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Archives: June 2012


Deep-fried yum: Battered treats and oversized eats at the Taste of Tacoma

The jalapeno corndog from the Corn Dogs of the World booth did me in. It was the last thing I ate.

The Taste of Tacoma is a microcosm of things your mother warned you never to eat. Who better to judge the deep-fried fare than a restaurant critic, right? OK, OK, I put away my critical pen today. The Taste of Tacoma is an event designed for bulk grazing. It’s fun. Think of it as a giant food court – a lot of it, and most of it pretty good from a can-I-get-more-fat-and-yum-into-my-mouth sort of way. Keep your expectations of good value in check and wear your Thanksgiving pants because you need to be a professional-level eater to plow your way through this festival. Read more »


A look at Taste of Tacoma menus

Curious about the prices and variety at the Taste of Tacoma? I snapped photos of menus during an early lunch there today. The first thing you’ll notice is that the $3.75 bargain bites from last year are gone. Expect to pay $5-$7 on average for most dishes. Organizers capped the prices at $8 for the most expensive dishes. Bring cash. Read more »


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Check out the deep-fried wonders at the Taste of Tacoma this weekend

Consider the Taste of Tacoma the region’s biggest food court this weekend at Point Defiance Park. Or, as I like to call it, The Gluttony Bowl of Deep-Fried Wonders. The Taste of Tacoma might have the broadest menu of deep-fried abominations I’ve ever seen at the annual food fest – a pretty spectacular feat considering the festival has always served the kind of not-so-healthful food that your mother always warned you about.

In keeping with the nationwide festival food trend of battering and deep frying everything except for maybe color crayons (yet), I spotted on the menu: fried peanut butter and

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It’s Greek To Me is on the move – same gyros, just across the street

You won’t have to eat in your car anymore – unless you want to. It’s Greek To Me will move later this year across the street to a location that will have a single digit address change – 1702 Sixth Ave. The new space will triple the dining room of the tiny drive-up stand Jim Wick has operated on the edge of the Sixth Avenue business district for more than 20 years. Read more »


Finally, summer. At least on the dinner menu at Pacific Grill

In true Northwest fashion, our spring was really, really rainy (no way, really??). That’s why I’ve been looking more than ever for summer flavors on local restaurant tables. Something, anything to drive away the gray gloom, right?

Here’s what I was looking for – the lightened up summer menu at Pacific Grill. I liked the looks of a fried chicken dinner with smoked sweet potato salad, a summer hanger steak salad with a lime-ginger vinaigrette and pork chile verde. Take a look at the new menus that Pacific Grill just started serving. Read more »


Now open in Gig Harbor: Blue Agave Mexican Grill and Tequila Bar

Blue Agave Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar was expected to open this afternoon at Gig Harbor’s Uptown Center. The casual restaurant has a menu of build-your-own burritos, as well as sopes, fajitas, tacos and tortas. Think of it as something like a Qdoba Grill, only with a more robust menu and a full tequila bar. Read more »