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Found around Tacoma: Golf-themed meatballs, doughnuts, even beer

Golf-themed foods on restaurant menus are par for the course (had to be said) as thousands of golf tourists descend on the region for the U.S. Open, but here’s something true Tacomans will be able to get behind: golf-themed beer.

Here’s how restaurants are paying tongue-in-cheek homage to the U.S. Open, which begins Thursday if you’re not keeping track ( here, read this guide real quick to become an instant expert).

Golf-themed doughnuts: The folks at South Hill’s Epic Donuts know a good marketing idea when they see it. They’ve produced a golf-themed doughnut mimicking turf, tee and a ball (most of it is edible, but do avoid chewing on the golf tee holding up the doughnut hole). Said co-owner Tom Dobrinski, “We are also working on a dozen package with a birdie, eagle, etc. and of course 18 holes (donut holes) for $2.” Find the doughnut bakery at 12314 Meridian Ave. E., Puyallup; 253-845-0246,

Golf-shaped meatballs: Well, this one’s a no brainer. What’s more golf ball-esque than a meatball? Arista, the ravioli and fresh pasta restaurant in downtown Puyallup, is bracing for the deluge of golf fans who will be flocking to the nearby shuttle lot. Co-owner Ben Herreid, who operates the restaurant with his sister Margaret, has created the “teeing-off meatball” appetizer. Said Herreid, “We are using chicken, flavored with shallot and some nice spices like ginger, coriander and rosemary. Then we make a glaze from peach purée, honey and a champagne vinegar reduction. The glazed meatballs are rolled in shredded coconut and placed on the tees. Alongside it we are serving a tropical fruit salsa. It will be priced at $10 on our menu all week long.” Quick tip: Arista just secured the keys this week for the space behind the restaurant. They plan to use it for spillover seating and private events. Find Arista at 109 W. Pioneer Ave., Puyallup; 253-604-4288,

Golf-themed brew: Harmon Brewing Co., which operates four restaurants and brewpubs from Tacoma to Gig Harbor, has come up with something quintessentially Tacoma: commemorative suds. Their Chambers Bay Summer Open Ale, a Scottish-style ale, is available in all four of the Harmon locations, and also Whole Foods at Chambers Bay. To find Harmon brewing locations, visit

Know of any other U.S. Open themed eats or drinks? I’m just an email away. Let me know.