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Tag: Gig Harbor dining


Gourmet Burger Shop opens in downtown Gig Harbor

Don't you want a bacon cheeseburger now?
Don’t you want a bacon cheeseburger now?

After a few months of delays, the Gourmet Burger Shop opened Friday in its new downtown Gig Harbor location.

Owner Travis Hightower has been working on the space all year (it was previously occupied by Le Bistro before a fire closed that restaurant in 2010).

In April, Hightower  closed his first hole-in-the-wall burger shop. That spot always felt a mismatch – a painfully tiny roadside spot serving upscale burgers, shoestring garlic-herb fries and beet chips that seemed as if they’d be more at home on Sixth Avenue than a remote location beyond the Purdy Spit. Despite the location, Hightower found success – and crowds. Read more »


Coming to Tacoma – Blazing Onion Burgers

The farmhouse patty at Blazing Onion is made with brown rice, cheese and roasted veggies.
I recently reviewed veggie burgers around the South Sound and Blazing Onion made my list for its farmhouse patty, made with brown rice, cheese and roasted veggies. The restaurant uses Painted Hills beef in its burgers. Soon, there will be a Tacoma outpost.

The Northwest-born burger chain Blazing Onion is looking to Tacoma for its next outpost. Blazing Onion CEO and co-founder David Jones mentioned a Tacoma location in tweets last week. Read more »


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 »


Gourmet burgers coming to Gig Harbor

The bacon cheddar burger with shoetring fries from The Gourmet Burger Shop in Gig Harbor. 2011 file photo by Dean J. Koepfler/Staff photographer

The Gourmet Burger Shop is inching closer to its move near Gig Harbor’s waterfront. Expect a late May opening.

Gone will be the long drive past the Purdy Spit, the propane-heated grill and the painfully tiny dining room.

Sticking around will be chef’s burgers, shoestring fries and beet chips. Buns still will be made by Gig Harbor’s 3 Clouds Bakery.

The two-year-old Gourmet Burger Shop always felt a mismatch – a downscale joint serving upscale burgers. The style and quality of burgers there were something like what you’d find in the bar at Pacific Grill or Crown Bar, both in Tacoma and restaurants that made my top-20 burgers list a few years ago. Read more »


First bites: Art House Cafe in Stadium and Netshed No 9 in Gig Harbor

Art House Cafe chef and co-owner Dustin Joseph working in the cafe bakery's display kitchen. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer
Art House Cafe chef and co-owner Dustin Joseph working in the cafe bakery’s display kitchen. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

Eating at the dining counter at Art House Cafe is like watching a live cooking show, only better because Neapolitan-style pizza and freshly baked English muffins go straight from the oven to your belly.

A nine-seat perch yields an unfettered view of chef Dustin Joseph sautéing, frying, slicing and dicing alongside his culinary team. Virtually every kitchen staffer is part of Art House’s kitchen theater, including the dishwasher. Read more »


Opening Thursday: Netshed No. 9 in Gig Harbor

Netshed No. 9  – Gig Harbor’s newest waterfront restaurant – will open Thursday. The restaurant will operate at 3313 Harborview Drive. The menu is all about breakfast – listing everything from sourdough ricotta pancakes to chicken and waffles, stuffed biscuit sandwiches, sausage breakfast burgers with tomato jam, chilaquiles, ham steak, frittatas, scambles and waffles made on 100-year-old waffle irons.  Read more »


Coming to Gig Harbor – Lunchbox Laboratory

An outpost of the Seattle restaurant Lunchbox Laboratory will open on Point Fosdick Drive. A spokeswoman for the restaurant chain confirmed the restaurant will open in Gig Harbor, but no opening date is scheduled. Read more »


Breakfast restaurant Netshed No. 9 coming to Gig Harbor waterfront in March

Gig Harbor diners, you’re about to get a new waterfront breakfast destination – brought to you by the owners of Gig Harbor’s Brix 25.

Expect a March opening for Netshed  No. 9 at 3313 Harborview Drive.

Husband-wife team Thad Lyman and Katie Doherty – Northwest natives who bought Brix 25 four years ago after operating restaurants in Napa Valley – plan an all-day breakfast menu that includes skillet-baked cinnamon rolls, scratch-made English muffins, chicken and waffles, sourdough pancakes and what Doherty described as “true” crispy hash browns. Read more »