kitchen fire closed the restaurant in July 2013.
Readers frequently ask me about my favorite Chinese restaurant. My answer is a neighborhood, not a specific restaurant.
The national chain Wingstop has a location planned near Tacoma Mall. This marks the first South Sound location for the 600-restaurant chain with locations in Bellevue and Eastern Washington. Its starting to look like a slightly more crowded wing market locally owned Flying Boots and Wings plans to open in the next few weeks. That made-over Lincoln neighborhood haunt plans to open with a menu of wings.
Erin Mason-Esseln had one good reason for opening her restaurant Pennys on the Boulevard Lakewood is starving for food. Good ol American type cooking is kind of hard to find right now, said Esseln. She expects a spring opening for her full-service restaurant Pennys, which will be in the space recently vacated by Lakewood Pub and Grill.
The Seattle-based restaurant chain Ivars today is celebrating what would have been the 109th birthday for Ivar Haglund, founder of the restaurant famous for its fish, chips and clams. Todays birthday celebration includes a buy-one-get-one offer and cake at all locations.
This is a big entertainment weekend around the South Sound. Among the bar happenings:
Corned beef is one of those dishes that pops up on menus just before March 17, only to be forgotten shortly after, except in the form of a Reuben sandwich.
This is a fun day for lovers of pi and pie. 3.14 = March 14, get it? Lovers of math (or not) can celebrate with a slice. Below Ive got 11 of my favorite places for pie. If you dont see your favorite listed, feel free to post a comment telling readers where to find great pie.
Cinnamon roll lovers, heres a name from Tacomas pastry past Peggy Waldherr. Remember her? She was owner and baker of Peggys Cinnamon Rolls, which operated in Freighthouse Square from 1987-2007.
The longtime Fife barbecue restaurant Warthog Barbeque Pit is about to sprout a sibling restaurant. Expect to find the restaurants signature brisket, ribs, chicken and chili this summer in a larger location that will be a second outpost for Warthog.
Mark Peel, the James Beard award-winning chef, describes Tacoma restaurant owner Gordon Naccarato as a chef with an intuitive understanding of food. "He's an incredible chef with a marvelous sense of taste, and an incessant curiosity, " said Peel.
Dining events: Primo Grill cooking classes, Star Chefs gala, Slider burger cook-off and a whiskey fundraiser
For your dining schedule cooking classes at Primo Grill, the slider cook-off at Museum of Glass, the Star Chefs gala and a firefighter fundraiser featuring shots of whiskey and a pub bus. Read on.
Tacomas Flying Boots & Wings is at least a few weeks from reopening, or at least thats what manager Candie King predicts. The Lincoln neighborhood bar and restaurant was expected to be open by now, but an electrical panel upgrade delayed those plans. Other kitchen upgrades had to be made, too.
Tacoma restaurant Smoke + Cedar will open this weekend at Allenmore Golf Course, but theres a catch. The restaurant only will be open for dinner and only by reservation. The by-reservation opening is designed to keep the restaurant moving smoothly during its inaugural week, said Gordon Naccarato, a Tacoma native who also Pacific Grill in downtown Tacoma. Expect the first few days, or up to the first week of operation, to limit dining to the reservation-only option as the restaurant settles into its new digs.
Conveyor belt sushi at Tacomas Sushi Revolution yielded a dream scenario for a five-buck lunch dozens of colorful plates filled with maki, nigiri and Japanese nibbles priced $1-$3.50 roamed around the belt and all a diner had to do was reach out a greedy little hand and pluck off a plate. Consider kaiten sushi the fast-food option of the sushi world.
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.
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