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Archives: Oct. 2012


Legendary Doughnuts to open Nov. 4 on Sixth Avenue in Tacoma

Fruity pebbles = crunchy doughnut topper at Legendary Doughnuts in Lakeland Hills. The Lake Tapps area bakery is opening a second outpost in Tacoma this November.

The Lake Tapps doughnut shop that’s duplicating itself on Sixth Avenue in Tacoma plans a Nov. 4 opening. Here’s a story I wrote back in August, but to bring you up to date if you don’t feel like clicking that link – the shop is owned by Shannon Patten, who opened Legendary Doughnuts in the Lakeland Hills neighborhood in May 2010 with the aid of her husband and their two sons – the oldest is a bakery employee and the youngest is the chief doughnut taster. Read more »


New fall menu: Marrow Kitchen Bar

Marrow chef Kyle Wnuk and co-owner Jaime Kay Jones are pictured here. File photo by Dean J. Koepfler / Staff photographer

It’s so odd to think that a few weeks ago, we were cruising into restaurants wearing flip flops and capri pants. And just like that – the sideways rain returned. The most wonderful thing about the weather change? Squash, beets, kale, soups, braised meats and restaurants that feature all of the above. I’ve spent the last week checking in with chefs to find out what they’ve got simmering for fall flavors. For the next few days, I’ll post menus from restaurants around town. Today’s menu comes from Marrow. Read more »


Upscale grocery store Harbor Greens coming to University Place

Coming to University Place next spring is Harbor Greens, an outpost of a combination grocery and wine and spirits store that has operated in Gig Harbor since 2007. Owners Scott Teodoro and Chad Roy intend to keep their Gig Harbor store, this is not a move for the business.

The University Place store at 27th and Bridgeport will duplicate the footprint and inventory of the 11,000 square foot Gig Harbor store. Read more »


Eats and antiques: Little cafes operating among dusty books and vintage jewelry

Terry Waller, owner of Olive Branch Cafe, holds a turkey gobbler sandwich in her cafe, located inside the Hidden Treasures antique store. Lui Kit Wong/Staff Photographer

The smell of age – yellowing paper, musty wood cabinets and a hint of granny’s attic – that’s what I equate with an antique mall. It’s the scent of the hunt – the smell of fortifying a collection of Dukes of Hazzard lunch boxes, mid-century furniture or marcasite brooches. When I walk into an antique mall and I smell baking cookies and freshly pulled espresso – well, that’s just odd. Yet that’s just what greeted my sniffer at two Tacoma antique malls. In this installment of my “hidden gems” series, I’ll walk you through two hidden sandwich cafes that also offer coffee and dessert. They’re little micro businesses tucked into the deep corners of antique malls, and thus often overlooked, I’m sure. They’re not fancy – you won’t find vertical food or heavy, fancy sauces. You’ll find sandwiches and espresso, desserts and friendly service. I like these places because they’re run by people who make affordable everyday food that’s well tended. Read more »


Now open: Loose Wheel in Puyallup

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

Loose Wheel, a new sports bar and restaurant in downtown Puyallup, opened over the weekend. Shawn DeCicco, owner of the Loose Wheel Bar and Grill on Sixth Avenue in Tacoma, opened the restaurant in partnership with Dennis Krumwiede, also a partner in the Sixth Avenue location, Josh Slott and Tracey Cook. If you’re already familiar with the Loose Wheel on Sixth Avenue in Tacoma, you already know the menu and theme at the Loose Wheel. If you’ve never been, there are three primary pastimes at Loose Wheel – beer, burgers and sports viewing. Screens are prevalent, you can’t turn your head without hitting one. It’s one of just a few places around here that serves fried pickles – and they’re probably one of the best versions I’ve had. The burgers are pretty good, too. If you like giant food, the Loose Wheel has got a ginormous burger on the menu that sounds as if it might kill you.

The original Loose Wheel Tacoma opened in March 2010. Read more »


Where to find them: Pumpkin beers in local bottle shops

Today, News Tribune staffer John Henrikson wrote about the national trend of more brewers creating pumpkin beers in this story. He even shared tasting notes.

If you’re wondering where to buy pumpkin beers, every bottle shop in the region has a supply. But there’s one catch – the beers have become so popular, the bottle shops can’t keep them on the shelf. Read more »


A sampling of pumpkin beers

Pumpkin Beer Taster

As detailed in my story today, pumpkin beer has emerged as a seasonal tradition among craft and industrial brewer across the country. For this story, I spent hours hunting down and sampling various brands of pumpkin seasonals – yes, hard work, but someone’s got to do it. (My expense report this month will be interesting.)

Around South Sound, it’s not hard to find a dozen or more pumpkin beers, but you should know that they are not

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Now open: Broken Spoke in Tacoma’s Hilltop

Beer served in cans and custom bikes – a new combination bar and bicycle workshop has opened in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood. Broken Spoke is a newcomer to a neighborhood already populated with great lounges – 1022 South and Peterson Bros 1111/The Eleven Eleven. Broken Spoke owner Ben Davis told me in August that his spot would be a combination art studio, bike shop and a place for coffee, beer and light grub. Read more »