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Archives: April 2013


First bite: Whitehouse Restaurant and Lounge in Bonney Lake

What kind of diner you are will determine whether you’ll embrace the newly opened Whitehouse Restaurant and Lounge in Bonney Lake.

Appreciate steakhouses that list a half dozen cuts? Fan of big, messy burgers? Have a hankering for pub fare? Whitehouse should be on your to-dine list.

Want something more unusual or more upscale than what Bonney Lake already offers? Looking for a date-night destination? You’ll need to keep looking.

While casual-leaning Whitehouse fills a restaurant void that stretches across East Pierce, the pub-style menu and come-as-you-are vibe feels similar to nearby Midtown Grill and Hop Jack’s. Those something-for-everyone restaurants carry menus comparable to the Whitehouse, which lists burgers, steaks, sandwiches, a handful of pastas and pub-style eats, such as fish and chips (see menus below).

Similarities with the competition aside, Whitehouse seems to be doing fine for a fledgling restaurant, and it’s reassuring to see another family-friendly place in that neighborhood. Whitehouse operates in a space that was vacant for far too long after Andre’s Bar and Grill closed more than a year ago. Read more »


Opening Thursday: Savor Creperie in downtown Tacoma

Savor Creperie plans to open this Thursday. Expect a casual eatery with prices solidly under $10. The menu will list a dozen each of savory and sweet crepes, a short list of crepe scrambles and liege waffles.

While the doors won’t officially open until Thursday, the restaurant has been open by invitation since Friday, when owner Tom Vigue hosted a tasting part for 35 invited guests. Earlier today, workers were turning away curious passers-by, saying they were only serving by invitation today. A display window showed a busy kitchen inside with line cooks dressed in chef whites and toques. Staff workers were outfitted in formal attire, complete with pastel ties against white dress shirts. Read more »


Free stuff: Tax Day 2013

Two things: Don’t forget to file your taxes today and don’t forget to take advantage of these tax-day freebies, deals and steals.

At The Office, get sliders for a buck and play free trivia all day.

At Steilacoom Pub and Grill, print out this coupon to get a buck off a pitcher of brew.

At Arby’s, get an order of curly fries.

At Cinnamon, get two free cinnamon bites. Click here, then scroll through the coupon/deals feed at the top of the page to find the deal. Offer good 6-8 p.m.

Sonic has half-price drinks

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A big taste of Chicago in little Graham – Chicago Hot Dogs & Beefs

Charles Lingle of Spanaway bites into a Chicago dog at Chicago Hot Dogs and Beefs in Graham. Janet Jensen/Staff photographer
Charles Lingle of Spanaway bites into a Chicago dog at Chicago Hot Dogs and Beefs in Graham. Janet Jensen/Staff photographer

If you’ve met someone from Chicago and even dined with them, you’ve probably heard them mention Chicago hot dogs one time or a thousand.

The components of a Chicago hot dog are vital to a Chicagoan: They must be made with a poppy seed bun – steamed not toasted – and a Vienna dog. The pungent, puckery trifecta of yellow mustard, chopped onions and neon green relish must be accounted for. It has to be topped with a tomato slice, pickle spear, sport peppers and a shake of celery salt. No exceptions. Nope. Just like Philadelphians are protective of their beloved Philly sandwiches and New Yorkers of their pies, so are Chicagoans of their favorite street food.

While South Sound has been home to restaurants serving Chicago dogs – the Red Hot in Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue neighborhood makes a really good one – Chicago themed eateries have come and gone. There was the Lucky Hot Dog Diner – first in Puyallup, then in downtown Sumner – and the Tommy Chicago food truck that served around Parkland.

Good news, though. Chicagoans home sick for their beloved dogs have relief in the form of a new tiny restaurant that opened in the far reaches of East Pierce in Graham. It’s an out-of-the-way location on Meridian, just past South Hill. Read more »


Art House Cafe opens in Stadium Saturday

The Art House Cafe has announced it will officially open Saturday April 6. The cafe and bakery will open in the Stadium neighborhood, which most recently saw the introduction of another great dining find – the retro-themed burger restaurant Shake Shake Shake, which opened March 13. Read more about that restaurant here.

The Art House is the project of Lucy and John Armstrong, who opened the Stadium neighborhood’s Open Arts Studio in 1996. The Art House Cafe will be an extension of the neighboring art school that covers broad territory – from performing to visual arts, with classes for children, teens and adults. Cooking at The Art House will be Dustin Joseph, who will co-own the restaurant. If Joseph’s name sounds familiar, that could be because he was executive chef at University Place’s Chambers Bay Grill, a job he began in 2009 and left in February. While there, he developed a reputation and following for his Northwest-spun style of cooking. I like to call his food French in foundation, Northwest by design. Read more »


Cupcakes and hot dogs – a pairing made in Parkland

A Chicago dog at Eddie's Dawg House in Parkland.
A Chicago dog at Eddie’s Dawg House in Parkland.

Cupcakes and hot dogs may not seem all that synonymous, but the new combo business Eddie’s Dawg House and Yummers 2 the 3rd Power cupcake bakery is a pretty good business pairing of sweet-and-savory portable eats.

The duo opened last October in a black-and-white striped building with a catchy M-shaped awning just off 106th and Pacific in the Parkland neighborhood. This is the second location for Yummers, which opened in Parkland in February 2011 and was displaced last summer to make way for construction of a new building near Pacific Lutheran University.

The dual-sided business offers cupcakes from Amber Serrano, who was featured on the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” last February. Flanking the bakery display case is an ordering window for Eddie’s Dawg House. Read more »