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Category: Restaurant openings

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
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.
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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
14th

Big on banana: Pudding made right at Corina, Lizzie Lou’s Too and Southern Exposure

Banana pudding makes me happy. This version comes from Tacoma's Corina Bakery.
Banana pudding makes me happy. This version comes from Tacoma’s Corina Bakery.

Baked into bread might be ideal for winter, but come summer, I want my bananas in a pudding, preferably layered with fresh-sliced bananas and Nilla Wafers (whole or crushed, I’m not picky). I’ve found three different puddings worth exploring around the South Sound. Take a look: Read more »

July
11th

Sip on this: Summery cocktails from Hilltop Kitchen and Smoke + Cedar

One of Dean Shivers' signature cocktails, an Old Smoky at Tacoma's Smoke + Cedar restaurant. Drew Perine/Staff photographer
One of Dean Shivers’ signature cocktails, an Old Smoky at Tacoma’s Smoke + Cedar restaurant. Drew Perine/Staff photographer

With summer heating up, so is my thirst for cocktails. Recently, I encountered two lounges with cocktails worthy of your attention. My first stop was Smoke + Cedar for the smoky creations of Dean Shivers, lead bartender at the new Tacoma restaurant. My second stop was Hilltop Kitchen, the Tacoma lounge with a menu of Latin-leaning sippers. Read on. Read more »

July
7th

Now open: Four restaurants from Parkland to Tacoma serving hot dogs, Hawaiian eats, barbecue and ice cream

Pictured here, a three-bone rib platter with beans, potato salad and cornbread. The ribs come with a hefty helping of smoke flavor.
Pictured here, a three-bone rib platter with beans, potato salad and cornbread. The ribs come with a hefty helping of smoke flavor at Warthog BBQ Pit, which just opened a second location.

Well, the wait is over. Four restaurants have opened in neighborhoods from Parkland to Tacoma. Find casual Hawaiian fare (loco moco plate, anyone?); wood-tinged barbecued meats; ice cream in fanciful flavors and gourmet hot dogs paired with the region’s best craft beer list. Here are details of each opening:   Read more »