In true Tacoma fashion, brewing a special-release beer for Tacoma Beer Week percolated over a pint (or three).
Two brewers invited another to help. Another brewer pitched in. And then another and another. The idea was to gather as many Tacoma brewers as possible to collaborate on a beer that would do something every Tacoma brewer wants: Get more people to drink Tacoma-brewed beer.
In all, brewers from seven Tacoma breweries — including one that isn’t yet open — collaborated on Tacoma Neo Noir, a Belgian-style black IPA brewed for Tacoma Beer Week, which begins Monday and includes events and special beer releases at Tacoma breweries and taverns known for their craft tap selections (find a partial schedule below, but more events are at facebook.com/tacomabeerweek). Read more »
Conveyor belt sushi at Tacoma’s Sushi Revolution yielded a dream scenario for a five-buck lunch. Dozens of colorful plates filled with maki, nigiri and Japanese nibbles – priced $1-$3.50 – roamed around the belt and all a diner had to do was reach out a greedy little hand and pluck off a plate. Consider kaiten sushi the fast-food option of the sushi world. It’s not exactly refined, it lacks the complex flavors of, say, Gari of Sushi or the pristine plating of Sushi Tama or Fujiya, but conveyor belt sushi fills a universal need of daytime workers – lunch in 15 minutes for five bucks.
With three gourmet burger joints that have just opened in the South Sound — one in October, two in January — I thought it time for another burger pilgrimage.
Today’s burger trail encompasses the land of “chain restaurants,” a term that usually strikes fear deep in the gut of a dining critic.
Don’t worry. These aren’t those mindlessly homogenous could-be-in-Toledo-or-Tacoma chains. These chains are small and Washington-born and bred: Blazing Onion, Lunchbox Laboratory, and Bob’s Burgers & Brew.
Whose burgers proved best? That designation goes to Blazing Onion for superior burger construction, skilled service and pricing that won’t bust your wallet.
I rated each restaurant for variety, construction and flavor. I ate similar burgers at each: a “classic” cheeseburger, a blue cheese burger, a burger with a smokey flavor profile, and a wild-card burger from the “other than beef” category. Each restaurant was visited twice. Read more »
After 36 years in business, the Lobster Shop at Dash Point will close March 15.
“It’s really a financial decision,” said Katie Driscoll, who operates the Northeast Tacoma seafood restaurant with husband Denny Driscoll.
In recent years, finances have been tough, she said. Additionally, “we let the concept slide and get outdated,” said Driscoll. “We didn’t give it the attention it deserved.”
It’s time, she said, for someone else to take up residence in the space adjacent to a shoreline park that’s smack in the middle of a residential neighborhood. “It’s a great little spot and we’re hoping someone else …