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Archives: May 2012


Coming to downtown Puyallup: A new Irish pub

Coming to downtown Puyallup – a new pub called Travellers at 208 S. Meridian. It’s opening in the space that formerly housed Northwest Vintage’s downtown location on Meridian, which closed in March (the South Hill Northwest Vintage remains open). Read more »


More froyo: Three new frozen yogurt stores in Tacoma and Gig Harbor

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.


First bite: Salvadoran pupusas in South Sound

Pupusas at Pupuseria La Usuluteca come in six varieties.

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 »


New to Sixth: Overtime, a pub and grill

You know what I love? When blue cheese oozes down a piece of bacon like a blobby river.

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 »


Coming to Puyallup: Buffalo Wild Wings in South Hill

How do you like your wings? Naked? Sauced? Dipped in blue cheese? (News Tribune file photo)

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 »


Korean dining guide: The sweeter side of Korean dining in Lakewood

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.


Deck dining: Topside Bar and Grill in Steilacoom

Topside Bar & Grill opened in March in Steilacoom. On the menu is burgers and sandwiches.

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 »