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Archives: Nov. 2012


Dig into a classic – Pacific Grill in downtown Tacoma

Sue Kidd checks in on Pacific Grill, one of Tacoma’s finest eateries, run by Tacoma native Gordon Naccarato. As the holiday season unfolds and diners search for locations to celebrate, Pacific Grill should top their lists.


Q&A: Gordon Naccarato of Pacific Grill

For seven years, Gordon Naccarato has operated one of Tacoma’s top fine dining destinations – Pacific Grill in downtown Tacoma, located inside the historic Waddell Building. Naccarato’s restaurant resume is three decades deep with stops at some of the finest West Coast kitchens of yesteryear and today – he’s cooked with Mark Peel and Nancy Silverton at Campanile, Michael McCarty of Michael’s in Santa Monica, and Jonathan Waxman, whom Naccarato credits for teaching him to view food from a playful perch.

The following excerpts are from a series of e-mail interviews with Naccarato, who not only owns Pacific Grill with business partner Joe Hardwick Jr., but has collaborated on a number of projects with his brother Steve Naccarato. One of those projects is Shake Shake Shake, a retro burger restaurant that will open in the Stadium neighborhood later this year. Stadium, by the way, is the high school from which Naccarato graduated in 1972. Read on. Read more »


Reader question: Where do you find good fish and chips in Tacoma?

The battered cod at Northern Fish in Old Town was $7.95 for a two-piece with fries on my last visit.

Dear readers, I love your questions – even when I don’t have a particularly solid answer.  This question comes from Don Peterson, “Sue, where can we go for fish and chips – just like SPUDS – in Tacoma? Don’t like battered fish and not fond of frozen french fries, we like the fresh potatoes like SPUDS makes.”  Here’s my response to Peterson’s question. Want to chime  in? Go ahead. Read more »


Tacoma’s newest microbrewery could fit in a closet

Morgan Alexander’s brewery is so small, he calls it a sub-microbrewery. He operates a quarter barrel system out of his coffee cafe, Amocat, which aptly spells Tacoma if you flip the letters. Visitors to Tacoma Brewing Co. will find new kegs tapped every Friday night. Like the coffee he brews by day, the craft beer Alexander creates is an extension of his self-described foodie side – most everything he brews is with good grub in mind.

Alexander’s love of brew bloomed after he industriously figured out that it’s cheaper to make beer than buy it – something he discovered in – a-hem – high school. Stadium High School, to be exact. Alexander is a 1986 graduate. He grew up in the neighborhood near Frisko Freeze. I don’t know if anyone can get more Tacoma than this – Alexander delivered newspapers as a kid to the drive-in and Frisko Freeze paid him in money and ice cream. True Tacoma story, right there. Read more »


New in St. Helens: STINK Cheese-Meat sprouts a wine bar

Tacoma’s newest brewery and wine bar not only are across the street from one another, both opened this month as extensions of already established food businesses in the St. Helens neighborhood in Tacoma. The wine bar is STINK Tank, a sibling business to STINK Cheese-Meat. The brewery is Tacoma Brewing Co., an extension of the coffee cafe Amocat. Today, I’ve got a Q & A with Blondin of STINK. Check back Friday for a Q & A with Alexander. Read more »


Reader question: Where to get wiener schnitzel in Tacoma?

Hey, what is that under all that gravy? That would be delicious schnitzel, paired with red cabbage, a sour cucumber salad and potato dumplings with gravy.

Dear readers, I love your questions. I try to reply to all of them. This question came from Gloria and Bill Durkee: “Hi Sue, where can we go to eat for a good wiener schnitzel? Years ago we went to the Bavarian on North Division. Their German food was outstanding.” I have the perfect answer, or as close to perfect as I think one can get. Read more »


Tiki time: Tacoma Cabana brings rum, fun and a 600 pound marlin to downtown Tacoma

Dining critic Sue Kidd takes a tour of Tacoma Cabana, the newest restaurant and lounge in Tacoma. The Polynesian themed tiki bar serves sun-soaked cocktails with top-shelf rum and a menu of affordable cocktail nibbles.


Tastings: Belgian beer at The Red Hot Tacoma, Cidery tastes at 208 Garfield, Beer tapping at Tacoma’s newest brewery

When it rains, it pours. Or, more accurately, several bars and restaurants are pouring different styles of adult beverages today and tomorrow. Amocat Cafe’s Morgan Alexander is getting his brand new brewery Tacoma Brewing Co. off the ground with a tapping at his St. Helens neighborhood cafe. In other beverage happenings, 208 Garfield in Parkland has a cidery tasting and The Red Hot – Tacoma’s favorite emporium for craft beer and hot dogs – will have a Belgian fest tonight with its Coast to Coast Belgium beer tasting. Read on. Read more »