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Tag: Bonney Lake dining


Second bites: Netshed No. 9 in Gig Harbor, Whitehouse Restaurant in Bonney Lake

Yum! Burgers! Click below to see where I found this delicious pile of meat and bun.
The Whitehouse makes it easy to cut your burger, the kitchen stabs a knife right into the center for you, before serving.

When new restaurants open, occasionally I’ll find flustered service or a kitchen producing less-than-stellar results. That’s why I return for a second visit to test whether the restaurant is suffering the usual aches of fledgling restaurants, or if there’s a bigger problem. Unlike diners who turn to review websites to post “I hate you! So there!” assessments after a single visit, newspaper critics who follow AFJ standards always return to the scene of the crime a second, third or fourth time. Here are second bites of two restaurants that earned mixed reviews after first-bite visits in April. Read more »


First bite: Whitehouse Restaurant and Lounge in Bonney Lake

What kind of diner you are will determine whether you’ll embrace the newly opened Whitehouse Restaurant and Lounge in Bonney Lake.

Appreciate steakhouses that list a half dozen cuts? Fan of big, messy burgers? Have a hankering for pub fare? Whitehouse should be on your to-dine list.

Want something more unusual or more upscale than what Bonney Lake already offers? Looking for a date-night destination? You’ll need to keep looking.

While casual-leaning Whitehouse fills a restaurant void that stretches across East Pierce, the pub-style menu and come-as-you-are vibe feels similar to nearby Midtown Grill and Hop Jack’s. Those something-for-everyone restaurants carry menus comparable to the Whitehouse, which lists burgers, steaks, sandwiches, a handful of pastas and pub-style eats, such as fish and chips (see menus below).

Similarities with the competition aside, Whitehouse seems to be doing fine for a fledgling restaurant, and it’s reassuring to see another family-friendly place in that neighborhood. Whitehouse operates in a space that was vacant for far too long after Andre’s Bar and Grill closed more than a year ago. Read more »


Opening in Bonney Lake – Whitehouse Restaurant and Lounge

A community short on dining options is about to get another – expect a February opening for Whitehouse Restaurant and Lounge in Bonney Lake. The Whitehouse will operate in a building that’s been empty for more than a year – the old Andre’s Bar & Grill restaurant site.

The restaurant comes from Sumner resident Tim Whitehouse, who also runs LumberJack’s Bar and Grill in Buckley. Whitehouse is a culinary arts graduate from Renton Technical College. He previously managed restaurants in Port Orchard and Sumner. His mother Charlotte Yearwood, who has worked at local restaurants for years and used to run an espresso stand in Sumner, will work with Whitehouse. Kayla Babcock will supervise the kitchen, Whitehouse will be the opening chef. Read more »


Chain watch: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opens today in Bonney Lake, Five Guys in Puyallup opens Saturday

The Big Bacon Cheeseburger at Five Guys Burgers and Fries in Renton. The first South Sound franchise store of Five Guys and Burgers wil open in Puyallup this Saturday, Nov. 12.

Three national chain restaurants have or will make their South Sound debuts. Last Monday, Buffalo Wild Wings opened near the Tacoma Mall. Read more about it here. Today, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opened in Bonney Lake. On Saturday, Five Buys Burgers and Fries will open in Puyallup. Click “read more” for details. Read more »


First bite: Midtown Grill in Bonney Lake

The barbecue burger, right, is one of the most popular burgers at Midtown. The burger in the back is a blue cheese burger. Photo by Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

I sat in a booth across from a group of four men. As my dining partners and I waited for our burgers and steaks at Bonney Lake’s Midtown Grill, I watched the table of men with their eyes glued to different flat panels. One had his eye on a soccer match; another watched the daily sports highlights. They talked, ate and kept their eyes on the scores.

Steaks, burgers, sandwiches and seafood in a setting with a stylish environment – Bonney Lake’s newest sports bar seems a win on a lot of levels. And dig a little deeper into the background of Midtown and it makes sense that the restaurant feeds the sports-loving crowd. Midtown is the sibling restaurant to the more casual Bonney Lake Tavern, which long has been home to sports and burger fans alike in this East Pierce community. Read more »


Burgers and chips: Hop Jack’s in Bonney Lake and The Spar in Tacoma spare me from fry fatigue

Bacon cheeseburger at the Spar Tavern in Tacoma.

Burgers with fries. Anyone who follows this blog knows how much I’ve written about that combo in the last year. If not, just click here, here, here, here, here and here (did that make you dizzy?)

The last few months, I’ve encountered a few burgers served with house-made chips worth a mention. I was starting to suffer from fry fatigue, so the burgers at Hop Jack’s and the Spar, both served with crisply fried, thinly cut potato chips, found a fan in me. Read more »


Lake-view dining: Al Lago hits high marks, but it took three tries to get there

Grilled leg of lamb is a knock-out dish served at Al Lago, an Italian Restaurant with a view of Lake Tapps. Photo by Peter Haley/Staff photographer

When the weather warms, I know where I want to sit and sip pinot noir: The patio of Al Lago Ristorante, a lake-view restaurant with a rich and flavorful Southern Italian menu brushed broadly with Northwest ingredients.

The design of the cavernous restaurant might not make much use of the Lake Tapps view, but the stylish and warm décor in autumnal hues of sage and copper and cushy, deep booths near the flickering rock fireplace do entice on true Northwest days. Read more »