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Archives: Oct. 2011


Chicken wing vortex: Buffalo Wild Wings opens today by Tacoma Mall

Hey, look. These people were waiting in line to have chicken wings for a late breakfast.

The Chicken Wing Vortex of Tacoma is official. Buffalo Wild Wings opened earlier this morning near the Tacoma Mall, a neighborhood that already is home to two chicken wings restaurants within a mile (ish). Diners were lined up outside the front door this morning when I did a cruise through the parking lot. Loud music filtered out every time an anxious looking staffer opened a side door to survey the 30-something diners waiting for a late morning breakfast of wings. Read more »


First bite: Porter’s Place reopens on South Tacoma Way

Porter is a name synonymous with barbecue in Western Washington. Alton Porter opened Porter’s Place in Tacoma in 1994, the same year his late father, Gene Porter, opened Dixie’s in Bellevue. Later came the family’s barbecue stands at Safeco Field.

If the name Porter doesn’t register, these words just might: “Have you met ‘The Man?’ ” Read more »


Beer around town: Wingman Brewery will open a taproom near the Tacoma Dome, Harmon Taproom has pumpkin ale, Chambers Bay Grill hosts a beer dinner, the Ram wins a beer medal

Wingman Brewers has been tapping its beer around Tacoma since the niche brewery opened in April. And now they’re about to expand. Wingman just applied for a permit to open a taproom and brewery at 509 ½ Puyallup Avenue –next door to the Habitat for Humanity store near the Dome. They don’t expect the taproom to be in operation for at least four more months. Until then, they’ll continue to operate out of their small space at 1727 Fawcett. Their new Puyallup Avenue location is an improvement for selling their beer – they’ll have a tasting room open to the public for the first time. Read more »


On the move: Celebrity Cake Studio finds a new home near the Tacoma Dome and launches a mobile cake truck

The Celebrity Cake Studio Cake Mobile.

The Celebrity Cake Studio is leaving its longtime home at Freighthouse Square, but fans of the neighborhood bakery known for elaborate wedding cakes and fondant party cakes need only travel a few blocks to its new location at 314 E. 26th St.

Bakery owner Odette D’Aniello said she’ll keep her Freighthouse Square shop at 602 E. 25th St. open during the transition, but expect to see the move happen near the end of November to the beginning of December. Read more »


Off the radar: Tacoma and Lakewood strip malls hide culinary treasures

Jennifer Jones, left, Jesenia Fonseca, center, and Erica Rembert grill meat on the tabletop burner at Cham Garden Korean BBQ in Lakewood. Photo by Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

Strip malls suck up moments of our mundane lives. The stores within often signify the boring check marks on our vast to-do lists: drop off the dry cleaning, get the nails done, pick up that package, grab a quick coffee, look at carpet samples. Back on the road again.

But sometimes – just sometimes – strip malls hide culinary treasures that invite you to sit, savor and enjoy hand-crafted food that seems woefully out of place in a suburban setting.

Here I’ll tell you about three remarkable finds. They’re all in strip malls. Don’t judge them by their exterior. Judge them on their food. Read more »


On the road: FoodCyclists appear at 99 Bottles in Federal Way Sunday

Beer diva and 99 Bottles co-owner Tiffany Adamowski – the first woman I email when I need any sort of beer recommendation – will have two interesting visitors and a beer tasting Sunday. John and Kate Suscovich, two bicyclists cycling the globe and raising food and beer awareness, as well as money for FarmAid, will stop at the store to talk about their travels. Click “read more” to see the details. Read more »


Tacoma Food Co-Op adds take-out food

I popped into the new Tacoma Food Co-op last week and found late-harvest fruits and vegetables, plenty of packaged foods, but no take-out foods. But, this just in: Tacoma Food Co-op now will sell ready-made salads, soups, dips and dessert. Click “read more” to see the details. Read more »


New cheese store: My Cheese Shoppe in Puyallup

Soreda Cabecou Feuille is a goat cheese soaked in brandy and coated with cracked black peppercorns. It's a cheese I found at My Cheese Shoppe, a new cheese store in downtown Puyallup.

Laurie Sanders-Polen knows some peculiar things about the eating habits of Puyallupites. They like cheddar cheese. A lot. And chevre, too. Buffalo mozzarella? That’s a big no thanks. Burrata was another that didn’t sell well with the locals. And what about stinky blues? “I thought there’d be more blue lovers,” said Sanders-Polen.

If Sanders-Polen has her way, local eaters soon will be spreading crusty baguettes with Italian butter and French butter flavored with sea salt. She’ll also introduce them to fig preserves, hand-made toffee and pungent cheeses from the far reaches of the world that cost as little as a few bucks for a small wedge at My Cheese Shoppe, which Sanders-Polen opened in downtown Puyallup in June.

Sanders-Polen is a self-proclaimed cheesemonger who never intended to sell cheese. Read more »