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Tag: Bruno’s European Cafe


Reader question: Where to get wiener schnitzel in Tacoma?

Hey, what is that under all that gravy? That would be delicious schnitzel, paired with red cabbage, a sour cucumber salad and potato dumplings with gravy.

Dear readers, I love your questions. I try to reply to all of them. This question came from Gloria and Bill Durkee: “Hi Sue, where can we go to eat for a good wiener schnitzel? Years ago we went to the Bavarian on North Division. Their German food was outstanding.” I have the perfect answer, or as close to perfect as I think one can get. Read more »


Go German: Eating around the Northwest Oktoberfest in Puyallup

Pork wienerschnitzel at the Bavarian Bratwurst Schnitzel Haus.

Earlier today, I ate my way around the Greek festival in Tacoma. For a late-lunch snack, I asked a few friends to roll me down to the Northwest Oktoberfest, held this weekend in Puyallup at the fairgrounds. I found homey German eats at four pop-up cafes, one of which was operated by Bruno and Krystyna Tomaszewska of Bruno’s European Cafe in Parkland. Click “read more” to see how the German food stacked up against the Greek eats I wrote about earlier today. Also: Did you go? Comment to tell readers what you ate at Oktoberfest or the Greek festival in Tacoma. Read more »


Bruno’s European Cafe triples its dining room with a move to Pacific Avenue. And across town, a diner develops a following for its German theme nights

Pictured here are cabbage rolls from Bruno’s European Cafe in Lakewood. Photo by Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

Bruno’s European Cafe, which I reviewed last April, was a hole-in-the-wall like none I’d ever seen. In a tiny storefront off Pacific Highway Southwest in Lakewood, four tables provided seating for fewer than 18 diners. That capacity only could be achieved through communal seating. The line perpetually snaked out the door. I didn’t mind. It always was worth the wait.

Well, no more. The restaurant is on the move and is expected to reopen sometime in the next week in a Tacoma space about three times the size of its former Lakewood location. UPDATE: The restaurant passed its health inspection today, Feb. 23, and will open this Friday, Feb. 25.

You’d never know that Bruno’s old location had a kitchen the size of a walk-in closet. Despite the lack of space, chef/owner Bruno Tomaszewska, with his wife Kristina, produced gigantic German flavors. Think succulent rouladen, hearty goulash, ethereal potato dumplings, spaetzle and latkes. Oh, the latkes. Read more »


First bite: Bruno’s European Cafe in Lakewood

Pictured here are cabbage rolls from Bruno’s European Cafe in Lakewood. Photo by Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

When Kristina and Bruno Tomaszewska surveyed their small Lakewood restaurant space, the couple envisioned a simple business featuring the handcrafted European soups Bruno loves to cook.

But Bruno had schnitzel on his mind. And sauerbraten.

And rouladen. And goulash, potato dumplings, spatzle and latkes.
And don’t forget the cabbage rolls, cucumber salad and red cabbage.

Luckily for German and European food lovers, the menu at Bruno’s European Café evolved beyond soups to a full-service menu featuring daily specials and home-cooked European dishes in more-than-generous entree portions. And the soups and sandwiches they originally envisioned are on the menu, too. Read more »