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Archives: Sep. 2011


Rise and shine Lakewood: Eggy abundance in breakfast from all over the city

Clockwise from bottom, The Mediterranean omelet, S.O.S. and Eggs Benedict at Kimberly's Cafe in Lakewood. Photo by Dean J. Koepfler/Staff photographer

Burs, Carr’s, Moon Rise, House of Donuts, Cascade Bagel – Lakewood earns its reputation as a breakfast diner’s destination.
Today, I delve into a new restaurant in Lakewood: Kimberly’s Cafe, a pretty restaurant with a polished presentation that turns out plates of delicious gravy-laden carbs and fluffy omelets.
And I also take a tour of breakfast eats at five more Lakewood restaurants: Burs, Carr’s, Moon Rise Cafe, House of Donuts and Cascade Bagel. Click “more” to read the reviews. Read more »


Oktoberfest: Suds and grub at an event near you

Oktoberfest celebrations are here and will continue the next few weekends.

First up is the Harmon’s Brewmaster’s dinner tonight, which will see the debut of the Stryker Stout from Harmon Brewing. Details for the event are here. Call 253-383-2739 for a last-minute reservations. The dinner only is $35.

Click “more” to see a bunch of other Oktoberfest events, including the first-ever Tacoma Oktoberfest and the big Oktoberfest next weekend in Puyallup. Read more »


National coffee day: Three Tacoma coffee houses/roasters to try

Leaf decorations in a latte don't cost extra at Metronome. I like the coffee geekery at the Sixth Avenue coffee house.

Today is national coffee day. You may be one of the masses enjoying your free cup of 7-11 joe, but here are three Tacoma roasters/coffee houses who deserve your patronage: Bluebeard Coffee, Metronome and Valhalla — all coffee houses in the neighborhood I like to call Jittery Lane. Click “more” to read about my three favorite coffee houses on Sixth Avenue. Read more »


Chains eye South Sound: Five Guys Burgers and Fries to open in Puyallup, and an update on Buffalo Wild Wings in Tacoma and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Bonney Lake

Five Guys Burgers and Fries will open off River Road in Puyallup in November.

The national fast-food burger chain Five Guys Burgers and Fries is planning its first Pierce County restaurant to open in November in Puyallup. A store also is planned for Lakewood Towne Center, but the lease is not final. The chain is one of three making first entries into Pierce County this fall. Buffalo Wild Wings and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will open restaurants in Pierce County in October. Click “more” to read updates on all three chains.

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Good find: S.O.S. at Kimberly’s Cafe in Lakewood

Hello, plate of fat, carbs and yum. I like you. S.O.S. is $3.95 on the beakfast menu at Kimberly's Cafe in Lakewood.

On today, this drizzling, gray and mighty cool Monday, I’d like to add something to your list of things you should go eat this week: A big plate of S.O.S. for under $4. For the newly returned cold weather dining, it’s grub that sticks to your ribs and may help soften the rough transition to the return of the ARGH&^%&* rain that amazingly everyone has forgotten how to drive in. Not that I’m bitter about this morning’s drive to the office or anything.

I found this magical plate of meat gravy over toast at Kimberly’s Cafe, a cute little bistro-esque spot that opened in July in the space where Vive Bene once operated. The woman in the kitchen, Kimberly Connell, is the granddaughter of the man who owned Lakewood’s Burs Restaurant for 27 years. So that explains the perfect execution of S.O.S., which for the purpose of this family-friendly blog, I simply will call Substance on a Shingle. Read more »


So you say this is our last weekend of our so-called summer? I know where you should spend it. Drinking beer. Here are two worthy South Sound destinations.

It's supposed to be beautiful today, a final wash of late-summer sun. Get out there and drink a beer to celebrate the end of summer in the beautiful beer garden at the Harmon Tap Room.

That’s it. All. Finished. Over.

Our pseudo summer, that is. Or at least that’s what I gathered when my boss held up her fancy iPhone yesterday afternoon and showed me the forecast. I saw two sun symbols followed by a bunch of gray.

Your cue? Get out and enjoy the sun today. Because who knows when it will be this warm again. If we’re lucky, sometime in October. But don’t hold your breath. Click “more” to see my recommendations for hanging out in the sun and drinking a beer on one of my favorite water-view decks and one of my favorite outdoor beer gardens in Tacoma. Read more »


Eating outside the Puyallup Fair, worth the savings?

A $4.25 cheeseburger might sound like a deal, but the execution of this burger I bought outside the Puyallup fairgrounds left me wanting.

TNT Diner Facebook follower Kim Ochs asked a great question about Puyallup Fair food: “Sue, several friends of mine have commented that the food vendors that are outside the fairgrounds seem much more fairly priced than inside the grounds, thoughts?”

I noticed the same thing and wondered if a better deal really was just that. Click “more” to read about a few vendors I sampled this week. Read more »


First bite: Zara Mediterranean Cuisine in downtown Tacoma

The Zara Shawerma sandwich, marinated lamb and beef on sharak bread with rice and vegetables at Zara Mediterranean Grill in downtown Tacoma. Photo by Dean J. Koepfler/Staff photographer

Lucky us, the diners who like to eat out in South Sound. For the last three months, diners have been regaled with the opening of many restaurants with interesting concepts new to Tacoma.

The two most notable openings were the July debut of Social Bar & Grill on the Foss Waterway and the August introduction of Marrow Kitchen Bar on Sixth. Both ambitious restaurants boosted my optimism in Tacoma’s eating landscape and merited favorable praise here and here last month.

Then came the announcement of Zara in the corner space at 15th and Pacific that sat dormant two years too long after Sea Grill closed in 2009.

Zara held promise: It sounded well defined, with a brand-new concept for Tacoma –Eastern Mediterranean cuisine with accents from Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Greece. It also seemed a shining companion to neighboring Pacific Grill, one of Tacoma’s finest restaurants and a personal favorite. Zara seemed perched to invigorate downtown when it officially opened Aug. 19.

But three visits left me wanting more. Here is where Zara faltered during my visits: food execution. Read more »