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Archives: Sep. 2013

Sep.
27th

Amocat Cafe closing, but Tacoma Brewing Company will continue

Amocat Cafe, which opened three years ago in the St. Helens neighborhood, no longer will be a coffee house, but owner Morgan Alexander intends to continue brewing his beer under the moniker Tacoma Brewing Co., a brewery he started just about a year ago. Read more »

Sep.
27th

Meatball advisory: Dining around the South Sound in search of three-napkin sandwiches

The meatball sandwich at Adriatic Grill in Tacoma. Peter Haley/Staff photographer
The meatball sandwich at Adriatic Grill in Tacoma. Peter Haley/Staff photographer

A meatball sandwich should require two hands, a T-shirt you don’t care about destroying, more than a few napkins and a seesaw of crunch and smoosh.

Since a reader inquired earlier this year about where to find the best examples of that sandwich, I’ve had thoughts of twirling beef orbs raining down with red sauce, a cloud cover of gooey cheese seeking shelter inside toasted bread.

OK, OK. Sorry about that corny paragraph. Clearly, I’m playing on the concept of “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2,” the movie that opens in theaters Friday. But those components – beefy meatballs, a tasty red sauce, plenty of cheese and crunchy bread – became my criteria for Tacoma’s cheesiest, sauciest, messiest meatball sandwich.

I searched for sandwiches in three categories: take-out delis, bars, and the area’s finest Italian eateries.

The overall winner? Adriatic Grill – if not for the meatballs with a hefty texture and delicious garlicky punch, then because of the accompanying hand-cut fries that take chef-owner Bill Trudnowski two days to make. What? Your fries don’t take two days to make? What’s wrong with you?

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Sep.
26th

New dessert menu at Pacific Grill

Pacific Grill pastry chef Erin Powell has introduced her fall dessert menu. You’re going to want to see this, scroll down to the menu below. Nearly two months ago, Pacific Grill revamped its menu, increasing the number of options and introducing a fluctuating price point that makes the restaurant comfortable for every budget. Check out the dinner menu here if you have not yet been.

Here’s Powell’s fall dessert menu:

Bourbon Crème Brûlée with Marker’s Mark + spiced candied pecans

Apple Doughnut Bites with oatmeal crème anglaise, caramel + pomegranate syrup

Fromage Blanc Cheesecake with Bartlett pears, caramel

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Sep.
26th

Fife City Bar and Grill closes

A reader inquired about the fate of Fife City Bar & Grill after seeing a sign for an auction of that restaurant’s equipment. I found a website announcement from Chef Diana Prine saying that she has closed her Fife restaurant. Below is the text of Prine’s farewell, which you also can read here. Something to note – she said she’s “excited for what lies ahead.” I hope to reach her by phone soon to find out what that is. Another restaurant in the works?  Check back for updates.

I am sorry as of September 13TH 2013 we have closed

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Sep.
24th

New owner for Ikonos Greek restaurant in Gig Harbor

Ammar Mannaa, owner of  Ammar's Mediterranean Restaurant holds a lamb kebab meal at his Tacoma restaurant. File photo 2013. Lui Kit Wong/Staff Photographer
Ammar Mannaa, owner of Ammar’s Mediterranean Restaurant holds a lamb kebab meal at his new Tacoma restaurant. File photo 2013. Lui Kit Wong/Staff Photographer

Ammar Mannaa spent more than 20 years steadily building business at Mediterranean Palace, his tiny restaurant stand in Freighthouse Square near the Tacoma Dome. In less than a year, he’s expanded his business not once, but twice. His latest venture, Gig Harbor’s Ikonos, is an acquisition, rather than a build-from-scratch restaurant like Ammar’s Mediterranean Grill, which he opened in December near the Dome. Read more »

Sep.
23rd

Oktoberfest events: The Harmon, Johnny’s Dock and Bruno’s European Restaurant

Grill ChillGet your lederhosen on, but the stein is not necessary, unless you’re hitting the Harmon next Friday night for the bring-your-own-beer-mug night. Three Tacoma restaurants will have Oktoberfest events this week and next. They are: Read more »