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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »