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Archives: June 2013

June
28th

Deep-fried gluttony: A selection of what you should (or shouldn’t) eat at the Taste of Tacoma 2013

Try the Tokyo Dog at the mobile food truck of the same name at Taste of Tacoma 2013.
Try the Tokyo Dog at the mobile food truck of the same name at Taste of Tacoma 2013.

Think of the Taste of Tacoma as a pop-up food court serving the greatest hits of fair dining in a beautiful park setting. Deep-fried cookies, corndogs, sandwiches loaded with meat and fat, roasted corn, Hawaiian shaved ice and a whole lot of other food your mother told you never to eat. The Taste runs through Sunday at Point Defiance Park. Read more »

June
28th

Taste of Tacoma: Menus from more than 20 restaurants

I’ve just arrived at the Taste of Tacoma and what was the first thing I did? Walked around and shot photos of all the menus. I’m always looking out for the gullets and pocketbooks of readers.

A little later this afternoon, I’ll post my top picks for what I mowed my way through today, but here are photos of most of the menus.

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June
28th

Stuff your face: Taste of Tacoma is happening this weekend

The Taste of Tacoma happens today through Sunday at Point Defiance Park. File photo.
The Taste of Tacoma happens today through Sunday at Point Defiance Park. File photo.

Attention fans of deep-fried gluttony: This is the weekend to make good use of those stretchy Thanksgiving pants buried in the back of your closet. You know the ones – they’ve got the sort-of-still-there elastic waistband.

Your mission: Elephant ears, corn on the cob, corn dogs, burgers, Philly cheesesteaks and about 200 other foods that will leave you filled with regret and reaching for a hefty dose of Zantac. This weekend is Taste of Tacoma, the region’s biggest food court that brings 26 pop-up restaurants to Point Defiance Park for three days. Read more »

June
27th

Opening in Proctor: Soul, a fusion restaurant with shades of Cuba and Puerto Rico

South Sound is short on Cuban, Puerto Rican and Dominican food, but a restaurant opening in Tacoma’s Proctor neighborhood this summer will serve all three. Soul plans an August opening at 2717 N. Proctor, in the upstairs dining space that formerly was home to the Old House Cafe, and (briefly) the Staircase Cafe. Read more »

June
26th

Building watch: Frozen yogurt, not burgers, coming to the Lincoln District

The Freeze is an outpost of the University Place frozen yogurt shop.
The Freeze is an outpost of the University Place frozen yogurt shop.

An outpost of The Freeze, a frozen yogurt shop in University Place, is opening in the Lincoln neighborhood in that little funky building that housed Jubilee Burgers until late last year. Rumors had circulated that someone was looking to reopen Jubilee and continue its burger legacy, but that plan never materialized. A reader asked me a really good question: Where can diners now find the regionally famous Smitty burger, which was served at Jubilee? Read more »

June
25th

Learn to make kimchi (or just eat it) at a class Saturday in Tacoma

There's a class where you can learn to make kimchi at the Asia Pacfiic Cultural Center, but you can also buy kimchi, a type of banchan, at Asian Market in Lakewood.  File photo by Janet Jensen
There’s a class where you can learn to make kimchi at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, but you can also buy kimchi, a type of banchan, at Asian Market in Lakewood. File photo by Janet Jensen

Curious about the pungent funk of kimchi, the fermented cabbage dish that’s prevalent in Korean cooking? Learn to make the spicy condiment from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at a kimchi workshop at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma. Or, hey, you could just buy it. Check out my guide for where to find fresh kimchi, the starring member of the banchan lineup at most Korean restaurants in Lakewood. Read more »

June
24th

Now Open: Paesan Kitchen and Bar on the Foss Waterway in Tacoma

The trio behind Paesan Kitchen and Bar quietly opened their newest Tacoma Foss Waterway restaurant over the weekend. Consider this the soft opening for the restaurant – it only will be open for coffee service and lunch today and tomorrow.  Expect full operating hours on Wednesday. Read more »

June
14th

Restaurant oddity: Cajun-Vietnamese restaurant sloshes together NOLA eats with Northwest pho

The tasty collision of Vietnamese and Cajun cuisine resulted in the creation of a spicy Cajun pho complete with crawfish, gulf shrimp and andouille sausage at the Crazy Pho Cajun in Federal Way. Alligator not included. Dean J. Koepfler / Staff Photo
The tasty collision of Vietnamese and Cajun cuisine resulted in the creation of a spicy Cajun pho complete with crawfish, gulf shrimp and andouille sausage at the Crazy Pho Cajun in Federal Way. Alligator not included. Dean J. Koepfler / Staff Photo

Sometimes a restaurant sounds so freakishly odd, a chowhound has no choice but to drive 15 miles out of the way to check out a reader tip. Crazy Pho Cajun, a Cajun-Vietnamese restaurant in Federal Way, was my most recent fun find.

Cajun-Vietnamese sounds a little like a food dare, but root around in the bayou long enough and the culinary marriage of Cajun-Vietnamese makes at least a little sense. Read more »