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Archives: July 2012


Reader query: Where’s gazpacho in Tacoma?

Apple gazpacho is on the specials menu at Social Bar and Grill in Tacoma.

A reader asks: “In the summer especially, I have a craving for two soups – cold soups. Gazpacho and vichyssoise. Am I being unrealistic that these can be found in Tacoma, except haphazardly as a special someplace? Thanks for any input.”

This is where you come in: Can you help a reader out? Where have you found those summer soups?

I went looking and found a few places that offer gazpacho as a sometimes special – Morso Wine Bar in Gig Harbor served gazpacho as a special last week. The Dock Street Sandwich Company in Tacoma has gazpacho occasionally as a special. It was earlier this month at Social Bar & Grill that I found an apple gazpacho that is on the menu for the immediate future. It was a great find – as complicated as it was colorful and a bargain at two bucks a cup. Read more »


Live report: Eating around the Moveable Feast at Cheney Stadium

For the first time, Tacoma’s food carts, trucks and mobile restaurants have found a collective home, if only for a day. About 30 South Sound and Seattle-area food trucks, carts and mobile restaurants are assembled right now at Cheney Stadium, home to Moveable Feast, Tacoma’s first-ever food cart meetup. Vendors will serve until 7 p.m. today.

Our neighbors to the north and south have food cart lots – places where mobile restaurants flock so that diners can mingle and graze, but Tacoma has yet to produce a home for Pierce County’s far-flung mobile restaurant

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Food cart meetup: Tacoma’s first mobile restaurant event this Sunday at Cheney Stadium

Tacoma has food trucks and carts aplenty, but there’s no central meetup spot for trucks to gather – until now. Tacoma’s first mobile food meetup will be Sunday at Cheney Stadium. The event is free except for the cost of food. Trucks will serve everything from Southern to Filipino, from Greek to Mexican, from fried meat pies to fry bread, from ice pops to cupcakes.


For your calendar: Barbecue and wine, barbecue and beer and a lemonade fundraiser

Several dining events are worthy of your calendar. Check out a barbecue and wine pairing this weekend at Proctor wine bar Pour at Four, the Harmon Taproom will debut its vanilla porter tonight and classmates of a Washington-Hoyt student will sell lemonade at the Proctor Farmers Market Saturday to raise money for their classmate’s medical treatment. Read more »


New bar, familiar name: The Loose Wheel Bar & Grill to open in Puyallup

The deep-fried pickles at The Loose Wheel in Tacoma. Staff file photo

Fried pickles in Puyallup, anyone? The Loose Wheel, a sports bar on Sixth Avenue in Tacoma, is duplicating its concept and opening an outpost on Puyallup’s River Road.

Loose Wheel owner Shawn DeCicco, who also owns the Summit Pub on Canyon in Puyallup, said he’s aiming for opening his second Loose Wheel in time for the start of football season, but he might miss by a game or two. I talked to him today by phone as he was standing in the quiet of what used to be O’Henry’s, a sports bar that closed about six months ago, which will be the new home for the Loose Wheel Puyallup. He’ll rework the O’Henry’s space, adding plenty of new television panels for sports viewing, he said. Much like the Loose Wheel in Tacoma, which DeCicco opened in March 2010, the primary pastime besides beer and burgers will be watching sports. Read more »


Happy hour report: Primo Grill’s new $5 menu

From the Primo Grill Happy Hour Menu: Garlic shrimp, Moroccan pepper puree with grilled house-made flat bread. Photo by Peter Haley/Staff photographer

Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue neighborhood is designed for food lovers, but on Tuesdays when the Sixth Avenue Farmers Market springs up in the late afternoon, it’s where I head for in-depth “foodsploring.”

A recent trip found Old Milwaukee Cafe selling desserts. There was fresh pie, locally made cheese, ice cream, seafood and produce, too. A caterer called Miss Monica’s Bayou Oasis served Southern fare, and a new startup company called Hilltop Pop Shop had just begun selling its frozen treats there.

What I like is that the market is compact and easy to navigate, and it is just a block from the Tacoma Food Co-op, a store centered on selling Tacoma-made food and products.

A final destination after “foodsploring” on Sixth? Primo Grill for happy hour. The restaurant’s new $5 happy hour menu makes it one of the best deals in town outside of Masa’s all-day happy hour Sundays-Tuesdays (in the bar, they’re across Sixth from Primo) and Pacific Grill’s half-price bar happy hour all day, every day, in downtown Tacoma. Read more »


Moveable Feast update: More than half of participants will be South Sound food trucks

Moveable Feast organizers checked in this week with an update of Tacoma’s first mobile food meetup on July 29 at Cheney Stadium. I was impressed to see more than half of the 35 vendors will be South Sound mobile food vendors, catering stands or local restaurants. That’s a big increase from the short list organizers had initially booked when the event was announced in early June.

For background, read this June 7 blog post, but the quick and dirty highlights are this: Read more »