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Tag: 208 Garfield

Aug.
22nd

Small bites, big flavors. Three Tacoma restaurants for group dining

 

Hilltop Kitchen owners Chris Keil (left) and Matt Schweitzer. The Hilltop neighborhood lounge is perfect for diners in search of fine-crafted food with shareable plates, and a lively atmosphere.
Hilltop Kitchen owners Chris Keil (left) and Matt Schweitzer. The Hilltop neighborhood lounge is perfect for diners in search of fine-crafted food with shareable plates, and a lively atmosphere. Peter Haley/Staff photographer

Shareable plates of sophisticated cocktail food with world flavors. An excellent cocktail, wine or tap list. Upscale digs. A place where grown-ups can gather comfortably without fear of being shushed.

That’s the checklist a reader handed me for a place to take out-of-town guests visiting during the final days of summer. So I went looking — and eating, and sipping.

I stuck with lounges and bars known for pairing upscale cuisine with thoughtful adult beverages, but also destinations with accoutrements necessary for gatherings: a sizable list of shareable plates, communal seating that can shrink or expand with the size of the party, a generous happy hour, and an atmosphere conducive for a group of talkers.

Finding a destination for a little grownup R&R is easier today than it’s ever been around the region.

If you’ve got friends from out of town on their way to celebrate the wind-down of summer, here are three destinations worth your time and dining dollars. Read more »

Nov.
15th

Tastings: Belgian beer at The Red Hot Tacoma, Cidery tastes at 208 Garfield, Beer tapping at Tacoma’s newest brewery

When it rains, it pours. Or, more accurately, several bars and restaurants are pouring different styles of adult beverages today and tomorrow. Amocat Cafe’s Morgan Alexander is getting his brand new brewery Tacoma Brewing Co. off the ground with a tapping at his St. Helens neighborhood cafe. In other beverage happenings, 208 Garfield in Parkland has a cidery tasting and The Red Hot – Tacoma’s favorite emporium for craft beer and hot dogs – will have a Belgian fest tonight with its Coast to Coast Belgium beer tasting. Read on. Read more »

July
8th

Parkland dining: 208 Garfield and Margret’s add to an already interesting eating neighborhood

Braised short ribs with horseradish glaze and creamed potato (foreground) and Saint Marcellin fondue with green apple, ciabatta and sweet cherry conserve at 208 Garfield in Parkland. Photo by Peter Haley/Staff photographer

The sophisticated Italian restaurant Marzano. The mom-and-pop Mexican restaurant Reyna’s. The now-defunct Cajun eatery From The Bayou. Parkland long has been a destination for interesting dining.

Here’s something even diehard foodies might not have on their radars for the neighborhood near Pacific Lutheran University: Parkland is enjoying another culinary awakening.

New Parkland restaurants give reasons to head to the land of the Lutes. There’s Bruno’s European restaurant, whose cabbage rolls I wrote about last week (the restaurant relocated to Parkland from Lakewood earlier this year). And in May, I wrote about Yummers, a funky new cupcake shop with irreverent flavor combinations and a solid student following.

Here are two more you should track: 208 Garfield, a restaurant operated by PLU with dishes that reminded me more of Manhattan than Tacoma; and Margret’s, a plucky, cute and hidden sandwich cafe with an emphasis on scratch cooking that recently was taken over by two culinary school graduates. Read on… Read more »