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Archives: Nov. 2007


Where deep-fried hot dogs and buffalo roam

A teriyaki joint closes and Friesenburgers rises.

Friesenburgers is the name of the cafe that’s opening in the location of the former Yung’s Teriyaki in Tacoma’s Dome District.

Friesenburgers plans to serve breakfast, buffalo burgers and deep-fried hot dogs. Dec. 10 is the targeted opening date.

As for the operators of Yung’s Teriykai, a sign on Friesenburgers’ door says:

Kenny went into computers. Sue retired. The family is doing good.

As for those deep-fried hot dogs: I’m told they’ll be battered, puffy and served with chili.


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Seasons drinkings

Santa’s not real — but the beer is. So ho, ho hoist one.

The Washington Beer Commission’s third annual Winter Beer Fest happens Friday and Saturday at Hales Ales in Seattle.

More than 30 breweries will pour their bold cold-weather beers. Some will pour Christmas beers past — so beer-tasters can see how the same beers brewed in different years evolve.

Tickets — on sale online and at select outlets — are $23 in advance, $25 at the door. Designated driver admissions cost $8.

Meanwhile, Doyle’s Public House in Tacoma celebrates the 74th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition on Wednesday.

Honoring Dec. 5, 1933 – Repeal Day, "presents a wonderful occasion to get together with friends and pay tribute to our constitutional rights," said Doyle’s publican Russ Heaton. "Unlike St. Patrick’s Day or Cinco de Mayo, Repeal Day is a day that all Americans have a part in observing, because it’s written in our Constitution. No other holiday celebrates the laws that guarantee our rights, and Repeal Day has everything to do with our personal pleasures."

Doyle’s pleasures will include Jack Daniels whiskey and Miller High Life beer – "two brands that are true examples of American drink," according to Heaton.

"There are no outfits to buy, costumes to rent, rivers to dye green," Heaton said. "Simply celebrate the day … Split a bottle of wine with a loved one. Buy a shot for a stranger. Just do it because you can."

Here’s the official government language that once told us we couldn’t:

The 18th Amendment
Ratified January 16, 1919

Section 1. After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.

Here are the government’s glorious words that say we can:

The 21st Amendment
Ratified December 5, 1933

Section 1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

Washington state residents still can’t buy liquor at supermarkets like consumers in civilized states are able to do, but that’s another battle for another blog.

On the subject of Prohibition and Tacoma, here’s a story I wrote a couple of years ago about Tacoma’s glory days of brewing. Things were never the same after Prohibition.

A piece of Tacoma’s pre-Prohibition past.

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New chef, new name land at Woody’s

Woody’s Wharf has a new chef, a new general manager, a new menu and a new last name.

The restaurant, which opened in August, celebrates its grand opening Thursday, with free appetizers and $1 drinks from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Chris Bangert, previously of The Cliff House, is the new chef. Thomas Johnson, formerly of Sea Grill, now runs the front.

Johnson told me today that Woody’s has new last name –- on the Water.

Woody’s on the Water, Johnson said, better fits Woody’s upscale, loungey decor, a hold-over from the

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New cafe cooking up job and life skills for disadvantaged people

Inspired by a Seattle restaurant that teaches culinary skills to disadvantaged people, The Public House Cafe is preparing to open in Tacoma.

Charlotte Lute and Tina Kalinowski are the women behind The Public House Cafe, 1601 6th Ave. As FareStart does, they hope to train at-risk youths and disadvantaged and homeless adults food-preparation and barista-service skills.

The students, in turn, will staff the cafe, which Lute and Kalinowski hope will become, as the name implies, a neighborhood gathering spot.

Both Lute and Kalinowski bring certain skills to the cafe and its mission. Lute is

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Aye, aye, aye, aye:

The churro bandito!

Once salsa surpassed ketchup, you knew this would happen: Churros are everywhere, or at least at a shopping mall near you.

Cinnabon is the latest to serve churros, the elongated Mexican donuts covered in cinnamon and sugar.

Cinnabon’s churros were the most expensive and second-least enjoyable churros I tasted during my eating tour of South Sound malls.

Pictures don’t lie. Cinnabon’s churros cost $1.99. Each.

The two churros I purchased, at different malls, were

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Focus, people, focus

Would you like to help make the News Tribune’s GO section even better? We’re looking for focus group participants.

Do you live in Pierce County? Do you read GO? Are you between the ages of 18 and 35? Even better, but all ages are welcome to participate.

We’ll ask you questions about what you like and want from GO. One question I’m itching to ask is, “Do star ratings in restaurant reviews mean anything to you?”

Contact entertainment editor Craig Sailor.

And while I’ve got the call out for help,

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Psssst: Here’s the tipping tip you’ve waited your whole life to hear

I hadn’t planned on doing so, but I’m glad I was told I didn’t have to, because I now feel it’s officially on the record:

“You don’t have to tip. It’s just take-out.”

That’s what the guy at a pizza place in Kent told me Sunday when I signed the credit card receipt for my take-out pie.

Good to know.

As for the brewpub bartender who accommodated my special request and got me out the door in time to pick up my pie while it was still hot from the oven, she got a $3

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