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Archives: April 2010

April
30th

More spring menus: Maxwell’s Restaurant + Lounge, Over The Moon Cafe and Sip

Last week, I wrote about the new spring menu at Pacific Grill , and Masa the week before. Here are a few more restaurants that launched new spring menus this week: Maxwell’s, Over the Moon Cafe and Sip Wine Bar in Gig Harbor. Click “more” for details. Read more »

April
29th

Dining Out For Life: Spotlight on Doyle’s Public House

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

Doyle’s Public House is the place for two things: Guinness and Irish stew. Add to that the ethereal soda bread made for Doyle’s by Corina Bakery. Good, hearty eating and beer swilling is what Doyle’s is known for best.

Doyle’s is one of dozens of restaurants and bars that will participate today, April 29, in Dining Out For Life, the dine-out event where participating restaurants in Pierce County will donate 25 percent of meal sales to the Pierce County AIDS Foundation. To contribute all you have to do is dine at Doyle’s or another participating restaurant listed here.

Click “more” to read about the Irish stew at Doyle’s, which I reviewed in March. Read more »

April
29th

Dining Out For Life: Spotlight on Primo Grill

Charlie McManus of Primo Grill. Photo by Dean J. Koepfler/Staff photographer

Any dish kissed by fire at the hands of a skilled chef is good in my book. At Primo Grill, the wood-fired oven is on display for every diner to see. Charlie McManus, pictured here, is the chef manning that fire.

The Sixth Avenue eatery is one of dozens that will participate today, April 29, in Dining Out For Life, the dine-out event where participating restaurants in Pierce County will donate 25 percent of meal sales to the Pierce County AIDS Foundation. To contribute all you have to do is dine at Primo Grill or another participating restaurant listed here. But if you want to do more, you can donate $25 and get a dining discount card good at 12 participating restaurants for future Tuesday dining. Read details in this blog post from Monday.

I visited Primo Grill in February to sift through the elevated menu of the fine dining restaurant. Delicious deals can be found at Primo. Click more to read about happy hour, which will be offered from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. and 9 p.m.-11 p.m. today. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner, too. Read more »

April
28th

Dining Out For Life: Spotlight on Asado

The happy hour menu at Asado includes serrano prawns (foreground), steak skewer, and Asado burger dip (rear). Photo by Peter Haley / Staff photographer

Taking a date out for Dining Out For Life tomorrow? Wining and dining doesn’t get more date appropriate than the sophisticated space at Asado on Sixth Avenue. Beef is what you should order at Asado. Steaks arrive licked from mesquite-fueled fire. Chimichurri, the Argentinian condiment similar to pesto, adds herbal dimension.

The Sixth Avenue eatery is one of dozens that will participate in Dining Out For Life, the dine-out event where participating restaurants in Pierce County will donate 25 percent of meal sales to the Pierce County AIDS Foundation. To contribute all you have to do is dine at Asado or another participating restaurant listed here. But if you want to do more, you can donate $25 and get a dining discount card good at 12 participating restaurants for future Tuesday dining. Read details in this blog post from Monday.

I paid a visit in February to Asado, along with its sister restaurant across the street, Masa. I also took a bite out of Primo Grill and Crown Bar, both of which will participate in Dining Out For Life tomorrow. Click “more” to read about the happy hour menu items pictured here. Asado is open for lunch and dinner tomorrow, and happy hour will be between 2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. tomorrow. Read more »

April
28th

Dining Out For Life: Spotlight on Pacific Grill

Pacific Grill's happy hour menu includes grilled oysters with pancetta, left, meat candy, top, and cheeseburger sliders with garlic fries. Photo by Janet Jensen/The News Tribune

When I think of happy hour, I think of Pacific Grill. The selection and value of the happy hour, as I wrote here, offers divine noshing at fetching prices. Tomorrow, April 29, the downtown eatery will participate in Dining Out For Life, the dine-out event where participating restaurants in Pierce County will donate 25 percent of meal sales to the Pierce County AIDS Foundation. To participate all you have to do is dine at Pacific Grill or another participating restaurant listed here. But if you want to do more, you can donate $25 and get a dining discount card good at 12 participating restaurants for future Tuesday dining. Read details in this blog post from Monday.

Stop by for lunch, happy hour or dinner at Pacific Grill. If you pick happy hour, click “more” to read about the menu items pictured here. Read more »

April
26th

Charitable eating: Dining Out Thursday raises money for PCAF

Make reservations now if you haven’t already: The restaurant event Dining Out For Life is Thursday April 29.

The dining event draws diners to area restaurants, which in turn raise money for the Pierce County AIDS Foundation and the United Communities AIDS Network in Thurston County.

All participating Pierce County restaurants agreed to donate 25 percent of their food revenue from meals sold during the event to support programs at PCAF, the organizer of the event.

To contribute, all diners have to do is show up and dine at participating restaurants, which are listed at http://www.diningoutforlife.com/Tacoma. Participating restaurants range from cupcake bakeries to cafes and delis to cocktail lounges and upscale restaurants. Click “more” to read what local restaurants have planned for the event, and for details about a stellar discount dining deal offered to those who contribute at least a $25 cash donation to the cause. Read more »

April
24th

Worms in restaurants? You won’t have to call the health department on this one

Red Feather Lounge and Bittercreek Ale House owner Dave Krick shows compost with tiny Vermont Red Wrigglers in the restaurant basement, in Boise, Idaho. For the past year, Krick has been filling the restaurants' outdoor planters and supplementing his home garden with the compost, but he hopes to sell it through a local organic nursery and add another bin by this summer. AP Photo/Don Ryan

I was perusing the food wires to find stories for next Wednesday’s SoundLife section when I found a story about eco-restaurateur Dave Krick, who raises worms in the basement of his Idaho restaurants, the Red Feather Lounge and Bittercreek Ale House. Krick feeds restaurant waste to the worms. The worms then turn the waste into compost, which Krick uses in his own gardening, but he hopes to someday sell. For now, his goal is to reduce waste from his restaurant operations. Click “more” to read the Associated Press story. It’s a fascinating read.

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April
23rd

Ten-in-One: Ten reviews of eclectic eateries in the Proctor neighborhood

Rosewood Cafe in the Proctor District. Peter Haley/Staff photographer

By Sue Kidd and Craig Sailor
Staff writers

Stand at the corner of North 26th and North Proctor streets in Tacoma’s North End and you’ll find yourself at the center of the city’s largest concentration of eating options: Asian, Italian, coffee, delis, Mexican, cupcakes, prepared meals, diners, upscale, pizza, wine bar. Even a bowling alley cafe. Your News Tribune reviewers just couldn’t get to all of them – unless we renamed this feature 20-in-One. Here, in our fifth installment of 10-in-One, are 10 quick reviews of the most intriguing Proctor eateries. Read more »