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Archives: Nov. 2013

Nov.
29th

Service problems abound, but Stanley and Seafort’s does deliver a stunning view

The view from Stanley and Seafort's is one of the finest views in Tacoma. Dean J. Koepfler/Staff photographer
The view from Stanley and Seafort’s is one of the finest views in Tacoma. Dean J. Koepfler/Staff photographer

More than 40 years ago, Walter N. “Mickey” Hogan intended to turn a slice of McKinley Hill into apartments. But the would-be apartment builder and his then-wife Lynda shared a delightful evening at Seattle’s Canlis Restaurant.

A new idea percolated: A restaurant with a stunning view of Tacoma. Read more »

Nov.
26th

Mod Pizza opens in Tacoma Wednesday

A Tristan pizza at Mod comes with roasted red peppers, mushrooms, asiago and mozzarella, with pesto. Eaten at the Puyallup Mod in July 2013.
A Tristan pizza at Mod comes with roasted red peppers, mushrooms, asiago and mozzarella, with pesto. Eaten at the Puyallup Mod in July 2013.

Seattle-based chain MOD Pizza will open its second South Sound outpost Wednesday evening near Tacoma Mall in the same building where Northwest burger restaurant Blazing Onion will open.

Seattle natives Scott and Ally Svenson founded MOD in 2008, but it’s not their first chain of businesses. Read more »

Nov.
25th

Opening in Gig Harbor – Taste of Peru

For 14 years, Betty Vasquez has sold her Peruvian specialties at farmers markets from Gig Harbor to Kingston. Next month, she’s taking her recipes – tamales, ceviche, quinoa and anticuchos – to a brick-and-mortar location.

Expect an opening for Taste of Peru sometime in December at 5500 Olympic Drive N.W. – in the storefront that formerly held Quizno’s. Read more »

Nov.
22nd

Never Been, Italian Edition: Three red sauce joints you need to visit

The Aversano's special, a pizza with fresh veggies, mushrooms, onion, olives and pepperoni. The Sumner restaurant features vintage decorations including a coal car from Black Diamond that houses a generous salad bar. Dean J. Koepfler / Staff Photographer
The Aversano’s special, a pizza with fresh veggies, mushrooms, onion, olives and pepperoni. The Sumner restaurant features vintage decorations including a coal car from Black Diamond that houses a generous salad bar. Dean J. Koepfler / Staff Photographer

Food writers suffer from TNFP syndrome, a condition in which they’re always trying to find “That Newest Fancy Place.” It’s true that I’m occasionally afflicted, although I’ve been going through a detox program lately with a tour of forgotten restaurants.

Call them old-time Italian-American eateries, spaghetti dens, pizza havens or the moniker I think is perfect: red sauce joints.

They’re old Italian restaurants that don’t try to be something they’re not. They don’t use terms like “dairy-infused protein” (cheese) and “sun-kissed grape essence” (wine).

You’ll never find a server wearing a nametag who asks you if you’d like an endless bowl of limp salad.

Red sauce joints are old and proud and unfortunately seem to be on their way to obsolete in South Sound.

My job as the hired gullet for this newspaper is to tell you where it’s worth your time and money to eat. Three South Sound red sauce joints fit that bill and I’d like to keep them in business.

They’re restaurants nominated by readers during my last installment of “Never Been,” my occasional series where I visit restaurants that have operated for at least 15 or 20 years that you might drive by dozens or hundreds of times, yet you’ve never been inside. That’s where I come in.

Take a tour today with me of Pizza Casa in Lakewood, Aversano’s in Sumner, and Bella Nina’s in Tacoma. Read more »

Nov.
21st

Bottle shop and taproom opening in the Stadium neighborhood

A taproom and bottle store is opening in the Stadium neighborhood. The Copper Door does not yet have an opening date, but work has started on the space at 12 N. Tacoma Avenue (next to Gibson’s Frozen Yogurt).

Owner Craig Moore has a background in craft beer in Portland. Read more »

Nov.
20th

Puyallup restaurant openings: New Orleans themed steak and seafood, modern Mexican and plans for a traditional steakhouse

While I wrote earlier today about South Hill’s status as a chain mecca, downtown Puyallup is seeing a continued shift to sophisticated dining choices. Coming soon – a New Orleans themed steak and seafood restaurant, a modern Mexican restaurant and now a downtown restaurant owner has announced she’s looking to open a high-end steakhouse on East Main. Read on.

Bourbon Street Bar & Grill
Where: 401 S. Meridian, Puyallup, 253-315-9958
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Bourbon Street Bar & Grill is in the final countdown before it makes its downtown Puyallup debut. If inspections go as planned, an opening

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Nov.
20th

Now open in Puyallup: Jersey Mike’s and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

South Hill – the South Sound mecca for chain restaurants – has two new restaurants from national chains that don’t have many locations here. Today is the opening of Jersey Mike’s, a Jersey-based chain serving sub sandwiches. Opening last week in South Hill was Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, a recent newcomer to South Sound. Here’s a bit more detail about both, as well as an update about a Washington-based burger and beer chain opening in South Hill later this year. Read more »

Nov.
18th

Where to dine out on Thanksgiving at Tacoma area restaurants

Thanksgiving is next week and I bet you’re plotting how to get out of cooking. Restaurants are here to help, although reservations are probably looking pretty thin right now. Check out this list of where to dine. Chefs have been slow to get me information, I’ll continually add to the list as I get details. Read more »