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Dining roundup: Biscuit House opens, new chefs, tequila dinner at Pacific Grill

A biscuit breakfast sandwich with eggs, cheese and bacon from Biscuit House in Lakewood.
A biscuit breakfast sandwich with eggs, cheese and bacon from Biscuit House in Lakewood.

Here’s a look at what’s happening in the South Sound dining world this week.

Biscuit House now open in Lakewood

A small cafe serving biscuits, breakfast items and sandwiches has opened on South Tacoma Way in the former home of the Sub Machine restaurant.

The menu lists a few dishes made with the restaurant’s namesake — a biscuit breakfast with eggs and breakfast meats ($8); biscuits and gravy ($4); and a biscuit breakfast sandwich ($5). Also find omelets ($5-$10) in half and full-size portions, burgers and deli sandwiches ($6-$10) and salads ($7).

The order-at-the-counter restaurant has seating for about 20, plus seating outside on a small patio. Find the restaurant at 9702 S. Tacoma Way, Lakewood; 253-301-3594;

Pacific Grill hosts tequila dinner

Downtown Tacoma’s Pacific Grill is hosting a tequila-paired dinner featuring tequila from El Mayor and Exotico Tequila at 6 p.m. Sept. 8.

Reservations are required for the $75 per person dinner that includes wild king salmon with chicharrones, Wenatchee peach and green tomato pico; Dungeness crab salad with jicama, watermelon, roasted local corn, tequila vinaigrette, cotija, cilantro and tequila-spiced pepitas and a corn and parmesan tamale with chili-roasted pork belly (plus two other courses).

Cooking for the event will be executive chef Jessica Armstrong, sous chefs Michael Hempel and Benjamin Sutton, and chef/owner Gordon Naccarato. Tequila expert Javier Emilio San Martin from El Mayor will attend.

Make reservations at 253-627-3535. Find the restaurant at 1502 Pacific Ave., Tacoma;

Cliff House has a new chef, menus

Jon Maley has joined the staff of Northeast Tacoma’s Cliff House as executive chef. Maley was formerly executive chef of The University of Washington Club.

Recently, he’s been collaborating with chefs in the Tacoma area on pop-up dinners at local restaurants and food businesses. In May, he co-hosted a dinner at Engine House No. 9. Next, he’ll cook dinner with Derek Bray of The Table on Nov. 8 at Bray’s Sixth Avenue restaurant.

The Cliff House has also debuted new menus. Dinner features seared scallops with brown butter cauliflower, panisse croutons and candied almond marmalade ($32); red wine braised short ribs with potatoes, seasonal vegetables, parsnip puree and candied bacon ($35) and wild mushroom ravioli with marsala cream, roasted mushrooms and fresh herbs ($24). And, yes, the restaurant still lists prime steaks on its menu. It also still serves Sunday brunch. On the brunch menu are braised pork rillettes with omelet-style eggs, pork jus, potato-pepper hash and toast ($15); corned beef hash with potato, peppers, olive tapenade vinaigrette, feta, tomatoes and toast ($14) and French toast with walnut marmalade, syrup, choice of ham, bacon or sausage ($13).

Find the Cliff House at 6300 Marine View Drive, Tacoma; 253-927-0400;

JW Restaurant has a new chef

JW Restaurant in Gig Harbor has hired executive chef Douglas Kim, who is a 2009 graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Seattle. He previously cooked at 13 Coins, Lobster Shop, Cliff House and El Gaucho. He lives in Tacoma with his fianceé and four daughters. Find JW at 4107 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor; 253-858-3529;

Sammy’s Pizza opening second location

The pizza restaurant in the North End (with delicious beer crust) is adding a new location in Fircrest. Sammy’s Pizza will open at 1039 Regents Blvd. where a coffee shop formerly operated. Owner Guy Snell is hoping for an October opening. The original Sammy’s (1308 N. I St., Tacoma; 253-752-4373) will remain open. More information at