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Archives: Aug. 2006


Tastes like South Tacoma Way

The SoundLife squad is working on a story about South Tacoma Way, past and present. I’m covering the food and beverage angle.

Here’s a simmering question: What’s your favorite restaurant or bar — past or present — on South Tacoma Way?

Please add your comments, tips and memories below.


What are you hungry for?

One of my co-workers was particularly bent out of shape today over the lack of breakfast and brunch spots in Tacoma, especially downtown. Like I can do anything about that.

Here’s a simmering question: In your opinion, what kind of food and restaurants are lacking in Tacoma? A good sit-down Greek place? A Spanish restaurant? Some place that serves lunch after 3 o’clock? Please post your wishes and comments below.


Big abode of beer and better food

On opening night Tuesday, Elysian Fields was a godsend for the Mariners, who snapped an 11-game losing streak. On Wednesday night, the Mariners crawled back to their American League Hades.

But Elysian Brewing Co.‘s new restaurant and brewery flashed rookie promise on its second night near Seattle’s stadiums.

At 10,000 square feet, Elysian Fields accommodates more than 400 diners and drinkers. Three roll-up doors in the dining room facing Elysian Fields’ Occidental Street entrance are virtually on the 1-yard-line of Qwest Field’s northwest gate. Safeco Field isn’t far away.

But Elysian Fields is no mere

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Stanley & Seafort’s: Changes ahoy


Same great view, plus some changes at Stanley & Seafort’s in Tacoma.

TNT photo by Lui Kit Wong

Stanley & Seafort’s has a new general manager, a new executive chef, some new menu items and a renewed attitude.

“We didn’t want to be a special-occasion place,” GM Scott Leffel told me. “It shouldn’t be someplace that you come to to celebrate just once a year.”

Tacoma’s 23-year-old restaurant

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Tacoma Club will get less clubby


The Tacoma Club will transform its dining room into a public restaurant, The View, in October.

TNT photo by Bruce Kellman

A “new” restaurant is coming to downtown Tacoma.

The Tacoma Club, a private club that currently charges non-members a cover charge to dine 16 stories above Pacific Avenue, will transform its dining room into a restaurant called The View beginning Oct. 5.

"The Tacoma Club is still going to be

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Haggis prose of the master novelist

I was feeling guilty for blowing off a telephone interview with Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh last week.

In addition to a crunch of deadlines, here’s why I failed to call the author at the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia: I couldn’t get past page 100 of his new 391-page novel, “Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs.”

The book – The New York Times calls it “Welsh’s extraordinarily bad new novel” (British reviews are lukewarm) — is about a self-abusive restaurant inspector who searches for his biological father, who may or may not be a famous

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Best of the ‘wurst at Parkway IPA day

Parkway Tavern‘s “Day of IPAs” festival on Saturday was hopping — 18 hops-heavy India Pale Ales poured to a capacity crowd.

But it wasn’t the beer that most impressed me — although Stone Ruination and Walking Man’s Homo Erectus definitely impressed my palate.

Grilled bratwurst marinated in maple syrup (!) was the best ‘wurst I’ve had all summer. I was dubious, but one bite convinced me: Marinated in warm maple syrup after grilling, my brat ($2.50, on a toasted bun) picked up a sweetness that bleneded nicely with sauerkraut and greasy grilled onions.

I was

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Turn your house into a drive-thru

You’ll have to visit friends in Seattle, but dig Quiznos’ new idea: home delivery.

As the Denver Post reports, Mile High City-based Quiznos will begin home delivery of its toasted sandwiches in Denver, Seattle, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

While home delivery is common for pizza and some Asian restaurants, it has yet to gain a strong foothold in other sectors, a Denver restaurant consultant told the Post.

But, as the story notes, high gas prices could spur dinnertime delivery demand.

The story says a job ad seeking delivery drivers in Las

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