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Archives: April 2013

April
29th

Roster change: Chris Keil no longer working at Hilltop cocktail lounge 1022 South

As he prepares to open his new Hilltop cocktail lounge, Hilltop Kitchen, Chris Keil’s tenure at 1022 South is behind him. Keil said in a public statement that his business relationship with 1022 South has been dissolved (read his full statement sent via email below). Read more »

April
29th

Gourmet burgers coming to Gig Harbor

The bacon cheddar burger with shoetring fries from The Gourmet Burger Shop in Gig Harbor. 2011 file photo by Dean J. Koepfler/Staff photographer

The Gourmet Burger Shop is inching closer to its move near Gig Harbor’s waterfront. Expect a late May opening.

Gone will be the long drive past the Purdy Spit, the propane-heated grill and the painfully tiny dining room.

Sticking around will be chef’s burgers, shoestring fries and beet chips. Buns still will be made by Gig Harbor’s 3 Clouds Bakery.

The two-year-old Gourmet Burger Shop always felt a mismatch – a downscale joint serving upscale burgers. The style and quality of burgers there were something like what you’d find in the bar at Pacific Grill or Crown Bar, both in Tacoma and restaurants that made my top-20 burgers list a few years ago. Read more »

April
26th

First bites: Art House Cafe in Stadium and Netshed No 9 in Gig Harbor

Art House Cafe chef and co-owner Dustin Joseph working in the cafe bakery's display kitchen. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer
Art House Cafe chef and co-owner Dustin Joseph working in the cafe bakery’s display kitchen. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

Eating at the dining counter at Art House Cafe is like watching a live cooking show, only better because Neapolitan-style pizza and freshly baked English muffins go straight from the oven to your belly.

A nine-seat perch yields an unfettered view of chef Dustin Joseph sautéing, frying, slicing and dicing alongside his culinary team. Virtually every kitchen staffer is part of Art House’s kitchen theater, including the dishwasher. Read more »

April
23rd

Roster changes: New chefs cooking at Dirty Oscar’s Annex, Chambers Bay Grill and Green.House

Chefs are on the move – here’s a summary of recent roster changes at restaurants in Tacoma, Gig Harbor and University Place. Read more »

April
22nd

Coming to Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue – Trapper’s Sushi

Rolls at Trapper's sushi are known for being over sized - each piece can yield two or three bites. Pictured here are partial rolls from a dinner at the Puyallup Trapper's. From the rear going clockwise, a Mountain roll, a Trapper roll, a Mt. Rainier and a Crystal Shrimp.
Rolls at Trapper’s sushi are known for being over sized – each piece can yield two or three bites. Pictured here are partial rolls from a dinner at the Puyallup Trapper’s. From the rear going clockwise, a Mountain roll, a Trapper roll, a Mt. Rainier and a Crystal Shrimp.

Coming to Sixth Avenue this spring – a sushi restaurant. Trapper’s Sushi plans a May opening at the storefront that housed the Overtime Bar and Grill at 3118 Sixth Ave. That restaurant closed Dec. 10 – about six months after opening.

The Tacoma sushi restaurant is the sixth outpost for Trapper O’Keeffe, who opened his first sushi restaurant in Bonney Lake in 2004. That restaurant spawned a sibling in Covington in 2009, then a Puyallup restaurant in 2010. Stores in Kent and Bremerton followed. Read more »

April
19th

First bite: Savor Creperie opens in downtown Tacoma

A ham and gruyere crepe with asparagus and a dijon spiked creme fraiche.
A ham and gruyere crepe with asparagus and a dijon spiked creme fraiche.

Some chefs treat crepes like tortillas, using them as roll-up sandwich wrappers. Others serve crepes as open-face affairs. I’ve even seen a chef turn a tower of crepes into a cake (called a mille crepe cake). At Savor Tacoma Creperie, which opened in downtown Tacoma yesterday, crepes were served as folded-over envelopes, warm pockets spilling thinly sliced meats, melted cheeses, saucy drizzles and fresh herbs. The crepes were exactly what I’d hoped for.

Savor is a cafe everyone should put on their must-visit list, if not because of fair pricing, then because the crepes were well tended – even on a busy opening day with a line out the door. The crepes tasted tender with a gentle bite, came with thoughtfully composed flavors and fresh herbs peppered every plate. Savory crepes were around $8-$9, with a side of dressed greens. Sweet crepes were even better deals in the $7-$8 range (see the menu below). Read more »

April
18th

Tacoma’s Harbor Lights reopens today – here’s a menu preview

The exterior of Ruston waterfront restaurant Harbor Lights  has been repainted beige. Joe Barrentine/Staff photographer
The exterior of the Ruston waterfront restaurant Harbor Lights has been repainted beige. Joe Barrentine/Staff photographer

Harbor Lights is expecting to open this afternoon after a five-week remodel – click this link to read John Gillie’s story about what the interior looks like.  Anthony’s (the corporate owner) COO Jeff Arnot gave me a snapshot of the new menu in a phone interview last week. Read more »