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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.
Published April 25th, 2014 - 8:30AM
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.
Published April 25th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Lakewood is a dining destination like no other for ethnic food.
Published April 24th, 2014 - 2:55PM
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.
Published April 24th, 2014 - 1:04PM
When it comes to island cuisine, Sam Choy is about as famous it gets. On Saturday, Tacomans can sample Choy’s food when his Seattle-based food truck, Sam Choy’s Poke To The Max, serves at an event at Trident Athletics.
Published April 21st, 2014 - 4:22PM
The Italian eatery and wine bar Cafe Vincero will serve dinner by reservation only Wednesday–Friday.
Published April 18th, 2014 - 2:31AM
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. I’m 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.
Published April 14th, 2014 - 11:25AM
Aviateur French Diner opened last week, bringing French bistro fare to a downtown dining space in the Umpqua Bank building that’s been empty more than it’s 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 restaurant’s front door – a tricky endeavor.
Published April 11th, 2014 - 10:15AM
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 who’s 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 you’re doing it right, you’ll order it with cheese.
Published April 10th, 2014 - 1:54PM
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.
Published April 8th, 2014 - 11:32AM
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.
Published April 7th, 2014 - 12:25PM
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.
Published April 4th, 2014 - 9:42AM
Here’s a fun story about a legendary burger, a tricky sign and a new cafe in one of my favorite dining areas, Tacoma’s Lincoln neighborhood.
Published April 2nd, 2014 - 9:49AM
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.
Published March 31st, 2014 - 10:09AM
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.
Published March 28th, 2014 - 11:48AM
Readers frequently ask me about my favorite Chinese restaurant. My answer is a neighborhood, not a specific restaurant.
Published March 27th, 2014 - 9:46AM
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. It’s 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.
Published March 25th, 2014 - 1:52PM
Erin Mason-Esseln had one good reason for opening her restaurant Penny’s 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 Penny’s, which will be in the space recently vacated by Lakewood Pub and Grill.
Published March 18th, 2014 - 11:05AM
The Seattle-based restaurant chain Ivar’s today is celebrating what would have been the 109th birthday for Ivar Haglund, founder of the restaurant famous for its fish, chips and clams. Today’s birthday celebration includes a buy-one-get-one offer and cake at all locations.
Published March 14th, 2014 - 10:25AM
This is a big entertainment weekend around the South Sound. Among the bar happenings:
Published March 14th, 2014 - 10:21AM
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.
Published March 14th, 2014 - 9:53AM
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 I’ve got 11 of my favorite places for pie. If you don’t see your favorite listed, feel free to post a comment telling readers where to find great pie.
Published March 11th, 2014 - 3:23PM
Cinnamon roll lovers, here’s a name from Tacoma’s pastry past – Peggy Waldherr. Remember her? She was owner and baker of Peggy’s Cinnamon Rolls, which operated in Freighthouse Square from 1987-2007.
Published March 10th, 2014 - 5:09PM
The longtime Fife barbecue restaurant Warthog Barbeque Pit is about to sprout a sibling restaurant. Expect to find the restaurant’s signature brisket, ribs, chicken and chili this summer in a larger location that will be a second outpost for Warthog.
Published March 7th, 2014 - 12:52PM
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.
Published March 6th, 2014 - 3:34PM
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.
Published March 5th, 2014 - 11:14AM
Tacoma’s Flying Boots & Wings is at least a few weeks from reopening, or at least that’s 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.
Published February 28th, 2014 - 2:31PM
Tacoma restaurant Smoke + Cedar will open this weekend at Allenmore Golf Course, but there’s 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.
Published February 25th, 2014 - 11:39AM
Conveyor belt sushi at Tacoma’s 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.
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.
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