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Archives: Feb. 2011


Rumor mill: Maxwell’s Restaurant + Lounge is not closing. Yes, that means you can still get a Walker burger.

The buzz on Twitter yesterday was that Maxwell’s Restaurant + Lounge was rumored to be closing.

Not so says Executive Chef Matt Colony, who also runs the daily operations at Maxwell’s. If the restaurant is closing, that’s news to him. That’s good news for us burger lovers. The Walker Burger lives. (Not to mention the divine farro risotto of which I am newly obsessed).

The rumor of closure is nothing new to Colony, who has heard – from the rumor mill – for two years that his restaurant is on the brink. By email, he told

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Ivar’s comes to Puyallup this April

Seattle-based Ivar’s Seafood Bar will open a restaurant in Puyallup in April at 13101 Meridian Ave. E. The fast food fish and chips restaurant will move into the old Del Taco location that closed last year. Dining tip: Ivar’s will be in the same shopping complex as the wonderfully inexpensive Vietnamese restaurant Pho Tai.

I usually don’t write about chain restaurants, but I make an exception for locally founded chains like Ivar’s. Locals who are native to Western Washington (me included) grew up eating the fish and chips at Ivar’s, which got its start on the Seattle waterfront in

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Buzz on: Metronome Coffee on Sixth gets deep-level geek in the business of coffee

Jeremy Baxter brews a siphon using Esmeralda coffee beans from Panama at Metronome Coffee in Tacoma. The siphon brew gives a balance cup of coffee from bold to light coffee beans. Photo by Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

There are drip coffee drinkers and then there are coffee snobs. You already know which one you are: the 7-11 grab-and-go customer or the person who will stand 10-deep in line for a perfect macchiato made with Ethiopian beans.

If you’re a drip coffee drinker, I’ll save you some time. It’s going to get deep-level coffee geek in just a moment. But if you’re someone who appreciates the nuance of bean origin and brew technique and who enjoys the full-frontal palate assault of rich, dark coffee, then a new Tacoma coffee house is worth a visit.

Metronome Coffee opened a month ago at the corner of Sixth and Union in the space that formerly housed Origin 23 Coffee, which unexpectedly closed in June. Read more »


Burger lust: Pick-Quick in Fife returns from winter hiatus. Next up: Pick-Quick II in Auburn.

Welcome back from your winter hiatus, little burger.

Yesterday was the perfect day for surprisingly unseasonable al fresco dining, so I fled the newsroom and beat it to Pick-Quick Drive-In, which has reopened from the winter hiatus that the walk-up burger drive-in takes every December-January. The sun was shining, the crowds were mingling. The burgers still are top notch. Read more »