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Archives: Jan. 2012


My top five South Sound burger stands, walk-ups and drive-ins

Which burger reigns supreme? Click below to find out.

I’ve given the obligatory test run of Five Guys Burgers and Fries – the first South Sound stores of the national chain opened in Lakewood last week and in Puyallup in November. I realized as I was eating at Five Guys that I had not collectively written much about our home-grown burger stands since my burger-stand manifesto in 2009. So I hit the pavement and revisited some of my favorites, along with two new burger stands you may not yet know. Click “read more” to see my top five South Sound burger stand picks. Read more »


Dining calendar: Beer festival in Gig Harbor this May, and a slider cook-off at the Museum of Glass in March

Two events for your dining calendar – Tacoma’s Museum of Glass will have a slider cook-off in March with Tacoma chefs competing behind the grills. And in Gig Harbor, a first-time beer festival in May. Read more »


Five Guys opened today in Lakewood Towne Center

The Big Bacon Cheeseburger at Five Guys Burgers and Fries is no small affair.

The second South Sound location of Five Guys Burgers and Fries braved the snow today to open in the Lakewood Towne Center. Franchise owner Cameron Gentry shot me an email earlier and said despite the crummy weather, they’re doing brisk business. Read more »


South Sound beer notes: Harmon Tap Room offers take-out, 7 Seas Brewing moving to larger location

Just in time for the Super Bowl, the Harmon Tap Room will start pushing its take-out business with pizza and beer-by-the-growler to go. And in other very important South Sound beer news, 7 Seas Brewing in Gig Harbor is moving to a much bigger location. Read more »


Return of the grills: Tacoma Avenue sees opening of two new restaurants

Spareribs at Thrill of the Grill are long smoked over wood. They come sauced or naked, your choice.

When Sidebar Bistro closed in the fall, I heard from government employees and lawyers who work around 11th and Tacoma Avenue. They called, emailed, Tweeted and Facebooked me.

What they wanted to know was this: When will we have more lunch options on Tacoma Avenue? The departure of Sidebar Bistro followed by the temporary closure of Thrill of the Grill left a dearth of eateries in a neighborhood full of police officers, jurors, lawyers, bail bondsmen and other time-pressed people in search of a decent lunch.

In December, the news got better. Read more »


Sports bar planned for Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue restaurant district

This former Chinese Restaurant (and fish & chips place before that) at Sixth Ave. and Alder street is being remodeled into a sports pub. Photo by Peter Haley/Staff photographer

Earlier today, my colleague Kathleen Cooper wrote about the work on the long vacant ABC “Asian Cuisine” restaurant at Sixth and Alder, in a plum spot in the Sixth Avenue restaurant district. The building at 3118 Sixth Ave. has been shuttered for several years and looked as if it was in need of a serious makeover. Now it’s getting one. I spoke last week with owner Chuck Bayha, and he gave me details on his new sports pub, which he’s calling Overtime Bar and Grill. Read more »


Cajun makes a comeback in Parkland with Madea’s Cajun Cafe

Keitha Okafor owner of Madea's Cajun Cafe in Parkland near Pacific Lutheran University uses her Louisiana roots to cook up Cajun favorites like the shrimp Po' Boy sandwich. Photo by Dean J. Koepfler/Staff photographer

Parkland is an unlikely neighborhood for bayou eating. Nevertheless, for close to a decade, it was our version of the best Louisiana parish for etouffee, gumbo and po’ boy sandwiches. Read more »


Restaurant opening: Choripan by Asado opened today at Tacoma’s Museum of Glass

Choripan by Asado opened today inside the Museum of Glass. The restaurant is an outpost of Sixth Avenue’s Asado, an Argentina inspired steakhouse. Choripan is owned by X Group Restaurants, which also owns Masa, across the street from Asado, and the nearby Engine House No. 9. On the menu at Choripan is “an approachable take on Argentine street food.” Read more »