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Archives: May 2013

May
31st

Korean dining: Taking a bite out of two new Lakewood restaurants

A year after restaurant critic Sue Kidd took a tour of every Korean restaurant on South Tacoma Way, she revisits Lakewood to explore the city’s newest Korean offerings.

May
30th

First Bite: Go Philly, a new cheesesteak restaurant in Tacoma

A Philly sandwich with sweet and hot peppers at Go Philly in Tacoma. The restaurant opened May 29.
A Philly sandwich with sweet and hot peppers at Go Philly in Tacoma. The restaurant opened May 29.

Philly sandwich fans, have I got a giant steak-fueled tip for you. If you’ve been missing Philly Joe’s and DelBrocco’s,  get yourself to Tacoma Avenue South – stat. Go Philly opened yesterday and a first-bite impression showed a restaurant that looked to be the honest-to-goodness real deal.

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May
30th

Blazing Onion announces Tacoma site for new burger restaurant

On Tuesday, I told you about Blazing Onion expanding its Northwest-based chain of gourmet burger restaurants to Tacoma. Company CEO David Jones announced last night where the new Blazing Onion would be built – a new building at the Tacoma Mall. Read more »

May
28th

Coming to Tacoma – Blazing Onion Burgers

The farmhouse patty at Blazing Onion is made with brown rice, cheese and roasted veggies.
I recently reviewed veggie burgers around the South Sound and Blazing Onion made my list for its farmhouse patty, made with brown rice, cheese and roasted veggies. The restaurant uses Painted Hills beef in its burgers. Soon, there will be a Tacoma outpost.

The Northwest-born burger chain Blazing Onion is looking to Tacoma for its next outpost. Blazing Onion CEO and co-founder David Jones mentioned a Tacoma location in tweets last week. Read more »

May
28th

Store grazing: HMart in Lakewood, now home to Olive Bakery

A bun filled with sweetened bean paste from Olive Bakery.
A bun filled with sweetened bean paste from Olive Bakery.

The Olive Bakery, specializing in Korean and Japanese pastries, has moved a few blocks to a new Lakewood home inside HMart, which opened in March on South Tacoma Way.

Olive Bakery specializes in dessert pastries.  A first-time visitor should look for sweet potato filled buns and fried sesame balls filled with red beans. The bakery’s new home looks more modern and has more seating compared to its former tiny storefront. Read more »

May
24th

Project pork rib: Finding smoky perfection at barbecue restaurants in Pierce County

Restaurant critic Sue Kidd tackled a meaty challenge – smoked pork ribs. Travel with her across Pierce County – from Tacoma to Sumner – as she reviews ribs at six barbecue restaurants that cook their meats slow-and-low over wood.

May
23rd

Second bites: Netshed No. 9 in Gig Harbor, Whitehouse Restaurant in Bonney Lake

Yum! Burgers! Click below to see where I found this delicious pile of meat and bun.
The Whitehouse makes it easy to cut your burger, the kitchen stabs a knife right into the center for you, before serving.

When new restaurants open, occasionally I’ll find flustered service or a kitchen producing less-than-stellar results. That’s why I return for a second visit to test whether the restaurant is suffering the usual aches of fledgling restaurants, or if there’s a bigger problem. Unlike diners who turn to review websites to post “I hate you! So there!” assessments after a single visit, newspaper critics who follow AFJ standards always return to the scene of the crime a second, third or fourth time. Here are second bites of two restaurants that earned mixed reviews after first-bite visits in April. Read more »

May
22nd

Store grazing: Old-world bread at local European markets

Kusher Bakery in Fife specializes in Ukrainian breads including, clockwise from center rear, farmer bread (with no yeast), baton lubitelskiy, poppy seed strudel, caramel cookies (walnut-sized), bulochka (foreground center), and rogalik (left). Peter Haley / Staff photographer
Kusher Bakery in Fife specializes in Ukrainian breads including, clockwise from center rear, farmer bread (with no yeast), baton lubitelskiy, poppy seed strudel, caramel cookies (walnut-sized), bulochka (foreground center), and rogalik (left).
Peter Haley / Staff photographer

Carbavores in search of old-world bread — have I got a place for you. A reader tipped me to a newer bakery and grocery store in Fife that makes the kind of bread that is densely textured and rich in flavor. It’s sturdy enough to hold up on a panini press and hearty enough to sop up the richest stew.

The bread at Kusher Bakery is made simply, using a fermented dough mixed from straightforward ingredients with no preservatives: flour, water and salt. The recipe is Ukrainian — a family method handed down through generations.

Owner Anatoliy Zaika has been baking the bread for five years in the South Sound. He previously operated Kusher as a wholesale bakery in Federal Way for four years before opening his Fife Ukrainian bakery and grocery store to the public less than a year ago.

“It’s healthy, it’s simple ingredients,” is how Zaika described his bread, which he makes in about a dozen variations — from savory to sweet. Read more »