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Archives: Dec. 2007


Year-end blog-keeping

A reader sent an e-mail asking about handicapped access at Satellite Coffee, a new java joint in Tacoma on the north side of Wright Park. Satellite’s in an upstairs location; stairs are the only way to get there. The reader wondered how Satellite could be in business without handicapped access. Satellite owner Pat Brown told me his building is grandfathered, as Satellite’s location was formerly another coffee shop.

And to the woman whose piece of fruit bread I accidentally ran over in the parking lot Marlene’s Market: Sorry ’bout that, lady.


Ghost breweries and oral histories

One of Tacoma’s breweries gone by.

Did you work for one of the major breweries in the Puget Sound? Columbia/Heidelberg in Tacoma? Olympia in Tumwater? Rainier in Seattle?

Do you know someone who worked for one of those breweries?

I’d like to talk with you or them.

I’m researching a story/oral history/multimedia shebang about ghost breweries of the Puget Sound before one of them gets torn down to make way for Holiday Inn.

If you’ve got stories to share (or just

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The Buttered Biscuit slips into Sumner

Several months back, after I’d written about her gravy and chicken-fried steak in a breakfast round-up, the owner of The Buttered Biscuit asked me how her restaurant could get reviewed.

I said, half joking, two eyes fully on my mileage expenses, that she should move to Tacoma.

The Buttered Biscuit has met me half way, having recently opened in downtown Sumner, in the location formerly occupied by The Bread Box.

The Buttered Biscuit’s former location on Main Street in Buckley was quaint and old-timey. Its new digs are bright and colorful, modern.


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The people speak, and I agree

Here’s something from The You Plate Special:

tuddo, a regular and patron whom I’ve never met but have seen dining in the same restaurants at the same time as me, writes:

I heard from a friend that a favorite Chinese restaurant is considering options, including closure if business doesn’t pick up. It is a rare Szechuan (Sichuan) restaurant, rare, that is, for Tacoma and the NW where the blander Cantonese reigns. In Texas, where I used to live, Szechuan suits the spicy pepper-loving crowd to a “T”.

Ed reviewed it

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Coming: The sports bar (at the old Beach House) at Purdy

I found this on the state liquor license application database. Looks like the rumors are true:


Business Location: 13802 PURDY DR NW, GIG HARBOR, WA 98332-8641


Liquor License Type: SPIRITS/BR/WN REST LOUNGE +

Application Type: NEW APPLICATION

License Number: 358577


Chewing on stars

What I do is subjective. My official job title is Columnist, not reporter. That frees me from the usual constraints of journalism — chiefly, that every assertion be backed up by precise, incontrovertible facts.

We’re thinking about some changes in Go, the News Tribune’s entertainment guide. I’m chewing on stars, and I really want to spit them into the trash.

I’m the guy who assigns star ratings to restaurants that I review. Know what? I have no scientific method. It’s all subjective.

Is a four-star restaurant really good because 80 percent of the food was

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O ’tis the day after Christmas and all through the blog

Out of deep respect for Canadians and Canada, Ed’s Diner observes Boxing Day today.

Feed the poor? Feast with family and friends? Purchase presents at discounted prices?

Count me in like a Canadian.

Meantime, serious restaurant issues are cooking here.

For something more heart-warming on the day after Christmas, here’s my song about tamales.

And it’s never too soon to talk about lucky foods for New Year’s. Black-eyed peas, anyone?