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Tag: Gig Harbor dining

Sep.
24th

Cider Swig 2014: First hard cider festival of its kind Saturday in Gig Harbor

A sparkling glass of Alpenfire Pirates Plank Hard Cider. Dean J. Koepfler / File photo 2011
A glass of Alpenfire Pirates Plank Hard Cider. Dean J. Koepfler/File photo 2011

Beer seems to get all the attention in early fall, a consequence of all those Oktoberfest celebrations and seasonal beer releases.

But not this fall. Another kind of adult beverage is finally getting its due: hard cider.

The inaugural Cider Swig will be held Saturday at Sehmel Homestead Park in Gig Harbor.

The festival is a fundraiser for the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation and features a dozen Northwest cideries serving 50 hard ciders (that’s alcoholic ciders, for those keeping track). Apple ciders comprise the bulk of the menu, but pear ciders also will be served. See a list below of ciders. Read more »

Jan.
10th

Second bites: Revisiting Netshed No. 9 and Art House Cafe

The Rubenesque panini - made with pickles and pastrami - at Netshed No. 9 in Gig Harbor.
The Rubenesque panini – made with pickles and pastrami – at Netshed No. 9 in Gig Harbor. Peter Haley/Staff photographer

Call it third helpings.

A re-dine. A do-over.

One of my favorite things to do as this paper’s hired belly is to tell success stories about restaurants that have pulled a great turnaround.

In 2013, we saw a cascade of openings that made the South Sound a more robust dining region. While some restaurants nailed the concept on their first try, others proved they required more time to settle into their kitchens.

This Friday and next, I’ll be writing about third helpings of restaurants that debuted in 2013 with concepts I applauded, but with shaky early deliveries.

Today?

They’re performing just fine. Read more »

Dec.
23rd

Restaurant openings: Sushi and Peruvian food in Gig Harbor, Bourbon Street Bar and Grill in Puyallup

The nigiri and maki lunch special at Domo Sushi.
The nigiri and maki lunch special at Domo Sushi.

Three new eateries have opened around the South Sound. Domo Sushi in Gig Harbor is now serving an extensive menu of Japanese sushi and specialties, but also delves into Korean and Chinese dishes. The casual eatery Taste of Peru also has opened in Gig Harbor. In Puyallup, the New Orleans themed Bourbon Street Bar and Grill opened last week. Check back for a first-bite report of Bourbon Street Bar and Grill later this week. Read more about all three restaurants and check out the menus below. Read more »

Nov.
25th

Opening in Gig Harbor – Taste of Peru

For 14 years, Betty Vasquez has sold her Peruvian specialties at farmers markets from Gig Harbor to Kingston. Next month, she’s taking her recipes – tamales, ceviche, quinoa and anticuchos – to a brick-and-mortar location.

Expect an opening for Taste of Peru sometime in December at 5500 Olympic Drive N.W. – in the storefront that formerly held Quizno’s. Read more »

Oct.
23rd

Opening Friday: Lunchbox Laboratory in Gig Harbor

The Lunchbox Laboratory's homage to a Dick's Deluxe burger comes with bacon. Burger tested at the Bellevue location.
The Lunchbox Laboratory’s homage to a Dick’s Deluxe burger comes with bacon. Burger tested at the Bellevue location.

The burger diner Lunchbox Laboratory is a nod to an era when “Mork and Mindy” inspired our clothing and Fonzie-isms entered our vernacular. Retro lunchboxes and ‘60s-‘70s themed toys rule the dining room. There’s a picture of the Six Million Dollar Man on the menu. Tang appears on the menu – as an actual beverage option.

The Seattle burger chain’s Gig Harbor outpost opens Friday on Point Fosdick Drive in the same shopping complex as Safeway. Lunchbox Laboratory has cloned itself once in Bellevue, but this is its first venture into the South Sound ‘burbs. Read more »

Sep.
2nd

Coming to Gig Harbor: The Hub, Lunchbox Laboratory, Domo Sushi

Gig Harbor,  prepare for a restaurant flurry – three restaurants will be opening between now and November. Here’s what’s on the way – a brewpub with pizza and burgers, more gourmet burgers and a sushi restaurant.  Read on. Read more »