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Archives: Feb. 2013

Feb.
28th

Opening in Tacoma – Hilltop Kitchen, a second cocktail lounge from the owner of 1022 South

Cocktails at 1022 South are crafted from unusual ingredients and flavors.
Cocktails at 1022 South are crafted from unusual ingredients and flavors.

The Hilltop is getting a second craft cocktail lounge from the owner of 1022 South. Chris Keil plans a mid to late-spring opening for Hilltop Kitchen, a 49-seat cocktail lounge and eatery in the space where Tempest Lounge operated from 2005 until last September.  He’ll open Hilltop Kitchen with Matt Schweitzer, a managing partner at Cal’s Classic American.

The theme at Hilltop Kitchen – or HK, as Keil called it in a phone interview – will have a niche focus on categories of spirits Keil finds interesting – namely, Latin American spirits.  He talked at length about agave-based and Latin American spirits mezcal and pisco. Rum, whiskey and genevers also are spirits that Keil is considering. Keil said he may return to where he started when he worked at Monsoon Room – 1022 South’s precursor -  tiki style cocktails. Expect less of the Latin American spirits on the menu at 1022 South as Keil directs cocktails there toward gin, whiskey, brandy and sherry. Read more »

Feb.
28th

Tacoma Buddhist Temple is making sukiyaki for lunch Sunday

The Tacoma Buddhist Temple will have its annual sukiyaki lunch this weekend. Temple members will serve the one-pot meal to the public as a fundraiser for the temple from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday March 3. The sukiyaki is cooked in vessels that date back to 1962 when the temple’s minister at the time, Rev. Sadamaro Ouchi, bought the aluminum pans specifically for the annual sukiyaki dinner. Over the years, other pans have joined the service, but the recipes — and even many of the temple cooks — have remained the same. Read more »

Feb.
27th

Breakfast restaurant Netshed No. 9 coming to Gig Harbor waterfront in March

Gig Harbor diners, you’re about to get a new waterfront breakfast destination – brought to you by the owners of Gig Harbor’s Brix 25.

Expect a March opening for Netshed  No. 9 at 3313 Harborview Drive.

Husband-wife team Thad Lyman and Katie Doherty – Northwest natives who bought Brix 25 four years ago after operating restaurants in Napa Valley – plan an all-day breakfast menu that includes skillet-baked cinnamon rolls, scratch-made English muffins, chicken and waffles, sourdough pancakes and what Doherty described as “true” crispy hash browns. Read more »

Feb.
25th

UWT dining: Crepes, pho and frozen yogurt on the way to downtown Tacoma

In my inbox from the University of Washington Tacoma this morning is an announcement downtown eaters will love to read – three new restaurants are coming to the campus. I’ve already reported on one, Savor Creperie, which has delayed its opening from January to March. Even better news than a much needed creperie in that neighborhood is that downtown diners will be getting another pho restaurant – and it’s a local restaurant chain pho lovers will recognize. Read more »

Feb.
22nd

Coming this spring to the Foss Waterway – Paesan Kitchen and Bar

A new wood-fired pizza restaurant will open this spring on the Foss Waterway. The owners of Social Bar and Grill plan a May debut for their new project – Paesan Kitchen & Bar. The restaurant will operate in the same building as Social, in the street-facing space that until earlier this month housed Dock Street Sandwich Company. Read more »

Feb.
20th

A reason to be happy – Pie Fest is in Olympia this Saturday

Pie is on the menu at this Saturday's Pie Fest in Olympia. Mmmmm. Pie.
Pie is on the menu at this Saturday’s Pie Fest in Olympia. Mmmmm. Pie.

Kathy Kinard loves crafting pie by hand. The volunteer with the Olympia Bakers Guild – yes, there is such a thing – has made countless pies for the guild’s annual Pie Fest. This year’s will be held this Saturday Feb. 23 at The Olympia Center.

Every serious pie baker has a ritual and Kinard’s involves a garage sale find.

“I love finding my favorite bowl to mix the flour and salt, cut in the butter, sprinkling ice water over the pea-like crumble, forming a soft dough. I’m never without my reliable ceramic pie plate and bake directly on top of an old garage sale pizza stone,” described Kinard. She always looks forward to hearing the stories behind the pies at Pie Fest.

This year’s pie fest serves many purposes: It raises money and collects food for the Thurston County Food Bank. It’s a place for bakers to convene and share tips for making pie, or have one judged by a panel of bakers who will give awards in three categories (see accompanying information). Pie Fest’s most utilitarian purpose is to feed pie to anyone with $3 or three cans of food to donate. For big spenders, there’s also a pie auction with whole pies for sale, with proceeds going to the food bank. Read more »

Feb.
19th

Now open in Puyallup – Epic Donuts

It’s been a long wait for South Hill diners, but Epic Donuts has finally opened. South Hill is a community short on doughnut options aside from grocery store bakeries. This bakery will cater to kids – a pretty safe bet in a suburban community like South Hill – with its Epic Eddie mascot and specials aimed at schools and youth sports teams. Read more »

Feb.
18th

Food tourist alert – Tacoma-area restaurants will appear on ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’ beginning tonight

And here comes the food tourists. Not that we’ll be complaining – Tacoma deserves the nod. Four “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” episodes that host Guy Fieri filmed in Tacoma, Parkland and Puyallup last fall will air on the Food Network beginning tonight. Tonight’s episode will feature Puyallup’s Crockett’s Public House. Bruno’s European Restaurant in Parkland will be featured Feb. 25 and Crown Bar’s episode will air March 4. Dirty Oscar’s Annex expects its episode to air sometime between March 11-April 15. Olympia already got its moment in the food spotlight – episodes filmed at Olympia’s Darby’s Cafe and Fish Tale Brew Pub aired in January and February.

Here’s an episode description and what each local restaurant cooked, although not everything may be featured on the episode. Read more »