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Archives: July 2014

July
30th

Now open: Two Town Pub and Cafe at Point Ruston

Two Town Pub and Café opened July 24 at Point Ruston.
Two Town Pub and Café opened July 24 at Point Ruston.

Point Ruston’s first restaurant has opened. Two Town Pub and Café is a full-service pub and restaurant in the Copperline Apartment Building. Here’s a first glance, and menus. Read more »

July
28th

Opening today: Farrelli’s Wood Fire Pizza in Frederickson

Farrelli's Frederickson exteriorThe seventh restaurant in the Farrelli’s Wood Fire Pizza Chain opens at 4 p.m. today in Frederickson. That’s right, East Pierce residents, you’re finally getting another restaurant in the little dining desert between South Hill and Spanaway. Find Farrelli’s in the Canyon Crossing shopping center, which also will be gaining another popular local restaurant later this year. Read more »

July
26th

Happy birthday to you: Parkway Tavern celebrates 79th birthday today

beerThe Parkway Tavern – home to IPA Fest and the epic Barleywine festival – is having a birthday today. Celebrate the Parkway Tavern’s 79th year with Tacoma beer on tap; a beer garden; barbecue; a stop by the Gibson’s Frozen Yogurt truck and live music. The party starts at noon and goes until last call. Check out the tap list below. Read more »

July
25th

New on Sixth: Hawaiian food, Carolina pulled pork, an ice cream cafe and two restaurant moves

Co-owners, Angela Hernandez, left, and Gloria Gentry hold up a dish of southern fried chicken wings at Southern Exposure on Sixth Avenue. The restaurant opened in May and is one of several new restaurants in Tacoma's Sixth Avenue restaurant district. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer
Co-owners, Angela Hernandez, left, and Gloria Gentry hold up a dish of southern fried chicken wings at Southern Exposure on Sixth Avenue. The restaurant opened in May and is one of several new restaurants in Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue restaurant district. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

Handmade pasta baked in a wood-fire oven.

Experimental vegetarian fare served alongside roasted bone marrow.

Argentinian steak paired with South American wines.

East Coast deli sandwiches.

And plenty of craft beer.

If you want it, Sixth Avenue’s got it.

Now add these to Sixth: lavender ice cream, a loco moco plate, Carolina pulled pork and Oklahoma burgers.

This is the summer for movement on Sixth Avenue — Tacoma’s most varied restaurant neighborhood — with four openings and two restaurant moves along a 2-mile stretch from Stevens to Steele streets.

So far this summer, Sixth Avenue has gained a Hawaiian plate lunch restaurant, a Southern restaurant with Carolina roots, an ice cream cafe and a pop-up restaurant operating out of a bar.

Next up is a big move for Primo Grill. That longtime Sixth Avenue anchor and respected chef-owned restaurant closes at Sixth and Pine on Saturday, with a planned reopening Aug. 8 a few blocks away at Sixth and Oakes. Another restaurant on the move this summer was The Red Hot, Tacoma’s go-to tavern for craft beer and gourmet hot dogs.

And then there’s this news: Hilltop Kitchen owners Chris Keil and Matthew Schweitzer are purchasing Sixth Avenue’s Marrow, the upscale restaurant with a dual purpose menu for vegetarians and meat-eaters opened by Jaime Kay Jones, Jason Jones and Kyle Wnuk in 2011.
Read on. Read more »

July
18th

Fish and chips find: The newly opened Johnny’s Seafood and Bistro

Some diners prefer fried fish with a crunchy coating.

Others prefer the puffy texture of a beer batter.

At the newly reopened Johnny’s Seafood and Bistro, diners get both: a quick dunk in a beer batter followed by a coating of bread crumbs. The result is a crispy jacket with a delicate interior. I’m a fan.

That Foss waterway restaurant has become a new favorite. It’s not fancy. It’s not cutting edge. But it’s reliably good, and easy prices top out at $14.95. It also comes with a remarkable waterside view of Tacoma’s working Foss waterfront.

For nearly four decades,

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July
17th

Stuff your face: 18 trucks rally Sunday for Tacoma’s Food Truck Fest

The Budha Bagel truck on the University of Washington Tacoma campus.
The Budha Bagel truck on the University of Washington Tacoma campus.

As a paid belly for this newspaper, I’ve spent countless hours traversing every pocket of Pierce County sniffing out, hunting down and what can loosely be described as “stalking” food trucks.

That’s a lot of driving – and eating.

Here’s an event that will make it much easier for diners – and this restaurant critic – to test as many food trucks as one could possibly stomach in a single day: Food Truck Fest at Wright Park. The event, from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, will have a dozen food trucks from Pierce County and six from the Seattle area. Read more »