Good eats and drinks around Tacoma, Pierce County and South Puget Sound
Archives: May 2012
The trend is a little later than the rest of the country, but self-service frozen yogurt shops officially have kaboomed in the South Sound. Last year, we had three frozen yogurt stores. This year? Nine.
Think of the pupusa as the Salvadoran cousin to a Mexican sope crossed with a quesadilla. It’s a thick disc made from a masa corn dough; stuffed with meat, beans or cheese; and griddled until it’s a crunchy pancake with gooey innards. The cakes are served with a fermented cabbage slaw called curtido. One or two make an appetizer; three or four make a meal.
Pupusas are eaten with just about every meal in El Salvador. The dish is so much a part of the country’s culinary fabric, the pupusa has its own national holiday (no lie – the second Sunday of November).
Salvadoran food is challenging to find in the South Sound, but we are home to two pupuserias – one opened five months ago in South Tacoma. Read more »
The menu and concept are under wraps, but a new restaurant is coming to downtown Tacoma. Bon Temps will open at 1015 Pacific Ave. Read more »
For years, I’ve driven by the vacant Chinese restaurant at Sixth Avenue and Alder Street, hoping for an eatery the Sixth Avenue district needs, like a dim sum restaurant, high-end Vietnamese or full-service bakery. ABC Asian Cuisine seemed destined to remain an abandoned building until Chuck Bayha started remodeling in January. Bayha, who worked for many years in restaurants and pull tabs, opened Overtime, Tacoma’s Bar and Grill at the end of March. Read more »
It looks like Puyallup will be the next home for Buffalo Wild Wings. The national chicken wing restaurant applied this week for a liquor permit at the space on South Hill where Ruby Tuesday’s used to operate. That’s in the same complex as the Regal movie theater and two locally owned restaurants, My Greek, a Mediterranean restaurant, and Jubilee Cupcakes. It’s not a surprise that South HIll would become the next home for the national chain considering South Hill is a mecca for chains, some in duplicate (but at least there’s more non-chain dining – sushi, Vietnamese and even a wine bar now).
If you’re not familiar with the chicken wing chain, Buffalo Wild Wings is a sports bar heavy on loud music, giant television screens, peppy servers and chicken wings that come in dozens of sauces and spices. Read more »
In the Lakewood neighborhood that is a rich concentration of Korean restaurants and cafes, two bakeries and a doughnut cubby turn out sweet Korean treats. Read about the bakeries here.
John O’Reilly is a familiar face behind the bar at Steilacoom’s Topside Bar and Grill, which opened March 23 in the space that formerly housed Jake’s Bar & Bistro, a pub known for its selection of hard-to-find craft beers. Read more »