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Archives: Sep. 2012


Engine House No. 9 celebrates the big 4-0 this weekend

Engine House No. 9 has made it to the big 4-0. And it’s never looked better. And I’m not just saying that because I want it to feel good about its aging self. Since X Group restaurants bought the brewpub in July 2011, the menu has been lightly tweaked for the better and head brewer Shane Johns has been brewing some interesting beers. A kriek Johns brewed this summer tapped out so quickly, I didn’t even get a chance to write about it. To celebrate their 40th anniversary this weekend, they’ll roll back some prices, revisit some old menu items and run a beer-by-the-pitcher special. Because today is National Drink Beer Day, you really should get down there and have some. Read more »


Oktoberfest: All the brats and beer you can stand at five festivals

Beer is on the menu at the Oktoberfest Northwest, held Oct. 5-7 2012 at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.

Schnitzel, spaetzle and beer. Do I really need to write anything more to get your attention?

I thought not. Oktoberfests big and small are planned this weekend and next throughout the South Sound. They’re festivals celebrating German beer and food – held in conjunction with the weeks-long Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, the world’s largest fair devoted to beer. Around here, there’s the little European cafe Bruno’s in Parkland that will serve its exceptional German menu and a few specially selected beers for a two-day Oktoberfest. Oh, and they’ll have a chicken dance contest (pack your camera). Harmon Brewery has a bring-your-own-mug night where they’ll pour their beer into your cup. Tacoma’s Wingman Brewers will debut a few Oktoberfest brews. And then there’s the biggest Oktoberfest of them all: The three-day Oktoberfest Northwest at the Puyallup Fairgrounds that is an homage to all things German food and beer. Read more »


Bar breakfasts: The Swiss shifts from beer to bacon on weekend mornings

Bacon cakes at Puget Sound pizza was one of my favorite dishes eaten in a bar around the South Sound. Plenty of bars serve breakfasts worth a visit. What's your favorite? Photo by Peter Haley/Staff photographer

Bar breakfasts are one of my favorite ways to welcome my weekend and plenty of nightspots around town now offer sunrise dining on Saturdays and Sundays. The Swiss is the latest night spot to join the growing crowd of early morning weekend hash slingers. The Tacoma bar will begin offering breakfast this Saturday. Read more »


More than cupcakes: Jubilee expands dessert case with pastries and tarts

An orange-almond tart is a new addition at Jubilee Bakery in Puyallup. Staff photographer/Lui Kit Wong

Pay no attention to that sign. Yes, it says Jubilee Cupcakes, but visitors to the South Hill bakery will find an evolving pastry lineup well beyond cupcakes.

A year after opening, the bakery has slowly and quietly evolved into something more of a full dessert bakery. Jubilee aims at what Pioneer Bakery in downtown Puyallup offered before its closure earlier this month. Read more »


Red Tuna Sushi at Tacoma Mall closes, but the restaurant says it plans to reopen

It’s unusual for a 200-seat restaurant to open, then close three months later. So what gives with Tacoma Mall’s Red Tuna Sushi locking its doors? I’m still trying to figure that out, but as of yesterday, the back door at the Tacoma Mall restaurant was padlocked and there was no activity inside. Diners have reported that the restaurant has appeared closed since Friday. Read more »