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Archives: Feb. 2012


Coming soon to the Narrows Marina – a 230-seat restaurant from the creator of the Lobster Shop

A 230-seat restaurant serving regional food with a new American spin is on its way to the Narrows Marina. The restaurant plans are so new, the masterminds behind the Tacoma restaurant do not yet have a name for it, permitting still is in the works, and the building is just a bare bones structure about to get a big makeover. Read more »


50 years of soup: Tacoma Buddhist Temple serves sukiyaki to the public this Sunday

The sukiyaki cooking booth at the 1965 dinner at the Tacoma Buddhist Temple.

Only the hairstyles have changed since the Tacoma Buddhist Temple’s first sukiyaki dinner. The recipes, the cooks, the servers, and even the cooking utensils are just as they were when the temple started the community fundraiser dinner in 1962. The 50th annual dinner is this Sunday (March 4, 2012) at the temple. Read more »


Digging into doughnuts: Finding the perfect D’oh

The storefront banner went up last May and the buzz followed: Buck Naked Donuts was on its way to the Sixth Avenue neighborhood. Facebook lit up with the news. Local food bloggers pondered the pending opening. Restaurant watchers theorized that it was a gritty Tacoma version of Portland’s Voodoo Doughnuts. I never did hear back from the owners to verify anything about the bakery.

We waited. And waited. The agent for the space recently put the space back up for lease, leaving us shouting a big, fat “D’oh!”The buzz around town got me thinking: If the mere announcement of

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Early impressions: Taking first bites out of three new cafes – Devoted Kiss Cafe in Gig Harbor, Choripan by Asado at MoG and the Staircase Cafe in Proctor

Eggs Benedict at the Devoted Kiss Cafe with a this-is-why-we-live here view of Gig Harbor's waterfront. Photo by Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

Three new cafes have opened in as many months.Today, I take a first bite out of Devoted Kiss in Gig Harbor, Choripan by Asado, the new cafe at Tacoma’s Museum of Glass, and Staircase Cafe, a restaurant that has replaced The Old House Cafe in Proctor. Read more »


A downpour in the dining room temporarily shutters Tacoma’s Pacific Grill

(Update 2/16: Pacific Grill has reopened and is operating under normal business hours.)

It’s the stuff that restaurateurs have nightmares about – the restaurant is packed on the busiest night of the year and the power zaps, leaving diners in the dark. Last night, on Valentine’s Day, that happened to Tacoma’s Pacific Grill. The culprit for the power outage and the unintentional watery downpour into the Pacific Grill dining room? An overflowing bathtub from above. Pacific Grill is closed today to assess the damages, but the restaurant was expecting to reopen tomorrow, Feb. 16. Read more »


Get local: Tacoma candy shops to buy chocolates for your Valentine

Truffles from Affairs in University Place (file photo)

The kind of chocolate you buy for your sweetheart can say a lot about you as a gift giver. Do you phone it in with a bag of Hershey kisses from Target? Or do you fail miserably at 9 p.m. Feb. 14 with a Hershey’s bar from the 76 station paired with one of those cheesy fabric roses (read: epic fail). Or do you make a sweeter, bolder, more local statement to your mate with chocolates made right here in Tacoma? Read more »


Valentine’s Day dining, there’s still time to book dinner in Tacoma (but act fast)

It’s getting late to book a table for Valentine’s Day dinner, but there still are restaurants with openings as of today. At this late stage, you may have to settle for a 4 p.m. or 9 p.m. reservation, or you could shoot for dining out this weekend or next. Some restaurants will have Valentine’s dinner specials through this weekend, some will have dinner deals on Valentine’s Day only. Read on. Read more »


Taking a second bite: Zara Mediterranean Cuisine and Maxwell’s Speakeasy + Lounge

Leslie Westphal, the new chef of Maxwell's Speakeasy + Lounge, holds ahi tartar. She is pictured with new owner Steve Anderson. Photo by Lui Kit Wong/Staff Photographer.

Today I return to two restaurants for second bites: Maxwell’s Speakeasy + Lounge, a St. Helens neighborhood restaurant with a new owner, chef and menu, and Zara Mediterranean Cuisine, a downtown Tacoma restaurant newly opened in August. Read more »