Three restaurants in the South Sound make what I consider great calzones, but what say you? Make mine with toasted edges and a gooey, molten interior. The more filings the merrier, so long as they don’t devolve into a watery mess. What does your favorite calzone look like?
The popular Sixth Avenue restaurant Marrow has closed. The restaurant opened in 2011 and drew fans for its menus appealing to both vegetarians and meat eaters. In recent years, it was known for its handmade pastas.
Legendary Doughnuts opened its fifth bakery last week. This one is in Frederickson. Find all the usual Legendary doughnuts, plus the bakery’s ice cream doughnut sandwich and its doughnut-croissant mashup, called “the doughsant.” The new bakery also serves coffee and espresso.
Stack Burger and Whiskey Bar is the newest restaurant to join Point Ruston, a development that straddles the borders of Tacoma and Ruston. The development already is home to an Italian bakery, a pub, a sushi restaurant, a seafood restaurant and fish and chips stand. More restaurants are planned for the development that also houses a movie theater.
Engine House No. 9 will have its annual sour beer fest on Saturday. On tap will be eight sour beers from Engine House, plus more than 20 guest taps. There’s also sour beer in bottles. The one-day festival starts at 8 a.m.
3uilt — pronounced Built — is Tacoma’s newest restaurant and it’s built into the newly opened 7 Seas Brewing downtown. The restaurant serves a revolving list of oysters served freshly shucked on the half shell, shared plates and a list of 10 sandwiches and several salads. The restaurant comes from the owners of Top of Tacoma.
The Defiant Goldfish might as well be called The Little Tavern That Could. Myriad obstacles delayed the restaurant opening for two years, but the tavern near Point Defiance Park finally opened in July.
Jen Gustin is the boss mama behind Boss Mama’s Kitchen. Her food truck has a menu of towering burgers, fries and at least two kinds of grilled cheese sandwiches. She modeled her business after one of those Friday night hangout places you went when you were in high school.
Brew Five Three is Saturday in downtown Tacoma. The beer and blues festival is hosted by the Broadway Center for Performing Arts. The fourth gathering of brewers is the largest concentration of Pierce County breweries you’ll find at a single venue.
The North Pearl Farmers Market is a project of the Ruston-Point Defiance Business District. It also was suggested by college students from University of Puget Sound. The market will hold more than 20 vendors and will focus on farms, food producers and artisans.
3uilt, pronounced Built, is opening Wednesday inside the 7 Seas Brewery, a second location for the Gig Harbor-based brewery. The restaurant will feature fresh shucked oysters, charcuterie platters for sharing, as well as vegan sandwiches and salads. The restaurant will be joined later this year by a Tacoma coffee roaster.
Wicked Good Eats is a tiny restaurant in Gig Harbor, past the Purdy Spit, that specializes in the cuisine of Maine. The owner put her favorites on the menu. A lobster roll, salt and vinegar fries, whoopie pies and fried haddock are just a few of the menu items.
The Gig Harbor-based brewery will open its second taproom and brewery Wednesday in downtown Tacoma, in an 80,000-square-foot building that once was home to part of the Heidelberg Brewery. The space can hold up to 500 visitors and will include a restaurant with an oyster bar. A coffee roaster will open in the building later this year.
We don’t have many choices for Cajun dining in the South Sound. There’s Dragon’s Crawfish, the micro focused seafood boil restaurant with a Cajun spin. There’s also Bourbon Street Bar and Grill, a full-service New Orleans themed restaurant in downtown Puyallup. And another Cajun restaurant is on the way — maybe.
Chef Ben Herreid is opening a second restaurant in addition to his downtown Puyallup handmade pasta restaurant, Arista. His second restaurant will be called Arista Roasthouse and will be in Parkland. The menu will feature roasted meats paired with produce that comes straight from a farm Herreid has leased for the last two years in the Puyallup Valley.
Tacoma Beer Week is here and with it comes 30 beer-themed events at 15 Tacoma venues. There’s a beer festival, a sour beer showcase, an IPA brewing challenge and a beer pairing dinner among the events. And don’t forget to get your South Sound Craft Crawl passport stamped when visiting a participating brewery.