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Archives: Feb. 2010


Irish dreams: Soda bread at Corina Bakery

Doyle’s Guinness stew is served with a slice of Irish soda bread, with currants and caraway seeds, made by Corina Bakery.

Irish soda bread: it joins the list of carbs I shouldn’t have eaten this week, but I did anyway. Corina is to blame.

The Tacoma bakery bakes the bread for Doyle’s. Doyle’s serves the bread toasted with dishes like shepherd’s pie and Guinness stew.

I don’t usually like soda bread. I’ve always thought it a waste of a bread. It’s thick, dense, the texture is difficult to get right. Most examples I’ve eaten are better as door stoppers than something I want to use as a vessel to dip into a big bowl of Guinness braised stew. Read more »


Soup for you! Infinite Soups turns three

Happy anniversary to Infinite Soups. Tomorrow, Feb. 27, marks the third anniversary for the take-out soup kitchens that niche specialize in soup and nothing else. Like last year, they’ll celebrate with cupcakes from Corina Bakery. They invite all to stop by and get one. To mark their second anniversary, they’ll also launch new hours for their second location, which now will be open on Saturdays. Click more for details on Infinite Soups plans to expand to a third location, and to see new soups on the menu. Read more »


Still no word on when Cliff House will reopen

I’ve had a few readers call and e-mail. I still don’t have word yet on when the Cliff House will reopen. The restaurant closed suddenly in December, but previous owner Guido Brendicke applied for permits to reopen the restaurant. Read the back story here.

I’ve called multiple times the last few weeks, and nobody has answered, and my messages remain unanswered. Anyone know what’s going on?


Hot Rod Dog opens on Tacoma Ave

Pictured here is Tom Irick at the original Hot Rod Dog location on Pacific Avenue. The restaurant opened in 2005. A new Hot Rod Dog opened on Tacoma Avenue yesterday. Staff photo.

A second Hot Rod Dog opened yesterday at 1103 Tacoma Ave. S. And in about a month, the owners of Hot Rod Dog will have one more restaurant to add to their collection – the SideBar Bistro. Its owners say the legal-themed bistro will cater to the nearby courthouse employees at the County-City Building. Read more »


New restaurant coming to Steilacoom’s historic Bair Drug

From today’s news story by Brent Champaco:

The Bair Drug & Hardware Store — an 1895 building in the heart of Steilacoom on Lafayette Street — underwent some remodeling over the last two years while its owner looked for an entrepreneur who would use the building for a business while retaining its historical integrity.

Last week, the director of the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association, which owns the building, confirmed that a Fircrest woman with deep family ties to Steilacoom will use the building as a bistro.

Read more here.